Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Red Wings: eBay Pickups

I'm not one to usually buy many team lots from eBay, especially Red Wings stuff. I do still however regularly check eBay for Red Wings stuff in general and actually found a lot that I had to have for the right price. The reason I was interested in this lot: more stuff for my Jimmy Howard collection of course. Plus, some new Wings stuff is always nice too.

The title of the listing was simply "Detroit Red Wings Hockey Card Lot" but it also said "mostly Howard extra/duplicates" in the description and had this photo included.

As you can see there is quite a mix of stuff in there including a number of Howard cards. Those will be the focus of a separate post on here. This post is all about the miscellaneous Red Wings stuff I was able to snag for a great deal.

The winning bid for this entire lot: $0.99, not bad right? Even factoring in taxes and shipping I was able to bring this lot home for just $9 total. I'll take 44 cards like these for $9 all day every day, it works out to just $0.20 per card. On top of that there was one sticker and several Grand Rapids Griffins arena giveaway autographs also included.

Sticking with the standard cards that were part of the lot, the best of the bunch was this Ryan Sproul SPx autographed rookie jersey serial numbered out of 399.

Up next is another Ryan Sproul jsersey card, this time from 2014-15 UD Premier. This is a silver spectrum rookie jersey card numbered /125.

Apparently whoever put this lot together was a fan or Sproul as the next one is his Rookie Materials jersey card from 2014-15 Upper Deck. This one has a small red swatch that stands out nicely from the rest of the card. It is not serial numbered.

Rounding out the rest of this mini Sproul collection is another jersey, this time a white swatch from his 2014-15 SP Game Used card.

Moving on from the memorabilia cards, the lot also included an awesome UD Exclusives card or Frans Nielsen from 2017-18 Upper Deck. This one is serial numbered 058/100.

Up next is another Nielsen, this time a green parallel from 2017-18 MVP. While the printed facsimile signature, as opposed to the usual foil, doesn't look so great here, I like the overall look of this card with the green MVP logo and background elements.

Continuing with some more MVP, there was also this nice base card of Gustav Nqyuist from the 2016-17 set. MVP may not be one of the best sets out there, but for being one of the low end products, some of the base designs like this are actually pretty nice.

The next one takes us back a few years to 2008-09 with a Nicklas Lidstrom base card from Upper Deck Victory. Somewhere I have this card as part of a sealed blister pack team set I bought at a local mall shop years ago. Can't go wrong with too many Lidstrom's, right?

Last but not least we have a nice base card from 2013-14 Score featuring Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson. I always liked him during his time with the Wings. He spent three seasons here alongside Jimmy Howard from 2012-2014.

Not bad considering these cost me just $0.20 each. The Wings will always be my hometown team so it is always nice to add cards to the collection, especially the older guys like Lidstrom that I grew up watching on TV. The new generation of players is nice to add here and there as well, but it just doesn't feel the same for whatever reason.

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