Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Jimmy Howard: 2014-15 Black Diamond Orange

I'm liking these shorter one card posts on here. They give me more space to work with than a Twitter post and don't take a long to throw together as some of my previous posts. A definite win win for me and showing off my new additions to the PC.

Today's post is another pickup that brings me one card closer to completing a rainbow. Here is an orange parallel from 2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond. It is card #136 in the set and is serial numbered like the other versions. Still an awesome looking card though.

Black Diamond designs can be hit or miss for me. This one I actually like and somehow the scan even turned out nice for once. I love the small dot pattern near the bottom as well as the fact that the whole design is not symmetric left to right.

In terms of the rainbow, I already have the Ruby version (/50), but that's it. I still need to come up with the base, Emerald (/10) and Sapphire (/1). I don't think I even seen either of the two big ones for sale, so who knows if I'll ever be able to track them down.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Jimmy Howard: 2013-14 Artifacts Ruby

Continuing with my main player collection, I recently picked up another nice parallel of Jimmy Howard. This was another eBay purchase a few months back and it's just been sitting ever since. I actually forgot how nice of a card this was until getting ready to post it.

Here we have a ruby parallel numbered 220/299 from 2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts. This has to be one of the best looking Artifacts cards in my Howard collection so far. You can never go wrong with team colored foil like this, right?

One thing I really like about these Artifacts sets is the fact that they did not stick the Upper Deck logo somewhere on the front. These just feel right without it. The "Artifacts" text across the top tells you immediately what it is and is usually nicely done like this one.

In terms of completing the rainbow, this is all I have so far. I still need the base (/999), Emerald (/99), Sapphire (/85), Spectrum (/25), and Black (/5). Definitely a lot of work, but at least there isn't a base 1/1 version, so this should be attainable someday.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Jimmy Howard: 2013-14 Panini Prizm Green

Wow, just checked and I haven't posted here since April of this year. I guess at that point I wasn't as into the whole blogging thing and since then life just got busier and in the way of any further writing on here. I'd love to spend more time on this as I've always liked being able to use more than 280 characters to talk about my collection and recent additions. Call it old school or whatever you want, I still prefer it to the quick posts on other sites.

I've actually got quite a stack of maildays for my collection to get posted on here, I just need to find some more free time to chip away at it. That being said, I wanted to ease back into things with just one card that I picked up several months ago for my Howard collection. Here is a green parallel from 2013-14 Panini Prizm.

I've had this one on my radar for years and was finally able to grab a copy at a decent price on eBay. For all the love that Prizm gets in the other sports now, I think they did a great job with the hockey sets back in the Panini days. Here the green really pops against the red. Makes me think of Christmas time, which means this year has gone by way too fast.

One of my favorite things about Prizm is the number of parallels out there. This green version is just one of I believe 12 different designs of this particular card. I have a couple others already including the rainbow, red and cracked ice. Chasing rainbows like this is my favorite part of collecting so it should be fun to keep searching for the rest.