Sunday, April 5, 2015

How to turn a Diamond King into a Pop Up.

I don't really know how it came about... but Ryan Cracknell and I just completed a trade that sent a stack of baseball his way, and hockey mine.
I sent over 15 minty fresh Donruss Diamond Kings from various years, along with a few 2015 Topps Series 1, in exchange for some OPC inserts from the past few seasons. All sets that I'm working on.
First, some Pop Ups that of course, don't pop up. Or down. Or pop period.

then a couple of mini "V" series

and finally some OPC rookie Update cards that are only found in packs of Upper Deck. Yeah. Like that makes sense.

But wouldn't you know it....

All three of these...
are cards I already had. There was a failure to edit the checklist. Oops. Like that's never happened before.
Oh well, into the trade box they go.

Thanks Ryan.

Monday, March 16, 2015

10 for 10

You know the story. We've all been there. There's a card show. You want to go. But. You have little time, and even less cash.
So you go for it. In and out. Not the burger joint. And not what she said.
Hit up a couple of tables with lotsa boxes and even more sale signs.
The results? 10 cards for $10.
Here we go.
I've been after this card since I found out it existed about a year after it came out in '08.
 It's a SP. I found it in a binder of Habs cards that he wanted $50 for. The only card I needed was this one, and a deal was struck for a dollar.
Yay me.

The same guy supplied these next three cards for the sum of one dollar.
 I'm chasing the 06/07 OPC set, and finding this card brings me one closer. A rookie / sophomore showdown. I don't think the rookie did too well in this one. Advantage Getzlaf.

He had probably 30 or so 08/09 OPC SP hi numbers..... but only one that I needed.
 Voracek was leading the league in scoring at the All Star break, causing a lot of dealers to go scrambling into their quarter and commons boxes to pull this card out and price it at $5 -$10... I'm glad I found a guy who was lazy.

And the immortal Aaron Palushaj.
 Turns out I already had it.

Onto the next table, and I grabbed 6 cards for $5. All from the same set. All numbered parallels.

I think I already have this one too..... but I haven't found it yet.

This one was new to me though. Now he just needs another call up.

Boo yeah. Mr Hart trophy himself.
 By the by... did you see the video of Carey Price photobombing a kid taking a selfie during the game? He's as cool as the other side of the pillow. Forget about Billy Dee...

Why did I buy a Predator? Meh. He'll go in the trade box.

But I've wanted this card since it came out. This is just an awesome shot of Bernie.
 And it's number 69 (giggity) of 85! For .84 cents!

The final card at the final table as I was leaving....
It was new.
It was sooooo shiny.
It was Carey.
It was $3.
It was (and is) mine.

and just like that, there I was, gone. Heading back home in time to pick up my wife and take her to all the places she had planned for us.
Ten dollars lighter.
Ten cards happier.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Heading to the F.L.A.....

One of, if not the greatest to ever put on skates is on the move again. Jaromir Jagr as we know and love his 'fro....

even though he now actually looks more like this...

is taking his talents to South Beach.

I read a few interesting tidbits about this particular swap, so I thought I'd  copy it share with you.

1. Jagr's first NHL game came before 10 of his teammates were born. Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberbeau, Brandon Pirri, Vincent Trocheck, Garrett Wilson, Erik Gudbranson, Dmitry Kulikov, Alex Petrovic and Aaron Ekblad.

2. Ekblad is the youngest of Jagr's new teammates. He was born on Feb. 7, the same day Jagr scored a goal for the Penguins against the Devils. Jagr scored 135 goals before Ekblad was born. Or 134, depending on exactly when Jagr's goal went in.

3. Jagr may have started in the NHL before the Panthers were founded, but he's actually played 104 fewer games than the Florida franchise because he spent three years playing in Russia in the middle of his career.

4. Despite playing in fewer games, Jagr has 128 more wins than the Panthers franchise.

5. Because Jagr's teams won more games than the Panthers, they made the playoffs more often. Jagr has played in 202 playoff games in his career, while the Panthers have only played 38. Florida scored 94 goals in those games, while Jagr has scored or assisted on 121 playoff goals.

Talk about providing some veteran leadership.

I for one hope this move gives the Panthers the last boost they need to grab the final playoff spot in the East. I would really enjoy watching Jagr in the playoffs one last time.

I suppose these guys will now need another member.

They're all from Calgary? Hmmmm.... I wonder how I'd look with a mullet? And where the hell can I get a Panther sweater?

Friday, February 13, 2015

It was Epic in it's Awesomeness.

That should get some headline writers rolling over in their graves...

Anyways, while out on a play date last night, I witnessed one of the greatest sights to be seen in pro hockey in decades.


The return of the Los Angeles Kings golden sweaters.

It turned a game I wouldn't have given the time of day to, into a game that I watched very closely.
The only downside, if there was one, is that unlike Jonathan Bernier a couple of years ago when the Kings brought out the royal purple sweaters, was that current goalie Jonathan Quick did NOT have a vintage style mask and pads prepared for the event. *

still the same boring silver and black. Looks good on the Raiders, and that's it.
I sure hope to see these wee beauties a few more times in the near future. Since the Kings won easily 5-3 with above pictured Tyler Toffoli scoring his first hat trick, maybe we will.
I know at least Tyler will want to.

* as first reported by @OscarGamblesFro

Friday, January 9, 2015

Buffalo visits Carolina. But nobody noticed.


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Great idea Gary.

Yeah. I get it. It's cold outside. You know why? It's winter. That's why. It's what it does. Put a coat on.

Friday, December 5, 2014

This is wrong... utterly and completely wrong.

You know when you see something and you know, you just know, that something is very wrong. You might not be able to put your finger on it, but it's there, nagging at you. This. Is. Wrong.

Yeah. It happens. And it happened again last night.

there are so many examples of it.

mistakes that should never have been made.

oh the humanity...

please stop.


it's just ....... wrong.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mr. Jean Beliveau 1931-2014

A sad and tragic day as Mr. Jean Beliveau passed away late Tuesday night at the age of 83. I wasn't ready for this. It hit me. Hard. Harder than I thought possible. Hockey will never be the same.
The greatest captain in NHL history is gone forever.
He didn't have the most goals, or the most points. But he still was the greatest hockey player ever.
I don't want to get too caught up in his career numbers, as that isn't what made the man... but for you younger readers...
When he retired he was the leading scorer of the Montreal Canadiens. He currently ranks second. He has the most points scored in the playoffs. Still. By a very large margin.
507 goals, 712 assists for 1219 points in 1125 games.
10 All Star games
2 Hart Trophies
1 Art Ross trophy
1 Conn Smythe trophy
oh.... and 17 Stanley Cup Rings. 17. What's in your jewelry box?
But that's not what will be missed. It's him. His presence. It cannot ever be replaced.
The greatest Canadien ever, and an even greater Canadian.
The only thing that ever transcended his greatness on the ice, was his greatness off of it.

Mr. Jean Beliveau. August 31, 1931 - December 2, 2014