The monthly card show was last weekend. It wasn't a great show to be sure. Being just before Xmas, I wasn't even going to go because I wasn't going to spend any $$$, saving that because of being Santa's proxy.
But I decided to go and wish a Merry Ho Ho to a few people that I don't see a lot of the time other than at card centric functions.
Got that? Go, say hi, do NOT spend money.
You're snickering right now.... I can hear it....
Okay, you're right, I did spend a little, but it's NOT MY FAULT!.
Let me explain.
A new product came out last week, Upper Deck's Team Canada. It's a sweet product. Right in my wheelhouse as it were. If it's Team Canada, it's me. I am Captain Canuck after all....
But, it is also Xmas. So no wax cracking for me. This will continue into January because, well Boxing week shopping is almost as bad.
But as I walk into the show, a buddy of mine that sets up there every month pulls out a small stack of cards and hands them to me.
He had busted a bunch of Team Canada, and had pulled some cards for me.
Now how can I tell him to pack sand when he went through all that trouble??? How rude!
So I flip through the cards and ask him how much? He explains them to me so I know what I'm purchasing... I call this "softening me up for the big hit", but it wasn't that bad.
The first few base cards (5 in all) he gave to me free if I bought the other three cards. Done. He always gives me a good deal.
The base are really nice. My only issue is there are no stats, only a write up on the back.
Apparently this Gallagher Program of Excellence is a super duper ultra rare Snuffleupagus short print. Nabbed it for $3.
So okay. Spending $5 wasn't that bad. But then I found out that another seller had updated his dollar box.
Okay, a quick look, no harm in that, right?
More snickering. Yeah.... another $5 disappeared.
First up, a black bordered Lars Eller from Victory. Again, apparently these are hard to pull. For a buck he goes in my Lars Eller binder.
Yes, I have a Lars Eller binder. Don't judge me.
A rookie jersey card of Raffy Diaz.
I couldn't leave Raffy behind. He looks so sad....
An on card auto of then Leafs 'tender, Jonas Gustavsson. I really like that particular year's Private Signings. Panini doesn't do much of anything right, so when they do, I have to give them props.
Jonas is looking into your soul........
A rookie double swatch of Louis Leblanc. Last year this was around $40. Now, a buck.
I tried to explain to people last year, but no one listens.... Anyways, for a card out of /125 and he's in his Team Canada gear, I'll take it.
And finally a card that is just flat out awesome.
Josh Gorges from Limited. The seam is so thick it's busting out of the card. It's like an ITG product, except for the Limited logo in the corner. And it's /49 too. A really clean design and a great swatch.
So fine. I caved and spent $10. What are you going to do? Kick me out of the union? Ha! You've all done it. You were hoping I did it too... that's why you're here reading this drivel.
Thanks for that, by the way....