Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Panini screws the pooch again....
Yes, Panini is putting out a 100 card Update/Traded boxed set for this year's Score Hockey. It'll set you back $20.
The catch? You know there is one.... 95% of the sets will only have cards #1-99 in them. That's right... they short printed card #100. How can you short print a numbered base card out of a factory set??
Once again, Panini screws the pooch and the collector in one fell swoop.
EDIT: it's so bad... that even Chris over at Stale Gum is giving Panini the middle finger. And when he comments on hockey, you know something stinks.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A Gold Medal Hottie....
Rather than whine and complain about the latest attempt by idiot officials to give the league run Bruins a win, I thought it would be better to show off some autos I got a wee while ago.
And who better than insanely hot Team Canada goalie Charline Labonte. That's 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist Charline Labonte to you.
Charline was nice enough to sign four photos and two cards for me.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
2010-11 ITG Between the Pipes box break... it ain't pretty.
I still haven't posted the box of ITG Heroes and Prospects I busted because it was one of the ugliest busts I've ever had. Until now. Most of you know I love In The Game products. And I still do. But my luck with them sucks. Pure and simple. I looked at many, many box breaks on the various forums. Every box I saw had two or three autos, and two or three relic cards. Most had 5 hits. I got three. Two autos and a jersey card.
I think I may be done busting boxes for awhile. This is three straight products I've absolutely whiffed on. For the $105 this box cost, I could've bought a base set for $3-$5, 5-6 autos and 3-4 relic cards on the 'bay.
Anyways... on with the show. This year the set is 200 cards, but as usual, broken up into different parts. We lead off with 'Future Stars'
Brent Johnson of Pittsburgh is an example of the Emerald version #/340
My only relic card was of young Jhonas Enroth of the Sabres. However it is a Gold version #/10.
And that concludes my box break. Bamlinden from My Hockey Card Obsession was there to witness the carnage first hand. He barely held back his tears. A great product.. I love it. I just don't have the mojo needed to pull the great cards that are available in it.
However... some of my luck returned in time for Pack Wars. I won a round of Pack Wars later on, somewhat saving my evening. And making my box break a little bit less of a disaster.
Along with some needed base cards, I also won a Kelly Hrudey auto....
So go buy some of this stuff and let's swap.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
the last card show of the year....
now some of you may be saying 'What the hell is Canuck talking about? The year is just starting...' And you would be right. But around here, the third biggest city in Canada, the card season is over. Anyone notice that the hockey season is about over? Coincidence?
It sucks. The summer is the best time to have a card show. But I am in the minority in this apparently.
Although there is a travelling show that is coming in May, bringing autograph signers and everything.... this is the last show of the year for all the local "dealers" such as they are.
as a plus, with it being the last show until October, they were more than willing to
dump, unload, sell off their treasures at a reduced price.
Speaking of Price, how about a Carey Price game used Authentic Fabrics card from 09/10 UD SPGU.
I moved on... there were a couple of guys with $1 boxes and $2 boxes. I still want to go to a show like everyone else and find dime and quarter boxes. One day. But not here in Calgary. Anyways.... I found these in a dollar box to go along with my Carey...
Carey Price /799 Frozen In Time. This card is super thick and clear so you can see through it. This guy, who spent the entire time while I was looking through his boxes making fun of his customers with a friend of his. Total ass. Then he preceeds to accuse me of cheating him because the Price wasn't in his dollar box. Which it was. Whatever. I gave him $7 for the next four cards and wished him a nice day as only I can.
Anyways.. the next 5 cards cost me a buck.
All of these came from a dollar box.
(For you Bruin fans, that means they cost a dollar apiece)
Young phenom goalie for the St Louis Blues, Big Ben Bishop
Cristobal Huet. Huet is playing in Switzerland right now so the Hawks can circumvent the salary cap.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It's contest time again!
So I'm back in the city, alive and well. It's my birthday, and the NHL playoffs are starting. Coincidence? No. It's time for the third annual Waxaholic NHL Playoff Contest. Only I'm having it here on Just A Bit Offside instead. Sue me.
We've had great turnouts the past two years... I hope this year is even better.
To recap the rules... Pick the winners of each match up from round one that you see here through to picking the winner of the cherished Stanlely Cup. You also must pick the amount of games it takes each team to win each series. (Each series is best of 7)
And to break any ties... pick me a playoff mvp as well.
I've included this handy dandy bracket thingie so you can see who each team will play in the next round if they win.... so no excuses people. Use the chart.
Washington in 5
Philadelphia in 7
Montreal in 5
Tampa in 6
Vancouver in 6
San Jose in 4
Detroit in 6
Anaheim in 4
Washington in 5
Montreal in 7
Vancouver in 6
Anaheim in 7
Montreal in 7
Vancouver in 5
Montreal in 7
MVP - Carey Price
Have fun with it... it's been a blast the past two years, and as usual, I'll post up the prizes later on.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Alright, so I haven't had time (read: been too lazy) to post the last couple of box breaks, but rest assured, they're coming. Well, maybe one anyways before I have to leave town for another week for work. But we've got all the time in the world, right?
So because I was out of town last month, I missed out on the monthly card show. Even with the 8 inches of snow I woke up to this morning, I still managed to get to the one today.
Unfortuantely only 5 dealers bothered to show up. But that's okay. We spent 45 minutes chatting about the hobby and the sport in general.
I managed to spend $16 on 8 cards.
The first $15 went to a seller who I usually buy vintage from. But today he had a stack of retro inserts from this year's OPC that I've been chasing.
The Black Border Retro Rainbow inserts fall at 2 per box, and are numbered out of /100. I'm chasing the Montreal team set in all three parallels, so I grabbed the following.
A high number SP of Hall of Famer Larry Robinson.
My last loonie went to purchase these two cards, which will be sent out for ttm auto attempts when I get back on the 11th.
Not too bad if I do say so myself.... now if it will only quit snowing................
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