Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Acetate Appreciation: 2001-02 UD Ice Hockey

One of my favorite modern hockey sets, Ice was released by Upper Deck starting in 1996, with 2001-02 being my favorite. The 151 card base set does a nice job of showing of the clear features of the card, while not losing the basic card info with stats and player details.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Chris Kelly: Bruins Stanley Cup Auto

I really wanted all of these to be in Bruins jerseys, but guys like Chris Kelly don't really get certified auto's anymore. This is the only certified autograph that Kelly has, and it didn't set me back much so it's a worthy addition to the collection.

Kelly was traded to Boston by the Senators in February of 2011 and helped the Bruins win the Cup playing in all 25 playoff games with 5 goals and 8 assists.

Friday, 18 April 2014

2014 Gypsy Queen Trade/Want List

2014 Gypsy Queen Wantlist

Updated Apr 21, 2014

10, 123, 161, 227

301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 307, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328, 331, 333, 334, 336, 337, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 348, 349, 350

Framed White
9 Nolan Arenado

Framed Blue
9 Nolan Arenado

9 Nolan Arenado

Mini Photo Variations
Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez

Mini Black
9, 74, 207, 209, 256, 262, 317

Mini Red
9 Nolan Arenado

Mini Sepia
9 Nolan Arenado

Jhoulys Chacin, Nolan Arenado

Troy Tulowitzki

The above is a specific list, if I have card you want, I will usually take Rockies or catcher minis from this set in return.

For Trade

2, 7, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 27, 37, 40, 41, 67, 68, 72, 73, 85, 98, 103, 104, 106, 117, 118, 120, 130, 133, 137, 139, 141, 143, 144, 147, 154, 160, 162, 170, 171, 172(x2), 186, 188, 192, 196, 199, 206, 210, 211, 216, 224, 237, 239, 242, 246, 256, 257, 258, 262, 268, 274, 275, 276, 278, 280(x)

19, 35, 127, 139, 151, 152, 157, 176, 200, 263, 270

Mini SP
312, 318, 331, 348

Mini Sepia

Mini Photo Variant
50(x2), 77, 126, 150(x2), 170, 172, 200, 202, 235(x2), 238, 250, 304, 311, 328, 334, 339

Framed Blue
Mark McGwire, Mike Schmidt, Buster Posey

Dealing Aces
Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Sale, Gerrit Cole, Maddux, Ryu, Teheran, Verlander, Scherzer, Wacha,
Pedro Martinez

Bryce Harper, Kershaw, Ripken, Jeter, Miguel Cabrera, Mariano Rivera, Scherzer, Trout, Rickey Henderson, Boggs, Puig

Glove Stories
Rizzo, Bryce Harper, Carlos Gomez, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Puig(YP), Puig(YP2)

Debut All-Stars

David Ortiz, Longoria, Felix Hernandez, Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Harvey, Mike Trout, Prince Fielder

Carlos Martinez, David Phelps, Jeff Locke

Jhonny Peralta

Framed Mini Relic
Mike Minor, Jeremy Hellickson

Thursday, 17 April 2014

2014 Gypsy Queen Box 2

While the second box was not nearly as exciting as the first box, it was still pretty good making for a really fun two box break. The highlights being a Buster Posey reverse negative card and a Matt Williams red autograph numbered to 49.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

2014 Gypsy Queen Box 1 Results w/ My Best Pull Ever

The first card I pulled was a Deion Sanders, I cannot stand this guy, I get enough of him in football season, please keep him out of baseball sets. Now, with that out of the way, I really like this years set, reminds me a lot of the 2011 set, just fancied up a little. The one complaint that arose is that while sorting, the card numbers are in perhaps the worst place possible, almost dead centre in the middle of the card back. Here is a breakdown of Box 1 of 2.

174 base cards, 58% of the 300 card base set, with no dupes (this still boggles the mind of my 12 year old self who almost finished two sets of 1990 Pro Set before having to trade to finally get a stinkin Mike Vernon card).

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

My first BGS card is a pretty nice one.

One of the newest cards in my collection is one of the nicest, 2013 Bowman Draft Jonathan Gray autograph. This card had a pretty long road to get into my hands. First I bought the redemption card on December 1st for under 30 dollars shipped, and had it sent to my COMC account. After having them redeem it, I had them send it BGS for grading, it then returned to COMC with a very nice 9.5/10 grade, and finally, today, it arrived in my PO box and is a part of my collection. I just hope I don't jinx Mr. Gray and end up adding this to the box of disappointment with a large selection of Drew Pomeranz and Alex White cards.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Canadian Trading

It's always nice when a trade doesn't have to to cross international borders, this was the case with the latest Zistle trade with fellow Canuck Olerud363.

 The highlight for me was 3 Gypsy Queen short prints, leaving me 9 short of the 350 card set.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Jumping on the Card-Gen Bandwagon

Judging by the amount of blogger posts featuring cards from the Japanese Sega Card-Gen set, I'm not the only one who picked up a few off the bay a few weeks ago. I limited myself to 3, the most expensive being the Brad Hawpe from 2010, my first from 2010 and the second highest "Star Level" I have, behind the 2013 Todd Helton. Christian Friedrich become my lowest card with only one star, a young lefty who has battled injuries the last couple seasons, but someone I still have hope for. Casey Blake retired during spring training of 2012, never playing in a regular season game for the Rockies, the completionist in me needed this card as it's the only one that lists him with Colorado.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Eddie Butler Bowman Black Collection Auto

Another addition in the quest for the Rockies Bowman Black Collection team set, this one comes from the Bowman Inception line and just like the rest this is on-card and numbered to 25. Eddie Butler along with Jon Gray are the Rockies top pitching prospects, Butler started this year in Double-A Tulsa, so his MLB debut might only be a few months away. He entered 2014 as the 26th ranked prospect in baseball according to Baseball Prospectus.