Sunday, 25 January 2015

Cards from a younger me (pt3)

More cards liberated from my childhood and brought into my current collection. Being a good Canadian boy there is a ton of hockey that should be sorted out one day, but for now just a few gems made it.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

1996-97 Collector's Edge Ice The Wall (pt2)

Jim Carey of the Portland Pirates - This was probably the biggest card at the time, Carey was coming off winning the 1995-96 Vezina trophy in his second NHL season, leading the league with 9 shutouts. His career would then take a quick downturn after being traded to the Bruins, sent to the minors, then signing with the Blues. Pretty surprising someone who was the best goalie in the NHL at age 21, would be out of professional hockey by age 24.

Dwayne Roloson of the Saint Johns Flames - The longest NHL career of the goalies in the set playing in 606 NHL games, Roloson had his best year in 2005-06 leading the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals, but then got hurt in game 1 and the Oilers eventually lost to the Hurricanes.

Les Kuntar of the Hershey Bears - The only player in this set I didn't recognize, Kuntar played 6 games form Montreal in 1993-94. His wiki page is only 3 sentences long, moving on.

Mike Dunham of the Albany River Rats - Dunham had a better career than I remember, he shared the Jennings trophy as a rookie in 1996-97 with Martin Brodeur, and went on to play in 394 NHL games spending time as the main goalie for both Nashville and the Rangers.

Eric Fichaud of the Worcester Icecats - I remember Fichaud being a bigtime prospect, but I could be mis-remembering or he seriously flamed out only playing in 75 NHL games over parts of 6 seasons.

Kevin Hodson of the Adirondack Red Wings - A young goalie buried behind Chris Osgood on the Red Wings Cup teams in 1997 and 1998. Finished his career with the Lightning playing in 71 career NHL games.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cards from a younger me: Collector's Edge Ice The Wall (pt1)

Every time I go bad to visit my parents, I try and take some of the cards I have stored in the room I grew up in, this past visit I managed to find room for a few. One of the highlights was a complete set of Collector's Edge Ice "The Wall" inserts, featuring die-cut goalie masks from a minor league set of a long gone company. These are so great I felt I needed to post the whole 12 card set

#1 Ray LeBlanc of the Chicago Wolves - I don't even know were to start with LeBlanc, just check his hockey-reference page, multiple teams, multiple leagues, Winter Olympics, and 1 NHL game. A pro from 1986-2000, but he played in one NHL game, basically so the Blackhawks could protect Dominik Hasek, Jimmy Waite and Ed Belfour in the expansion draft. At least he won the game and was included in 1991-92 Parkhurst and 1992-93 score sets.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bowman Black Collection - Ryan Casteel

Another Bowman Black Collection auto, this time we have Ryan Casteel from 2014 Bowman Chrome. A power hitting prospect who just finished a full season in Double-A, Casteel had been a full time catcher until 2014 when he started to split time at first and at DH. After playing mostly first in the Arizona Fall League this past season, it looks like he might be moving away from catching full-time, but he might not have the bat to stick at first base. 2015 will be a big year for Casteel to either earn a full time catching job or prove he can hit well enough to land a job manning first base.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Final Zistle Trade of 2014

Just getting around to posting the last Zistle trade of the year, staring off with my favorite card of the batch, a Jim Lachey from 1992 Wild Card. While not a member of the original Hogs Offensive Line, Lachey was one of the better lineman in the league when healthy, and looks like an honorary Hog in this photo.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My Top Acquisitions of 2014

With the end of a year, there are always two things, a chance to look back at the year that was, and lists. Here is a combination of these two things with my top acquisitions of 2014. These are in a sort of order ending with my most favorite, but I decided not to number them as my order would change if I tried to to this again.

2013 Topps Museum Collection Framed Museum Collection Autographs Gold Wilin Rosario - My feels toward Rosario as a baseball player have soured, and he will most likely not be with Colorado when 2015 opens, but there Topps does that is as nice as the Museum Collection metal framed autographs. Scans in now way do these cards justice, they are just amazing.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Zistle Trade #35

A smaller zistle trade of that cards that came from Los Angeles to the frozen Canadian winter. As someone who appreciates a nice set of sideburns, this Eddie Murray card goes into the sideburn Hall of Fame, first ballot. The same photo was re-used for his stadium club card this year, one I still have to track down. Rob Brantly for the catcher collection, and another chef card.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Black Friday COMC Rundown

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces [???] #CC9 - Chris Cooley - Courtesy of
While I definitely did not go overboard this year, I picked up a few cool things worthy of showing off. Starting with a card bought a few days before, a 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Chris Cooley, while not a fan of relics, I was sold on this card mostly because of the "21" Sean Taylor patch on the photo and Cooley being one of the last Redskins I actually liked from when the team was just not very good, and not the hot stinking dumpster fire it is now.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Trading for some Canadian "Junk"

After opening a pretty fun box in 2014 Upper Deck CFL, I dug into the old football box and pulled out probably the junkiest of all junk wax, 1991 All World CFL. 1991 was the year the CFL gained some press with Bruce McNall, John Candy and Wayne Gretzky buying the Toronto Argonauts and signing Rocket Ismail away from the NFL. All-World jumped on this releasing a 110 cards CFL set, including 9 Ismail base cards, 1 promo and a Autographed card.

After entering my cards into zistle I checked with what I didn't have and found a trade partner in fellow Canadian olerud363. He managed to knock 7 cards off my want list, including the lone Ismail I was missing, leaving me 19 cards short.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Rosell Herrera Bowman Black Collection Autograph

The ninth Bowman Black Collection autograph to find it's way into my PC, Rosell Herrera who was listed as the Rockies 8th best prospect by Purple Row, and 6th by Coming off a breakout season in 2013 in which he was named the South Atlantic League MVP with a .343 average, 16 home runs and 76 RBI, Herrera struggled in 2014 with a .244 average and is now being converted from a shortstop to an outfielder for the 2015 season.