Friday, July 13, 2018

LINDEN CARD(s) OF THE WEEK - Fantastic Cameo(s)

In my previous post I shared a great gift I recently received from a fellow Linden collector.  What I didn't mention in the post is that he included a few extras.

Now....they're Jason Arnott cards so my first inclination was that they were meant for someone else - an Arnott collector.  Thing is, I don't know any Arnott collectors - especially not locally.

So in my 'thank you' e-mail to him I ask who the cards were to go to.  He responded with "They're for you".

See if you can figure out why...

1997/98 Pinnacle
#61 Jason Arnott

Yeah.....it was clear as day as soon as I took a second look.  I had a great laugh and thought about how great it was to see a 20-year-old piece of cardboard (that is likely worthless in most people's eyes) shine some new light - and definite appreciation in someone's collection.

This is a fantastic 'cameo' card.  I never would have picked up on it and am certainly glad someone else did.  In fact, I'd love to know how he stumbled upon this find.

It's certainly Linden and so a new addition to the master checklist was made.  These are often the most fun adds.

Oh, and I mentioned that he sent a 'few' cards....

1997/98 Pinnacle
#PP61 Rink Collection Jason Arnott

Nothing like a good 'cameo' parallel.  This is fantastic.

Now with the regular Linden from that set, there is no Rink Collection parallel.  He is listed as card #106 but the parallel set only included the first 100 cards.  So just the base for Trev.

This 'cameo' will most definitely do though.

1997/98 Pinnacle
#PP61 Artist Proof Jason Arnott

And this Artist Proof.  Wow!!!

The base card was a terrific gift - unexpected and just what I love about Linden collecting.  The Rink Collection was a great addition.  But this Artist Proof is just completely jaw-dropping.

Looking at it now I still can't believe that he sent the whole trifecta.  Amazing.

I love how they had to include Linden's cameo in the card.  Cut out all the background stuff but keep what's needed.  It would have looked pretty weird trying to Photoshop Trev out of the shot too.

Thank you very much again Kevin.  Your generosity and selflessness is something I look up to and try to emulate.  It also gives me a great energy boost when it comes to this hobby.  Boy do I ever love it.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

LINDEN CARD(s) OF THE WEEK - A Gift And A Get

I'm on a roll here people!!!  Two posts in less than two weeks??!!!  In the immortal words of George Costanza - "I'm back baby!"

In all seriousness, it's nice to sit down for a few moments and type on this blog.  I've just finished doing a little tidying of my recent pickups (a very quick task), some Linden hunting on eBay and some checklist revising.  I've also become lazy and decided not to crack out the scanner (not a big fan of the job it does)...so I took pics of my latest show & tell.

A couple Linden offerings this time - after all, it is my main PC, and I've got a pair of great pickups to share.

2017/18 Leaf In The Game Used
#NHF-39 Nickname Hall Of Fame  /30

The use of 'Captain Canuck' on Linden cards it seems has finally been embraced by card companies - and I'm a big fan.  Upper Deck hit the nail on the head with their UD Premier Inked Script last season and now this Leaf ITGU set follows suit.

note: I just realized I haven't shared that pickup from a while back....I'll need to fix that.

This is the "base" card of the product with a whopping 14 parallels to chase (not including printing plates...if there are any).  This is a huge reason why I've laid off the gas when it comes to chasing Linden cards - oversaturation and lack of variety.  But this card is a gem.

This was a very kind gift from a fellow Linden collector who once again shares his selflessness with me.  I've done my best to "pay it forward" in the past and this Linden card will be a solid reminder to do so in the future.  I've always enjoyed cards in my collection that have a story and this one most definitely does.

Really thrilled to add it to the PC.  Thanks very much Kevin!!


This second card comes from the Summit Show that took place a couple months back.  I've seen this card on eBay a number of times and the first time I saw it I knew I needed to chase it.  It sort of....spoke to me personally.  The price was a little high so I never did snag it.  When I saw it at the show, I knew that some patience would likely get me to the price I needed.

2013/14 In The Game Stickwork
#SRD-08 Stick Rack Dual Silver (with Bure)

How about that Bure stick piece eh??  SWEET!!

Now....what could possibly be on a Linden stick that would have the letters BRE?  I don't care....I know what the last two letters likely are.  :)

I already have a copy of this card so did I really need this one?  YES!!  If you see a card this fun....you buy it (when the price is right).  Hard not to smile at it when I take it out of the case and look at it - even now.  A no-brainer pickup for me and one that I think will be a key conversation piece for a long time.


So what's coming down the pipe for me?  Hopefully a chance to start pecking away at the monstrous wantlist that has been built the last few seasons.  The 17/18 campaign has been extremely light all things considered (and I welcome it).  Upper Deck only added Linden in to their Canadian Tire Team Canada set and Leaf has him in a trio of products.  I'm looking forward to knocking off some inexpensive finds over the rest of the year - keeping the chase fun and within my budget.

My Oscar Gamble collection has been pretty quiet as well....but I am just taking my time on that one.  No need to rush.  Gotta keep that one simple, fun and inexpensive.  Stay the course.

Goalie mask sets are pretty meek these days with Leaf doing their Masked Men stuff.  Nothing groundbreaking and I find myself waiting until the singles are a couple bucks a piece.  Not going to break the bank building those.  Other than that, my side projects are always on the radar.

I do have an idea brewing for a new project that I might begin this fall.  The 'Buck Binder'.  Simply put, build a binder of 100 cards that I like, each priced at a buck or less.  Doesn't matter the type of card (auto, jersey, base, etc.) but it's gotta catch my eye and cost less than $1.  Once I hit 100 cards....it becomes a game of "upgrading".  If I want to add to the pile, I'll need to take one out.  Inexpensive and fun - seems to be the way I play the game these days.

Monday, June 11, 2018

PARKIE PROJECT - Well......Hello There!!!

Holy crap!!!  It's been a over half a year since I've posted.  Time has absolutely flown.

A little bit of catchup.  Work has been really busy - I was sent to France for a week to work on a documentary (an absolute once-in-a-lifetime trip), been working hard as we have launched a new soccer team in our city (and a new league for that matter) and at times feels like I now have two jobs (or maybe twice the work).

My niece and nephew are getting older, more independent, but I still try and keep them in the mix.  Was asked to be on the Board for a group that I volunteer with (amazing people and a great cause that I'm thrilled to give my time to).  And.....I'm trying to complete a documentary project of my own that I really am excited about.

Oh.....and I try to still be somewhat involved in the sports card hobby.

Been to fewer shows this year, and have definitely bought way less than usual (I think I've made 2 eBay purchases this calendar year so far) but I still search out Linden stuff everyday and am always excited to see what all is out there and what people are picking up.

Was at the big Summit Show in Edmonton a couple months back and snagged a couple cards.  I'll share one with you now (as I feel the need to post a photo).

1951/52 Parkhurst
#72 Howie Meeker

This Meeker rookie card is in pretty sweet shape.  Yeah there are a couple splotches on it....but for the price, it was a steal.

I'm excited to add another card to the Parkie Project as it's been a while.  Heck, everything has "been a while" lately.

Definitely not abandoning the blog.....just life getting in the way of things.  And I'll be honest, there just hasn't been as much for me to share at this time.  But like many things, there are ebbs and flows.  Things'll pick up.

Hope everyone has been enjoying their year!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - One Of The Best From 2017

Wow.....did my holiday break ever come and go quickly.  I can't believe it's back to work in just a couple of days.

The time off has been nice.  Spent some quality time with my niece and nephew, caught up with some old friends, took in a couple movies, got some much needed R&R and even spent some time with this great hobby.

So why no blogging???  Good question.

No big reason - just didn't.  There.....'nuff said.

But to start the new year I thought I'd share one of my most recent Linden pickups.  Turns out it's one of the top cards for this pc I picked up in the 2017 year.

2016/17 Upper Deck SP Authentic
#II-TL Immortal Ink  /10

I have always loved the Immortal Ink sets put out by SP Authentic and was thrilled to see Linden get added to the checklist this past year.  That said, I knew actually obtaining a copy would be a tall task.

I've really become more conscious about where my hobby dollars go these days - especially when it comes to my Linden pc.  There are just so many cards on the wantlist, it'll take a lifetime to "catch up".  So my eagerness to be aggressive in my purchasing has diminished significantly......and I've no problem with that.

These Immortal Ink cards are highly sought after.  Always a strong checklist and beautiful design (plus the hard signed autos) makes this a popular build for set collectors.  Add to that the player collector component and the prices for these can get pretty high pretty quick.

Me being me, I passed on the first few copies I saw.  But I wasn't too worried about NEVER landing a copy.  I didn't place this in the same category as I have other cards.  But it was an eBay listing from a fellow Linden collector that had me thinking about working out a deal.

I was surprised to see the card posted to begin with.  Was he getting rid of some of his Linden collection?  Nope....he had doubles.  Wow.....didn't see that coming.  The asking price was quite fair but I thought I'd try my hand at trading.  See if I could work something out that way.

So I contacted him.  And I made a pretty strong offer.  It was an easy transaction and I was super pumped to know this card would be coming my way.

So what did I give up in return?  How about an Auston Matthews Young Gun rookie card.

Yes, I "overpaid".....and I would do it again in a heartbeat if the situation was the same.  Hear me out on this.

I opened up a tin of Upper Deck Series I (paid $35 for it) and was stunned to find the Matthews YG in one of the packs.  That put my mind in a different spot than maybe some others would.  In my eyes (one of the ways I could look at things), I was in on this card for just $35.  Sure the card can go for upwards of $200 on the open market right now, but in the moment I knew that I had a card that could...should be enough to warrant a trade.

I'm not always about what things "book" for or what the "going rate" is.  Sometimes my brain takes me to "how much have I got invested in this card".  And there are times when it can pay off much better for me (and much quicker).

At the end of the day......as long as I'm happy with the trade, it really just doesn't matter.

Thanks very much Elliot for the sharp looking Linden.  It's my favourite pickup from the 2017 year and I've got a fun story that goes along with it.

Hope everyone has a fantastic 2018!!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - A Golden Cameo

Seems as though I'm getting a little behind in my blog posts.  I've still got a few from my recent COMC purchase and I've actually done some purchasing at local shows and trade nights.  Fancy that.

Let's try and rectify things over the next week or so.

Today I'll share a pretty unique card to go in the Linden PC.

Years ago, I shared some of the Linden 'cameo' cards that have found their way into my collection.  What I really like about these cards is that they completely go under the radar of some collectors.  They aren't on any checklists (and they really should be) and normally if there isn't reference to the player.....it tends not to exist.

I've made a point of documenting every instance that Trev shows up on another player's card.  There aren't many.....but one of my recent pickups has me asking "How far do I go?".

1998/99 Upper Deck Series I
Gold Reserve
#150 Eric Desjardins (with Linden cameo)

When I first saw the base card of Desjardins I immediately thought about the parallels that are out there.  He has the gold parallel, a challenging Exclusive /100 and a near impossible 1/1.  Should they go on the list or do I just find happiness in the simple parallels?

Well of course I add them to the list......I'm a completist.

I have no clue if I will ever land either of the remaining 'cameo' cards I need (or let alone see them) but there's no harm in adding them to the list - I'm never scratching them all off anyways.

Do you consider 'cameo' cards in your player PC?  If so, how many have you tracked down over the years?


Sunday, December 3, 2017

WALLET CARD - The Black Friday Haul

Although my collecting (and blogging) has been pretty low-key and sparse over the 2017 year, I can with great certainty say that my most recent order from COMC has provided a boost to one of my numbers.

My Oscar Gamble collection.

I've said it many times before but this player collection has been one of the more enjoyable builds I've got.  A good number of vintage base, inexpensive cards and a few tough parallels have made this fun to work on.

And if you haven't noticed.....my #WalletCard is the epitome of fun!!!

So with that, let's check out what goodies have arrived recently.

This 1973 Topps card is a fantastic photo.  This set is filled with great action shots that really give a feel to the sport that many cards since have been unable (or unwilling) to capture.

The second base slide, dust flying everywhere, a helmetless Oscar and everyone looking off towards first makes this a keeper.

I also love the fact that this card has decent centering.  Yeah...it's not perfect, but that's what you get for less than a buck.

I love the cap on this 1974 offering.  And the background on this card is fantastic.  How often can you see other buildings in and around the ballpark these days?  Never.

And although the 'fro isn't as daunting in this pic, it's still pretty solid.

This simple 1977 design really allows focus on the photo.  Oscar has such a distinct crouch in his batting stance that you can get a pretty good sense of it even from this tight a zoom.

Now....is he taking batting practice or is this mid-game?

This one might need an upgrade down the road....it's a little blurry.  Looks like the printing wasn't completely accurate.  Nevertheless, it's a great photo.

Afro - check.  Gold chain - check.  Sweet San Diego cap - check.

Good enough for me.

Now we're getting into an era that I remember as a kid.  Living in Canada I was an O-Pee-Chee collector but I do remember this design well.  It was the first series of baseball I ever collected (or tried to collect....I wasn't as hardcore as my hockey sets back then).

Still love the border colours from this year and the simple cap in the corner (especially Montreal and Pittsburgh).

I was never exposed to Donruss back in the 80's.  I don't know if my brain would have been able to handle multiple products in the same year back then.

This card doesn't have an early-80's vintage feel to it.  I see this piece of cardboard and I think "junk wax era".

I probably overpaid for it even though it was less than .50 cents.

I probably should have scanned the back of this tobacco-sized mini.  There are six different parallel backs to this Golden Age release.  This one happens to be the Hindu red back.

Take my word for it.

OK....now on to a pair of buybacks that happened to find their way to the COMC world.

I don't know why, but I love chasing the Oscar Gamble buybacks but absolutely hate  the Linden ones out there.  I think it's because these buybacks are just simple base cards...cheap and plentiful.

I've already seen 9 different #WalletCard versions surface.  Problem is that when they do, the shipping is outlandish.  I can't justify spending $15us shipping on a $1 card.  Thankfully this one (and the next) were easily bundled into my COMC order which allowed me to sing them for the inexpensive cardboard they are.

No, you're not seeing double.  This is the silver foil version (as opposed to the bronze foil above).

There are also blue variations, gold, red.....OK, maybe it's not as fun.

Yeah...it is.

More from my 80's collecting days - sort of.

In OPC land we didn't have anything as fancy as Tiffany sets so these were a complete unknown to me back in the day.  Of course now they are a must have for any player collector.

The interesting thing with these is that while the quality of the card stock and printing on the back is a step up from the regular piece, the photo has a bland look to it.  The whites are more of a beige......and beige in baseball cards is just no good.

Second verse, same as the first......but that cap is dynamite!

This Tiffany card is from the Topps Traded set back in 1985.  Yet another little extra thing to chase that OPC did not have.

We had it so simple back then.

Last Tiffany card is one of my faves from the 80's.  The infamous Richard Pryor card.

I still can't get past how similar the resemblance is.

To the more recent stuff again and this 2016 Topps Archive parallel.  The blue borders are numbered to 199 copies.  There's also a red border limited to just 50 but I've had to pass on a couple copies - shipping.....just can't do it.

The last couple cards are really the ones that epitomize what I love about COMC.

This simple Archives Snapshots base card can be simply put in my storage until I want it shipped.  I don't buy many through the year so a Black Friday sale is good enough for me.

If I can't find the card locally over the year, this is as good a place as any to pick it up.

And then there's the tougher parallel to snag too.  This photo negative (don't ask why they decided to go that route for a parallel) is limited to just 5 copies.  I had seen one or two go by previously and was a little worried I might not be able to snag a copy for a decent price.  Thankfully this one hit COMC with a really nice sale tag and it was an easy decision.

So there it is, my massive (to me) #WalletCard haul.  This puts me at 84 different Oscar Gamble cards.  Almost half of all his cards ever released.

If I did have a goal for 2018 (and I don't), it would be to surpass the century mark.

I have a feeling COMC will be most helpful in that chase.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BEHIND THE MASKS - One Old, One New

I'm very excited to see the latest bubble envelope hit the mailbox today.  It contains my recent COMC order (one that I have been building for the past year).  There are so many goodies to be had that it'll take a number of blog posts to get through it all.  Nothing wrong with that!!

Rather than jump in to the main course (spoiler....it's a plethora of Oscars), I'll go with something simple tonight....seeing as I'm watching the Flames game and reading a little Dave Bidini during the intermissions.  How about a mask card that almost finishes a long-standing set.

So here goes...
2010/11 In The Game
Between The Pipes Masked Men III
#MM-23 J.S. Giguere

Raise your hand if you remember Giggy playing for the Leafs?  Raise your hand if you remember him with this stunner of a goalie mask?

This is one sweet lid!!  Love the profile shot showcasing the great design painted by Marlene Ross.  This overlapping leaf layout really shows some depth and creativity that can be appreciated from a ways back - which is how it should be.

I don't know why it took me so long to land this card...it's not like J.S. is a high profile goalie.  Must be the fact he was playing for the Leafs at the time.  Regardless, it leaves me with just one lowly card left on the wantlist to complete the set.

Where are you Roberto Luongo??  (or should I say "cheap" Roberto Luongo).

Here's a bonus card from this year's Upper Deck Series I product.  Saw it and immediately had to have it.

Why can't more goalie base cards be like this?

Why couldn't goalie cards of the 60's and 70's have been like this?

Oh well....it's one more sweet mask card to go into the binder.

Gotta love goalie masks!!!