Tuesday, March 20, 2012

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - 2011/12 Heroes And Prospects Memorabilia

One of the questions I asked myself when Trevor Linden retired was "How long will it take before In The Game includes Trev in their 'Heroes and Prospects' product?"

You must remember, at the time of his retirement, Linden was rarely included in any company's sets and so the desire to have more cards to chase was much higher than it is now.

Of course, 2-3 years later and I almost cringe when I see the checklists of new products (more on that in a moment).

I was really happy though to see Trev included in this season's H&P product. It was about time. I was even more happy to find that his inclusion was a very modest (and wallet friendly) 2 cards.

2011/12 In The Game
Heroes and Prospects
#HM-10 Heroes Memorabilia Silver

This is the 'easier to find' card of the two in the set (the 'tougher' one is the gold version - which is limited to just 10 copies). This silver version is 1 of 60.

I don't know what it is about the card, but I really like it. I love the photo (considering ITG can't use NHL logos). The old-school Cooper helmet is my fave. The design is simple and really effective. And it's a generous-sized piece of memorabilia.

It's just a sharp looking card.

I really like that I was able to land a 2-color piece of jersey as well. I had seen a couple go on ebay previously and was worried that the well had run dry on the premium pieces. I had even tried to get a single colored swatch a couple times, but was patient not to overpay.

This card popped up with a very reasonable 'Buy It Now' price and I scooped it up right away.

A quick note to all of you about shipping your cards now. When I received my package, I noticed the card was in a toploader that was one size too big. Thus, the card could easily (too easily) slide in and out - not good when you're mailing it.

So what did the seller do? He taped the top of the toploader. Problem solved right? Well, unfortunately one of the corners kind of wedged out causing a tiny bit of damage. Not enough for me to ask for a refund or anything, but enough to make the seller aware (and now all of you).

If your card isn't well secured in your package, then beware of the potential headache you might receive from the buyer. It just takes a moment to rectify the situation.

All right, enough of that. I mentioned new products and checklists.

In The Game is coming out with yet another unique product idea. This time, celebrating the captains that have played in the NHL.

And my guy was indeed a captain.

'Captain-C' is due out at the end of March and features a 10-card box (much like Decades, Canada vs. The World, Enforcers, etc.) with 5 cards being premium foil base cards (part of a 100-card base set). Yes, Linden is included.

The other 5 cards are a mix of autographs, game-used memorabilia, etc. And yes, Linden is included....many times. From my initial count, he has 8 different cards to chase. Without a doubt, some of those will have silver and gold variations. So I'm estimating 14-17 cards in total being added to my wantlist.

My wallet is feeling the anxiousness inside me.

The most exciting inserts though - the 'Captain's C' cards. They are a pair of 1/1's. Here's what the mock-up looks like....

Yeah.....I want both of the Lindens.

Did I mention how much I like products that have just one or two cards in it?


  1. looking at the checklist I noticed that one of the players I collect, Lyle Odelein, is not in this set despite being a Captain for two teams during his career.

    Must be an oversight by ITG. Has to be.

    They must be savinbg him for Ultimate or something.....

    1. Must be.

      Or maybe he's a super-ultra-rare bonus un-numbered insert.

      But only in his CBJ jersey.