Sunday, March 25, 2012

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - 99/00 Pacific Prism Holographic Blue

I know, I know. I've been posting a lot of Linden cards lately. But when this one hit the mailbox on Friday, it not only concluded one of the unlikeliest of finds - it knocked a big 'white whale' off my list.

For the record, a 'white whale' (a card that has been on one's wantlist for quite some time) is not a card from a couple years ago. Just because you REALLY, REALLY want it and you've been waiting for months..........nope, not a whale.

I'm talking 8-10-12 YEARS of searching, waiting.....hunting. That's what a 'white whale' is.

And it's a great feeling to be able to cross one off the list.

1999/00 Pacific Prism
#73 Holographic Blue /80

You'd think a card with 80 copies would surface more than once a decade. But no. This card has eluded me for a long time. Just a quick's got a very blue sheen to it which did not show up in the scan at all. Weird.

The funny thing is, it wasn't an ebay find, it didn't come from one of the other Linden collectors and it wasn't stashed in someone's "to be shipped" pile knowing I collect Trev.

This card came from a website that I've perused only a couple of times before. Centre Ice Collectibles.

It's a marketplace for hockey cards. It's got a decent selection (and OK prices....especially if you find a whale like this). But to find a rarity for a player collector is a longshot.

I guess longshots occasionally pay off.

This card was a no-brainer to be put in the 'to be purchased' basket. I really didn't care what the price was (for the record - $5). But knowing I was going to get this one, I thought I'd take a closer look to see if I could add to it....since the shipping wouldn't go up anyways.

Wouldn't you know it, I found some Linden cards that were part of a deck of NHLPA playing cards back in 2005. Now, I'm sure if I searched hard enough, I could've found the whole deck for less than the price of the 4 Linden's I picked up, was a great find.

So that's 5 Lindens in one shot. Not too bad. I'll be checking out this site a little more often.

Now that I have all the copies from this parallel-hell product (thanks for that Pacific), I thought I'd show them all off.

And they actually, as a group, they scan pretty nice. Here we have the...

Holographic Gold /480
Holographic Blue /80
Base card (yes, I scanned them backwards)
Premiere Date /69
Holographic Purple /99
Holographic Mirror /160

I have absolutely no clue what Pacific was thinking when it came to this debacle (weird numbering and weird names), but now that I have all 6 - I kind of like it.

Now to go catch some more whales.

Here fishy, fishy, fishy (yes I know they are mammals).

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