Sounds like I'll be busy.........what gives?
It's all good. The fact that I can sleep in is good enough for me.
The next two or three blog posts will highlight my Between The Pipes pickups from the most recent traders night. I busted a box of my fave product, won a round of pack wars and made a couple trades for some Masked Men 4 cards.
So without further ado....let's get on with the show. First up, the box break.
2011/12 In The Game
Between The Pipes
Did I mention that this is one of my favorite products of all-time? I was really looking forward to participating in my local card shop's Cross Canada Tour promotion where as a bonus to opening a box of BTP, one would receive a unique 1/1 memorabilia card made specifically for that store and that product.
Sadly, I couldn't make it out. But I did find out that at the trade night, there were a few extra CCT cards eligible to those who opened a box of the product in the store.
Speaking of, the Stars & Stripes subset and the La Belle Province cards are pretty solid (some of the nicest in the 200 card base set). The Expansion Tandems is a nice idea (and you get to learn about some of the goalies of an era gone by) as is the small International Pioneers representation.
Overall, a pretty solid 200 card set. I'll get to the issue of how many doubles/cards remaining for the set I have in my next post.
A cool little insert build. But let's get to the big reason why I pop this product.
These die-cut cards you would think are some sort of high-end, limited number pull. Nope. These are the base end Masked Men 4 cards. And they look fantastic. Gorgeous photos, all NHL representation, that's how it should be IMO.
With 50 mask cards in this insert set, I'll be having a blast tracking them all down.
While I love the Fuhr mask, this silver version is sort of the 'middle brother' of the mask cards. The low-end die-cuts will get a ton of attention and the high-end golds will get the player collectors and the few set builders drooling.
The silvers........no man's land. Oh well, it's still a stunning card.
No wonder I'm not a big fan of the new guys.
I do love the diverse selection of players that are always included in the BTP auto set. Young guys, current stars, oldtimers (and some of them shortprinted) make this one of the most impressive sets to chase.
Some may say that ITG's autograph cards have an 'old hat' look to them from product to product. While I can see a bit of that, I must commend them for putting out a solid checklist, hiding the fact that they are sticker autographs very well and there are ZERO redemption cards in the product. Big plus.
So nothing that is mindblowing, but an overall fun box break. But I was excited to tear into the envelope with my bonus Cross Canada Tour card.
Who is JP Cesario?
I guess you win some....you lose some. And sometimes it's a wash. After all, it's a free 1/1 card. How can a guy complain.
Next up, my single pack win in BTP pack wars.