The last chunk of cards I'll show off from my Between The Pipes pickups at trader night come from my favorite insert set concept of all time.
Goalie mask cards have been of huge interest to me for years, and if you throw some vintage lids my way....the 'wow factor' goes up even more. This year, BTP's insert offering is called Masked Men 4 and this 50-card set is one of the nicest yet.
But what makes or breaks a mask set for me is player selection and photo quality. And from what I've seen so far, this year tops them all.
The vintage Parent above comes from one of my all-time favorite photos of him when he played for the Philadelphia Blazers of the WHA. There are a few vintage masks present in the set, but the bulk of the release caters to goalies currently in the game.
But, what can you do. It's probably the best offering from Eddie. So why not.
It's seeing the individual personalities of the goalies represented on their masks that makes this set really appealing to me.
Overall though, this has the chance to be the most fun set to build.
Along the lines of masks, I thought I'd end this Between The Pipes lovefest by commenting on the redemption decoy cards that are inserted into the packs that don't contain memorabilia cards.
But ITG did something unique this year that has turned these potential throwaway cards into pieces of cardboard with a little extra value.
That's the least exciting part of the product.
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