Earlier in the week, I had learned that there would be a couple of tins of The Cup offered up for a team style raffle. I knew that I wouldn't be dropping any cash down for a tin of the stuff myself so I thought this might be something that would "fill the void".
Basically how it works is you pay a certain amount for a random team and if any cards from your team show up in the pack break - you get them. Sounds simple, and at $15 per team it's a way to get in on the action without breaking the bank.
Seeing some of the "$15 gems" that were had by a couple of the guys there at the shop had me dreaming of a massive Linden patch or rare auto nicely landing in my lap.
The first go around had me pull Los Angeles out of the bag. I was hoping for Vancouver, but I quickly had people remind me of the benefits LA might lend. Still, I decided to trade my team with the guy who had Vancouver. After all, if a Linden happened to be pulled - I wanted it.
First tin - no 'Nucks. Bummer.
But that didn't discourage me. After all, there were two more tins.
The second go around and I scooped New Jersey. Again, not bad for potential. Again, I ended up trading my team for Vancouver. And again, no dice. The guy who had Colorado though landed two massive hits from the tin. He easily made back 10-15x the price of his team entry. Nicely done.
That must have been the motivation for me on the final tin to buy two slots. I hit Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. This time, I decided not to trade my picks. And it paid off. Here's the card that showed up in the final tin.
2011/12 Upper Deck The Cup
#SP-RF Ron Francis /35
A really nice auto/patch card of "Ronnie Franchise". Hard signed signature and a three color patch. Add to that, it's numbered 01/35. What's not to love.
Of course this card cost me $60 ($90 if you include the swings.....and misses in the Panini Prime breaks as well), but I was just happy to walk away with something.
Will I try my luck again next time? Maybe not. But then again.......