It's official! The start of the 2012/13 collecting season will be unlike any other I have ever encountered. Once again, I will be heading into uncharted territories.
All of this due to one of the final releases of the 2011/12 season - Upper Deck's 'The Cup'.
This super-high-end product hosts a tremendous amount of punch. Rookies, patched, low-numbered parallels, printing plates and jersey tag cards. In previous years, Linden has appeared in a grand total of one card (a dual tag card featuring him and Roberto Luongo....it went for some solid coin).
A base card numbered /249
A gold parallel /25
A black parallel 1/1
A jersey card /25
A patch card /10
A tag card (with an auto) 1/1
A dual shield/auto card with Ryan Kesler 1/1
An auto card /50
Another jersey card /25
A jersey/auto parallel /15
A patch parallel /10
A patch/auto parallel /5
An 'Honorable Numbers' dual patch/auto card with Brett Hull /16
A 'Limited Logos' card /50
And to top it off, 4 different autographed printing plates (each a 1/1)
By my count, that's 18 cards in total to add to the wantlist. I don't even want to think about how much all of this will cost when it hits the open market.
Realistically, I think I could eventually nail down half to two-thirds of the list, but it's going to take some time or some deep pockets - or both. And deep pockets is something I don't really have. I can dip the toe in the deep end once in a while, but I've never dove in. And I don't know if I'm ready to either.
Hoo-boy. Wish me luck.