One came through the mail (and I was very excited to see it) while the other came from a box break at a local card shop's trade night.
Normally, every third Wednesday of the month I head out to a card shop on the other side of the city. It gives me a chance to get out and enjoy the hobby in an evening of pizza, drinks, pack wars and just overall good sportscard talk.
But there is a second shop that has monthly trade nights. My work schedule has not been overly accommodating with me getting out to those ones, but yesterday I managed to tear myself away for a few hours of fun.
And with Upper Deck's newest release - Artifacts hitting the shelves a couple days earlier (and my guy landing some slots in the checklist), I fugured I'd try my hand at a box of the product.
I'll post the stunning box break soon.
But in the meantime, I'll give you a sneak peek at the "hit" of the box...
That's right. I pulled this beauty myself. I knew I would....because the chances of me hitting one of the low-numbered parallels was astronomical.
It's not too shabby a card but lacks a bit in design. I'm partial to some of the previous releases put out by Upper Deck. But a Linden is a Linden....right?
And now on to my first ever Upper Deck The Cup card - ever. He's only been in the product one other time before this year (a dual shield with Robert Luongo) so I was anticipating this card's arrival in the mail.
2011/12 The Cup
#CE-TL (auto) /50
The scan does not do this card any justice. It's a nice hard-signed auto with plenty of space to sign. A black & white photo is against one heck of a shiny backdrop - and I mean shiny. And is this card ever thick. Why? Who knows. But I don't care, I now have a Cup card in my collection.
I was pretty happy with this pickup. I let the first few pass by (going for $70...$60) and waited until the price dropped to under $40. Will there be cheaper ones that go after this? Probably. But I got mine for a price I was willing to pay.
And I'm happy I did.