Sunday, December 2, 2012

RAISE THE CUP - The Century Mark

A recent mailday has allowed me to show off card #100 in my Raise The Cup project.

Out of all the mini-projects I've got going on in my card collecting, this pc is one that I think I'm most proud of.  It really showcases the fact that collecting can be anything you want - YOU make the parameters.  As well, card collecting doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg to enjoy.  Many of the cards in this project are simple base cards.

Without further ado...

1994/95 Topps Stadium Club
#9 Adam Graves

Adam seems to be doing more struggling than enjoying.  No problem there since he's lifting the Cup that my Canucks could have...should have won in '94.

There were a number of cards from this release that showed Rangers with the Stanley Cup.  The one year they had to go that route eh?

1990/91 Upper Deck
#167 Esa Tikkanen

Oh Upper Deck.  How your simple Series I and II releases have become the mainstay and "go to" for so many.  The photography is solid and the card design (albeit simple) is always consistent.

Esa seems to be less than impressed about his Cup victory.  He must have given Graves some lessons in New York.

2010/11 Score
#33 Brent Sopel (Season Highlight)

Brent Sopel has a Cup and my guy doesn't.  Ugh.  He looks as shocked as I am at the fact.

Actually, this photo is exactly the kind of photo that makes this project enjoyable.  It's that moment where they live the lifelong dream.

2011/12 Panini Contenders
Contenders Legacies
#153 Patrick Roy  /999

Another card from this solid insert set to add to the collection.  This one has most of the Cup in it.

After looking at this card, I've come to the conclusion that somebody needs to come out with a Raise The Cup insert set, with hard-signed autographs on each card, that isn't going to cost collectors an arm and a leg.

That would be one sweet set to build.

Current Collection - 100 cards


  1. Awesome! That Graves card has long been one of my favorite cards. You know I'm a Rangers fan, but Graves is my favorite player.

    It was a great, memorable series, but to say the Canucks should have won?

    1. Yup. Linden - robbed. Messier - I won't go there.

      Canucks in 7 (still in denial).


  2. Nice pickups and congrats on 100!

  3. Brent Sopel was one of the hardest-working Blackhawks I have watched play in 23 seasons. Seriously. In his 3 seasons with Chicago, I never saw him take a lazy shift or phone it in. I put him up there with Chris Chelios and Dirk Graham. He earned his part in the 2010 Cup.

    1. Agreed. He might not have been the prettiest player, but boy did the guy have heart.

      Not sure if I could put him in the 'gamer' category just because he was a depth player. But the guy always showed up no matter what team he played for.

      I liked him as a Canuck and was sad to see him go.

      Definitely worthy of a Cup ring.