That meant a few extra days to get my ducks in a row, a few extra days before I dropped off that custom Iginla and a few extra days before receiving a nice little gift myself.
Most of the trade night regulars know by now that I collect Linden and are eager to help out when they find a card I might need. Sometimes it's a copy I already have but on occasion there's one that's eluded me.
2011/12 Upper Deck The Cup
#86 base card /249
OK....maybe not "eluded me" in the sense that I couldn't find a copy. But Seeing a few copies pop up on ebay, I refused to pay $8-10 for a copy (and then another $4-7 for shipping) - it just wasn't going to happen.
I decided to play the patience game (I'm learning) and just wait for a copy to poke its head out locally. It took a little longer than I expected, but the waiting paid off.
A great gift, the person who gave it to me said he picked it up as a throw-in in a trade he made. Awesome.
I'm really happy to cross this one off the list and it'll be a great story to reminisce about every time I take a look at this card. One of Trev's big pieces of cardboard.....his first ever Cup base card.