Friday, November 15, 2013


Another trade night come and gone and while it was a little lighter in participation...the take home was big.

Jumbo even!

I always enjoy seeing new concepts for Linden cards and the past 2-3 years have seen a plenty.  Too much in some instances.

From the Captain C to a monster quad auto, nameplates and multiple jersey pieces, there are a lot of really great memories.

Tonight was yet another chapter.  One I won't soon forget.

Well over a year ago, Superlative III was released by ITG.  And while I have slowly tracked down the bulk of the cards from the product, there are still a few that have managed to elude me.

With some cards it's tough.  Numbered out of 9 or 2 or the dreaded 1/1's makes tracking down these pieces a bit of a shoulder shrug.  They might come easy or they might never see the light of day.

One such card had a story like that.

Believe it or not, some people buy cards with no real rhyme or reason behind their collecting....and then shove the cards in the closet never to be seen again.  Gak!!!  What if a rare Linden lives in there?

Well, one such Linden did - for a year.  Then, out of the blue, this person with this rare Linden card just decides he wants to sell it.  Uhhhhh...ok.  So up on ebay it went.  And the price was not one I was going to budge at...rare or not.

I did reach out to the seller and soon learned it was a person whom I've met before.  He was selling the card for the actual owner.  We worked out a deal and this past weekend at the Expo in Toronto I had somebody pick it up for me.

It hit my hands tonight and boy did it feel nice.

2012/13 In The Game Superlative III
#JP-11 Jumbo Patch Gold  1/1

Oh yeah!  This scan does not do the card justice.  It is a fantastic looking piece and one of the best patches I have in my entire collection.

Why does it feel nice?

Because I cracked it out of its case.  I am an official Superlative toploader cracker.  I will not keep any of my cards in those holders ever again.

So even though I didn't make it out to the Expo, I feel like somehow the Expo came to me.

Thanks very much to Eli and Jeremy for making this transaction happen.

Now the card will forever be shoved in my closet.  So take one last look at it.


  1. That's a great looking card. I hope you keep it out and look at it.

    1. I keep my collection stored in boxes out of the light. That said, I do make a habit of pulling the cards out to enjoy them every so often.

      This winter I hope to go a step further by beginning the tedious process of documenting each card. Scanning front and back. Eventually building a website dedicated to the collection.

  2. nice. let them freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..............

  3. Pretty sick, that is the nicest Canucks patch I've seen.

  4. Way to free that cardboard! That is an amazing looking 'k". Glad to see the photo and patch match.