A lot of interesting storylines. Luongo, St. Louis and the non-trade of Kesler being three of the bigger ones. I'm curious to see which teams have positioned themselves best for a playoff run (hint....not Vancouver).
In addition to a flurry of trade activity, there has been a bit of an influx of bubble envelopes in the mailbox this week. I like getting mail. Bills....not so much. But hockey cards....all day.
I opened a pair of envelopes which revealed three new Linden cards to the collection. But check out these cards. I didn't notice it until I saw them all together.
2013/14 Upper Deck Trilogy
A lower-end sticker autograph card (in my opinion), I waited a while before pulling the trigger on one. I paid a price that I was comfortable with and what I considered fair. I didn't land a "steal" but I definitely didn't overpay.
Not much to the card itself. A base card with a sticker slapped on essentially. Meh.
2013/14 Upper Deck SP Game Used
Second verse, same as the first. A signature parallel of a base card with sticker slapped on. This was another card that I had a dollar amount in my mind and was able to obtain it for that price.
Happy to knock it off the list.
2012/13 Upper Deck SP Authentic
#103 Limited autograph
Starting to see a trend here? The only difference is that this card is hard-signed (the way these cards should be). As a result, this piece commanded a bit more of a premium. So much so that it was right at my maximum ebay bid. I'm a little bummed that I didn't land this card for a sweet deal.....but c'est la vie.
Now....take a look at the three cards again. Full body shot (coasting), cutout photo, white and gold background, minimal card design qualities, signature along the bottom.
I enjoy vanilla ice cream.....but not vanilla hockey cards. These three cards reflect the occasional boring designs that can come from the hockey card world. It probably wouldn't be as noticeable if I received the cards one at a time. But seeing all three together leaves me just a little underwhelmed.
But, it's three off the list. Can't complain there. And it's just the start of what could be a very good month for the collection. You'll definitely want to stay tuned.
Now.....I'm craving a bowl of ice cream.