With a mighty exhale....I am finished my work for the 2014 season. For the next three weeks I am going to be "king lounger". Alright, maybe not. A little relaxing, a little organizing, some visiting and some looking ahead. It'll be a fun holiday season.
Last week was the final trade night of 2014. I'm pretty fortunate that there are two monthly trade nights in my city that I can go to. Both offer a great atmosphere and overall hobby enjoyment. And every once in a while.....a Linden.
To wrap up the year, I managed to snag a pair - from Upper Deck's most recent product release, Black Diamond.
This double diamond base (which does not scan well) utilizes a nice photo from early in Linden's playing days. I love the Cooper helmet.
But what really drew me to BD is the manageable chase. Five cards in total, with a tough parallel/auto /10 and a 1/1. Challenging...but not bank breaking.
I then go to the card show the following weekend and find the same Filip Forsberg card in the $5 bin. I snag it in a heartbeat.
Fast forward to last week and he noticed the second Forsberg. He asks if I'd be willing to trade for it - again. I say sure (not knowing he had the Linden). Sifting through his card, I was worried that I wouldn't find anything. Then, in the last handful I find this gem.
I started ribbing him that he was holding out on me. He knows I'm a Linden guy. We chuckled and the trade was (once again) an easy one.
Earlier in the evening I made a trade for what be my favorite parallel in the set.
We were playing a couple rounds of Pack Wars and one of the guys pulled it. He knew I was the guy for the trade. He collected Avalanche cards and while it took a couple tries, we did finally come to an agreement.
I was able to get rid of a card that has literally been sitting in my trade box for the better part of a decade. Can't go wrong with that.
So that leaves me with just the Emerald parallel/auto /10 and the 1/1. I'm liking the progress on this one.
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