It's been a quiet few weeks on the hobby front - at least in my little collecting world. Work is just now simmering into a time where people aren't going gangbusters and we all will have some time off to enjoy the summer weather.
I went golfing for the first time this season. With all the rust, I can't believe I shot one of my best rounds ever. Must be the muscle memory or something (I'm going with the "something").
On the hockey card front, I've done a lot of snooping on ebay, but haven't pulled the trigger in a while. In fact, I've only picked up 3 cards this summer - all in early June. I'd say that's a hiatus....even if I wasn't really trying.
I did some design work for a challenge set up by another blogger. Yeah, that went south quick. No updates, no nothin'. I think I'll just tackle it on my own over the next little bit.
On the Linden front, there have been a few new releases with his name inserted.
14-15 Sp Authentic has a nice three-card chase. Two of them autos. Should be fun.
14-15 Premier has what could be some very interesting cards. Much like the jumbo patches from Prime over the past couple years, Upper Deck has followed suit with the Mega Patch.
Linden has 27 chest logo cards (all of them are 1/1's...so in theory you could build the entire front crest - which would be a crazy amazing accomplishment), 3 shoulder logo cards and 4 sleeve number cards. I'd be happy with picking up one of each. Actually....I'd be thrilled.
And last (and maybe least).....The Leaf/In The Game frankenstein release of In The Game Used.
I've seen a few pictures, and while the cards do look nice, I can't help but stop when I see the hand coming towards my face to slap me silly.
In my opinion it just gives me a bad taste in my mouth. Mistakes like that just shouldn't be made on a high-end product like this.
Linden has 8 cards in the product. But here's the catch.....each card has 4 versions. Do the math. That's THIRTY-TWO cards.
Oh, and back to the Linden cards...28 out of the 32 cards are limited to just 20 copies or less. Brutal.
I really feel like Leaf/ITG just ignores the player collectors out there and puts out shiny colored parallels with serial numbering to 3 or 5 just to create that feeling of "value".
I look at the cards that I've come across (and passed on) this summer. Many of them are "super rare" and "one of a kind". And of course, the price tag associated with it just makes me laugh.
There's no way I'm dropping 32 x "a big bundle of cash". The math ain't adding up anymore.
Well, I've added the 32 cards to my checklist, but I'm not holding my breath to even adding 5 of these to my collection. I just dont' have the appetite for it.
And God help me if they spell it Trever Lindin.