Hello. It's been a while. I've been busy but that's not the only reason why I haven't been blogging as much. My computer crapped out a few weeks ago (literally days before I was to retire it). Of course I hadn't moved across all of my files yet so life was crappy while I had to try and fix it - for as little money as possible.
Anyways...problem solved. I'm still getting the new system all set up and fancy, but in the meantime I can throw out a bit of a blog post. I have no scanner yet (hopefully tomorrow) so I've resorted to stealing a scan this time.
Linden cards have been few and far between of late. Other than the big white whale that arrived last month it's been slim pickings. Some very nice gestures from other player collectors and people who have known me for a while have really been the majority of my new adds this year.
Not really as motivated.
ITG Vault cards.
Recently - and hopefully finally - the Vault release of note is ITG Final Vault. And it's loaded with Linden cards. Not a good thing.
I really do hope it's the final offering of this "concept". I'm growing tired of it - and I think others are too. You can see it reflected in the secondary sales of these cards. No longer are people asking $100 or even $50 for Linden cards. Sellers are plunking them down with a low minimum bid and they pretty much sit there.
I've once again decided to boycott the product as I find it a jumbled mess of leftovers.
No checklist to accurately update my master player collection list (thanks for that ITG) and just keeping up with all the different stamp colours is I think quite ridiculous.
I've so far found over 30 unique Linden cards released in this product. And based on the numbers associated with the mind-boggling stamp offerings, I calculate a minimum - MINIMUM of 60 different Linden cards to chase. Most with a bogus 1/1 stamp on them to inflate the supposed desirability and thus the asking price.
Here's the hilarious breakdown of how the Vault stamp colours work...
Red 1/1 - at least 1 of that particular card exists
Blue 1/1 - at least 2 of that particular card exists
Green 1/1 - at least 3 of that particular card exists
Silver 1/1 - at least 4 of that particular card exists
Gold 1/1 - at least 5 of that particular card exists
Black 1/1 - at least 6 of that particular card exists
Pink 1/1 - at least 7 of that particular card exists
Purple 1/1 - at least 8 of that particular card exists
Copper 1/1 - at least 9 of that particular card exists
Teal 1/1 - at least 10 of that particular card exists
What kind of rinky-dink operation is this? Pink? Purple? Teal?
And just try to figure it out from a crappy scan. Good luck. Can you tell me what colour stamp the Linden card above is? I've sent many an e-mail off to sellers just trying to confirm what colour the stamp is on their card. Too bad that's the extent of my interest.
Who is this product (and other Vault products) for? Certainly not the player collector. Most of the Linden cards have boring jersey pieces on them or just simply an auto. Cards like these in this product are nothing more than cheap filler and I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the dollar box at the local show in the very near future.
Except for those that feel Linden cards with a Vault stamp on them still hold some sort of value in the secondary market. Again...I'm confused as to what the purpose of these 60+ cards are?
Hopefully this will be the last of it and I can move on from this abysmal period in Linden collecting. I look forward to seeing innovative and forward thinking designs and concepts that will attract my interest as a collector and my pocketbook so I can add some exciting pieces to my collection.
Vault does neither of these things.