One is a crazy tough parallel that I've been trying to track down for over 15 years and the other is a card that I didn't even know existed until recently.
Both have fun stories so sit back end enjoy.
#NY17 Powerplay Magazine Insert
At first glance this card looks like a simple, boring (but still important) base card. Nothing to write home about, right?
Let's flip the card over.
This is (according to what I've discovered...someone correct me if I'm wrong) a magazine insert card that was released on an Islanders game day.
I knew that this card existed, and was even shown a scan of it years ago by a fellow Linden collector. Having never seen one - and likely never would - I just chalked it up to a card that just wouldn't surface.
So what must I have thought when I saw multiple....MULTIPLE copies of the card on COMC a few months back? Craziness!!!
Where did they all come from? Why aren't they listed for a hundred bucks a piece (I might have been crazy enough to spend that kind of dough..........ok, maybe not). But what the heck???!!!
I quit asking questions and put an offer in on one (hey, why not try to talk the seller down on the price...after all, he has multiples).
I am super pumped. What a great add to my collection.
Now if that wasn't exciting enough, I also picked up a card that was originally never created. For reals.
2011/12 Panini Limited
Back To The Future Signatures
#7 Ryan Kesler/Trevor Linden dual autograph /25
Let's start with the front of the card again. Why Kesler is on the front just makes no sense - even if the whole idea is "back to the future" and there is actually a reason for it. Me no like.
Anyways, when Panini released it's Limited product in the 2011/12 season, the checklist indicated this dual auto card. But for months not a single sniff of one. After a couple years it was determined that the cards were never produced (or so we thought) and that they can come off the master list.
Well, fast forward a few years and a copy of this card pops up on eBay.
I was stunned. I immediately contacted another Linden collector to try and figure things out. He was as stumped as I was. But that didn't stop him from purchasing it. It wasn't until after that it was revealed that the 25 copies of the Kesler/Linden auto - and the platinum 1/1 parallel - were released straight off the Panini website. I think it was a product dump as the company was no longer going to be doing hockey cards.
Little did I know that one person picked up all the copies. Because over the next few months, new copies of this card would constantly be popping up.
So I shifted from "gotta have it" to "I think I'll wait".
Card went from over $60 to $40 to $30 to $25. Multiple copies have been sitting on COMC with no action on them.
I tried to get the seller to come down below $20 (as he had multiples.....who's going to buy all of them?) but to no avail. Finally I decided that the few extra bucks were no longer worth it. It's still a tough card to track down, numbered to just 25 copies and is hard signed.
Good enough for me.
Now that I can see it and touch it in person, I'm thrilled to cross this one off the list.
What a great pair of cards to finish off the year with (I'm assuming these will be the last big pickups of the year that arrive before 2017).