Friday, July 13, 2018

LINDEN CARD(s) OF THE WEEK - Fantastic Cameo(s)

In my previous post I shared a great gift I recently received from a fellow Linden collector.  What I didn't mention in the post is that he included a few extras.

Now....they're Jason Arnott cards so my first inclination was that they were meant for someone else - an Arnott collector.  Thing is, I don't know any Arnott collectors - especially not locally.

So in my 'thank you' e-mail to him I ask who the cards were to go to.  He responded with "They're for you".

See if you can figure out why...

1997/98 Pinnacle
#61 Jason Arnott was clear as day as soon as I took a second look.  I had a great laugh and thought about how great it was to see a 20-year-old piece of cardboard (that is likely worthless in most people's eyes) shine some new light - and definite appreciation in someone's collection.

This is a fantastic 'cameo' card.  I never would have picked up on it and am certainly glad someone else did.  In fact, I'd love to know how he stumbled upon this find.

It's certainly Linden and so a new addition to the master checklist was made.  These are often the most fun adds.

Oh, and I mentioned that he sent a 'few' cards....

1997/98 Pinnacle
#PP61 Rink Collection Jason Arnott

Nothing like a good 'cameo' parallel.  This is fantastic.

Now with the regular Linden from that set, there is no Rink Collection parallel.  He is listed as card #106 but the parallel set only included the first 100 cards.  So just the base for Trev.

This 'cameo' will most definitely do though.

1997/98 Pinnacle
#PP61 Artist Proof Jason Arnott

And this Artist Proof.  Wow!!!

The base card was a terrific gift - unexpected and just what I love about Linden collecting.  The Rink Collection was a great addition.  But this Artist Proof is just completely jaw-dropping.

Looking at it now I still can't believe that he sent the whole trifecta.  Amazing.

I love how they had to include Linden's cameo in the card.  Cut out all the background stuff but keep what's needed.  It would have looked pretty weird trying to Photoshop Trev out of the shot too.

Thank you very much again Kevin.  Your generosity and selflessness is something I look up to and try to emulate.  It also gives me a great energy boost when it comes to this hobby.  Boy do I ever love it.

Saturday, June 23, 2018


I'm on a roll here people!!!  Two posts in less than two weeks??!!!  In the immortal words of George Costanza - "I'm back baby!"

In all seriousness, it's nice to sit down for a few moments and type on this blog.  I've just finished doing a little tidying of my recent pickups (a very quick task), some Linden hunting on eBay and some checklist revising.  I've also become lazy and decided not to crack out the scanner (not a big fan of the job it does) I took pics of my latest show & tell.

A couple Linden offerings this time - after all, it is my main PC, and I've got a pair of great pickups to share.

2017/18 Leaf In The Game Used
#NHF-39 Nickname Hall Of Fame  /30

The use of 'Captain Canuck' on Linden cards it seems has finally been embraced by card companies - and I'm a big fan.  Upper Deck hit the nail on the head with their UD Premier Inked Script last season and now this Leaf ITGU set follows suit.

note: I just realized I haven't shared that pickup from a while back....I'll need to fix that.

This is the "base" card of the product with a whopping 14 parallels to chase (not including printing plates...if there are any).  This is a huge reason why I've laid off the gas when it comes to chasing Linden cards - oversaturation and lack of variety.  But this card is a gem.

This was a very kind gift from a fellow Linden collector who once again shares his selflessness with me.  I've done my best to "pay it forward" in the past and this Linden card will be a solid reminder to do so in the future.  I've always enjoyed cards in my collection that have a story and this one most definitely does.

Really thrilled to add it to the PC.  Thanks very much Kevin!!

This second card comes from the Summit Show that took place a couple months back.  I've seen this card on eBay a number of times and the first time I saw it I knew I needed to chase it.  It sort of....spoke to me personally.  The price was a little high so I never did snag it.  When I saw it at the show, I knew that some patience would likely get me to the price I needed.

2013/14 In The Game Stickwork
#SRD-08 Stick Rack Dual Silver (with Bure)

How about that Bure stick piece eh??  SWEET!!

Now....what could possibly be on a Linden stick that would have the letters BRE?  I don't care....I know what the last two letters likely are.  :)

I already have a copy of this card so did I really need this one?  YES!!  If you see a card this buy it (when the price is right).  Hard not to smile at it when I take it out of the case and look at it - even now.  A no-brainer pickup for me and one that I think will be a key conversation piece for a long time.

So what's coming down the pipe for me?  Hopefully a chance to start pecking away at the monstrous wantlist that has been built the last few seasons.  The 17/18 campaign has been extremely light all things considered (and I welcome it).  Upper Deck only added Linden in to their Canadian Tire Team Canada set and Leaf has him in a trio of products.  I'm looking forward to knocking off some inexpensive finds over the rest of the year - keeping the chase fun and within my budget.

My Oscar Gamble collection has been pretty quiet as well....but I am just taking my time on that one.  No need to rush.  Gotta keep that one simple, fun and inexpensive.  Stay the course.

Goalie mask sets are pretty meek these days with Leaf doing their Masked Men stuff.  Nothing groundbreaking and I find myself waiting until the singles are a couple bucks a piece.  Not going to break the bank building those.  Other than that, my side projects are always on the radar.

I do have an idea brewing for a new project that I might begin this fall.  The 'Buck Binder'.  Simply put, build a binder of 100 cards that I like, each priced at a buck or less.  Doesn't matter the type of card (auto, jersey, base, etc.) but it's gotta catch my eye and cost less than $1.  Once I hit 100 becomes a game of "upgrading".  If I want to add to the pile, I'll need to take one out.  Inexpensive and fun - seems to be the way I play the game these days.

Monday, June 11, 2018

PARKIE PROJECT - Well......Hello There!!!

Holy crap!!!  It's been a over half a year since I've posted.  Time has absolutely flown.

A little bit of catchup.  Work has been really busy - I was sent to France for a week to work on a documentary (an absolute once-in-a-lifetime trip), been working hard as we have launched a new soccer team in our city (and a new league for that matter) and at times feels like I now have two jobs (or maybe twice the work).

My niece and nephew are getting older, more independent, but I still try and keep them in the mix.  Was asked to be on the Board for a group that I volunteer with (amazing people and a great cause that I'm thrilled to give my time to).  And.....I'm trying to complete a documentary project of my own that I really am excited about.

Oh.....and I try to still be somewhat involved in the sports card hobby.

Been to fewer shows this year, and have definitely bought way less than usual (I think I've made 2 eBay purchases this calendar year so far) but I still search out Linden stuff everyday and am always excited to see what all is out there and what people are picking up.

Was at the big Summit Show in Edmonton a couple months back and snagged a couple cards.  I'll share one with you now (as I feel the need to post a photo).

1951/52 Parkhurst
#72 Howie Meeker

This Meeker rookie card is in pretty sweet shape.  Yeah there are a couple splotches on it....but for the price, it was a steal.

I'm excited to add another card to the Parkie Project as it's been a while.  Heck, everything has "been a while" lately.

Definitely not abandoning the blog.....just life getting in the way of things.  And I'll be honest, there just hasn't been as much for me to share at this time.  But like many things, there are ebbs and flows.  Things'll pick up.

Hope everyone has been enjoying their year!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - One Of The Best From 2017

Wow.....did my holiday break ever come and go quickly.  I can't believe it's back to work in just a couple of days.

The time off has been nice.  Spent some quality time with my niece and nephew, caught up with some old friends, took in a couple movies, got some much needed R&R and even spent some time with this great hobby.

So why no blogging???  Good question.

No big reason - just didn't.  There.....'nuff said.

But to start the new year I thought I'd share one of my most recent Linden pickups.  Turns out it's one of the top cards for this pc I picked up in the 2017 year.

2016/17 Upper Deck SP Authentic
#II-TL Immortal Ink  /10

I have always loved the Immortal Ink sets put out by SP Authentic and was thrilled to see Linden get added to the checklist this past year.  That said, I knew actually obtaining a copy would be a tall task.

I've really become more conscious about where my hobby dollars go these days - especially when it comes to my Linden pc.  There are just so many cards on the wantlist, it'll take a lifetime to "catch up".  So my eagerness to be aggressive in my purchasing has diminished significantly......and I've no problem with that.

These Immortal Ink cards are highly sought after.  Always a strong checklist and beautiful design (plus the hard signed autos) makes this a popular build for set collectors.  Add to that the player collector component and the prices for these can get pretty high pretty quick.

Me being me, I passed on the first few copies I saw.  But I wasn't too worried about NEVER landing a copy.  I didn't place this in the same category as I have other cards.  But it was an eBay listing from a fellow Linden collector that had me thinking about working out a deal.

I was surprised to see the card posted to begin with.  Was he getting rid of some of his Linden collection?  Nope....he had doubles.  Wow.....didn't see that coming.  The asking price was quite fair but I thought I'd try my hand at trading.  See if I could work something out that way.

So I contacted him.  And I made a pretty strong offer.  It was an easy transaction and I was super pumped to know this card would be coming my way.

So what did I give up in return?  How about an Auston Matthews Young Gun rookie card.

Yes, I "overpaid".....and I would do it again in a heartbeat if the situation was the same.  Hear me out on this.

I opened up a tin of Upper Deck Series I (paid $35 for it) and was stunned to find the Matthews YG in one of the packs.  That put my mind in a different spot than maybe some others would.  In my eyes (one of the ways I could look at things), I was in on this card for just $35.  Sure the card can go for upwards of $200 on the open market right now, but in the moment I knew that I had a card that could...should be enough to warrant a trade.

I'm not always about what things "book" for or what the "going rate" is.  Sometimes my brain takes me to "how much have I got invested in this card".  And there are times when it can pay off much better for me (and much quicker).

At the end of the long as I'm happy with the trade, it really just doesn't matter.

Thanks very much Elliot for the sharp looking Linden.  It's my favourite pickup from the 2017 year and I've got a fun story that goes along with it.

Hope everyone has a fantastic 2018!!!