The staple of them all though still remains my Trevor Linden collection.
I took some time over the holiday break to go through my Linden cards, do a little resorting, double check some lists and just enjoy the cards I've been chasing for over 20 years. It really reinforced to me how much I enjoy this project and how I really feel like I've come into my own with how I approach this daunting task. He's got a lot of cards on the wantlist, and a good chunk of them are both tough to find - and costly. A patient approach while waiting for the right price is key.
Which brings me to my two latest acquisitions. I'm on the fence with them.
2017/18 Leaf In The Game Used Superlative
#SP-TL1 Super Patch Blue /4
The word that comes to mind is.....gallimaufry. I believe Paul over at Card Boarded has used that word a few times. This card has a lot going on.
First of all, the blue foil pops - a lot......and it looks awesome. It really makes the card look crisp. The patch is big - real big.......and I love the three colours with the stitching. It's a solid, super, patch. But this is where the train derails a bit. The jersey in the photo is one Trevor never wore (flying V) and I don't quite get why a Canucks jersey was used on a card with a Canadiens patch? It really makes a colourful mess on the front of the card.
I didn't pull the trigger right away when I saw this piece, yeah it's rare (only four copies) but I just didn't feel "excited" to hit the purchase button. I don't feel like I overpaid.....but I feel now that I could've held out longer and picked one up for less eventually.
Regardless, it's a nice enough card and I am excited to add it to the collection. Just not "over the moon" excited.
Speaking of not "over the moon" excited.......
#193 1993-94 Buyback Signatures /5
This base card buyback auto thing has now hit me a few times - and the novelty of it is growing tired.
Back in 2010, it was Panini offering up the Score Recollection Collection buyback autos. Those were fun to snag. A little pricey considering it was a penny base card with an auto and a serial number stamped on it. In 2016, Upper Deck got into things with their Fleer Showcase 25th Anniversary Buyback autos. Again, a nice idea, and well executed. This time they were a little more common (25 copies) and so the chase....and find was fun.
This time around it's Leaf, and really it's not pushing any boundaries. In fact, I feel like they've taken a bit of a step back by putting a sticker signature on the card. It just doesn't have the personal connection that the others did.
Nonetheless, when they started to pop up online, I kept my eyes open.
The first few came and went......and came again, and again. The prices were just too high - for me and many others it seemed. Finally, this copy popped up (from a seller I've dealt with numerous times over the years) and while I thought the price was a little high, I thought it was more in the ballpark. I made an offer and they accepted.
So I should feel excited right? I got the card for the price I wanted to pay.....right?
Yeah, the "over the moon" feeling just wasn't there again. Much like the Super Patch, this card is just....there.
Again, don't get me wrong, I love the fact I've added it to the collection. I just don't feel like I've snagged a sweet deal or landed an amazing item.
Two solid pieces.....that's where I am with 'em.