Wednesday, May 5, 2021

LINDEN CARD(s) OF THE WEEK - We've Got A Really Big Show

I've been a Trevor Linden collector for more than half my life. When it comes to my hobby story, there is no question that my Linden PC is front and center...and a true galvanizing aspect of sportscards for me. This collection has kept me motivated, organized, passionate and ever-chasing - even when things slow down or get in a funk. Linden cards have always been a source of enjoyment.

I do searches for new Linden cards on eBay daily...even hourly.  Technology has created a streamlined situation that makes the task virtually effortless. And make no mistake...I still get really excited when I find a card that has been sitting on the wantlist for a long time. It doesn't happen as often...and maybe that makes it all the more enjoyable.

Recently, I've come across an influx of older show cards the likes I've never seen before. On wantlist where some of these cards have been sitting for almost 20 years, just finding a copy is near impossible. To land not just one...but multiple - is borderline unheard of.

But here we are.  Enjoy the show (see what I did there).

1998/99 Be A Player
#234 SHOW Atlanta National  /10

This is a perfect example of a card I thought I'd never see. I still can't believe I own a copy of it.

So, the story behind this card (and most of the others in this post) come from a site called Centre Ice Collectibles. They sell singles and I've picked up the odd card here and there over the years. Most of the time I check out their site, they have base and a few mid-range parallels...nothing I don't already have. They've also started posting some of their cards for sale on eBay...which is where the lightbulb went off.

They did not have this card on eBay...I went to the CIC site after I tracked down a couple other cards and couldn't believe my eyes at the number of show cards they had sitting in the Linden checklist. 

My excitement was so palpable that it cost me in some stupid shipping costs (more on that later).

I've said it a number of times since I cracked open the bubble mailer...I can't believe I have found a copy of this card.

1999/00 Be A Player Millenium
#129 SHOW Fanfest Silver  /25

This was one of the cards I saw lurking on eBay. It popped up on my feed on a weekday afternoon, causing me to do a doubletake. What was a rare gem like this doing wandering on deck on a Tuesday? It made no sense. A quick check of my master list confirmed that it was indeed a card I needed...so I pulled the trigger quick on the purchase.  Even went so far as to pay for it right away (foreshadowing).

This is the fourth colour parallel of this show card that I now own and again, I still can't believe I stumbled on a copy of it.  These cards just never see the light of day.

But within seconds of me winning this auction...another card popped up right behind it.

2000/01 Be A Player Signature
#213 SHOW Cleveland National Ruby  /10

My jaw dropped when I saw a second show card hit the open market. I started wondering if there was a Linden collector offloading their collection. Then I saw the seller and started putting two and two together.

I snagged this piece of cardboard just as quick....paid for it - yes, I ended up completely blowing the whole "combined shipping" thing - and was off to the CIC website.

At $3 a card to ship...it wasn't the end of the world...but had I'd known how many show cards I'd be buying, I'd have paid more attention.

This card finished off the four-card Cleveland National rainbow and is the 13th show card from this card issue (I think I need to do a show & tell just on that).

But wait...there's more.

2001/02 Be A Player Parkhurst
#161 SHOW Tri-Star Collectors Show  /10

This was the one card that started off this recent show card haul. A couple of months ago, I started noticing that there was a seller who had monstrous amounts of show cards from one set issue...and was offering them up at crazy prices.  Of course, they were cards I needed so my lip was getting bruised as I was constantly biting it - holding off on making some bad purchases. 

My patience paid off as this card hit eBay again shortly after, with a different seller and for a much more reasonable price.

Again, I've never seen a copy of this card. It's unbelievable to think I now own it...and three other show cards within such a short period of time.

The even more absurd part of all this...as I was typing up this post tonight, I decided to go back to the CIC site just to triple-check my master list with what they have left in their inventory.  Wouldn't you know it, they have TWO MORE show cards that are on my wantlist. So this isn't the last of my 20-year-old show card haul.

This hobby never ceases to amaze me.

One more Linden to wrap up the post...this time, a buyback from a product that had me smitten when it originally came out.

2018/19 Upper Deck MVP
#131 98-99 Buybacks  /20

This card comes from one of the low-end UD products...but was one of the most desirable cards for me in the 18/19 season. I don't know why, but I was a sucker for these buybacks. Numbered to just 20 copies (to celebrate this product's 20th anniversary) I thought it was a really fun chase. I even opened a few boxes back in the day.  These buybacks came one in every box. Of course, my luck, I hit a Joe Juneau on my first attempt...and my second.  Yup, I have 2 of the 20 possible Joe Juneau cards from this offering.

It took a while to find a copy of this Linden for the right price...again, a lesson in patience. Really happy when it showed up. It's not often I add many cards from recent products these days. I find they have huge asking prices and I'm just not as motivated a buyer as I was years ago. I can wait.

This came at the right time and I'm thrilled with it...as I am with all of the Linden cards in this post. It arguably is the biggest addition to my collection in quite a number of months. Doubtful it's a trend that will continue, but I like the fact that I can give myself complete permission to take a stab at a card whenever I want. I feel I've got the mindset to not go crazy these days and put a burden on my wallet.

It really is the best way to collect.

What a month it has been.

NOTE: I just realized that not a single one of these cards shows Trev in his Canucks jersey. Odd. 
 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

OUTSIDE THE BOX - Topps Project70

For a person who has been fairly passive with the hobby these days, I can say that the past month has brought with it a number of exciting moments. New cards added to projects, seeing cards move on to a bigger and better cause, PC discoveries, jumping into new territories and another major update on a stolen collection.

Now if only I could find time to blog about it all.  Ha!

Seriously though, it really has got me excited and energized about card collecting. Not that I was ever down on it...but I love when things are on an upswing.

So let's start by checking out some new cards that come from a concept that is sweeping the hobby world.

I won't lie - I loved Topps Project 2020. I thought the idea was brilliant and they executed it to perfection. Add to that the incredible timing of a hobby surge and it was a true rollercoaster ride to watch over the past year.

While I didn't pick up any cards from the project, I'd be first in line if they ever did a coffee table book that depicts all 400 cards (with some info on each, interviews, etc).  It would be a 'can't miss' in my opinion.

The new year brought with it another online, limited-time-only artist product. Topps Project70 is a little more diverse in scope but never short on creativity. I kept my eyes open and decided to strike recently when a card came up that I just couldn't turn down.

Topps Project70
#70 Lou Gehrig
artist: Lauren Taylor

But first, let's take a look at this stunning Lou Gehrig offering from artist Lauren Taylor. If you don't follow her on social media, go check her out.  She does incredible work and has an equally incredible story.

This Gehrig just has an aura about it. I truly feel that it will be one of the iconic artist cards to come from this set - and all future Topps artist sets. It really is an eye-catcher.

I love the simplicity when you pull back and take a look at it from afar, but when you take a closer look at the details....stunning. It tells a story in the images yet it all revolves around Lou's face. It really utilizes positive and negative space so well. And the colours...love the muted greys and blues.

I decided to add this card to my cart since I was picking up another card - and figured I could save a bit on shipping (which is nasty going from the US to Canada).

Topps Project70
#78 Coco Crisp
artist: Jonas Never

When I saw this card on Topps' social media accounts....it took me all of 10 seconds to decide that I had to add it to the Oscar Gamble collection. Any card that pays homage to the GOAT of all baseball cards gets a slot on the master checklist from me.

I've seen other Coco Crisp cards that accentuate his afro...so seeing this rendition didn't really surprise me.  I was a tad disappointed that the image feels a little off to me. He seems hunched or disproportioned a bit.  Maybe it's just me.

Still....a fun card.  So I added it to the cart.

Now these cards didn't break the bank by any means, but with the shipping, they weren't cheap. So I was absolutely pumped when I opened the mailing box to find not two Project70 envelopes inside...but three.

Occasionally, Topps will add parallel rainbow cards or artist proofs to random buyers. I got lucky and my number was called.

And I was even more excited with the results...

Topps Project70
Rainbow Foil  /70
#78 Coco Crisp
artist: Jonas Never

To get the rainbow parallel /70 of the Coco Crisp really made me smile. It's almost as if Topps knew I collected Oscar Gamble. The shimmer on the card is super-cool and I really like the way the card looks. The one touch holder it's in feels a little loose, but I can get past that (part of me wants to bust it open and hold the card itself).

I'll admit, I took a peek at some of the completed sales on this card on ebay...that was a nice treat to see. But fear not, this card isn't going anywhere. It's going to stay in the Oscar Gamble collection from here on out.

Now.....do I track down the Artist Proof /51? I am a completist after all.  :)

Or how about the gold border 1/1? (good thing it already sold)

 I don't think I'll be diving into many more Project70 cards...perhaps if Oscar Gamble himself gets the artist treatment. OK....if he gets a card, I'm buying it.  Nuff said.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

STOLEN TREVOR LINDEN COLLECTION - Huge Update!

If you have followed my blog for the past number of years, you will have seen the 'sticky' post on the right hand side sharing the news of a stolen Trevor Linden collection.  It has been over three years since a home break-in in British Columbia resulted in a considerable Trevor Linden collection being stolen along with some other sports memorabilia and some jewelry.

Ever since the day I learned of this brutally unfortunate situation, I have cross-referenced every rare Linden card that has surfaced on ebay, COMC and other sportscard selling sites with the list of stolen cards (with serial numbers). A collection like this isn't stolen with the intention of sitting in a person's private collection...it's for resale.

Over the years, there have been instances where a couple cards would surface, but unfortunately nothing ever came of it. And then Jan. 24 of this year came about. It started a chain reaction that has led to (frankly) an incredible end to this chapter of the story.

You'll want to check this out...

January 24th, 2021 saw not one or two rare Linden cards pop up on ebay...but FIVE.  All of them happened to be on the stolen card list I have had posted for the past 3+ years.  We're talking 1/1 Nameplates, Mega Patches, Printing Plates, etc.  These are big ticket cards for a Linden collector. This was a huge development. The seller was made aware of the cards being stolen and the Terrace RCMP were notified. Soon after, the cards were pulled from ebay and are currently in the possession of the Terrace RCMP.  They plan on returning the cards to the rightful Linden owner once the final paperwork is complete.

That in itself would be a pretty solid end...but there is more - much more.

Not two weeks after the cards popped up on ebay, I was made aware of a seller on Sportlots auctioning off a number of Trevor Linden cards...again, matching the cards on the stolen card list from 2017. Once again, the RCMP were contacted, as were Sportlots (who were apparently great to deal with) and even the seller of the Linden cards.

Here's where it gets a little unbelievable.

Turns out, he had over 200 of the stolen cards taken from the theft....AND WAS WILLING TO RELINQUISH THEM TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNER. No questions asked.

I was shocked to hear this. The pricetag associated with these cards would be thousands of dollars. It sounds as if he purchased the cards in a huge lot with the intention of selling them individually to make a few bucks. To essentially take the loss on these cards, do the right thing and return them to their rightful owner...pretty awesome.

And I was as shocked as anyone when I saw the photos from the package arriving a couple weeks ago...

I would not have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes.

There are ITG encapsulated cards, show cards, rare parallels and a whole schwack of 2002 Atomic Blue cards that are low serial numbered.

This is a massive portion of the stolen cards finally finding their rightful home again and I couldn't be happier.

Now that said, there are still a number of cards that are out there.  The stolen card checklist still exists...but it is a little smaller.

And with all of these cards popping up now, it just reinforces to me that the best time to be diligent is now. Keeping an eye out for things that look too good to be true is something I'll be doing even moreso. And I'm asking you all to keep an eye out too please.

If you see any of the following cards listed below, please reach out to me.  This is not a complete list of the stolen cards that are still unaccounted for, but these are many of the rarer ones.

Anything is possible.  I believe these cards will surface eventually.

2014-15 Artifacts Gold Spectrum #31 (22/25)
2014/15 Artifacts Jerseys Autograph #31 (7/12)
2014/15 Artifacts Jersey Patch Auto Gold Spectrum #31 (2/3)
2014/15 Artifacts Patch Patch Gold Spectrum #31 (6/15)
2014/15 Artifacts Treasured Swatches Stick Tapes Red #TSTL (7/12)
2014/15 Black Diamond Auto Emerald #129 (he has 7 of the 10 copies)
2014/15 UD 25th Anniversary Buyback Auto #480 (7/25)
2014/15 UD Premier Mega Patch Chest Logo #PMPTL (21/27)
2014/15 UD Trilogy Signature Pucks Retro #SPTL (4/15)
2013/14 ITG Decades 1990s Nameplates #NP78 (Letter 'N')
2013/14 ITG Stickwork Stick Rack Quad Gold Vault Linden/Bure/Sedin/Sedin #SRQ15 (1/1)
2013/14 Panini National Treasures Dual Auto Gold Linden/Naslund #42 (22/25)
2013/14 Panini Playbook AUTObiography Press Plates Black - Trevor Linden #AUTL (1/1)
2013/14 Panini Playbook AUTObiography Press Plates Magenta - Trevor Linden #AUTL (1/1)
2013/14 Panini Namesakes Auto "1" #NUTL (15/25)
2013/14 Select Industry Summit #178 (1/5)
2013/14 Select Black #178 (1/1)
2013/14 Select Negative #178 (1/1)
2013/14 The Cup Emblems of Endorsement #EETL (9/15)
2013/14 UD Trilogy Signature Puck Retro Logo #SPTL (7/13)
2012/13 Artifacts Gold Spectrum #93 (1/25)
2012/13 Artifacts Jersey Patch Auto Emerald #93 (6/8)
2012/13 Artifacts Patch Gold Spectrum #93 (15/15)
2012/13 Certified Junior Class Signatures Linden/Ennis #15 (24/25 and 5/25)
2012/13 Fleer Retro EX 2001 Essential Credentials Now #24 (8/24)
2012/13 ITG Superlative Jumbo Patches Silver #JP11 (1/4)
2012/13 ITG Superlative Patches Silver Ultimate Vault Ruby #SP30 (1/1)
2012/13 ITG Superlative Plus Emblem Auto Gold #SAPTL (1/1)
2012/13 ITG Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition The First Six Triple Jerseys Superbox Toronto Fan Expo - Linden/Theodore/Koivu (1/1)
2012/13 Limited Captains Printing Plate Black #187 (1/1)
2012/13 SP Authentic Limited Patches/Auto #103 (2/10)
2012/13 The Cup Gold #85 (19/25)
2011/12 Crown Royale Printing Plate Black #106 (1/1)
2011/12 Crown Royale Printing Plate Magenta #106 (1/1)
2011/12 Crown Royale Ice Kings Printing Plate Cyan #7 (1/1)
2011/12 UM11 Hot Patches Ultimate Vault UM-11 #26 (1/1)
2011/12 Limited Back To The Future Signatures Linden/Kesler #7 (18/25)
2011/12 SP Authentic Limited Patches/Auto #49 (20/25)
2011/12 The Cup Gold #86 (17/25)
2011/12 The Cup Silver Jersey #86 (10/25)
2011/12 The Cup Gold Rainbow Jersey #86 (9/10)
2011/12 The Cup Foundations Jerseys Auto #CFTL (6/15)
2011/12 The Cup Foundations Patches #CFTL (5/10)
2010/11 Dominion Pen Pals Triple Linden/Brodeur/Williams #3 (25/25)
2010/11 ITG Decades 1980's Game Used Jersey Black Chicago National #M62 (1/1)
2010/11 Limited Gold Spotlight #127 (7/10)
2010/11 Limited Monikers Gold #127 (2/10)
2010/11 Score Recollection Collection Auto Red (CDN) #32 (6/15)
2010/11 Score Recollection Collection Auto Blue (USA) #32 (10/15)
2010/11 Zenith White Hot #138 (9/25)
2010/11 Zenith Printing Plates #138 (Black, Magenta, Cyan, Yellow) (each 1/1)
2008/09 SP Game Used Triple Authentic Fabrics Platinum #3AFTL (8/10)
2008/09 UD Black Jersey Duals Linden/Naslund Gold #BDJ2NL (5/25)
2007/08 Artifacts Tundra Tandems Red Linden/Morrison #TTML (23/25)
2007/08 Artifacts Tundra Tandems Patches Ice Blue Linden/Morrison #TTML (5/25)
2007/08 Artifacts Tundra Tandems Patches Red Linden/Morrison #TTML (7/10)
2007/08 Artifacts Tundra Triple Red Linden/Morrison/Kesler #T3LMK (2/10)
2005/06 Be A Player Signatures Gold #TL (9/10)
2005/06 Black Diamond Emerald #125 (14/25)
2005/06 Black Diamond Gold #125 (4/10)
2005/06 SPGU Authentic Fabrics Triple Iginla/Shanahan/Linden #ISL (23/25)
2005/06 SPGU Authentic Fabrics Triple Modano/Linden/Roenick #MLR (6/25)
2005/06 UD MVP Materials Triple Naslund/Linden/Jovanovski #TVAN (6/25)
2005/06 Upper Deck Notable Numbers Auto #NTL (12/16)
2004/05 Upper Deck High Gloss Gold #172 (/5)
2003/04 Beehive Silver #191 (12/67)
2003/04 UD MVP Canadian Exclusives #413 (20/25)
2002/03 BAP Ultimate Memorabilia 3rd Ed. Numerology Dionne/Linden #18 (36/40)
2002/03 Upper Deck CHL Jersey Gold #CGTL (18/25)
2001/02 BAP Memorabilia Emerald #495 (4/10)
2001/02 Topps Special Olympics Nevada #193 (1/1)
2001/02 Upper Deck Mask Collection Dual Patches #DPTL (31/50)
2000/01 BAP Memorabilia Emerald #285 (2/10)
2000/01 BAP Signature Series Emerald #213 (1/10)
1999/00 BAP Millenium Emerald #129 (9/10)
1999/00 Pacific Centre Ice Proof #13 (/10)
1998/99 Aurora Championship Fever Copper #28 (20/20)
1997/98 Pinnacle Certified Platinum Mirror Gold #104 (14/30)

THIS IS BY NO MEANS THE COMPLETE LIST OF STOLEN CARDS....BUT THESE ARE THE MORE RARE LINDEN ITEMS THAT ARE STILL OUT THERE.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

LINDEN CARD(s) OF THE WEEK - A Few Recent Pickups

I've been thinking about my Linden collection quite a bit recently...for a number of reasons.

I've thought about how much I've invested into my PC these days - a far cry from the weekly snags a number of years ago (or multiple cards in a week). I've been going through some of my old Paypal receipts...yes, I keep those, and for good reason, and I'm shocked at how much cash I've dished out. I'm thankful that I've realized I can still thoroughly enjoy this hobby without destroying the bank account.

I've thought about it because I've thought about the stolen Linden collection from 2017. Some good news on the horizon with that story. Stay tuned.

I've also thought about my collection with regards to how I want to share it on social media. I've started a personal website (more for work reasons) and I want it to reflect who it is I am.  This hobby is without a doubt part of who I am, but will I potentially turn people away if I start bombarding it with cardboard content? Same holds true for Twitter or Instagram.

I plan on sharing, but I don't think it will be the foundation of my content.  This blog, however, will be a place to come for all things hockey cards.

So let's show off some of my most recent acquisitions.

2002/03 Pacific
#379 SHOW Pacific Nights  /10

For those who know what these are...know how absolutely jacked I was when I saw this.

I've been chasing this impossible to find show card for....well, almost 20 years. I had to do a double-take when I saw it land on ebay last November. Yes, it's a show stamped card, but that doesn't take away how desirable a piece of cardboard like this is for a completist like me.

What gave me the confidence to go hard on this one was the fact that my Linden purchasing last year was quite minimal. I knew that I could splurge....I was a good boy in 2020.

To my surprise, I landed it for about half of what I thought I'd end up paying...even better.

Limited to just 10 copies, I would be very surprised if I saw another copy of this hit the open market.

Now that said, I've seen an absurd amount of early 2000's show cards pop up on ebay of late. Somebody has stacks and stacks of them...but they're pricey. 

I'm kicking myself for leaving a couple a little too long - it seems the ones I needed were the first to sell.

Figures.

2019/20 President's Choice
#NN Game Used Fight Strap  /3

I haven't dabbled too much in the world of President's Choice. Dr. Brian Price (from the In The Game days) has ventured out into this smaller-production, direct purchase landscape. He knows his stuff and the response has been really strong over the past few years.

Linden has had a few really nice cards get created - many of them 1/1s, and the price tag to boot. Like I said, they're nice...but I just can't drop the coin like I used to.

I saw this fight strap card pop up on ebay with a decent price attached.  It went quick and so I headed over to the doctor's website to see if either of the other two copies were still available. There was one left.

I bit my tongue and bought it. Make no mistake, it's a really nice card and I'm thrilled to have it in the collection. Check out the way the snap pops out of the card...

Seriously...that's how it's done.

I laugh when I look at it now because about a week after I bought the card, there was a site-wide sale on products. Serves me right not to pay attention to things like Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday or what have you.

No regrets on this one. It's a toughie at just 3 copies. Glad to have it.

2020/21 Upper Deck
#67 Synergy Legend Red "error" blank front

OK....this one is both cool to own and a huge question mark.

I'm a fan of the oddball stuff. Error cards, misprints, I'm all over that...but only if it's inexpensive. After all, these are not official checklist-type stuff. So when I saw this card pop up on ebay, I was immediately intrigued - and with a ton of questions.

I've seen guys try to do some funky stuff with cards to sell them as "errors". Peeling the foil front and calling it a "proof", taking the eraser to the ol' early-90s Upper Deck cards. I've seen my fair share of fakes.

But this was the only copy of this Linden I had seen pop up (and to this date it's still the only copy like this I've seen). It looked pretty clean, so I threw a minimum bid on it. It ended up winning. I think I paid more for the shipping than I did the card.

Not a few days after I have the card in hand and I see a couple more of these "error" cards pop up by the same seller. Now something smells fishy. On the same day, I see some posts on social media showing peeling along the bottom of some of these cards. Now I feel like I've been duped.

I reached out to the seller and asked. He claims to have bought the cards from another guy. Is that really the case? I dunno. But I've let it slide and am tossing this on my master checklist. It was a couple bucks. No harm, no foul.

I still think it's a really cool looking card....but my mind has to say "it was a misprint" for me to think that.  Ha ha.

2020/21 Topps
#13 Skate! Disco Series 3

Well, I might have found the first digital Linden card that has me cringing.

I've been a big fan of the Topps Skate! app for a couple of years now. Great fun opening virtual packs - and it hasn't cost me a single penny. I've added a number of nice Linden cards to the collection - and yes, they go on the master checklist too.

This disco card though...yikes. I'm giving it a single John Travolta shimmy out of five.

2020/21 Topps
#13 Skate! Disco Series 3 Signature

Oh...and he has a digital signature parallel as well. This must be the online equivalent of a sticker autograph.

Oh well, they're in the collection and without too much of a fuss. I've got to credit Paul over at Card Boarded for tipping me off that Trev was included in this set.  Much thanks.


Well...that's it for now. Boy that was fun. I promise to do this more often.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - UD Chronology II Red Auto...And Some Announcements

Well hello again!

It's been a while...hope everyone is well and hanging in there as we kick and scream into 2021.  :)

I've been busy with a number of things (I'll share those in a few minutes), but am going to try and find more time this year to share all things hobby in my world.  I won't lie, I miss blogging on a regular basis.  But I also recognize that the landscape for sharing cardboard content has changed drastically since 2009 when I launched this site.

So let's start with a card.  It's the latest to come in for my Linden collection...and I really like the looks of it.


2019/20 Upper Deck Chronology II
#CA-TL Canvas Auto Red

I was really excited to see Linden added in the second volume of Chronology.  The cards look real sharp, new photos to drool over and (for the most part) hard signed autos.  I think this is the first gold pen auto in my collection and is the tougher of the two canvas auto cards he has in the mix (not including the 1/1).

I am however trying to figure out why a card like this warrants being on a 180pt cardstock?  Is it supposed to make the card feel more important?  Is thicker better?

Anyways..........

It's a nice start to the collecting year as Trev has cards in Chronology, Synergy and Leaf Lumber Kings to keep me busy.  But really, I've been keeping my eye out on some older, rarer show cards (remember those?).  There have been a number of them popping up of late - actually, an insane number of cards (like the guy has full sets of show card runs).  Unfortunately, his asking price is far too steep for me at this time.  At least I know these cards actually exist.


So now let's get to some other orders of business.

I ain't goin' anywhere.

I love this hobby as much as ever and I enjoy checking out other collections and in particular, seeing how they share their wares.  Many continue to blog, some post on Twitter or Instagram and others have taken to YouTube to host absurdly long hobby shows.  :)

There is so much hobby content out there....and a ton of it is a real positive vibe.  I love it.

I love to share my thoughts, my collection and my ideas on what I'd like to do and where I'd like to go with my PC's.  But over the past few months, I've spent more time developing a new arsenal of social content platforms.

Late last year I built my own website.

I started a Twitter feed to compliment it.

And a week ago I added an Instagram page.

These outlets are more than just hobby related - they are all things creative.  I work in a creative world (video production) and I feel that to build towards the next step in my career, I need to develop the skills needed in each of these disciplines.  I also want to explore, meet and enjoy the greater world of creatives.  

So feel free to follow along.  I promise, it'll be fun.  I'll be trying things (often for the first time), so cheer me on as I stumble through the learning curves.


So is this the end of My Hockey Card Obsession....the blog?

The short answer is no.  I probably won't be as active as I was in my heyday, but I do hope to be more active than the past couple years have shown.  But I will be putting the focus on my other sites.

Where I will be sure to share more hobby content.

Cheers!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

MY COLLECTION - Where Things Are Sitting These Days

Wow.  I won't lie......this feels a little foreign.

For the past 2-3 years, my focus on hockey card blogging has drifted.  It's not that I don't have a lot to say...I just am trying to wrap my head around what it is I'd like to do with my time in this hobby, what I'd like to do with my writing, and (in a bigger sense) what I'd like to do career-wise.

It's a rare Saturday afternoon where I don't have something staring at me on the plate.  I don't have to go into work, I've not set up any plans with people today and I don't have any huge tasks that need immediate attention.

Now don't get me wrong - I've got dozens of things that I need to do.  But this afternoon I am taking some time to recharge the batteries.  It's been a long, challenging year.

So what did I do for an hour or so today?  Opened hockey and baseball packs - digitally.

Yup......I've been converted.

A few years ago I was flip-flopping at the thought of digital trading cards and I can honestly say that these days it has become a daily ritual.  I enjoy the few moments where I go, open a couple of digital packs and enjoy collecting.

The baseball front has really appealed to me due to the way they present their sets and products.  It's so well put together for those wanting to build base sets.  I'm having a lot of fun opening packs and even trading to complete my sets.  I am hoping they do something similar on the hockey front.

So do I normally spend an hour at a time on the apps?  No.

Today, I discovered that Trevor Linden has yet another digital card - three new ones actually.  The chase, was once again on.

But let's step back for a second.  I had hunted and traded for the six Linden offerings that were available when I joined Topps Skate!  It took a while, but it was a lot of fun.  And it was that stretch of time that I really became enamoured with digital trading cards.

2017/18 Topps Skate!
#18 Alumni Chase Signature

The final card of the six was a Linden "autograph".  Landing that card really gave me the same type of feeling that could come from a big ebay win or a sweet find at the local show.  And I was very aware of that feeling.  

As I mentioned, Topps Bunt really has impressed me with it's depth, organization and just simply gorgeous looking cards. 

Of course, it helps when you open packs that have these inside them...



Amazing.  And hopefully good tradebait.  Back to Linden now.

Today, I learned of new Linden cards to add to the wantlist (and they are full-blown, legit additions to the list).  I've already landed the regular version in a trade...

2019/20 Topps Skate!
#4 Five Star Dual Signatures (with Bo Horvat)

What can I say.  It's a nice card.  If only with it existed in real life.  It would arguably be one of the top pieces of cardboard for me to chase in the 2019/20 product release season.

There's a gold version /25 and a Superfractor 1/1 (Linden's first digital 1/1).

I'm kind of snickering right now at the thought of what I've written.  I never would have imagined that digital trading cards would have made me come out of the shell for a few minutes on a fall afternoon...but it did.

And it feels good.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

MY COLLECTION - Profile Time

For those of you who are interested, Aaron over at Beyond The Crease reached out to me to ask me a few questions about the hobby and my collections.

You can read the full article here.

Thanks Aaron for reaching out and letting me share my story.

Cheers!