Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Custom Creations: What's been keeping me busy

In addition to the last-minute Christmas shopping, hanging out with my niece and nephew, checking out the new James Cameron movie Avatar (twice so far - it's an amazing flick) and the odd boxing day shopping trip, I have been hard at work doing something that I have a strong passion for - creating custom hockey cards.

I have dabbled in custom cards for over 4 years now and really enjoy the creativity of developing my own "one-of-a-kind" creation.

I have so many ideas for cards that there aren't enough hours in the day to build them all.

A little over a year ago, someone asked me to create some unique cards to show off some old autographs he found - and some nice ones too. Having never tried anything like it before, I took on the challenge.

Well, it's been a struggle finding the time to build them (again - priorities) but I have been making a point to spend some good quality time working on them during my Christmas break.

I have finished and assembled two which I am very proud of. The learning curve has been immense and there has been a ton of trial and error, but I am getting more confident each time I sit in front of the computer to continue working on them.

I still have a number of cards to go, but I am looking forward to the remaining challenges. As much as I am looking forward to completing this job, I am cherishing the process.

Thanks for taking a look.

Happy Holidays everyone

Well, the holiday season has given me some time away from work. It has also given me some time away from this blog.

The "R&R" has been a welcomed addition to my routine for the past week or so. Spending time with family and friends has also been something I've been very much looking forward to for a while.

The last month has been a quiet one on this blog. I look to get back into more of a routine come the new year when I return to work and the "daily grind".

The time away has also given me time to think about what it is I enjoy about this blog and what I look to alter over the next year.

So to everyone who has passed by this blog over the past few months - thank you. I am looking forward to what this blog will bring in 2010.

And most importantly - Happy holidays to everyone and all the best to you in the new year.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Well, work has finally calmed down. I am now officially off until Jan. 6 - AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!

I can finally get caught up on some things - including this blog - that I have all but abandoned over the past 3 weeks. It'll probably take me until the new year to get fully up to par, but I'm in no rush now.

So without further ado - let's get caught up.

Year In Cards - nov30a

Year In Cards - nov30b

Year In Cards - dec1a

Year In Cards - dec1b

Year In Cards - dec2a

Year In Cards - dec2b

Year In Cards - dec3a

Year In Cards - dec3b

Year In Cards - dec4a

Year In Cards - dec4b

Year In Cards - dec5a

Year In Cards - dec5b

Year In Cards - dec6a

Year In Cards - dec6b

Monday, December 14, 2009


It's been a while since I've updated you all on my hockey pool. There have been many ups and downs. Mostly ups for me and downs for everyone else.

They say that good goaltending is critical in order to be successful. No question - my goalies have gone above and beyond so far this season.

Martin Brodeur, who at the the start of the season was a question to even make the Olympic team, has played himself right into the starting role. Now if he could just break the shutout record we could all get back to normal. He is on fire this year.

Ryan Miller, who probably played himself into the starting role for the US, is quietly having one of - if not his best year overall. They are one, two in my standings.

Varlamov, who has only one loss this season, is still not being given the reigns as starter in Washington. How Theodore is still playing at all is beyond me. Here's hoping Simeon gets some more starts in the future.

As for my defencemen, Mike Green has really turned it up a notch lately. He has more points than any of my forwards. Yikes.

I've got to say, I'm getting good solid, consistent production from a lot of my forwards. Zetterberg, Nash, Malkin, Stamkos, Alfredsson, Eriksson, Lecavalier, Sharp, Whitney, and the list goes on.

The injury bug isn't too much of a factor, but I can't afford another long term loss.

After all, I'm only 64 points ahead.

1 vs. 100 - I'm back!

Well, it's been one of the longest month-and-a-half stretches at work I've ever experienced. almost 4 weeks straight without a day off and often pulling 10-12 hour days.

I'm happy to say that those days are now a thing of the past. I can finally get back to some semblance of normalcy. It may take a week or two (with Christmas and all), but it will all come back to me.

Getting back into the blogging, I've decided to do a small update on my 1 vs. 100 project.

I'm still working on a trade that will bring in a considerable amount of cards (at least 10) and am hoping that will happen within the next month or two.

I started perusing ebay for some deals and came across a seller that had a pair of cards that met the requirements.

A nice Pacific parallel from 2002 will work nicely. I'd like to try and get some variety in the type of cards that will make up this set.

As opposed to this next offering...

Hey, it's a numbered card /61, cheap and it came from the same seller so no additional shipping charges. How could I say no.

Side note - for a guy with a really long last name, he certainly has a lazy autograph. Matches his playing style I guess.

That boosts the collection over the 20 card mark. While checking ebay, I found a ton of cards that will fit the bill. I have no doubt this project is possible. The only question now is - how much will this cost.

Things are looking really good.

21 out of 100 (21%)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Still Here


Just letting you all know that I am still here.

With work being as busy as it has been, I have had no chance to do any blogging (just the odd response to a comment - that's about it).

I'm hoping that after this week, things will get back to normal.

I've got more custom cards, an update on my 1vs100 and more.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The work week that I was expecting to be busy has been just that so far - and I don't expect it to let up.

With that, there will be a delay - or possible cancellation - in this week's One Sheet, One Set feature. I realize I am letting countless of loyal readers down with this one. Please, find it in your heart to understand (note the over-dramatization).

Instead, I will give you a quick opinion piece. This one has been on my mind today as I stumbled upon a hockey card board topic on 'ebay gauging'.

First the set-up, then my thoughts.

An ebay seller sets up an auction item and indicates a certain dollar amount for shipping. Pretty simple. The seller lists a number of items (hundreds of individual auction items).

A buyer comes along and is interested in 5 of the seller's auctions. He bids on them and wins them all.

The buyer receives a grand total and is shocked to find that there has been no shipping discount given for winning multiple items. The end result, he is paying 5 times the amount to ship 5 cards than he 'probably should have'. Looking back to the auction details, it does not indicate anywhere that there would be a discount on shipping if one wins multiple items. By the way, the buyer made no attempt to ask the seller ahead of time.

Still with me?

I can see both sides of this one. On the one hand, the buyer assumed that the seller would just put the 5 cards together in one envelope and cut the buyer a deal on shipping. I think in most cases, sellers are aware of this and practice it regularly. On the other hand, it's called 'buyer beware'. The seller has no obligation to do this. For the record, I think sellers who don't give some sort of discount are horrible people and should be destined to a life licking 'old-school stamps' for huge corporations who need to send out a billion Christmas cards in less than 2 days....moving on. Believe it or not though, there are people out there who don't give a crap.

Ultimately, I would have to side with the seller. I think the onus is totally on the buyer to communicate his intentions ahead of time and ask - rather than assume - if a discount would be possible. If the buyer gets no reply, then move along or accept that you might get dinged a ridiculous amount for shipping.

The fact that the buyer is now quite upset and looking at reporting him only adds fuel to the fire. I think the fact he assumed - and assumed wrong - makes the bitterness in his mouth quite potent.

One thing I learned years ago when I first started working as a video news editor - NEVER ASSUME! ASK!

In the end it can save so much time, energy and potential heartache.

Who knows, maybe the seller is 'teaching the buyer a lesson' for assuming. I think the buyer 'got it' in spades.

My only thought now is will the seller combine the items into one envelope (and thus take advantage of the assumption) or deliver out 5 cards in 5 seperate envelopes?