Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RAISE THE CUP - A Pair That Epitomize The Project

It's been a long while since I've added any cards to my Raise The Cup project.  In fact, it's been downright embarrassing.  So much so that I think I'll be a little more aggressive in digging through boxes this season looking for these inexpensive gems.

I've got two cards to show off today.  Both came courtesy of Captain Canuck.  He's always keeping an eye out for my collections and I very much appreciate it.

What I like about both of these cards is that they reek of exactly what this project is all about.

This Jean Beliveau offering is spectacular.  The vintage black and white photo, the classic, snug sweater, the beaming smile of one of the classiest players ever - period, and the holy grail in plain view.  Love it.

Sadly, I did have it in my collection already.  But that doesn't mean it's not worthy of an encore showing.  Plus, I'm taking out the previous version and adding this card in its spot.

I remember where I was when Ray Bourque lifted the Cup for the one and only time in his career.  It was a fantastic moment.  Oh how I wished my guy would have been able to do that as a player (because he still could as the newly minted President of the Canucks).

This is a great shot of Bourque's pinnacle moment.  Low-angle camera, an even bigger grin than Beliveau and he looks as if that Cup is never coming down.

All that captured on a McDonald's card.  Yup...that's right.  This card came in a pack with a Happy Meal.  And while it scans horribly, it looks great in person.  The faint Avalance logo in the foil background really makes Ray pop out of the card even more.  And I love that Pacific decided to not zoom in on the photo - thus cropping out the Cup.  I'm glad they realized how important it was to have the whole shot in there.

So thanks very much again Captain Canuck.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you find for me next.

Current Collection - 113 cards

1 comment:

  1. no problem pal...

    it's no wonder Bourque looked more jazzed about it, that was probably the 17th time Beliveau lifted the darn thing.