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Busy couple of weeks at work!

Sorry for the sparse hobby-related posts the past couple of weeks…it’s that time of year at work where annual employee reviews are being worked on. I have eight staff to work on, and our company makes it quite a process for sure. I actually don’t mind the whole activity…I like being able to sit down one-on-one with each person and go through what they feel they did well (and poorly) and then compare to where I feel their strengths and weaknesses are.

While the preparation and working on reviews takes the better part of a month, and nothing else stops in the day-to-day business, it’s a necessary part of everyone’s work “existence” and hopefully everyone gets something out of this, like I do!

Hopefully this week I will have a few Kaberle additions to show off…maybe even a couple of rare, harder-to-get cards… 🙂

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in General, Tomas Kaberle

 

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A Lull is a Good Thing

Well, 2011/12 In The Game Heroes & Prospects has been out now for almost a couple of weeks…as usual, sets sold very well (have sold all 14 of the sets from my case) and the autographs and memorabilia continue to generate interest and sales. If there’s a product that is a pretty safe investment for a case-buster every year, it’s got to be Heroes & Prospects. I posted before about how I felt the design this year was re-energized, and it seems to have translated into strong sales.

Now, I have time before the next case(s) that I’m busting get delivered…all the way to May, in fact…a baseball release…2012 Topps Archives! I love the retro idea here designing the 200-card base set using past Topps designs from ’54, ’71, ’80 and ’84. Every box will also have two Fan Favorites autographs, with some rare finds being redemptions for items from Topps’ vault itself! I am looking forward to the two cases I pre-ordered arriving around mid-May!

So, what will I be doing between now and May? Oh, don’t worry…I have a new blog to keep me busy when ideas inspire me, as well as I’ll be continuing to look for deals on lots and collections to buy and sell. Maybe now I’ll have time to finish scanning and listing all of the cards I got in a few weeks back…maybe 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Baseball, General, Hockey, In The Game, Topps

 

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Thoughts on Player Collecting

I got a private message this morning over on Hobby Insider from another member there that I thought could make for an interesting topic for today’s post. They were asking me how I’d found my experiences in trying to amass a collection of a specific player. More specifically, the question was (and this is paraphrased):

Have you ever been frustrated trying to land a very low-print-run card – especially if it has multiple players on it?

I can only answer this with my experience, and it could be very different from someone collecting a “more popular” player. My two hockey “player” collections are of two defencemen that never get a ton of hockey love (in Aulie’s case maybe it’s just a “not yet” scenario), so when it comes to Kaberle cards, I’m typically “that guy” that the few other Kaberle collectors get frustrated with, as they know if it’s, say, a /5 or lower print run, I’ll likely pull out all stops and bid high (or offer high, if it’s not an auction). So maybe I was the wrong guy to ask that question to 🙂

From a different view, though, my competition on Kaberle and Aulie cards is pretty limited compared to, say, someone collecting Rick Nash (notice how I used the soon-to-be-Leaf there?) or Alex Ovechkin. There’s a lot more collectors out there chasing the high-end/ low-print-run stuff there with deep pockets.

The other thing that has really limited my frustration on the Kaberle chase is the fact he hasn’t had very many cards featuring other players. I can think of only a couple examples…the 10/11 Artifacts Tundra Trios card that featured J-S Giguere, Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle, and, of course, the 09/10 Cup Dual Shield with Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle. Of course there’s to be some competition and frustration on these, as I’m sure a few of these, I’ve been up against a much larger audience of Giguere and Kessel collectors. I consider this as part of the fun, though.

My main frustration, if you can call it that, comes from when I’m trying to deal with a seller on a 1/1 and I think I’m offering a very fair (more than fair in most cases) price on it, but I get no movement as they feel any 1/1 should sell for the price of a Crosby 1/1 or something.

I know that many player collectors of Montreal players find that there are a few guys (or gals) out there with ridiculously deep pockets, and all I can suggest is land the ones you can but if you’re consistently being outbid on the high-end stuff, don’t put all your focus into those…focus on the products you can realistically land. I’ve walked away from a couple of 1/1 Kaberle cards that I just felt that it wasn’t right spending the amount the seller wanted. In one case they came back to me a few months later and we agreed on a better price.

Sometimes you have to avoid getting frustrated and say to yourself…

This one just isn’t in the cards.

 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in General

 

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Over 1,200 new cards just arrived…

That’s right…I just picked up a lot of 1,270 cards – inserts, parallels, you name it – from 1996/97 and 1997/98.

Lots of stuff for anyone’s taste…just drop me a line if you are looking for anything…some of the sets this lot includes (but definitely not limited to) are:

  • 1996-97 Donruss Elite
  • 1996-97 Pinnacle Mint
  • 1996-97 Select Certified
  • 1997-98 Donruss Limited
  • 1997-98 Leaf

There’s more, too…I’m just about to start the daunting task of scanning this stuff…hope the scanner lasts! Man, I dont’ even remember Bertuzzi playing for the Islanders LOL

96/97 Donruss Elite Die-Cut Stars #18

96/97 Donruss Elite Die-Cut Stars #18

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in General, Hockey

 

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Here we go…

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Kev…Kaberle…Cards! I’m “Kev” and this is hopefully the start of a long journey together where I can share my own personal trading card collections, as well as meet others who share in the hobby. I will also use this site as a showcase for general hobby news and information that I feel is interesting.

A little bit about me…although if you look up a bit, you can click that big “About” button under the site name…that will give you a more detailed history if you care to read it. I’ve been back in the collecting hobby for several years now, and have amassed what I will honestly say is likely the best Tomas Kaberle collection out there. Tomas was always my favourite Toronto Maple Leaf from his first game until his last one in the 2010/11 season before being dealt to the Boston Bruins. I continue to pick up the cards I need when I see them, but they are getting scarce, so recently I started a collection of another young Leaf defenceman – Keith Aulie – to keep me going when I can’t find a Kaberle card I need. A couple of side projects also include Family Guy autograph cards, as well as a new Brett Lawrie (Toronto Blue Jays 3rd Baseman) collection. I am also slowly working on a binder of all Topps (Series 1/ 2/ Rookies & Traded) Blue Jays team sets from their inception into Major League Baseball onwards…definitely a long-term project!

I also have a part-time home business of selling cards. I love “meeting” customers and learning who and what they collect and helping them get closer to their goals in the hobby as well.

So enough of an introduction…I want the blog to take shape on its own, so to speak…some posts will be hobby industry news, some will be cards in my collection, and some will just be random “nattering” from Yours Truly. I will attempt to post at least once a day, so check back often or follow the blog and get updates automatically!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in General