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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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Mail Day #5 – Brett Laaaawwwwrie!

OK…work has been insanely busy thus the sparse posting, but today’s mail just made me make time to post these up…and I’m going to go straight to the eye candy 🙂

2008 Razor Letterman "W"

2008 Razor Letterman "W"

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor /150

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor /150

2011 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks Superfractor /25

2011 Bowman Chrome Throwbacks Superfractor /25

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Brett Lawrie, Mail Day, Topps

 

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A Beauty of a Find! At Wal-Mart!

I love a great pull like anyone else…even better to me when it comes from something you figure won’t net you anything…like the Wal-Mart 2011 Topps Value Box. You get 5 packs of 2012 Topps Update Series, a special Bryce Harper Refractor (one of three different ones), but best of all a hobby pack of 2011 Bowman Chrome! All for $19.92 🙂
 
In my desperate hunt for Brett Lawrie Bowman Chrome cards without having to take out a second mortgage or sell one of the kids, I picked up a few of these (the last three in the Guelph store near where I work) on Friday…
 
On the last pack of Bowman Chrome, what pops out? Some orange refractor goodness with INK!!
 
It’s not a Brett Lawrie, but still – nice getting a $100 card out of a retail box! Enjoy the colourful scans 🙂
2011 Bowman Chrome Aaron Hicks Orange Refractor Auto /25

2011 Bowman Chrome Aaron Hicks Orange Refractor Auto /25

 

2011 Bowman Chrome Aaron Hicks Orange Refractor Auto /25

2011 Bowman Chrome Aaron Hicks Orange Refractor Auto /25

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Baseball, Topps

 

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Sorry, I’ve been busy bustin’…

Just finished up the case (20-boxes) of ITG Heroes & Prospects, and as usual, it’s a great product!

Tons of autographs and memorabilia…just getting them listed on the store, and then I’ll show off some of the more interesting stuff!

Here’s just a little teaser…a 1/1 🙂

11/12 ITG H&P Top Prospects Complete Letter

11/12 ITG H&P Top Prospects Complete Letter

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Hockey, In The Game, New Products

 

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Mail Day #4 – Leaf Lovin’

Well, despite the poor performance over the last week and a bit from my Leafs, I had to show off the two mailers that showed up today…one is for the Keith Aulie collection, while the other was just a “random Leaf” pickup in an easy trade over on Hobby Insider. On to the show…

First up is my very first Aulie printing plate…and from the top-tier Panini release of 2010/11 no less. Panini does up their plates much differently than Upper Deck, for sure…they mount the plate to a “patch-thickness” card that actually has the back of the actual card on the reverse…take a look:

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1 (Back)

10/11 Dominion Printing Plate (Blue) 1/1 (Back)

Then, as I said, in a random trade, I picked up this Joe Colborne addition from this year’s Crown Royale. I typically don’t go outside my own PC guys, so this is very odd for me, but the /75 print run and the autograph in red ink made me do it! Not sure if the red is unique or not, as I haven’t had time to really look around, but who cares? I like it!

11/12 Crown Royale Heirs to the Throne Jsy/ Auto /75

11/12 Crown Royale Heirs to the Throne Jsy/ Auto /75

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Hockey, Keith Aulie, Mail Day, Panini, Random Leafs Cards

 

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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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Mail Day #3…Keith Aulie

Well, I’m multi-tasking here at home today…had to go for a follow-up x-ray on my ankle (broke it playing hockey back on January 6th)…the good news there is, I can start walking again…even without the air cast a bit…will be nice to not have to rely on crutches 24/7 now! With that done, I’m also working from home today instead of wasting time driving to the office. I’m also trying to list some of the 1,200+ cards I just received yesterday to get some of that out of the way!

For now, though, let’s focus on another of my player collections – this time, back to hockey…another Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman that has a lot of promise (despite that last game against the Canucks and being re-assigned to the Marlies). He’s big, strong and (usually) smart with the puck. It will be interesting to see where he fits in with the excess defence that the Leafs have right now…who knows, this could be a short-lived collection for me LOL.

I figured I would start off with a “rainbow” of sorts from last season – Aulie’s Rookie year – and make it one of my favourite sets despite it being a low-end release every year. Of course, it’s the old staple – O-Pee-Chee. I don’t know why, but I love OPC every year. It’s a fun set for the boys and I to put together, and there’s enough inserts and parallels to make it interesting, without going overboard (a la Artifacts). The retro design seems to get a different look each year, after being introduced in the 08/09 release (featuring the famous 79/80 design), and is a popular set for many collectors to put together. On top of that, we now have foil “Rainbow” parallels and serial numbered “Black-Bordered Rainbow” parallels (#’d /100) to chase down, making some even tougher sets to build if one is so inclined.

Here are my 2010/11 O-Pee-Chee Keith Aulie Rookie Cards for your viewing pleasure. Since Aulie was later in the season to debut, his OPC RC’s were actually part of an “update” set that came randomly inserted in 2011/12 OPC boxes…

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Hockey, Keith Aulie, Mail Day, Upper Deck

 

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