Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Long over due thanks to Shane from Shoebox Legends

Like I mentioned in my past post, this is not the summer of blogging I was hoping for and even this thank you post will be a touch on the short side as Shane loaded me up with tonnes of cards and I will save some of the baseball loot for another day. With that being said, there was so much awesome in the package he sent I can probably spend 10 posts talking about it all. For today, I will focus on the 88-89 Devils Team set and an awesome rookie. 

First up is the 88-89 Team Set. I didn't have any of these and after getting this one all I can say is I want more!!! Here are a selection of cards from the set.

Ken Daneyko. If you were a real Devils fan then you always loved Kenny. Ken was a rugged stay at home d-man who didn't mind throwing down when he had to. Sadly he played nearly 5 seasons before getting his own rookie card in 89-90 OPC. This card predates that by a season.
One of the reasons the Devils made the playoffs was the amazing play of a young goalie the Devils called up from the Canadian Olympic Team to lead the Devils on a historic playoff push that culminated in them clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the season against the Blackhawks. While they didn't make the Cup finals, it gave fans like me hope for the future. This is a "rookie" card of sorts since he also appears in the 88-89 OPC/Topps sets.
By most people's standards, the most important card in the set is this one of Brendan Shanahan. Like Burke, he was a rookie during the 87/88 season so this card coincides with is rookie release. What I really enjoy about these cards are the backs. Check out the back of this card. You get more info than you would on hockeydb! 

Most of these numbers are on hockeydb except for one season, his midget season. In fact all these cards include extra stats and fun info of the players and coaches. Truly an awesome set start to finish.

Captain Kirk! One of my more favourite players during his time with New Jersey.

Here is one of my all-time favourite players! I hope he is able to find work in hockey again very soon. He has a great mind and has lots to offer the game of hockey.

Ahhh Jim Schoenfeld. If you are in my age bracket or older you might remember his famous confrontation with Koharski. I thought he was a pretty good coach but then again I was just a kid and I don't have much in the way of memories of him as a coach. Currently he is the GM of the Hartford Wolfpack

Here is a Lou Lamoriello rookie card! While the photo is creepy as hell, but I have loved his tenure with the Devils and he is one of the most respected GMs in NHL history.


The last card I am going to share in this post is a card I have been wanted for a few years now. Like only Shane can, he managed to nail a big want without clues or even help. While many seem to doubt Vanek's abilities I see him doing very well in Minnesota and during that small window of opportunity I was hopeful the Devils might have been able to sway him our way. Sadly he left his heart in Minnesota and I wish him all the best.


Friday, July 18, 2014

10-11 ITG Enshrined Edgar Laprade Auto Silver /49

Not the start to the summer vacation I was hoping for. Little to no time to post anything to start and then I have seemed to develop some numbness in my one hand that has lasted for over 2 weeks. Typing and writing certainly add to the numbness so I am sadly not going to be able to make a post a day like I had originally hoped at the beginning of the summer. In addition I have to push off my thank you post to Shane for another day or so because I just finished a TTM letter and I seriously can't feel much in a few fingers.

This is a post of hope, hope because I hope it gets better soon and hope because I beat out two snipers on eBay to land this card!

One of a couple certified Laprade autos out there and I missed out on this a couple times so I wanted to make sure I won. Well, fact is you can always win your card if you are willing to pay the most! Bidding on this card was at 99 cents for a very very long time (until about 6 seconds to go) then the prices jumped and in the end, my max was still enough to take it home. But looking at the bidding history there was one bid with 6 seconds to go and another with 1 second to go. Certainly glad I set my max long enough ago that I ended up with this gem and it goes well with some of my other Edgar autos (1 and 2) and his rookie thus cementing my HOF PC collection for him.

So next post my long over due thanks and then I have some birthday breaks to share including a couple boxes of 11/12 Contenders and a box of 10/11 ITG Enshrined!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cardboard Conundrum Group Break Loot 2

Now for the auto portion of my break loot. In a box of Enforcers II you should get 4 autos and I had all the luck it seems nabbing 3 with my teams. 


Larry Playfair is a pretty fun name for a player who is an "enforcer". I guess when you drop the gloves with him you don't have to worry about headbutts or biting. Larry played nearly 700 NHL games and had over 1800 PIM. His best year was likely in 81/82 where he had 6 goals (career high), 16 points (one less than a career high) and 258 PIM (career high). While those numbers aren't Gretzky like, in all fairness Larry was a defenseman and knew how to clear the front of the net a variety of ways.


 Brent Severyn is my next enforcer and with Sever in his name you knew he was destined for enforcer greatness. Brent was actually with the Devils organization for a couple seasons and scored 20 goals in the AHL to got along with his 240 PIM. As far as the NHL goes, Brent was a part-timer only playing in 328 games and his career totals are 10 goals, 30 assists and 825 PIM.


The last auto I got was Kevin Killer Kaminski. This is without a doubt the best auto in the bunch, especially because he goes by one name.....Killer #23. Killer as he is known by all was a superstar in junior and the AHL. One season, he had 38 goals, 61 assists and 247 PIM. Despite playing 8 games fewer than the teams leading scorer it was only 1 point off the team lead. The team I am referring to is the 87/88 Saskatoon Blades who also had Tony Twist on its roster. That would be a team I wouldn't mess with....ever. Killer couldn't balance his fighting and scoring when it came to the NHL so sadly he only played in 139 games and scored 3 goals. But he did get into coaching as has done very well for himself in the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) where he has had a 0.652 winning pct over the past two seasons.


There you have it, I beat the odds and raked in the autos. Thanks again Matt and I will get to some awesome stuff I received from a fellow collector as well as some birthday breaks.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cardboard Conundrum Group Break Loot 1

When this group break was announced I totally wanted in and I lucked out getting Colorado. While Colorado didn't yield much in content, my hits were a plenty with the random teams I was assigned (Buffalo and Washington). Here is what I landed:

13/14 Totally Certified Patch Dave Andreychuk /25
This break started fabulous for me with this gem! A (future) HOF, game used patch. The patch appears to be part of his name on a "Home" jersey. This card immediately becomes a part of my (future) HOF project PC ( I already have his rookie a couple times over) and to have a cool patch from a former New Jersey Devil just adds to the coolness! Next post will be more from the break and I have a few thank you posts on their way too!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One of the best cards in my collection (from anyone's perspective)

In everyone's collection there are cards you like more than others. That is especially true in my case. I don't have a top 20 or 50 list and I certainly don't have a number 1 favourite card. However, I do have a large number of cards I do appreciate more than others. With that being said, some of those cards are clearly ones I love because they are special to me and others I think can be appreciated by all. 

A while back I shared a few bonus items that Casey from The House of Oglethorpe sent my way, here was the centerpiece of the deal!

2001-02 Top Shelf Wayne Gretzky Auto /95
On card, autograph of Wayne Gretzky while being pictured as a member of the Oilers. How sweet is that? Also, limited production run of 95. While it isn't numbered, I have seen enough literature to believe its limited. I think this is something just about anyone can enjoy!

Thanks again Casey, this will always have a home in my house.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

19 years ago

19 years ago today, people stopped laughing at me when I told them I was a Devils fan. I feel very fortunate to have been a fan during the bad years and the good years. 1988 was a pretty tough season after being one game from the Cup finals. However, Cup wins in 1995, 2000 and 2003 have been wonderful gifts and if the Devils never win another Cup again, I will always remember those wins. But with that being said, there is always something special about your first and for me, 1995 is the best! What some people don't realize is the Devils won the Cup in 1995 by only playing 20 games. That means they were 16-4 and since 1987 only one team has won the Cup in few games, 1988 Oilers. 


Monday, June 23, 2014

ITG Enforcers

Matt over at Cardboard Conundrum had a break ages ago which featured a box of ITG Enforcers. This product I have seen time and time again and more recently he ran another box break which has a box of Enforcers 2 in it and I did very well once again. The problem I am faced with is, do I ever buy my own box? It is a tough call for me because I do enjoy the role of the enforcer and I believe it has a place in the game. But at the same time, the Devils don't really play that style of game and in today's game there aren't many enforcers I collect. ITG does a great job bringing in old and new players but at the same time a box will run you about 60 dollars in my part of the world and 60 dollars can go a long way to some of my other collections (Decent 51 Parkhurst card or a Steve Yzerman Auto). 

I guess for me it is a bit of a novelty and if I ever lucked into a box I would seriously enjoy breaking it but apart from getting some hits from group breaks I sadly don't see me buying one anytime soon.

When my loot arrives I will share my success, in the meantime here is what I lucked into the last time I was apart of a group break:

ITG Enforcers 1 Oliwa vs Domi
Loved Oliwa and hated Domi. This card only would have been cooler if Oliwa's fist was against Domi's face. Oliwa did win one Cup with the Devils in 2000 despite not suiting up for the post-season (injury). This Cup win makes Oliwa the first player from Poland to have their name on the Cup.


ITG Enforcers 1 Trevor Gillies Autograph
Well placed and designed sticker autos here. Trevor has seen much of the world with his hockey career playing all over North America and into parts of Europe with the KHL and the Finnish league. Sadly his NHL days were pretty short and we may not see him back (35 years old this season).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

13/14 Heroes and Prospects Christopher Gibson - Jersey Black

ITG really gets little to no respect. Sure they don't have a license, but they more than make up for it with great ideas, solid design and super generous swatches. You can fit like 6 UD swatches in this window or just 1 ITG. The seam is bulging out of the card. I bought this with my Brett Connolly Social Sig and the cost was 99 cents.

13/14 Heroes and Prospects Christopher Gibson - Jersey Black
While this card isn't very limited 160 copies, I am at least aware of the print run. UD and Panini print runs are always many times larger than that with their products in this price point.

I don't know if Chris Gibson will ever become an NHL goalie, but I do know for 99 cents I am able to have a great piece of his past and an interest in his future!

Friday, June 20, 2014

My First Baseball Set - 1987 Topps

So sometimes luck just happens to find you in the strangest spots. A while back I put out a trade request to anyone out there with a baseball set they could spare. In return I was prepared to pay big time in hockey cards. However, no one really was interested or had one they could spare so I thought, hey let's check out the LCS. So I went in and sure enough they were having a sale. Typically they just stick with hockey stuff and coins but they had a few sets kicking around all priced to sell (10 a piece). I could have grabbed 1988 Donruss, 1989 Donruss, 1990 Donruss, 1991 UD or 1987 Topps. 

Not knowing much about the Donruss sets and knowing 87 Topps from fellow bloggers and friends and having used to use 1991 UD for target practice it was a tough call. But, my first season of baseball that I remember is 1987 so it ended up being the winner. 

These three were on the top of the box in toploaders:

 Skinny Barry Bonds. SI did a piece on him a few years back and I couldn't believe from the start of his career to the end, he grew 2 inches and gained 43 lbs.

 When I got into collecting, Bo was a god. Everyone wanted his football and baseball rookies. Bad hips did him in and now these are probably littering common bins world wide.


Ah Mark McGwire. Like the previous two, this isn't his rookie either but I am more than pleased to have this trio plus 789 other cards from the set. I plan on putting it into a binder and enjoying it all card by card. As I find things that interest me, I will share them.

In all, this set may have been insanely over produced, but at the same time this set isn't hard to look at and I remember friends collecting it as a kid so it has some nostalgia value to me as well. 10 bucks, well spent.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two Terrible Autos

I picked up two autographs from the same person and they both have something in common, they are terrible. First up is Radek Faksa, the Stars first round pick from 2012. He played a few years in the OHl before finishing up this past season with the Calder Cup champs, the Texas Stars. 

2012/13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Radek Faksa Auto
So terrible that I can make out an F and maybe an S? His 94 even looks more like a 96. If it wasn't for his name and number being pictured on the card I would have been clueless.


The next card is terrible for a different reason because it's Terrible Ted Lindsay!

11/12 ITG Captain-C Ted Lindsay Auto Silver
Great auto from one of hockey's greatest stars and member of the HHOF. I got this because the price was insanely cheap and he is missing from my PC of HOF autos.