Thursday, September 27, 2012

When a hit, isn't much of a hit - Lauri Tukonen

 A little while back, I saw a really neat repackage product at Toys R Us. In the packs (which cost 10 bucks), you got a variety of oversized cards, including a pack of 08-09 OPC Oversize and two packs of 07-08 Black Diamond. When you look at the package, you can see what one of the oversized cards were (all were from the 07-08 Victory set), so I picked one pack with John Cheechoo. Since I have met him, I figured it would be good luck!

I looked at all my oversize cards and there was one that was pretty exciting, an 07-08 OPC Oversize Sidney Crosby! Not a bad hit, books for 40 bucks and certainly is nice. But what this post is really about is what I found in the 07-08 Black Diamond packs. The first pack was boring, all single diamond base cards. The second pack had a card I have never seen before!

07-08 Black Diamond Gold Lauri Tukonen /10


This card is a hit right? It is numbered to 10, but really I guess it could be numbered to 1 still be as unattractive to me as a numbered card out of 10. Don't get me wrong, I am not hating, after all I do own his autographed future watch card too! However, he is a former 1 round bust who is as close to coming back to the NHL as I am to getting into the NHL. He has played exactly 1 more NHL game since this card came out and that was 5 seasons ago. 

So, would you rather pull this card, or a base card? I think in the end, I am a little happier with this card than a base card, but I would gladly have had an autograph of a nobody or a game used card of a New York Ranger than this card :(

Let me know what you think, would this be a hit to you? Would you have been elated to land Lauri?

However, as a side note, the card is a curiosity to some degree as I have never seen this parallel in person before, and maybe that is enough to satisfy me....but still this does make an interesting debate..

12 comments:

  1. I could see how this would be a let down..more of a miss than a hit

    Since I've never heard of this player, I'd probably say you have a better shot at the NHL Dave!

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    1. Love your confidence in my abilities Robert!

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  2. I used to think that cards like those were duds. But you'd be surprised at the number of times I have had people excited to see rare pulls like that (because they collect that player or parallel set).

    You never know who might be interested in something like that.

    Is take it over a base card every day of the week.

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  3. Great points bamlinden, I imagine if I waited long enough I could find the Uber-Tukonen collector.

    On a side note, the Gold parallel set from 07-08 Black Diamond I think would actually look pretty cool....and pricey!

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    1. I´m Uber-Tukonen collector :) Anyinformation on where this card is now?

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  4. I am actually trying to build the 2007-08 Black Diamond set, including all of the short prints. But when building a set with short prints, I chase after the "normal" versions and not the "gold," "platinum," "emerald," or "bullion" versions.

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  5. i give 50$ that card. I really want it!!!

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    1. I still have this card! Send me an email to forestrydave at hotmail dot com and I will sell it to you!

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    2. Awesome, the best Christmas gift ever :)

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    3. i can´t wait , when i get it my hand

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    4. Here is hoping it is in less than 2 weeks now! My girl Courtney at the post office is amazing and usually I can get things to people before it gets to me!

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