Monday, November 20, 2017

Hello Old Friend

It's been a while, but for the first time in years I can say that I have a new Sega Card Gen card in my collection.

Cole Hamels (EX-04), here is my latest pickup from the 2012 Sega Card Gen set.

At this point Card Gen is all but dead and gone. With only a few singles available online and the game itself largely forgotten.

But sometimes I can still come across cards I didn't have yet. This Hamels here eluded me for five years for a simple reason. It's an EXclusive.

Well okay, the better explanation is that it's a shortprint of sorts. It wasn't distributed with the regular Card Gen set. It was one of the special cards that were set aside and given as participation prizes to people who entered contests, but didn't win the grand prize.

Hamels was one of the more notable exclusions from the base set, and now he can rejoin Roy Halladay (RIP) and Cliff Lee as part of the three headed monster of 2012.

As far as I know there were at least 16 special cards. 12 were used as participation trophies, and I believe four were part of a special promotion where you had to redeem them online or order them by mail or something weird like that.

Anyway, it's been a while since I got a Card Gen card in my clutches in again. It really brings me back to 2012-13, the year where I went full hog when it came to collecting cards (in Japan too). I kinda miss it.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Friday, November 17, 2017

Heavily Discounted Hockey Cards

So one of the few things I said I'd do this winter is attempt to get into hockey.

I tried once before in 2014, it didn't last. I figure I try again. With baseball's hiatus I need something to fill my time.

And what better way than by going through the world of cardboard?

My local Target had a bunch of blasters on sale. The baseball stuff they had were things like Stadium Club and Archives, neither of which I'd ever touch. This 2016-17 MVP Hockey blaster interested me. Mainly because it had 120 cards in it. Thanks to a tip from a friend of mine I got a 25% off coupon for sporting goods at Target so I got the price reduced to around $12. Meaning that I basically each card for a dime, not a bad price.

As best as I can tell, MVP is basically Upper Deck's equivalent of Topps Opening Day. It's a low end product made to introduce people to the first set of the new NHL season. Or something like that. As such the hits are pretty limited. I myself only managed this Gold Script parallel of Benoit Pouliot (numbered 089/165).

My "team" would be the Rangers. I can't name too many of the players on it except Lundqvist and Marc Staal, but this blaster had two Rangers and two future Rangers (Pavelec and Zibanejad play in the big apple now).

There were also these silver script parallels. I don't particularly care for facsimile autographs so these are meh.

I did really like these NHL Territory inserts though. They're heavy on the foil and scan like shit but they are nice in person. What I like most is that the pictures they use of the "territory" the team is based in. Like the shot of Buffalo City Hall there.

The back scans better and has a better view of the landscape. As well as some info about the player featured on it.

I managed to get two in my blaster. The Eichel and the Stamkos here. This time featuring Tampa.

I understand that Derek Stepan has a card in this insert set (although it's also a relic card), consider that an unofficial gray whale for now.

So there was my first foray into hockey in three years. Hopefully this time it'll last. I've set aside some of the cards for certain collectors who I know collect those teams. The rest are either TTM fodder or up for grabs.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Impulse Purchase 2

Okay, this time I have some words about this card.

Like how the picture is in just the right angle for us to see that Donny Baseball is being asked to sign a 1988 and 1987 Topps card by two disembodied hands.

(C) Getty Images/Bettmann

I actually managed to track down the original on Getty Images taken by Bettmann. The wider shot reveals a second 1987 Mattingly on the right, someone (probably a child) taking a shot of Mattingly below him (I'd love to see how that photograph turned out) and a few more cards that I can't make out. One of which appears to be of Mattingly in mid-swing.

Much like Nick The Dime Box King immediately going out to get the Sandy Koufax SP, for some reason I felt compelled to buy this too. The the way the Topps baseball card has past iterations of Topps baseball cards on it is a big reason, all of the fans there holding bats and balls for Don to sign is another, the weird 80's shorts (right where the gettyimages logo is), it's all so cool.

Amazing how a single photograph taken at a spring training game in 1988 can have this much of an impact on cardboard nearly two decades later. Bettmann, wherever you are, just know that your photograph was so powerful that I forked over a whole $4 to get it in it's cardboard form!

Sidenote, while making this post I realized that I didn't have a 1988 Topps card of Mattingly. If anyone has one available I'd love to trade for it!

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).