Monday, May 29, 2017

My Top 10 PC cards for Joe Sakic

Nothing like leaving a contest entry to the last minute, right?  As many of you may know, Joe Sakic has been my longest running, and favorite Player Collection.  I haven't counted in a while, but I'm sure that 600 cards is a good estimate for what I have that features Sakic right now.  Lots of parallels in varying colors, shapes or signature styles (think MVP) account for quite a few of those cards. 

Limiting this post to 10 was tough.  But I managed to do it, and here they are...

2010-11 Score #1  Joe Earns a Spot in the Rafters

Colorado didn't delay raising Joe's #19 into the rafters, retiring his number opening night October 1, 2009.   Part of Joe's history with the Nordiques/Avalanche was the great battles that they had with their Western Conference rivals the Detroit Red Wings, featured on the next two cards.

1993-94 Upper Deck Next In Line #NL3

A pair of 19's, both the leader of their franchises.  If only Upper Deck knew what was coming over the next decade, they could have named this card differently.  Yzerman was the reason that Joe wore #91 for Canada in international tournaments.

2013-14 Panini Totally Certified Red #CC-YS

What better way to show off a pair of legends than with a piece of their jerseys!  I picked this up not too long ago from COMC for less than $10, and I'm very happy to add it to my Sakic collection. 

1994-95 Upper Deck Electric Ice #404

One of the cards that suckered me into the parallel collecting monkey that still exists today for me.  As I mentioned earlier, I have so many different parallels of Joe they probably account for a 1/3 of my Sakic collection.  But this is one of the first, and will always be one of my favorites.   I'm still trying to collect that set.

2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro Rainbow Parallel #369

Getting this card from fellow blogger GCRL (Jim) was one of the highlights of my holiday season last year.  Upper Deck going out on a limb and using one of Topps designs was also a great thing to see.  The 79-80 Topps/OPC hockey set was one of the best designs of all time, and seeing Sakic on one of those cards is just awesome for me. 

2003-04 Topps Lost Rookie Cards #LRC-JS

I had Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown make me a custom card using this design as well.  I loved the push pin set from 88-89 and would love to see a company re-use it a la Topps Heritage. 

1994-95 Parkhurst You Crash the Game Gold #19

I was never very big on redemptions, my mistrust of the Postal Service having a lot to do with that.  But getting a gold set of these back in the day was one of the biggest joys of my collecting career, and having the Sakic was the icing on the cake.

1996-97 Upper Deck #240

Here's what it's all about, raising Lord Stanley.  How can you not like a card featuring your favorite player raising the greatest trophy in sports. 

2006-07 Upper Deck MVP Gotta Have Hart #HH5

Look at the hardware on the table in front of Joe.  Stanley Cup.  Hart Trophy.  Lady Byng Trophy.  What shocks me about the whole thing is that this is on a MVP card.  MVP was never known for their great insert sets, but this card to me is something else. 

1989-90 OPC #113

Have to end this post with the ultimate Joe Sakic card, his OPC rookie.  I once had about a dozen of these, but in need of money a long time ago, I sold a bunch of them.  I don't regret the decision as I kept this one, the best of the bunch.  It's also one of a few cards that feature him wearing the #88, which he did only in his rookie season before switching to #19 in year 2. 

A quick thanks as well to the Collecting Cutch blog for the contest and allowing me a chance to go over my Sakic collection again.   There's a lot of good stuff there and any chance to look over it is well worth the time for me.

thanks for reading, Robert

The Great Reorg #100: Goose Gozzo

I'm sure that there even a few Jays fans out there who would have to think long and hard to remember Mauro "Goose" Gozzo, who only pitched in 9 games for the Blue Jays in 1989 before being traded to Cleveland in 1990 as part of the Bud Black rental (Black only pitched 3 times for the Jays in 1990). 

Those 9 games were enough to get Gozzo a card in each of the Donruss, Score, Fleer and Topps sets in 1990.  Mauro would only have one more card in a MLB set, 1991 Score as a member of the Indians.  His 23 games in his final season with the Mets in 1994 wasn't enough to get him a card in the '95 sets. 

Mauro now runs Goose's Gamers, a team of high school age baseball players who receive advanced coaching and development for Mauro and other coaches.  You may recognize former students Matt Cain and Drew Pomeranz as a couple of names that progressed through his academy.

The stack of sorted cards is starting to progress a little.  The cards in the first box I'm entering into the spreadsheet are from various years and in no particular order, so it will good to see these get sorted after the first few days. 

It'll be even better to watch the numbers grow and show off more cards on the blog as well...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Inbound and down #14: Sportscards from the Dollar Store pt. 2

Wound up not doing anything blog related yesterday, as I finally received my new corner computer desk and spent part of my Saturday putting that together.  By the time that got finished, a nap was in order before heading out to my friends birthday party.  That gobbled up the remainder of my Saturday, so here we are now posting the 2nd half of the great box that Doug from Sportscards from the Dollar Store sent my way.

The first of two horizontal cards shows up on the first scan, courtesy of the 2010/11 Panini Luxury suite release.  As with many of the other high priced releases, you get a lot of fringe rookies such as the Blues Drazenovic you see here. 

There had to have been a blowout of the SP Game Used authentic rookies somewhere at the show.  Doug sent me a boat load of them.  Maybe 25 cents apiece?  Of the 4, David Perron is so far having the best career, with 652 games and 139 goals to his credit.   Carter Ashton spent parts of 3 seasons in the blue and white and is now plying his trade in the KHL.

Seems like forever since Dion Phaneuf was a Calgary Flame.  Barring major injuries, Dion should hit the 1000 game milestone in the 2018-19 season.  Tyson Barrie is the only other big name in this group of 6, it's kind of sad that he's stuck in the train wreck that is the Avalanche right now. 

Cody Goloubef has played bits and pieces of the past 6 seasons in Columbus.  A trade or a claim by the new Vegas team might just be the ticket he needs to getting a full time gig in the NHL.  Quinton Howden spent parts of 3 seasons with the Panthers before signing as a free agent with the Jets this past year. 

Rick Dipietro was a name I'd forgotten about until I saw the Hot Commodities card in the top row of this scan.   Alex Tanguay had a good NHL career, playing over 1000 games and winning a cup with Avs in 2000-01.  I didn't know this until now, but Jason Zucker led the NHL in +/- this year with a +34 rating.  Mike Peca had a solid NHL career, winning two Selke awards as the NHL's top defensive forward.  I'm hoping that the Leafs will re-sign Curtis McElhinney to backup Frederik Andersen for one more year.

The only player on this page that has had any kind of NHL career so far is Jared Boll, and that has been mostly as a 4th liner/tough guy.  Michel Ouellet is an interesting player, scoring 52 goals in his first 3 NHL seasons, then in his 4th season he plays just 3 games and then drops right out of the league altogether. 

Some notable names in this scan, including Kovalchuk (again), Ted Donato who had a solid career over a dozen NHL seasons, Thomas Vanek is still kicking and should hit the 700 point plateau should he play in the NHL again next season and Mikko Koivu is the current captain of the Minnesota Wild.  Between he and his older brother Saku, they have almost 2000 games in the NHL. 

There you have it, I'm now 84 cards closer to completing the set.   Many thanks to Doug for this great box of cards, they are really appreciated!!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Friday, May 26, 2017

Inbound and down #14: Sportscards from the Dollar Store

Now that I've moved about as far south in the continent as you can get, I've forgotten about the big Hockey Expo shows that are held twice annually out by the Toronto airport.  If you're Doug from the Sportscards from the Dollar Store blog, it's a chance to really go to town since that show is probably a smaller version of the NSCC.

Doug has been very gracious to send me stuff in years past from the Expo, but this time, he really outdid himself.  I was originally going to show all the serial numbered hockey cards he sent me in this post tonight, but then I probably would have been up 1/2 the night scanning and thinking of stuff to write about each card.  So I decided to do half of the cards today.   6 at a time.  7 scans.   Here we go.

The Leaf Limited award winners is a great looking set, you'll see a couple more of those in the next few scans.  The Rob Blake card goes all the way back to 2001-02.  The rookies on this page still haven't done a whole lot so far in the NHL..

This group of 6 cards actually had me cursing at the scanner (should have been cursing at the cards), since the O-Pee-Chee Platinum cards, although they look great, have succumbed to a bit of warping.  The Red Prism Zach Parise card is the prime example of this, but it's still a great card and won't be replaced for any reason. 

This package definitely wasn't short of the Platinum parallels, there's 3 more on this page alone.  The Eric Fehr and Matt Carle RC's are from 06-07 SP Game Used.  Fehr's just 4 wins away from a Stanley Cup, even though he's been hurt for the entire playoff run.

Had to take a second look at the card in the upper left of this scan, as I wondered who the Penguins player was.  Surprised that it was Brooks Orpik, as I'd forgotten just how long Orpik has been in the NHL.  Daniel Sedin part of the SNI hockey set?  Love it.  Boy was it interesting to see how Twitter jumped all over Jonathan Bernier (especially Toronto fans) and placed a lot of the blame for the game 7 loss to the Preds.  Maybe if people took another look at the replay of the 4th Nashville goal in game 7 to see how shitty the Ducks defensive play was there they would have thought twice before jumping down Bernier's throat.

More Artifacts.  I'll take those parallels any day of the week.  I'm sure that the serial numbered rookies from half a decade ago were in the discount bins, as a lot of these player's careers have already fizzled out.

An Owen Nolan Artifacts card to add to the Avalanche team set.  May have to see if I can add a couple of more Nordiques cards to the set.  Juuse Saros had a pretty good first full season in the NHL, and will probably take over for Pekka Rinne in a couple of years.  Spencer Abbott got into his 2nd career NHL game with the Blackhawks this year.  It came just 3 years after his first game which was with the Leafs in 2013-14.  Still 2 more games than I ever played...

Big name on this page is Ilya Kovalchuk, who has been rumored to be headed back to the NHL this season.  If New Jersey is smart, they trade his rights and continue their rebuild.  Don't have too many Winnipeg cards so far, and anything Atlanta Thrasher related will be part of the Jets 40 cards.  I'd also like to see the Flyers keep the orange jerseys as their full time home unis, rather than the black. 

That's the first 42 cards, I'll show the other 42 in the next post.  Oh, and don't ask me when the last time I wrote 2 posts in the same day was.   I have no idea....

thanks for reading, Robert

The Great Reorg: #50---Anthony Gose

99 Mile per hour fastball in his first pitching appearance in the minors?  Boy the Jays could have used that a few years ago when their closer problems were keeping them in the lower half of the AL standings.

Best of luck to Anthony, here's hoping that his career change is a good one.

Every so often as I mentioned yesterday, when I hit these milestones I'll throw a quick post on the blog to show off a Jays card.  Maybe this will motivate me to A) keep sorting and adding cards to the spreadsheet and B) post more often on the blog.

This is only card #50 that I've put on the spreadsheet, so there's a long way to go.   At least I've got it started and we're only 5 months into 2017!

Thanks for reading, Robert