#Mailday: 2003-04 Topps Lost Rookies

On Wednesday, I posted about picking up some 1980s hockey on Facebook.  I was trying to figure out what the years were for the cards I was getting and in Google Images, this picture came up.

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At one point in the 1990s, I had a really high percentage of Jeremy Roenick cards and I really couldn’t recall this.  I clicked on the image and made my way to a great blog called “Puck Junk.”  It took me to a post (Review:  2003-04 Topps Lot Rookies) and explained what they are, exactly.  I will let you take a look over at their page if you are interested.

I decided for nostalgic reasons to go ahead and put this set together.  I found a lot on eBay and picked up most of the cards in the set.  I’ll probably go to COMC at some point to pick up the rest, which are pretty much the biggest ones in the set.  It’ll be much cheaper than eBay to do it that way.  In addition to the Roenick, the cards below were in the lot.  If you didn’t already check out the Puck Junk post, perhaps seeing these beauties will.  One thing I’d like is if they were actual cardboard, but it is what it is.

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I hope you liked the quick look at the kinda/sorta past.  If you like what we’re doing, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and also look through some other pieces on the site.  I’m still looking for more folks that would like to contribute, so let me know if you are!  You can follow me on Twitter at @kin_kinsley@beansbcardblog and @DFW_Card_Shows.

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Cards from the dollar box at the local card shop

I stopped into one of the local card shops on Saturday to pick up a couple of storage boxes.  One of the guys had placed a handful of two row boxes out and had marked them down to a dollar.  Two of them were hockey, so of course, I had to go through.  It was mostly 1990s and 2000s of guys that were once stars or prospects but no longer are.  I did find a few of them that I decided to pick up, though.

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There’s little doubt why I picked these ones up.  The Stan Mikita is a Stan Mikita.  It’s also numbered out of 675.  Even though he wasn’t playing for the Blackhawks, Dominik Hasek was my favorite goaltender throughout the 1990s.  One reason was that he was just so damn good.  The other was that we have the same birthday.  I do keep the few cards of his from when he’s in a Blackhawks sweater and also any memorabilia cards I can get my hands on.  Hopefully I will acquire an autograph someday.

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The Sheldon Keefe cards were picked up for prospecting reasons.  I may just hold onto them and look to move later or maybe even try to get some TTM autographs.  Keefe was recently hired as the new head coach of the Toronto Marlies (the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate) at the age of 34.  He retired after a short NHL career and some more time in the minors.  He’s been a very successful coach and could be the head man of an NHL team in the next few seasons.

LINK:  Sheldon Keefe hired as coach of AHL Toronto Marlies

If he makes it to the NHL ranks, he would hardly be the first former player to make that jump.  However, he might be the first player to have a game used card issued during his playing days.  Keefe’s 2000-01 SPx card has a piece of used jersey from a CHL game.

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Mario Lemieux.  That is all.

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These two were just picked up as trade bait.  Once I got home and looked at the OPG, I was surprised to find that the Gilmour Elite Series only books $3.  While there are 10,000, I expected more.  There are also 10,000 of the early baseball Elite Series cards, but I’ve looked and they can go for good money on eBay.  Nonetheless, it might be the only early 1990s Elite Series I’ve had, so it’s still cool.  I know there are Felix Potvin collectors and that the old masks cards are still popular, so I figured it was a good pickup.  I will be able to find him a good home.

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How have the #NHLDraft trades affected cards and collectors?

When I heard that the Boston Bruins had traded Dougie Hamilton to Calgary, my first thought was just “wow, you don’t see young, well thought of defensemen moved very often.”  I’m not going to get into any opinions of if he is a future superstar or not, but I can tell you that I’ve heard people who know much more about hockey than I say that they don’t believe he is.

My second thought turned to a Bruins collector on Facebook.  He has a very impressive, high-end Hamilton PC.  A few hours later I was going through posts in the group and he was (sadly) looking to unload them.  It was sad, as I could tell from the tone in what he had typed just how disappointed he was.  There was a Flames fan that was interested and the collector that has them finally said something about being to upset at the moment to work on a trade and that he had noted the interest and would get back with the (Flames) collector.  I wanted to show my girlfriend (who at least ACTS like she’s somewhat interested in my hobby) some of the fantastic cards he had, but the thread had been deleted.

I also messaged someone else I know shortly after the trade was announced and mentioned it would be interesting to see if there was any spike in Hamilton card prices.  I suspected there could be.  He said that he anticipates a drop in value.  My line of thinking was due to a couple of things, trades I’ve made and markets.  I have made more trades with folks in Alberta than any other state or province.  Not all were interested in Flames cards, but they’ve been one of the more popular teams requested when folks have searched my traders bucket.  While there are a lot of hardcore Bruins collectors out there, I have rarely had interest in Bruins cards.  It could be that I don’t have what they are looking for.  Could it be that Boston fans might also collect Red Sox, Patriots and other local teams?  Perhaps they have to split their available card funds.

I looked shortly after the trade and didn’t see any immediate spike in sales values or that more items purchased.  Looking now (4:40 Central Time), 23 items have sold in the 30+ hours since the trade.  To go back 23 sales before the trade, you went back four days.  It definitely appears more were bought and many of them were higher end.

A look at the hockey trading page on Sports Card Forum shows some interesting thread titles.  On the front page alone, I see “Take my Eddie Lacks…,” “Canes Fans or Swedish player collectors? a few Nice Eddie Lacks RCs now FT: Cup,Dom,+,” “Guess my Griffin Reinhart PC is available…,” and “Bruins fan looking to move some Soderberg, Lucic and Hamilton…”  I can’t say that I blame any of them if they are looking to move cards.  As a collector, I hope that they are able to get something back that they are happy with.  It has to be tough as a team collector when someone you’ve put time and money into is traded or leaves.  I can say that when the day comes that Andrew Shaw leaves the Blackhawks, The Andrew Shaw Project will go nowhere.  It will live on and continue to grow.

There is an opposite side of the spectrum as well and phrases such as “The Lord giveth and taketh away” and “when one door closes, another door opens” come to mind.  Over on CloutsnChara, there is a thread that was posted this morning titled “I guess I collect Emerson Etem now. who has got any?”  Based on when it was posted and when the trade happened, that thread started very shortly after the trade was announced.

I do wonder this (and would love replies below): when your team acquires someone who already has cards, are you interested in picking up those cards?  As a Rangers fan, do you want Etem cards in a Ducks sweater, or do you just want to wait until you can pick up Rangers cards?  Maybe, it’s both.  We’d love to hear these, or any, thoughts.

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Biggest #Mailday yet for #TheAndrewShawProject

If you follow the blog or know me from places like Facebook, Twitter, Sports Card Forum or CloutsnChara, you know there aren’t many Andrew Shaw cards left that I need.  Most of the ones I don’t have are numbered to 25 or less.  As of last night there were only 37 cards I needed, including 1/1s.  Needing so few is what makes this the biggest mailday ever.

There’s only one other Shaw collector that I’ve connected with.  I first “met” him on SCF and then later on, we “ran into” each other on a Facebook Hockey Cards group.  A few weeks ago, he sent me a message saying that he had something for me.  Since we’ve talked a lot and he knows how extensive my PC is, I was really intrigued to see what he’d found. It turned out, he decided to go in a different direction and was moving most of his Shaws.

He was awesome enough to hold onto them for me, until I could come up with what I needed to snag them off of him.  Today, I received the two cards, 5% of what I needed to have every Shaw piece.

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Neither of these are numbered.  I’m not sure how many of the SOTT cards there are, but I think I’ve only seen a handful of them myself.  There’s one that’s been on eBay for a couple of months, but the seller wants $200 for it.  Thanks, but no thanks.  The Rinkside Signings is the most recently released Shaw card.  I hadn’t picked one up yet, as I was waiting for the prices to drop.  They never really did, but then they started drying up.  I wasn’t panicking or anything, but I was looking places other than eBay to try and acquire mine.

I was patient on both of these cards, and that patience paid off.  Jim was willing to both come to me first and to hold on to them, because he knew that they would have a great home with me.  I can’t thank him enough.  I often get discouraged with the hobby, but it’s collectors like him that are truly what a collecting community is about.  Thanks, Jim!  I know you’ll end up reading this!

Now, this is what the remaining checklist looks like:

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Thanks for taking a look!  I do know there are many readers that keep up with the progress I’m making on the PC.  I appreciate it, and also the kind words!

You can view the updated collection gallery here.

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A non-eBay 1980s Hockey #Mailday

It’s no secret that I’m looking for options other than eBay to sell.  I’m also looking at other options to pick items up as well, since I know more and more people are trying to get away from there.

I wrote a few days ago about a pickup of mine off Sports Cards Direct.  This lot, I snagged on Facebook.  More and more of these seem to be popping up on there and it reminds me of late 1990s AOL.  I remember buying a few cards from people in chat rooms on there.  I’ve never been buying expensive cards, so if I was taken, I’d be mad for a few days and then I’d get over it.  Same thing here, although now that I’m older I’m better able to “research” if someone is likely legit.

LINK:  Sports Card Direct #Mailday – an alternative to eBay?

One day last week, I ended up with this lot for a pretty low price.  There’s nothing spectacular here, but it was a chance to pick up a couple of Lemieuxs.

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It was also slightly nostalgic for me as well.  The very first hockey cards I has were 1990-91 Topps.  I started collecting hockey cards in 1987 but just baseball and football.  My best friend growing up played hockey.  He didn’t collect cards.  I collected cards, but not hockey.  It was the perfect match.  I bought him packs of hockey cards for his birthday and I got a few myself.  In the handful of packs I got, I pulled two Gretzkys and two Roys.  Those cards are long gone, so it was cool to pick them back up in this lot.  As I so often say, the hobby is about fun!

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Bean Predicts: the #NHLAwards winners

The NHL Awards start in about 30 minutes.

These are my predictions on who will win and not who should win.  You can click the links to see all finalists. I didn’t include all awards.

Hart Memorial Trophy:  Carey Price

Vezina Trophy:  Carey Price

James Norris Memorial Trophy:  Drew Doughty

Calder Memorial Trophy:  Johnny Gaudreau

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:  Pavel Datsyuk

Frank J. Selke Trophy:  Patrice Bergeron

Jack Adams Award:  Bob Hartley

Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy:  Kris Letang

Ted Lindsay Award:  Carey Price

General Manager of the Year:  Steve Yzerman

You can watch the awards live at 7pm Eastern on NBC Sports Network.

Local Card Shop Goodies – all #Blackhawks

Recently, I went into one of my local card shops in search of some “hidden” gems that will remain unnamed.  I wasn’t able to find them, but did find a handful of Blackhawks pieces.

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I was really looking to see if they had any older Stan Mikita pieces, but when I saw this one, I knew it had to be mine.  Yes, Orr is known as a Bruins, but I have no need for him in a Bruins sweater (unless I could get a rookie).  I don’t even know how many cards he had pictured as a Hawk, but this is the second one I’ve come across randomly and both are now in my PC.

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Talking to the guy running the shop that day, eventually I mentioned my Shaw collection and he said “YOU’RE the one that told me you collect Shaw,” and pulled this out.  I had a couple already, but I’ve never passed up an in-person Shaw and that day wasn’t the day to start.

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He didn’t have any older MIkitas, but for a buck each, I wasn’t leaving these behind.  I’ll probably move them in time, but I decided to rescue them nonetheless.

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