BOX BREAK: Birthday Blaster Fun! 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

There are some downfalls to our hobby.  One of them is the shady people in the hobby.  My lady has told me that she doesn’t want to buy me cards because she’s concerned she may overpay or just get ripped off.  I can’t say in any way that I blame her.  We all know that most people are good.  It only takes one bad one, though.

Much to my surprise, when she came home Friday, she had a blaster of Upper Deck Hockey for me!  I was completely surprised since it was the first time she’d bought me cards.  It definitely made me glad that I had a birthday gift waiting on her to get home.  Yes, we share the same birthday.  Us and Dominik Hasek.

In my first box break, there were only two packs that didn’t have a Young Guns or insert card.  In this box, there were three.  However, I definitely “beat the odds” on the first.  This one was very in line with the odds.

PACK ONE:  Filip Forsberg Shining Stars

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2014-15 Upper Deck Shining Stars #SS49 Peter Forsberg

PACK TWO:  Sidney Crosby UD Canvas

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2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas #C68 Sidney Crosby

PACK THREE:  Daniel Sprong Young Guns

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2015-16 Upper Deck #226 Daniel Sprong Young Guns

PACK FOUR:  Ryan Miller UD Portraits

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portraits #P9 Ryan Miller

PACK FIVE:  Marian Hossa Shining Stars Blue

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2015-16 Upper Deck Shining Stars Royal Blue #SS36 Marian Hossa

PACK SIX:  No inserts or Young Guns, but did get Marian Hossa and Evgeni Malkin base cards

PACK SEVEN:  Malcolm Subban Young Guns

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2015-16 Upper Deck #211 Malcolm Subban Young Guns

PACK EIGHT:  Malcolm Subban UD Portraits (and also a base Andrew Shaw)

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portraits #P55 Malcolm Subban

PACK NINE:  Jean-Francois Berube Young Guns

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2015-16 Upper Deck #242 Jean-Francois Berube Young Guns

PACK TEN:  Carey Price UD Canvas (and a John Klingberg base)

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2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas #C44 Carey Price

PACK ELEVEN:  No inserts or Young Guns

PACK TWELVE:  No inserts or Young Guns

BONUS PARKHURST PACK:  Mikko Rantanen & Sam Bennett Green and Connor McDavid blue

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Sam Bennett Parkhurst Green, Mikko Rantanen Parkhurst Green, Connor McDavid Parkhurst Blue

Not a bad box at all.  None of the “top” Young Guns but the Parkhurst Blue Connor McDavid certainly “made” the box.  It kept it on par with the top card I pulled from my first blaster.  Most of these will be up for sale in my Sports Card Direct store in the next few days!  If you’re looking to trade, I’d need to get an Andrew Shaw that I don’t have in return or I could consider vintage football (pre-1956 or regionally issued cards).

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Another #Mailday from Sports Card Direct

The best part of looking at sites other than eBay to buy is that you can get better deals.  Sellers don’t have to cover ridiculous fees and if they are still selling at market value, it can be a win as a buyer.  That’s the case with my latest pickup from Sports Card Direct.

I follow Sammy on Twitter and also have purchased from him on SCDhim on SCD a few times.  Every transaction has been flawless.  It’s not his fault that one time USPS took about a week to get a bubble mailer from Houston to Fort Worth.  (I only mention that because I enjoy pointing out how much USPS sucks.)

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I was very happy to pick up a couple additional Valeri Nichushkin and Patrick Nemeth Young Guns.  I love James Bond movies so even though I can’t recall the character depicted on the autographed card, I couldn’t pass it up for the price.

This was another great transaction for me on SCD.  I wouldn’t have gotten all of these on eBay for the price that I did.  That makes me happy.

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SCORE!

As the local card show was wrapping up a couple of week ago, I noticed a card that I hadn’t all day.  Matt had a Herb Score rookie in his case and I wasn’t passing up a chance to pick up a second copy of this.  I’ve probably had the first copy for 15 years and haven’t had a desire to search for additional copies.  However, it was right there in front of me, so I knew that I had to pick it up.

If you don’t know who Herb Score was, please check out some of the links below.  I knew him as the radio color man for the Cleveland Indians, calling games alongside another voice of my teens, Tom Hamilton.  I grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia but had a stereo that could get WKNR out of Cleveland, the flagship station for Indians baseball.  While not much of a baseball fan anymore, I was a HUGE baseball fan when I was younger.  I didn’t grow up with cable so the Indians became my team in the early 1990s when I found WKNR on the dial.

Score was much more than an announcer though.  Before a freak incident he was considered one of the top pitchers in the game, and at a young age.

THE PRIVATE ORDEAL OF HERB SCORE – SI.com

Herb Score Being Hit by a Liner in 1957

Network: Score’s infamous injury | MLB.com

Herb Score, 75, Indians Pitcher Derailed by Line Drive, Dies

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1956 Topps #140 Herb Score
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1956 Topps #140 Herb Score (back)

I have a few different Score cards.  Last time I looked through my PC boxes, I didn’t see the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game autograph that I was pretty sure that I had.  I guess it’s now time to reacquire one of them.

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At Least It Doesn’t Smell Like Wieners

Recently, I discovered that former Mountaineer Larry Krutko has one football card, in the 1961 Kahn’s set.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked Matt if he happened to have the card.  He told me that the Kahn’s set was regional and that they are a little tougher to find.  I didn’t know too much about them, but that explained why sellers are asking so much for his items on eBay.

The day after talking about these, I saw one of the cards listed in a cards group on Facebook.  It wasn’t the Krutko, but I felt that it was just meant to be in my collection.  A little quick researched confirmed for me that the asking price was more than fair, so I jumped on it.

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1960 Kahn’s #27 Ray Renfro
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1960 Kahn’s #27 Ray Renfro (back)

I hadn’t done much research on the set, so I was surprised at the size of the card when it arrived.  I’m not even sure what the best way is to ultimately store these.  If you don’t know much about the set, I found this on Beckett.com “The 1960 Kahn’s football set of 38 cards features Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. The cards measure approximately 3 1/4″ by 3 15/16″. In addition to data similar to the backs of the 1959 Kahn’s cards, the backs of the 1960 Kahn’s cards contain an ad for a free professional album and instruction booklet, which could be obtained by sending two labels to Kahn’s. The cards are unnumbered and hence are listed below alphabetically for convenience. Willie Davis’ card predates his 1964 Philadelphia Rookie Card by four years.”

Despite the flaw on the back, I believe this will be one that I send in when I complete my first SGC submission.  I can’t wait to pick up more of these cards.  I should have bought one this weekend, but a shady COMC seller declined my offer and then raised the price.  I will have more, though.

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A Rare Basketball Add to the PC

I couldn’t tell you anything happening in the NBA or college basketball today.  Once upon a time, I DID care about both of them.  As a kid of the 80s that loves sports, it was hard not to appreciate and watch the NBA.  Maybe it’s because in my two year basketball career my scoring average was 1.5.  That’s per season, not game.  Just the names like Jordan, Bird, Magic and Isiah tell you what a great game the NBA was.

I was never a Jordan fan.  I always called him a ball hog.  That being said, I didn’t know as much about basketball at the time as I would in my teens.  Magic was cool.  He was a big man that could do small guy things and a small guy that could to big man things.  Larry Bird was the country bumpkin, goofy looking white boy.  I always had a fondness for him.  Isiah Thomas was the little guy.  I was a short kid so I always liked seeing him play in the land of giants.

None of those were my favorite player.  Let’s just say I was a husky kid and still am a husky boy.  I’ve always had a short temper.  I’ve always gotten very mad when I made mistakes playing sports.  I always have gotten pissed when officials make bad calls.  Yes, my guy was Charles Barkley.  The intensity, passion and fire that he showed made me think “If I ever make it in sports, I’ll be like him.”

I was listening to the radio at work a few weeks ago and “The Warrior” came on.  I can’t hear that song without thinking of Barkley.  When I was a kid I had a subscription to Sports Illustrated and one of the “gifts” I received was an “NBA Superstars” VHS.  I decided to check out YouTube and see if it happened to be on there.  Much to my pleasure, it sure was!

It got me thinking about how I never had a rookie card of his.  I asked Matt if he happened to have one anywhere that he’s be selling.  He didn’t, but he told me that he had the card below.  I told him that I wanted it.

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I don’t know a ton about grading and am the first to admit that.  However, this card looks in good shape and I told Matt that I might get it graded just for myself.  What I didn’t know is that neither PSA or SGC will grade the Star Basketball cards.  I really wanted to have SGC grade it because I just thought that it would look beautiful in their slab.  It looks like that I will be submitting it to Beckett.  It’s staying in my collection so I’m only disappointed because I just prefer SGC for older cards and in this case, a card with a green border.

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BOX BREAK: 2015-16 Upper Deck Hockey Series 1 Blaster

I’ve pretty much gotten out of modern cards and I’m very happy about that.  However, sometimes that urge to open packs gets very strong.  That, combined with my birthday being Friday, led me to pick up a blaster when I was at Walmart today.  It appears that most people like seeing the results from breaks, so I thought I’d share.

I will start by saying that I am very happy with what I got.  There was no Connor McJesus in there, but I’m not complaining.  I was truly hoping to get an Artemi Panarin Young Guns but that didn’t happen.  You can’t win them all!  I “beat” some of the odds.

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Every pack until the last two that I opened contained an insert of Young Guns.  Below is the order that they were opened.

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2015-16 Upper Deck #237 Anton Slepyshev YOUNG GUNS

When I opened pack one and it was an Edmonton Young Guns that wasn’t McJesus, I knew my odds weren’t good.  You’ll have that.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portraits #P11 Tuukka Rask
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2015-16 Upper Deck Shining Stars #SS40 Vladimir Tarasenko
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2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas #C64 Kyle Turris
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2015-16 Upper Deck #219 Jared McCann YOUNG GUNS
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2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas YOUNG GUNS #C116 Nikolaj Ehlers

I definitely didn’t anticipate getting a Canvas Young Guns.  However, I’ve had good luck in the past with getting these in the tins.  So at the same time, I’m not surprised.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Game Jersey #GJJB Jonathan Bernier

The jersey cards odds are one per two boxes, so I beat the odds!

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portraits #P2 Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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2015-16 Upper Deck YOUNG GUNS #228 Dylan Larkin

This is definitely one of the better Young Guns that you can hit.  This (and most of the cards from this) will be listed for sale on my Sports Card Direct page soon.  Most of my items on there are at or below eBay prices.  A lot of other sellers do that as well, so you should check the site out in general.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas #C65 Claude Giroux

The last pack I opened was the pack with the three Parkhurst rookies.  I finally got a card of the Breadman, so I finished on a very high note!  Oh yeah, that Eichel guy is supposed to be pretty good, isn’t he?

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A(nother) Canadian Addition to my WVU Collection

Last week I posted about picking up a vintage CFL card for my WVU collection.  What I failed to mention was that I also bought another one on eBay that night.

The seller had marked the card down because, well, who is actually looking for this card?  Not too many.  What got me to look was that even at a PSA 8, it was the highest grade this card has seen.  That is true, but bear in mind that PSA has only graded 12 of these.  Ten of them are an 8.  I checked out the SGC and Beckett POP Reports and neither of them show a record of grading the card.

I recall from my youth that when I saw O-Pee-Chee cards, they had pretty bad edges.  I feel like they were using dull blades, but I could be wrong.  For the price, it was an easy choice to pick this card up.

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I figured I should sneak one thing in at the end.  In the piece about the raw copy of this card, I mentioned that this was the only vintage CFL Mountaineer card that exists.  I was mistaken.  There is one other and it is a couple of decades older.  One is still in the feeBay sold auctions history, giving me hope that I could soon again see one.  Once I do, it will be mine.  Based on the final price I saw, I shouldn’t have trouble picking it up.