My Hits From Carboard Conundrum’s Recent Group Break

Today, we’ll take a look at the hits I scored from Matt’s recent group break, over at Cardboard Conundrum.

This is only the second group break I participated in(the first one was on The Real DFG last year), and I think I did pretty well.  The cards are posted in the reverse order of the boxes opened.

So here we go!

We’ll start off with 2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond.

2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond Rookie Gems Jay Rosehill Triple Diamond

The Rangers were my chosen team, and as you can see from the first card, the Maple Leafs were my random team.  You can’t go wrong with a Triple Diamond rookie, but I am not familiar with Jay Rosehill.

2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond Harry Howell Triple Diamond

Harry Howell is from way before my time, but his number was retired by the Rangers in 2009.  I remember when this happened, because Michal Rozsival switched his jersey from #3 to #33 because of this.  I don’t go after any cards from this era(then again I never have come across any that are in my price range), so it’s nice to be able to add a Hall of Famer to my collection.

2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond Phil Esposito Triple Diamond

Phil Esposito is known more when he was with the Blackhawks and the Bruins, but he spent 6 solid seasons with the Rangers.  And, as is the case with Harry Howell, it’s nice to add another Hall of Famer to the collection.

2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond GEMography Brandon Dubinsky Autograph

Even  though he’s now with the Blue Jackets, I’m still a fan of Dubinsky.  He played with grit and heart, and even had some flashes of offensive brilliance.  This would be my first sticker auto, but I’ll never complain when it comes to adding another Ranger autograph to the collection.

Next up is 2011-12 ITG Between the Pipes.

2011-12 ITG Between The Pipes Masked Men James Reimer

Personally, I’ve never busted any Between the Pipes, but I am a fan of the Masked Men series(as well as any other goaltender specific inserts).  This is a regular version James Reimer.  I’m kind of confused as to why the common versions are die-cut.  Still, these are very nice cards in person, and I’m happy to finally have a few in my collection.

2011-12 ITG Between The Pipes Masked Men Felix Potvin Silver

Felix Potvin is a name I can associate to the time when I was heavily into collecting.  The early-to-mid-nineties were my collecting heyday, and “Felix the Cat” was one of the many players I collected.  This is a one of the Silver versions, which is out of 90.  There is no serial numbering, and I would have never known if I wasn’t told.

And lastly, we have 2007-08 Upper Deck Artifacts.

2007-08 Upper Deck Artifacts Jaromir Jagr-Martin Straka Tundra Tandems Dual Jersey Card 15 of 25

This is an awesome card!  Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka were pretty popular when the were with the Rangers, and I was among the many who loved these 2.  So, the firs thing this card has going for it, is the player selection.  The second thing it has going for it, is the 2 different colored swatches, and neither of them are white.  And lastly, it is numbered out of 25(15/25 to be precise).  This is my first dual jersey card, and also the lowest serial numbered card in my collection.  It also happens to be my favorite card of the ones I received from this group break.

There were also base cards, which will get their time in another post.  Thanks again Matt, for a fun experience, and the excellent choices in the boxes you picked.  🙂

Progress on an Insert Set That I Decided to Collect

A little while back I posted an insert card from 93-94 Score hockey.  It was a card that I had wanted since I found out about it’s existance when the set was intitially released.  As a Rangers fan, a card with Adam Graves and Mark Messier on it, is a double win in my book.  After I got that card, I decided to see what other cards were in the set.  There are some really great tandems, and others that are okay.  There are no more than 10 listed at any given time on Ebay, so I will usually bid on every one offered.  The top 2 in the set, value wise, are the Kings(Gretzky and Kurri, I believe), and the Penguins(Lemieux and Stevens I think?).  I’ve been outbid on the Kings and the Nordiques(Sakic and Sundin).  The Oilers one(Arnott and Corson) I ended up winning, got lost in the mail(I got a refund).  But here are three that I did win, all at fairly good prices.

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Nieuwendyk-Roberts DD4 (front)

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Nieuwendyk-Roberts DD4 (back)

I was never a fan of either Nieuwendyk or Roberts, but there’s no denying that they were both excellent players.  You’ll also notice that there is a maple leaf in the top left corner on each side of the card.  This(as well as the dual-language on the card), indicates that this is from the Canadian release.  I’m pretty sure there were nine cards for both the Canadian and American releases, and both sets had different teams.

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Janney-Hull DD4 (front)

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Janney-Hull DD4 (back)

Of course Hull and Janney were a great tandem, although “Hull and Oates” were better(but Oates was with Boston by the time this set was conceptualized).  And I’m sure you notice the star in the upper left corner, and the absence of any French language.  This denotes that this is from the American release.

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Yzerman-Fedorov DD9 (front)

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Yzerman-Fedorov DD9 (back)

This last one is my favorite of the three here.  I have always been a fan of Fedorov and Yzerman.  As a matter of fact, I have the binders from when I first started collecting, and Fedorov is one of the players I have the most cards of(most are junk wax, but hey, that’s what was available at the time).

It’s my goal(no pun intended), to collect all the cards from this set(Canadian and American).  I have one more that recently arrived(but wasn’t here when this post was first drafted), that we’ll see later.

If anyone reading this has any of these cards, I am more than happy to work out a trade.  I believe they fall at 1-2 per box, so they’re not exactly easy to come by.

Thank You Casey!

A little while back, Casey, of Drop the Gloves fame, put up a post stating that he had a lot of cards that he needed to get rid of.

I was one of the many who commented, stating what kind of cards I would be willing to take off of his hands.  Pretty much, I said that I would be interested in NY Rangers stuff, and, wow, did he send exactly that!

I was not expecting the amount, or quality of the cards he ended up sending.  And to top it all off, there were only a handful that I didn’t need!


Already a great start!  I always find it weird when I see Richter wearing a Hasek-style helmet.  And who can forget the cheesy Rangers “Star Rookie Checklist”?!


In addition to my request of Rangers cards, I also made a mention that I was a Packers fan.  I don’t have many football cards, so this Jennings card, with him sporting the really old-school jersey is much appreciated!


Before this package arrived, I had maybe, 2 Champs cards in my collection.  And the ones I do have can’t beat the ones you see above.  Messier, Gretzky, and Gaborik?!  Plus a red parallel Gaborik?!


Lot’s of really good stuff here.  I especially like the Upper Deck Ice Brian Leetch card.  I only have a few of these cards, and this is my first Ranger, and I must say that it looks very nice!

And I’m really digging the Rod Gilbert “Classic Ticket” card.  It’s a very shiny card, and I don’t have more than a few cards, if any, of any player, from Gilbert’s era.

Black Diamond cards have always looked pretty good through the years.


The Panini Playoff Contenders are some other favorites.  The “Ultra Power” Adam Graves is a card that I already have, and it’s one of his more memorable looking inserts.  Graves wasn’t a superstar, but I appreciate that at least he has a decent number of inserts to look for.

And now we’ll get the my absolute favorite cards from the lot that Casey sent.

The first three!


Even though he’s in Columbus now, I’m still a fan of Dubinsky.  I’ll always remember him wearing number 17, but it’s cool to see him wearing 48, and a shield!

A Stepan rookie was missing from the pc, so it ended up in the absolute favorites pile.

The Dan Girardi, if I’m not mistaken, is a Rainbow parallel of his card in this O-Pee-Chee set.  I’m not very up to date when it comes to parallels.

And now the 3 that I like the most.


My heyday for collecting was the early-to-mid-nineties.  This Stadium Club Finest insert pretty much sums up the period.  Shiny foil insert.

Ryan McDonagh is on his way to becoming a solid defenseman.  This serial numbered “Future Watch” rookie card could fit in with either my serial numbered cards, or my general Rangers collection.  Maybe I’ll start a collection of Rangers rookie cards!

Lastly we have what I believe is a Black Rainbow parallel of Brian Boyle.  The Black Rainbow parallels are serial numbered out of 100.  This one has the distinction of being number 001/100, which is pretty freakin’ cool!!

Thanks again Casey!  I should have some Bruins I can send your way at some point.  🙂

2002-03 BAP Signature Series Autographs Gold

I have a couple of “thank you” posts that I need to do, but in the meantime, here’s these.

2002-03 BAP Signature Series Autographs Gold

All 4 of these were in a lot I ended up winning for $5.50 with free shipping.  That averages to around $1.37 per card.  I currently have around 10 autographed cards(4 of them are Graves), so that sounds good to me!  I would be willing to trade any of these except for the Graves.

A Couple More Graves Cards for the PC

Most of my Ebay card purchase have made it to me in the last week, and I’m finally giving them the exposure they deserve.

The purchases were either for a single player collection, or an insert set that I’m currently working on(more on that later).  If you know me, you know that Adam Graves is my top player collection.


This first one cost me a whopping 20 cents, and the shipping set me back a cool 40 cents!

1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Adam Graves (front)

I know it looks like nothing special, but I didn’t have that many O-Pee-Chee cards when I was a kid.  So, they have a certain allure to me.  And you have to admit that 60 cents total is not bad at all for Ebay!

1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Adam Graves (back)

It’s mint(actually looks pack-fresh), and another unique card to the Graves collection.

The next card is one of nicest looking cards I’ve seen for Graves.  It’s from a pretty recent release, and it’s pretty odd for me to purchase a card from something so recent.

2012-13 Panini Classic Adam Graves Autograph (front)

These Panini Classics on-card autos look fantastic, and the checklist is pretty varied(and awesome), to boot!  I can’t afford $35 a pack, and I would be totally bummed to pull some of the other names on the checklist.  I’m a fan of the entire checklist,  but not all of the autos command even the price of admission.  So, I feel the secondary market is the way to go when it comes to these.

2012-13 Panini Classics Adam Graves Autograph (back)

This set me back for less than 1/4 of what a pack would’ve cost me.  There’ll be a few more I’ll definitely be picking up from this set in the future, and I need to find Graves’ Retired Numbers banner card as well.

This is a First for My Collection

Don’t take the title of this post to mean that this is going to be something groundbreaking.  It’ll actually be pretty anti-climactic for most of you.  But what you are about to see, is the first of 3 different things in my hockey card collection.

I do not own many autographs or Game Used memorabilia cards, but that’s because I don’t bust a lot of pack/boxes, and I’m pretty particular when it comes to purchasing them on the secondary market.  But I’ve come to realize that if you have too narrow a window, you’re not going to find a lot that is interesting.

So I figured why not see what is else is out there.  I always see some really nice cards on the blogs on my blogroll, and the ones that I anonymously visit on a pretty regular basis, and I wanted in on that action!

So, a few weeks ago I decided to do a little perusing on Ebay(where else?!).  I found a nice looking card that had a pretty low bid, and a shipping cost that I was happy with.

And this is what I won.

2010-11 Crown Royale-Heirs to the Throne-Paul Statsny-14 of 50

This is a 2010-11 Crown Royale : Heirs to the Throne – Paul Statsny.  I’m not a Paul Statsny collector, but remember, I widened my collecting focus, to add collection depth, as well as add another enjoyable aspect to my collecting.

2010-11 Crown Royale-Heirs to the Throne-Paul Stastny-14 of 50 (back)

First, you see that it’s a nice 2 color piece, with a stitch running through it.  I’m not sure what part of the jersey this is from, but the blue portion is thicker than the white(almost like a patch, but I don’t have anything to compare it to).  This is the first GU card that I have that sports 2 colors.

Secondly, you see that it is serial numbered.  I have a few serial numbered base cards in my collection, but they numbered way higher than 50!  So not only is it my lowest serial numbered card, it’s now my lowest serial numbered GU card(my onl other Serial numbered GU card is out of 650).

And lastly, this is my first semi-high-end-looking GU card.

There is a lot that I like about this card, and it’s a nice addition to the collection.

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Messier/Graves

This is the second of 3 Ebay card purchases made last week.  It is also a card that has waited a long time to make it into my collection.

This is an insert set that, for some reason, instantly piqued my interest.  Two star players on one card is probably what did it.  Finding out that there was a Rangers card in the set, and that it featured Messier and Graves, made it a must have.  But this was a card that I had never seen in person, and over time, it was pushed to the back of my mind.

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Mark Messier-Adam Graves DD5(front)

The foil was not out of hand yet, so it adds to the card, rather than kill it.  Dynamic Duo is also the nickname for Batman & Robin, but I refuse to think that either one of these two could ever be Robin.  🙂

Now that I finally have this one in hand, I’ve decided that this is a set that I would like to complete.  I believe that there are 10 cards in this set, but there are only about 3 current listings.  If anybody has any of these, I would be interested to buy or trade for them.  Just leave a comment.

1993-94 Score Dynamic Duo Mark Messier-Adam Graves DD5(back)

One down, nine to go!

97-98 Be a Player Autograph – Adam Graves

This is a card that I’ve wanted in my collection for a long time.  I remember seeing his name on the list of autographs in the set, and I immediately wanted it.  Every pack contained an autographed card, and at the time, was a pretty big deal in the hobby.  I’m not sure of the price of the of the packs when they were released, but I never did buy a pack(and don’t recall seeing them in shops more than a couple times).

It’s a pretty good feeling to finally have knocked this one off the list.

97-97 Be a Player Adam Graves Autograph

As my favorite player, I figure $5.85 wasn’t too bad to add Graves’ autograph to the PC.  Now that I have his auto, and I have a GU card, I need to find an autographed GU card.

97-98 Be a Player Adam Graves Autograph(back)

This was the first of 3 card purchases I made on Ebay this past weekend.  The others should be here in the next few days(I hope).

Two Pack Break -2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts & Score Hockey

Yesterday, I found myself at Target with a few dollars to spend.  I couldn’t find much to spark my interest, but there was a decent selection of hockey cards at the front of the store, so I figured I grab a couple of packs.

I went with 2 different packs, at two different price points.

First up is a pack of 2012-13 Score.  I have already busted a few packs of this product here, but it’s pretty easy to buy 1 pack when they’re only 99 cents.

2012-13 Score Hockey Cards(pack)

I didn’t pull anything too exciting, but I got my 99 cent’s worth.

2012-13 Score Hockey Pack Break

7 cards per pack, with every pack containing a gold parallel.  I think the “Hot Rookies” are inserted in every other pack.  This is the third HR I’ve pulled out of 3 packs that I’ve bought.  So maybe they’re inserted in every pack, I dunno.  Not a bad looking set, but nothing we haven’t seen already.

2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey cards(pack)

I decided that the second pack I would get would be of a higher quality.  And Upper Deck products are usually a very good quality.

I’ve purchased packs of Artifacts in the past, and I think it’s a consistently a nice looking release.  This cost $2.99 a pack, and you get 5 cards per pack.

2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey Pack Break

The Bobby Orr is a first for me, as I don’t have many older hockey cards(and the ones that I do, aren’t of Orr’s caliber).  Patrick Kane isn’t too shabby, and even though I hate the Devils, Kovalchuk can be amazing to watch.  I don’t actively pursue any of his cards, but I’ll put his cards aside, if I pull them.

I actually wish that I would’ve bought another pack or 2 of these, that’s how much I like these.  Not bad for $4 spent.

1991-92 Team Pinnacle – Brett Hull

By today’s standards, this doesn’t look like much.  But back in 1991, this was a really nice pull!

1991-92 Team Pinnacle B-12 Brett Hull (front)

Pinnacle was one of the more “high-end” products of the time.  Throughout the early and mid-nineties, the Team Pinnacle inserts were cards you never pulled too often.  I’m not sure if I pulled this or what, because I’ve owned it since my teenage collecting years.  I know it’s not a card I would’ve sought out, as I’m not much of a (Brett) Hull collector.

1991-92 Team Pinnacle B-16 Brett Hull (back)

If you look towards the bottom of the card, you’ll see the bar code that gave this brand part of it’s high-end reputation.

Looking at the card now makes me want to actually try and collect the set.  If cost doesn’t prohibit that, I may just do that.

Team Pinnacle cards in later series had a player on both sides of the card.  Those were pretty cool as well, and I might have one I can share in the future(I’ll have to look into that).