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.  🙂

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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.