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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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.

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).