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).

My First ’79-’80 Topps Hockey Cards

I was able to get these, courtesy of Listia.  I only used the free credits they give you when you sign up, so these are free cards!

I don’t know much about this set, as I was born in 1979.  About the only thing I can tell you, is that Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card is in this set.  But I do have to say that I really dig the design of these.

First up is Ed Johnstone.   I have no idea who Ed Johnstone is, but he’s a Ranger, so it’s a win for me.  But I have never liked the jersey with the Rangers shield on it.

78-80 Topps Hockey Ed Johnstone(front)

While I have been a Rangers fan for 20+ years, I couldn’t tell you anything about Mr. Johnstone here.  But thanks to the card backs, I can give you one interesting tidbit.  Check it out!

79-80 Topps Hockey Ed Johnstone(back)

And secondly we have someone who I have heard of.  He’s actually a pretty good player.

79-80 Topps Hockey Bill Smith

It’s a small difference, but I’ve always heard him referred to as Billy Smith.  As you know, Billy here was part of the 4 Islander Stanley Cup teams from 80-84.  I don’t recall him in his playing days, but I do remember my dad talking about him, as well as others players in the dynasty(my dad was a big Islanders fan).

79-80 Topps Hockey Bill Smith(back)

The condition of both the cards aren’t great, but they were free, and they’re are from a pretty nice set.  Smith’s obviously the better, and the more well known player.  But, he gets shown second because he’s an Islander.  And you know the Rangers – Islanders rivalry.

Double Pack Rip – 2012-13 Score Hockey

Might as well strike while the iron is hot!

I was finishing up my Christmas shopping in Albany yesterday.  As is the usual case when I’m in Albany, I found myself at Target.  Out of the big box stores, Target is my favorite.  Not only do they have the best selection of toys, they also have a pretty decent selection of trading cards as well.

Which brings us to today’s post.

Just as you’d suspect, there’s a lot less of a selection compared to the other “major 4 sports”.  It’s almost a miracle we have any hockey cards at all, with this b.s. lockout that’s been plaguing us.

2012-13 Score Hockey Packs

But were here to talk about cards.

At 99 cents a pack, these were by far, the least expensive option.  I knew what I was in for, having bought a blaster of last year’s offering.  They are reminiscent of the 1990 set, just glossier, with a better color scheme.

2012-13 Score Hockey Pack #1

Unlike last time, I scanned them from left to right, in the order that they were pulled.  I like the Stanley Cup Champions logo on the Willie Mitchell card.  It something small, but it makes a otherwise common card a lot cooler.  I also got a “Season Highlight” card of Luke Adam.  Who, before I pulled this card, have never heard of.  I also got a “Hot Rookie” J.T. Brown, whose “Young Guns” card I pulled in my last pack rip.  Rounding out the pack, is a “Goldrush” parallel of Cody Eakin.  I believe the “Goldrush” cards are inserted at 1 per pack.

2012-13 Score Hockey Pack #2

With the second pack, it was more of the same.  No real star power, or inserts.  I don’t think the “Hot Rookies” are in every pack, so that’s a plus(if they are in every pack, I take that back).  It’s Jordan Nolan, who I have not heard of.  But who knows, he may turn out to be awesome.  The “Goldrush” parallel is of Erik Gudbranson.

Update : From what I’ve read, the “Hot Rookies” odds are 1:2

I can’t say anything bad about these.  They call back to one of the first sets I started collecting, and at 99cents, I think they’re a great value.  It’s nice to see that kids aren’t priced out of every set.  😉

Pack Rip – 2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey Rack Pack

While out shopping at the local Wal-Mart on Thursday night, I decided to take a look in the trading card area near the front registers.  I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, or if I was “looking” for anything at all.  But it’s something I normally do whenever I go to a big box store.

I knew I had nowhere near enough for a box of cards, but they did have these.

For $4.99, I couldn’t pass them up.  I’m usually pretty late to the game when it comes to buying packs of current cards.

Originally, I wanted to show the cards in the order in which I pulled them.  But I forgot this when I scanned them.  So, if we look at them from right to left, you will see the order I saw them in.

Oh.  And I started from the bottom portion of the pack(that’s where I started).

Not a bad start!  As usual, Upper Deck has a pretty decent photo selection.

  I would say that the Michael Del Zotto is my favorite of the first group(a Ranger will always win my favor).  A Jerome Iginla doesn’t hurt either.  The Phil Kessel is an MVP insert, falling at 1:6.

While Eric Staal and Daniel Sedin are great players, Lidstrom would be my favorite of the group.  He was one of those players I grew up collecting in my early teens.  And being that he retired last year, the photo selection couldn’t be better!

Of course, the stand out of this group is the J.T. Brown(no offense to Kovalchuk).  “Young Guns” card  Young Guns fall 1:4.  I’m not sure if he’s any good, but I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see.

And as you can clearly see here, there is no shortage of horizontal shots.

I guess I did okay.  A couple of inserts, and a decent player selection.  I’d say I got my money’s worth, and I’ll probably will buy a few more packs as I see them.

I know I’ve been on a hockey tear here, but I do have plenty of non-sports cards as well(I’ve just been on a hockey kick, due to the lock-out).  But here’s a preview of some non-sports pack rips you can expect to see somewhere down the line.

1983 Mike Eruzione M&M’s Card

I don’t know much about this card.  And to tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure where I got it from.

I was one year old when the “Miracle on Ice” happened.  My father was an avid sports fan, so I had heard Eruzione’s name a bunch of times.  I can’t tell you everything, but I know he was the captain of the 1980 U.S. olympic hockey team, and he scored the game winning goal against the Soviet team on their way to the gold medal.

I don’t have many cards prior to 1989-1990, so this one definitley stands out in my collection.  It’s nowhere near mint, but I don’t care.  It means more to me than what it’s worth.