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.

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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.

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).

Favorites – 2001 Topps Stars : Adam Graves

What we have tonight, reflects my favorite player, as well as a favorite card.

In my opinion, the only thing that would make this cooler, is if I pulled it from a pack myself.  Truth be told, I haven’t actually persued collecting cards in the last 8-10 years.  I still like the hobby, and have my cards from when I was a kid, but I don’t buy anywhere near as much.  Occasionally, I’ll buy a pack or two, maybe even a blaster.

Adam Graves is my all-time favorite player.  He was an integral part of the team that won the Cup in ’94.  This is the only GU card I have of Graves, and only one of a handful of GU in my collection.  It ran me arounf 4 bucks on Ebay(including shipping), so I’m pretty happy with it.  It’s stuff like this that keeps me collectiong.