Sunday, September 13, 2009

Real Sports Card of the Day

The release of In The Game "1972 - The Year In Hockey" has revived my interest in my older cards and of players from that generation. Looking through some of my recent cards, I figured I'd share this beauty which features two Hall of Famers, one at the beginning of his career and the other at the end.

A dual auto/jersey In The Game Ultimate card of Guy Lafleur and Jean Beliveau. A cornerstone of my Habs collection.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Real Sports Card of the Day

My best pull ever. Probably never to be topped.
From a pack of 2007-08 SPA Authentic:

Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.
Hard-signed dual autograph #/50.

I had already received the hits that I had expected. I was more than happy with the Marc-Andre Fleury Sign of the Times being my box hit. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

1972 - The Year In Hockey Review

"1972 - The Year In Hockey" from In The Game (Six packs)

ITG brings to the table "1972 – The Year In Hockey". This is the year that collectors selected in a poll carried out earlier this year by the company. The 200-base card set includes two retro checklist cards and features players from the NHL, the WHA and the Summit Series. Part of the base card set is a ten-card subset featuring the MVPs from each game of that legendary series and the tournament MVPs from each country. Also included in this set are cut signatures from celebrities and important people who thrived in 1972 such as Pierre Trudeau and Al Pacino.

The base cards bring a collector straight back to the 1970's. The haircuts, the moustaches, and even the font for the text. One of the best things about this set is the chance for new collectors to learn about hockey from a different era. The average collector will know many players on the base cards... but a lot of these players are unknowns to the average fan of today.

There are approximately 150 autographs (all hard-signed) in this set and numerous memorabilia cards as well. In The Game also brings back the popular Masked Men insert series as well as the He Shoots He Scores points redemption program which allow collectors to receive a special memorabilia card for every 200 points collected. I was fortunate enough to pull two hard-signed autographs and one Masked Men card in my six packs. Do I know anything about these players? No. Will I in a few minutes? Most definitely.

"1972 - The Year In Hockey" - A must buy! 18 packs per box with a solid chance at 3 autos and 1 jersey card per box... not to mention the hockey education that awaits.

Fleer Ultra 2009-10 Review

Fleer Ultra 2009-10 Hockey from Upper Deck (Two packs)

Yes, Upper Deck seems to own everything these days... even the time honoured O-Pee-Chee. But they have on great eye for design, especially for this years Fleer Ultra.

The base cards have a very sharp design as do the rookie cards which are inserted one in every four packs. As with products which appear early in the year, the rookie card crop is rarely special, although there is an opportunity for rookie redemptions which will no doubt feature players such as John Tavares, Cody Hodgson, and Victor Hedman.

Inserted within each pack is a gold medallion card which is a coloured variation of the base card. I was also lucky enough to pull a Ultra Uniformity jersey card of Marek Svatos of the Colorado Avalanche. Although the odds are one in every twelve packs, I was lucky enough to pull one in my two packs.

Overall, Fleer Ultra is an inexpensive product with a solid design and good player selection. The price range is at the high-end of the low-end market but I definitely enjoy it more than UD Victory or UD MVP.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Destroy a Card!

Seriously. Do it.

It doesn't matter if it's valuable or not (preferably one that is not valuable) :)

Just take that Mike Knuble OPC card from 2007-08 or that Benoit Brunet UD card from 1992-93 and crumple it up or tear it in half.

Too often, as collectors, we're consumed by carefully handling each card and placing it within plastic. We lose sight that it is a hobby, it's fun, and it's only cardboard. It's a weird feeling... but it's one that a lot of us really need to do.