Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015 Leaf Best of Hockey Case Break - Part Two

Continuing on with the final four hits from my 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey case break, we start with some vintage goodness.

Unfortunately, it wasn't vintage greatness.

From 1960-61 Parkhurst comes this PSA Graded 7 card of Hall of Famer Alex Delvecchio. Although a great player in his day, this card is from about 600 games into his career. His rookie was much earlier... 1951-52 Parkhurst. It's a nice grade on a vintage card but this card will be hitting eBay as it doesn't really fit into my collection.

From 2007-08 Upper Deck Fleer Ultra comes this BGS Graded 9.5 short-print Ice Medallion rookie card of Jonathan Toews numbered to /100. Captain Serious is one of the best in the game and this card is almost perfect. Although I really like the card, I think another collector would appreciate it much more than I would... so it will be put up for auction as well.

From 2012-13 Panini Crown Royale comes this Silhouette Materials Signature card of Mario Lemieux. One of the greatest to play the game, the scan doesn't do the card justice. It's never a bad day when I add another Lemieux hard-signed autograph to my personal collection.

And the final hit.

The big hit.

And the hit that was perfect for me to get...

From 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee comes this PSA Graded 9 rookie card of Patrick Roy. My favourite player on my favourite team as I grew up, this is one heck of a pull. I already have two Patrick Roy rookie cards in my collection... one that my mother bought for me as a birthday present in 1991.... and one that I pulled from an unopened pack a few years ago at the Sports Card Expo in Toronto. This card, my first graded Patrick Roy rookie card, will stay with me forever!  :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2015 Leaf Best of Hockey Case Break - Part One

I've always been a fan of re-packaged products so I thought I'd take a chance on a 4-box case of 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey. The product contains one slabbed buy-back card as well as one In The Game Best Of Hockey 1/1 foil-stamped buy-back card.

In this post, I'll reveal the 4 ITG foil-stamped buy-back cards... and save the bigger hits for the next blog post.

Ready, set, go!

Originally from 2006-07 ITG International Ice comes this dual jersey Teammates card of Mario Lemieux and Martin Brodeur. When first released, this card was the silver version and numbered to seventy but now it features the 1/1 Best of Hockey foil stamp. Not a bad start!

Originally from 2009-10 ITG 1972 The Year In Hockey comes this nice Jersey Gold card of Russian Boris Mikhailov. A long-time captain of the Soviet National team, Mikhailov won Olympic gold medals in 1972 and 1976.

Originally from 2009-10 ITG Between the Pipes is this Game-Used Emblem Gold card of Glenn Hall. Nicknamed 'Mr. Goalie', the card features an emblem from Hall's St. Louis Blues jersey. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.

And last, but definitely not least, is my favourite card of the four.

Originally from 2009-10 ITG Between the Pipes comes this Pad Save Gold card of Patrick Roy. As shown on the back of this card, it was a 1/1 to begin with and now features a 1/1 Best of Hockey stamp on the front. The thick piece from Roy's Colorado Avalanche goalie pad is bursting out of the card. A picture just cannot do it justice.

The first three will be placed on eBay. The Pad Save card will find a home in my personal Patrick Roy collection.

Next time... the four slabbed buy-back cards!