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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Find The Gems - Series 2

Ok, I have always seen these boxes at the checkout counter but never actually bought one. I always wondered if it would be all scrub players and commons shoved into a plastic container or if there was a real shot at something good. At any rate, I broke down and bought one of the Gems Of The Game boxes that claims 10 Hockey Packs plus 1 Graded Card in every box. It also states that 1 in 6 have a Crosby or Ovechkin rookie. If that was really the case, why wouldn't you buy it? Ok, here goes.

Ok, the first card in the box is the graded card, of course. It is a BCCG 9 Steve Yzerman 1994-95 Parkhurst Vintage #V57. Not a common, not a high ticket but I am not disappointed at this juncture.

And now the packs.

Pack #1 2007-08 Ultra Retail

Colby Armstrong #41
Anze Kopitar #109
Michael Nylander #70
Mike Modano #132
Danny Bois (RC) Gold Medallion #208

Not awful, but not awesome either. The Bois Gold Medallion is nice.


Pack #2 2007-08 Ultra Retail

Miroslav Satan #73
Scott Gomez #83
Jay Bouwmeester Gold Medallion #115
Niklas Backstrom #100
Miikka Kiprusoff #168

Not impressed with that one.


Pack #3 2007-08 Hot Prospects (these have never been good for me)

Brad Richards #10
Niklas Backstrom #68
Steve Bernier #94
Guillaume Latendresse #31

Blah!!

Pack #4 2007-08 Hot Prospects

Nathan Horton #66
Jason Spezza #38
Jason Arnott #95
Jonathan Cheechoo #43

Double Blah!!!


Pack #5 2007-08 MVP

Henrik Lundqvist
Shawn Horcoff
Mike Ribeiro
Taylor Pyatt
Chris Phillips
Saku Koivu
Jon Grahame
Jack Johnson (RC)

The Johnson was not a bad pull, but the rest...unless you are a hockey fan you would have no idea.

Pack #6 2007-08 MVP

Marty Turco
Ryan Whitney
Antero Nittymaki
Thomas Vanek
Doug Weight
Vincent LeCavalier
Daniel Alfredsson
Rod Pelley (RC)

A much better mix of players. Better pack.

Pack #7 2007-08 Upper Deck Series 2 Retail

Travis Moen
Kurtis Foster
Manny Fernandez
Joe Sakic
Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Ward
Willie Mitchell
Viktor Kozlov - Victory Update

This was the "sideways" pack. The Moen, Foster, Fernandez, and Lundqvist are all sidways photo shots.

Pack #8 2007-08 Artifacts Retail (The one I was excited about. I like these cards.)

Marian Hossa
Mikael Tellqvist
Brad Boyes
Henrik Lundqvist
Jarome Iginla

A sad, sad batch...but I still like these.

Pack #9 2007-08 Victory

Mathieu Garon
Mikko Koivu
Ryan Whitney
Jozef Stumpel
Scott Gomez
Ryan Parent (RC)

Booooo!!!

And finally...
Pack #10 2007-08 Victory

Ilya Kovalchuk
Cory Stillman
Ryan Smyth
Daniel Sedin
Daniel Briere

Extreme Uber-Booooo!! And I got cheated out of another card.


I guess I should have expected this but at least now I know...Pick the box at the back of the shelf.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Another box of O-Pee-Chee and more dissap...No Way!

I stopped at Target on my lunch hour again. There was 1 tin left of 08-09 O-Pee-Chee Hockey (you know, the one with Gordie Howe, I mean, Mr. Hockey, as he is now known by all card manufacturers). I had to have it so...

It started as pretty much all of them had. I pulled 10 Rookies, most of which I had already (Jonathan Ericcson and Darren Helm being the highlights). I also pulled 5 Rainbow parallels, Forsberg the only non-common. Two Season's Highlights, an All Rookie Team scrub, another one of those stupid Trophy cards, and the Predators Team Checklist. I like these and I don't know why. Maybe because they are shiny.

With three packs left and all hope almost gone, it happened. I opened a pack and inside there was more cellophane. I was confused. It turned out to be a 2007-08 OPC Thomas Plihal Marquee Rookie...with an autograph. SWEET!! But what the heck is it doing in a pack of 2008-09? Apparently Upper Deck "bought back" a bunch of cards and had them autographed.
Mine isn't priced currently at the posting of this. Cool nonetheless. But wait, there's more. Two more cards and there was this index card in the pack as well...


Today was a good day.

Ebay Score!!

I wasn't going to post about this because it could possibly be irrelevant. However, despite some of my fellow bloggers negative views of Price Guides and their inflated numbers and penchant for bedding the card companies, I still find them useful in finding a base price for a card. I don't use them like a "bible" like other collectors...I just like to see the "what if" portion for my collection. That being said...

I bid on this auction of a bunch of hockey inserts and parallels. Needless to say (I just said it though...?) I won the auction. It cost me $3.58. So right there is the market value of the cards in question. 37 cards to be exact which equates to roughly $.10 per card. I decided to look them up on Beckett Online just to see where I stood.

Here is the result:

Sergei Fedorov 1992-93 McDonalds McD06 $1.25
Todd Bertuzzi 1995-96 Donruss Elite Rookies 4 4357/5000 $5.00
Pat LaFontaine 1997-98 Donruss Studio Press Proof Silver 50 1 of 1000 $15.00
Curtis Joseph 1997-98 Score Artist Proof 31 $15.00
Eric Lindros 1997-98 Score Check It 1 $0.75
Keith Tkachuk 1997-98 Score Check It 4 $0.75
John LeClair 1997-98 Score Check It 5 $0.75
Jaromir Jagr 1997-98 Score Check It 13 $1.25
Peter Skudra 1998-99 Be A Player Autographs 110 $4.00
Alexei Morozov 1998-99 Be A Player Autographs 111 $4.00
Paul Ranheim 1998-99 Be A Player Autographs 176 $4.00
Martin Brodeur 1998-99 SPx Finite Radiance 46 1422/4750 $8.00
Robert Dome 1998-99 SPx Finite Spectrum 67 272/300 $12.00
Joe Sakic 1998-99 SPx Radiance Global Impact 92 3142/3475 $10.00
Ray Bourque 1998-99 SPx Radiance Global Impact 117 1837/3475 $8.00
Peter Forsberg 1998-99 Upper Deck Frozen In Time FT2 $6.00
Patrick Roy 2000-01 Upper Deck Dignitaries D3 $10.00
Patrick Roy 2000-01 Upper Deck Gate Attractions GA4 $8.00
Jani Hurme 2000-01 Topps Heritage 90 31/555 $0.20
Petr Svoboda 2000-01 Topps Heritage 84 1086/1955 $10.00
Patrick Roy 2000-01 UD Reserve Power Portfolio PP1 $10.00
Brad Richards 2001-02 Topps Heritage Retro Fractor 26 168/558 $5.00
Roman Cechmanek 2001-02 Topps Heritage Retro Fractor 59 431/558 $5.00
Travis Moen 2003-04 Upper Deck (Young Guns) 209 $5.00
Dustin Brown 2003-04 Upper Deck (Young Guns) 217 $8.00
Maxim Kondratiev 2003-04 Upper Deck (Young Guns) 243 $5.00
Travis Moen 2003-04 Private Stock Reserve Retail 110 543/1299 $1.50
Brian Sutherby 2003-04 Bowman Chrome Xfractor 24 47/150 $5.00
Stefan Liv 2006-07 Upper Deck (Young Guns) 466 $5.00
Martin Brodeur 2006-07 SPx 59 $2.00
Alexander Ovechkin 2006-07 SPx 100 $2.50
Sidney Crosby 2007-08 Ultra 37 X2 $8.00
Sidney Crosby 2007-08 Upper Deck 108 $4.00
Sidney Crosby 2007-08 Upper Deck 200 X2 $5.00
Mike Weber 2007-08 Victory 328 $1.00


So to summarize: I Paid $3.58 including shipping for, what is considered to be a BV of $195.95.

Works for me!!