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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Group Break Box #3: 2001-02 Adrenaline Hockey

You guys all thought I forgot about this, didn't you?  Well I didn't.  I have just been busy contemplating the meaning of life and whether I want to continue in this one or not.  At any rate....


The box I chose for this slot was the 2001-02 Panin...I mean Pacific Adrenaline Hobby box.  We have 24 packs with 5 or 6 cards per pack here.  There is the potential for a Ilya Kovalchuk auto and 2 "hits" per box.  This set also features an insert set called POWERPLAY that features all the goalies in the league at the time that recorded any ice time the previous season.  At least, that's how it was first marketed.  It actually has all the starters and a few of their backups.  It's a decent insert set though.

I still wasn't able to get it under 15 minutes so there are two videos again but I'm much closer.  Maybe on the next box I will be there.

I'm going to just say this now.  I'm sorry.  You will see with your own eyes what is happening.


Part 2

So here are some of the non-base cards for those interested and want to see something better than the crappy, grainy, video image.

First, the Power Play cards everyone loves, I'm sure.  I picked out 4 of my favorites.  The quotes on the bottom are hilarious.  So Hot, He Melts The Ice...Classy!!!

Here are a few others.  The World Beaters and the one Creased Lightning.

The two Rookie Reports.  I just wish they featured a better player selection.

Now the Parallels and Rookies.

And finally, the "hits"

And now for the group break card count totals thus far.  I have this broken down into the categories of BASE (B), INSERT/PARALLEL/ROOKIE (IPR), and HIT (H)

1.  Casey from Drop The Gloves - - 19
Boston Bruins  - B 9, IPR 0, H 0
Los Angeles Kings - B 9, IPR 1, H 0

2.  Me from The Real DFG -- 32
Pittsburgh Penguins - B 13, IPR 4, H 2
Dallas Stars - B 10, IPR 2, H 1

3.  Sal from Puck Junk - - 29
Chicago Blackhawks - B14, IPR 1, H 0
Minnesota Wild - B12, IPR 2, H 0

4.  Captain Canuck from Waxaholic - - 27
Detroit Red Wings - B 16, IPR 2, H 0
Florida Panthers - B 6, IPR 3, H 0

5.  1967ers from Diamond Cuts & Wax Stains - - 25
Toronto Maple Leafs - B 14, IPR 3, H 0
Carolina Hurricanes - B 7, IPR 1, H 0

6.  Dave H from Wax Stain Rookie - - 25
Ottawa Senators - B 13, IPR 2, H 0
Washington Capitals - B 9, IPR 1, H 0

7.  BA Benny from BA Benny's Baseball Card Buffet - - 20
New York Islanders - B 9, IPR 3, H 0
Phoenix Coyotes - B 6, IPR 2, H 0

8.  Dave H from Wax Stain Rookie - - 24
Columbus Blue Jackets - B 10, IPR 3, H 0
Calgary Flames - B 9, IPR 2, H 0

9.  Brad from Brad's Blog- - 26
Philadelphia Flyers - B 12, IPR 2, H 0
Anaheim Ducks - B 10, IPR 2, H 0

10.  Jason from Jasonvorhee's Blog - - 23
New York Rangers - B 11, IPR 3, H 0
Buffalo Sabres - B 8, IPR 1, H 0

11.  Michael from Collecting For Kicks - - 24
Vancouver Canucks - B 11, IPR 0, H 1
Tampa Bay Lightning - B 11, IPR 1, H 0

12.  Alfredo from The Cardboard Don - - 22
New Jersey Devils - B 12, IPR 0, H 1
San Jose Sharks - B 8, IPR 1, H 0

13.  Kevin O. from Kevin's Collection - - 27
Colorado Avalanche - B 14, IPR 3, H 0
Edmonton Oilers - B 8, IPR 2, H 0

14.  Nick B. from Part's Unknown - - 27
Atlanta Thrashers - B 10, IPR 1, H 0
Montreal Canadiens - B 15, IPR 1, H 0

15. Unclaimed Teams - - 31
Nashville Predators - B 10, IPR 1, H 0
St. Louis Blues - B 15, IPR 4, H 1

Multi Player Cards - B 0, IPR 2, H 1

We are now at the half-way point in our journey and things seem to have come out ok thus far... as long as you are me.  I don't understand it.  I can't catch a break when I open things for my own collection or bust stuff at my LCS.  But here, where I want other people to have a shot at some stuff, I end up with 3 hits and 1 other goes into the unclaimed.  That's ok though.  No one fret because as I said in the beginning, if you don't get one of the 16 possible hits, you will still get something even if I have to pull it out of my personal collection.

Stay tuned for the next box.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Group Break Box #2: 2002-03 Vanguard Hockey

Hopefully everyone had a chance to at least peruse the videos from the first box break.  It wasn't horrible, but it could have been better.  More hits would have been nice.  I would have liked to see more parallels too (I can't believe I am saying that) because they are all low numbered but you can't win them all.

So with that, it's time for Box #2 of the break.  This time we have a hobby box of

2002-03 Pacific Vanguard Hockey 

Vanguard was considered an upper echelon set at the time of it's release, or at least would have been if Pacific hadn't flooded the market with additional sets, parallels of sets, and endless inserts.  Overall though, the cards are real nice, kind of kitschy, but still offer something for everyone I think.  And, they are shiny!

Judge for yourself.

Part 1

Part 2

As I said in the first video, I will post scans of some of the non-base stuff.  Here is what we had in that box.

First, the Parallels (Vanguard LTD)

 Brad gets the Roenick, DFG gets the Lemieux (hey, that's me)

 The Frolov rookie goes to BA Benny, the Drury to Dave H

The Guerin goes to DFG (hey that's me)

Next up are some of the rookies

 The Blouin goes to Nick B and the Bykov to Captain Canuck

 Both of these go to Dave H

The Sharp rookie goes to Brad

Next we have the inserts

The Nash goes to Dave H. (this is a sweet looking card, IMHO)

 The Jackman goes into the bank pile, the Leopold goes to Dave H.

 The Chistov belongs to Brad and the Weiss goes to Captain Canuck

 The Belfour goes to 1967ers and the Roy goes to Kevin O.

The Richter goes to Jason and the second Belfour insert in the same box to 1967ers

These two will be random'd off at the end.  The Vinny/Joe will go to either Michael or Kevin.  The Bure/Fedorov will go to either Jason or Captain Canuck.

Finally, we have our three hits.

 The Brodeur goes to Alfredo (Wicked)
This is probably the best hit thus far for player selection and scarcity.  Let's hope it isn't the only good one either.

 The Demitra goes into the bank pile (which is growing faster than I would have liked)

 The Moose card goes to DFG (hey, that's me)

I'd rather everyone else get the hits in here but you can't control the cardboard gods.  Wait...didn't I say that already?

Box #3 will be posted in the next day or two (hopefully) so stay tuned. (it will take you that long to watch these videos).  I also should have a running total for everyone as well by then.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ready Or Not, Here We Go

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all Ages...Sunday, Sunday, Sunday.  Right here, Right Now!!  It's the highly anticipated, REAL DFG's FIRST EVER MID-SUMMER PRE-SEASON AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY GROUP HOCKEY BOX BREAK EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

How's that for an excitement builder?

So here is the deal...I gave everyone a couple days (in real time) to sort out their teams.  We had lots of teams up for trade but only two actual deals made.  So NO MORE TRADING...until the end.

I'm not waiting around any longer because to be perfectly honest with everyone...I already busted the first box about two hours before I gave the extra time.  Why?  Well, because the teams had already been assigned and randomized so I didn't think we would need the trade period at first (until everyone went crazy) but mainly because A) I knew I wasn't going to have the time Friday or Saturday to do it because of my band's gig we played (which was ridiculous by the way), B) I needed time to edit the video, C) In hindsight, I needed extra time to edit the video because of all the screw ups and mishaps that happened (don't ask, it's a long story), D) I was anxious, E) It's my party and I'll break boxes if I want to.

A couple of things will be observed in the video's so bear with me if you can.  First, for those of you familiar with my video box breaks you will know that I suck at it.  I am boring and droll, and I bring nothing to the table.  Second, since I wanted to show everything, these videos are long.  Very long.  I had to break the first one into two separate ones because I couldn't upload them to Youtube, my current Tube of choice.  Third, in the video, I make reference to some teams and participants.  After the short trading frenzy, those references may not apply to you any longer.  You'll know who you are after watching.  Not until I was done with the box did I have the bright idea to give you guys some time to trade.  Like I said, I'm new at this.

Here we go.

Part one of Box #1, the 2001-02 Crown Royale Hockey Hobby Box

Part two of Box #1, the 2001-02 Crown Royale Hockey Hobby Box

And since my camera is crappy and I am too lazy or indifferent to go buy a better one, here are the scans of the "hits" and inserts that we pulled.

 Kristian Huselius (Crowning Achievements)
Florida Panthers - Captain Canuck
(that actual looks pretty good scanned)

 Brian Sutherby - (Die-Cut Crown Rookie #/267)
Washington Capitals - - Dave H

Vaclav Nedorost (Rookie Royalty)
Colorado Avalanche - - Kevin O.
(psycho, just psycho)

Brent Johnson (Premier Date Parallel #/60)
St. Louis Blues - - NO ONE CLAIMED

HIT #1:  Jarome Iginla, Jochen Hecht, & Andrew Cassels (Triple Threads GU)
Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks - - Eligible for this card at the end of the break = Dave H., Kevin O., and Michael

HIT #2:  Mike Modano, Pierre Turgeon, & Derian Hatcher (Triple Threads GU)
Dallas Stars - - The Real DFG (hey, that's me)

I'm not going to scan all the base cards or anything but I may give a running total of what people have thus far if I get the chance.  Hopefully you weren't too bored watching the 30 minutes of me rambling.  I'll try to do better.  At least, I will try to do better after the next box because I just busted Box #2 and I think I may have screwed that one up too.  I will try to get that posted up tomorrow.