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Friday, September 28, 2012

Check It

Panini has once again resurrected a dead insert set.  This years 2012-13 Score release has reintroduced to the world to the Check-It set.  This punishment themed set coincides well with the NHL's new policies that crack down hard on the very existence of what this set glorifies.

Fine by me.  Checking is a vital part of the game and a well executed one can be the most exciting moment of any game.  They can change the momentum.  They can get a crowd into a game.  They can make a statement.

Back in 1995-96, Score made their statement, unleashing this set onto the world.  Let's take a look.


 

Then again in 1997-98, Score's Pinnacle release, their "high end" at the time, brought back the set for a second time.  As many of the Pinnacle release inserts, they went all out in their presentation with a holofoil printing (I don't think it was dufex because that wasn't invented yet...I could be wrong).





Fast forward fifteen years to 2012-13 Score and we have it again.  These are the only two I have.


I like these sets, I like the subject material, but I don't like the photos.  Why?  How many of these cards actually show a check being dished out?  I count 4.  The rest of these are events either before, after, or some kind of awkward positioning.

A few of the highlights here...

Chris Pronger gets the honor of being here twice (only because I had them handy).  The first one features him cross-checking Troy Loney into the boards.  The second one has him holding down a NJ Devil player (although I don't know who that is)...NOT CHECKING.  Jagr is shown digging a puck out, more than likely by the boards..NOT CHECKING.  Brind'Amour is in the middle of a spin move in his synchronized skating event with his partner...NOT CHECKING.  Dino Ciccerelli is mugging a Ranger with a half-nelson, sleeper hold move...I'll give them that one.  Derian Hatcher is about to give a slough foot to Paul Kariya...NOT CHECKING, YET.  Owen Nolan is doing something, I'm not sure what, but it isn't CHECKING.  It looks kind of like he just avoided being checked.  Maybe a better name for this set could be Awkward Positioning, or Penalty Potential.

Any thoughts? 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Franchise

Panini brought back another set in this years Score Hockey called The Franchise.  I don't remember these ever being in the hockey release at this level.  The Franchise subset had always been comprised of mostly all-star players and the main stars from each team.  This years set does have more of the same.  But Panini added a retro-themed Franchise set very similar to the design I remember from back in 1992.  The only difference was, that set was in baseball.  Here they are now...


 There was also an autographed version of these as well as a triple panel card with 3 autos.  But I'm not talking about baseball here.  Let's take a look at this years set.


These are the regular Franchise cards.  They are all horizontal oriented with a large team logo about the size of a POG (remember those?) and an action shot of the player.  Honestly for me these are not very appealing, kind of a bland design, and for the most part...boring.

But the retro-themed Franchise are a different story. 


This set is a 6 card set (they are all here) that was originally thought to only be in retail boxes but I pulled all of these out of hobby boxes.  There are also two checklists that are a much harder pull.  Each of those features three of the players together. There are redemption autographs on each of these that are numbered out of #/10 and are practically impossible to find.  I haven't seen any on the Bay yet but I'm sure they are out there and will fetch a hefty tag.

I think it's interesting that the Bobby Hull that I pulled isn't the same as the original preview release.  I wonder if the preview card is the autographed one?  Who knows?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Retro Legends, Batter-Dipped

You know, I have been trying for the life of me to figure out what these cards reminded me of.  When I pulled the first one, I felt there was something familiar about them but I couldn't put my finger on it.  I looked through my guides and my vintage card box, thinking I may have come across something like these, but nothing popped out at me.

I'm talking about these 12-13 O-Pee-Chee Retro Legends cards and their colorful yet quirky design pattern.

Here is what I mean...



But it donned on me as I was watching reruns of Pawn Stars this evening.  These wonderfully ridiculous cards remind me of ...



Those wonderfully, delicious breaded meat tubes that I used to love as a kid but can't stand the sight or smell of now.


I can't even walk past one in a mall without wanting to throw up.  Literally!!  I'm not kidding.  I hate hot dogs.  I saw them being made once...in person (the hot dogs, not the hot dog on a stick).  Live!  It wasn't pretty.  And while I generally live by the philosophy that anything is better batter-dipped, deep fried and put on a stick, even I can't stomach these concoctions.

But the uniforms...That is what these remind me of.  The hats specifically.  Even Bathgate and Doug Wilson up there have hair shaped like those hats.  


So forever, these O-Pee-Chee Retro's shall be know as the "OPC On A Stick" cards.  At least, that's what I am calling them.  Feel free to use that term as well. 

(Sorry, ladies. If you are in any of these pictures and are offended by being compared to a hockey card, I totally understand.  I will remove you from the page if requested to do so.  But you should be more careful about what pictures you let the Google Search Engine find of you in your work clothes.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Sticky

2012-13 O-Pee-Chee has a bunch of retro designed insert stickers.  They are very colorful.  These can be found about 1 per every 3 packs in hobby boxes and 1 in 6 in retail.  There are 100 cards in the set mixed with both current and past veteran players.

Here are my stickys...







And that concludes my parade of stickys.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Shiny

2012-13 O-Pee-Chee has lots of shiny.  They fall about 1 in every 4 packs.  There are regular shiny.  There are Marquee Rookie and Marquee Legend shiny SPs.  There are also black border shiny numbered #/100.  

Here are my shiny...

 






This concludes my shiny.