Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2011-12 Upper Deck SP Authentic hockey

Back to the scan folder. Posting this pack will put me under forty packs to post. Of course, I have about 10 packs that have never seen the light of APTBNL, so I really have a long way to go. I should just hijack this blog for 2 months.

Anyway, randomizer fell on 2011-12 UD SP Authentic. I believe this was a LCS purchase. I'll stop dragging my feet and get to the scans.

Either Nugent-Hopkins or Hall on the pack. Remember when those two were going to save the Oilers? Well Edmonton, you need some defense and goaltending too, otherwise you are just the Nordiques before they moved to Denver. Five cards.

It's a similar design to the other SP releases. All seem to have the same feel. WAY TOO much foil, with the lines, the logo, the player name and team. Very geometric front.

White sweaters don't work well with this design,

Nor does purple, but purple doesn't work well with anything.


Last card - no hit in the pack. Oh well. And the backs.

Far too much empty space. You couldn't maybe put 4 or five years worth of stats, then a career total? Shame on you, Upper Deck.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2014-15 Panini NBA Stickers

Stickers are what Panini has always done best, or at least done... Anyway, these still exist. I like stickers and I like sticker albums, but I don't quite like the NBA enough to put together an album. I am still working on a 1990 Panini MLB sticker album like a fool, but that's another story. I just buy these to look at a few of them and put the Blazers away in a binder for safekeeping.

308 - Dorell Wright - It's no coincidence that a Blazer is the first card out of the pack, and that's because I'm a PACK SEARCHER and you can see right through these things. I snagged the pack with the Blazers 10th Man (or 5th guy off the bench, essentially) who has been rather disappointing in his time with the team so far. He's a 3 point specialist on a team full of 3 point shooters and hasn't really distinguished himself as of yet. I surely sent some kid home crying to his mama because I stole the best pack in the box.

408 - Rockets vs. Pacers NBA Global Games Taipei 2013 - This is apparently a thing that happened once and Panini decided to commemorate it on a sticker. There must be a ton of stickers in this set, because NBA rosters are half the size of MLB rosters and this card is numbered higher than any Topps baseball set since the '90s.

317 - Utah Jazz Home Jersey - The first in a two-part series, apparently.

219 - Houston Rockets Logo (Foil) - Every good sticker album set has its foil cards, and these certainly have a look to them. I'm not sure what to say about it just yet.

342 - Blake Griffin (Foil) - Not pictured, the Kia that he must have jumped over. And the basket. And everything else. (Can a large basketball player actually fit in a Kia? No! Of course not!)

172 - Nikola Vucevic - For a few years, Nikola was the best Nikola in the NBA, but he now has a scrappy young Nikola Mirotic to contend with.

357 - Los Angeles Lakers Road Jersey - Gross! Normally I turn Lakers cards around so you aren't blinded by their awfulness, but the back of a Panini sticker is really nothing to look at. Still, I regret this tremendously.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2014 Panini Prizm football

Back to the randomizer, and out spits Panini Prizm football. This is almost a pack we don't need to post - think baseball, with licensing. But we should post it anyway, so let's see it.

When do we get to call Johnny Douchebag a bust? I live for that day. Until then, we see his mug on everything, everywhere. It's funny how retailers just jam crap down our throats we really don't like. It's the only explanation for this, and the Kardashians, among other stuff. But I have digressed - 4 cards.

Chrome Prizm without borders. The design is nothing fancy. The player name and team are easy to read.

I think that first card was an artsy thing, the image HORRIBLY centered and all. Spiller looks much nicer, both on the card and in a far better Bills uniform than years past.

Again - good centering. It's not a horrible set, but I don't collect football, so I have no real thoughts about it.

The usual recycled photo and career only stats, but this is a much better back from Panini. The team logo isn't too large like it usually is, the bio is well placed and the back has some life to it. So better when you flip them over.

Diecut hit. I could toss this like a throwing star and do some damage. Only on a heavy card stock could this sort of diecut survive without major damage. BTW - there's "hype" for this guy?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2013-14 Panini Prime hockey

I am not a high end box buyer. Heck, I rarely buy full boxes (something I plan to change this year). However, my wife has mad bingo skills, and won a round of BCK bingo a few months back at one of my LCSs pack wars. The winnings - your choice of boxes. So it was hard to pass on a high end offering like Panini Prime.

I threw away the box before I scanned it, so thanks Dave and Adam's for the screen cap. The pack within was a plain silver pack, so not worth showing. Seven cards in the box, four of them being hits. This is not a "did I get something" but "what did I pull". So let's have at it.

Do the math - 7 cards with 4 hits means you get three base. Here's what they look like. Decent layout, though really dark. Everything you can barely see is foil.

Thankfully, the Islanders got their sweaters right just before they move to Brooklyn.

This one scans better as it was a rainbow foil numbered to 10. On to the hits.

Nice two color swatch with a seem on this card of Nuberdeau. The design needs some work, though. That huge, out of place "DU" is because this is for the duel rookie class.

Nice triple swatch of Russian stars.

Quad swatch and on card auto of current Islander Brock Nelson. One swatch of orange with the 3 blues.

Not a Stars fan, but love this Prime Colors swatch of Kari Lehtonen. It's part of the number 2 from the sleeve that came off the old sweaters that were retired after the 2013 season.

This is an interesting set. It's the inside seam from the uniform, and these tend to be popular on ebay. Though, Jensen is not so great a pull as he only has 19 NHL games under his belt and is currently laboring in the AHL.

Here's the big hit of the box. Numbered to 3, it's a quad auto with a laundry tag in the upper right window. This was a meh pull, until the Dead Wings lost their top two goaltenders and Mrazek finally got his chance in net. He's doing well, currently with a 9-3 record in 13 appearances.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2008-09 Upper Deck MVP hockey

The NHL All Star game (and their super ugly sweaters) goes off tomorrow. The randomizer fell upon this pack of hockey, so the timing is pretty good.

Straight forward pack, and somehow Crosby isn't the poster boy. The previous year happened to be Iginla's career high in points, so he deserved the honor. 8 cards in the pack.

Design is ok. We have the silver signature on it. Logos and names in foil.

A bit of a step down when you think of UD photography. And man, those were some ugly Oilers uniforms.

Black for blacks sake.

Boo-ya! Though, it is Burish, who is now back in Chicago, but with the AHL Wolves.

Front and back of the last base in the pack. Full career stats on the back, along with a short bio.

Man - UD just loves to punish me with Dead Wing inserts. 

Nice pull with a Winter Classic card. But being printed prior to the game, the photo is of a standard sweater.

Not sure if I lucked out with 2 Winter Classic cards or what. I should complete this insert set.

Friday, January 23, 2015

2012 Leaf Young Stars

I bought a box off of Ebay for about $10 these boxes contain 20 packs with six cards per.  The box states 2 autographs per box, which was one of the features that made me at least think about purchasing, the strange thing is the autographs weren't in the packs they were in sleeves and top loaders and in a team bag with the 20 packs.  Not sure if anyone else has seen the autos placed this way but would have been better in the packs. The front design of the cards I like and the stock and gloss of the card will handle autographs nicely, all the players are shown in their college uniforms with no logos.  The backs have no stats and only a modest information nothing to detailed but at least the school and the height and weight is stated.

Box of 2012 Leaf Young Stars

Unopened Pack
The 2 Autographs in the box

2012 Leaf Young Stars Front of Cards

2012 Leaf Young Stars Back of Cards

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2013 Topps Update Series Hobby


Hope everyone is doing well.  How about that Seattle-Green Bay game?  It would appear that the Packers lost it more than the Seahawks won it, but it was fun watching it nonetheless.  My first reaction to the match-up is Seattle over New England; I just hope it's more entertaining than last year.

Anyway, I thought I'd return to the scan folder for a quick's a pack of 2013 Topps Update!

I posted the retail version 11 months ago, and at some point during the year I decided to try my luck at a Hobby pack. Here's what I got:

#US94 – Joba Chamberlain
#US61 – Rafael Soriano
#US287 – Brandon Morrow
#US201 – Adam Ottavino

Once again the borders are victims of the scanner.  Moving on, quickly...

#US324 – Chris Colabello (RC)
#CH-115 – Paul Goldschmidt (Chasing History)
#US106 – Clayton Kershaw (All-Star)

#US280 – John Lannan
#US123 – Tom Gorzelanny
#US131 – Josh Phegley (RC)

Once again it's a ho-hum hobby pack for me.  Here are some backs:

Anyway, that's the pack.  Told you it was gonna be quick. Thanks for reading!