Monday, October 05, 2015

2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey retail

Let me keep on my roll and get another pack posted here. Today, we are going to be blessed with last year's UD release of Artifacts. Artifacts is a bit like Bowman - the design doesn't change too much. It's a smaller set, more of a hit orientated release with 4 hits per box. A box with just 40 cards in it. I have never competed a set, but I usually grab a box a year of the product.

This is a retail pack. I forgot to scan anything from the box I ripped. I think I ripped a box. Anyway, you can at least see the style of the card as you will not be seeing a hit.

This design is more subdued than past years. Simple focus on the player shown. UD is trying to stress these are art cards with the word ART all in foil (I think). Don't like that at all. There is too much foil in fact, with the release name, the logos, the players name and those lines all in silver. And man, those were ugly Stars sweaters.

Artifacts always has a mix of the old players with the new. Think A&G without the oddball subjects. It's a shame they wipe out the background. I see why, but UD has such great images because everything works together - foreground and background.

Steve Y. One of two Red Wings I can respect. The rest can go to hell.

Retired player hot pack! Another bad sweater design. That lame name on the waist stripe was dreadful.

UD loves showing JR as either a Flyer or a Yote. I never seem to find him shown in a Hawks sweater.

Recycled image, 4 years of stats and a write up. Overall, a decent release from Upper Deck. This year's release will have two less pack per box and one less hit. At least the price is dropping a bit, too.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

1991 Conlon Collection

Today we are dialing the wayback machine to 1991 and one of the many Conlon releases. This is a cello pack I pulled from a repack box about a year ago. The randomizer says it's time to show it off.

If you were pack searching in '91, this would be one to grab with Dizzy Deam clearly shown. Per the AWESOME Conlon Baseball Card Collector site (bookmark that site - it's a wealth of info), this is the first release from the three Megacards sets put out in 1991. We all know the cards so I'll knock through them three at a time.

Not a bad card right under the Dean. If you are a fan of the old wool uniforms, Conlon is the set for you.

Spy Moe Berg gets some cardboard love.

You really cannot go wrong ripping a pack of Conlon. Here's a gander at the simple backs.

Full career stats.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces hockey

This was a set I was so excited to hear returning. I am still building the last of the two baseball releases (SPs) and I have been trying to scoop up a set of the only release of hockey until this was announced. Then the cards came out and..... Well, let's just get to them.

You can't go wrong with the Great One on the cover. He is shown as a Ranger. To me, that is the third uniform I remember the man wearing, with Oilers and Kings before the Rangers. At least he is not shown as a Blue. Just five cards in the pack.


I was very disappointed with the release. The design is bad. That's really the only word I have for it. Too much foil. That Masterpieces foil logo unbalances the entire card. The images - it depends. Some are well done and others are not.

Hot as a rookie. Slight sophomore drop off. Picked it back up in his third campaign. He's just on a bad team. Let's see how season 4 goes.

I think Marty finally retired. Something he should have done a couple seasons ago. Look Brodeur - you had a great career. Three Cups. All time leader in wins, shut outs, and games played between the pipes. Going to the Blues looked bad. 25 years from now, it won't be remembered as much as it is currently, but it tarnished your exit from the game.

Oilers hot pack!

I did pull a hit with this nice on card auto of Bill Guerin. One of the nicer images in the set. The foil is a slightly different color - silver. Base signature, as you can also pull red framed and black framed. The signatures come in different groups and Billy is the most common group to pull. Still, nice auto of a decent player.

Friday, October 02, 2015

50 Assorted San Francisco Giants cards

I bought this last month when I was down in Bay Area for family reunion at Fanzz store. It's 50 random cards of San Francisco Giants. Madison Bumgarner on top. Let's see who's the remaing 49 cards. Will split by year and set.
1987 O-Pee-Chee - 358 - Atlee Hammaker
1988 Score - Dave Dravecky, Joel Youngblood, Mike LaCoss
1990 - Jeff Brantley
1990 Fleer - Candy Maldonado, Dave Anderson (update series)
1990 Upper Deck - Jose Uribe, Jeff Brantley
1992 Score - Scott Garrelts, Kevin Bass, Jeff Brantley
1992 Donruss - Chris James
1993 Leaf - Royce Clayon, Trevor Wilson
1994 Topps Stadium Club - Royce Clayton
1996 Score - Deion Sanders - Prime Time is his baseball digs
1997 Topps Stadium Club - first Bonds card so far
1999 Just Minors - Nate Bump - never played a game for Giants. Spent three years with Florida Marlins including the improbable World Series victory.
2000 Fleer Ultra - Robb Nen - Gold Medallion card
2000 Topps Chrome - Rich Aurilia
2003 Upper Deck 40 Man - Ruben Rivera - his final year in the majors before spending his career playing Mexican Leagues
2005 Topps Total - Brett Tomko, Michael Tucker, Omar Vizquel, Edgardo Alfonso
2005 Topps Update and Highlights - Jonathan Sanchez - threw a no-hitter for Giants in 2009
2006 Topps Update and Highlights - Jason Schmidt, Kevin Frandsen
2007 Fleer - Fred Lewis
2008 Topps Heritage - Ray Durham, Nate Schierholtz - Schierholtz was another prospect that never cracked it with the Giants
2008 Topps - Dave Roberts, Randy Winn
2008 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects - Angel Villalona - still stuck in the minors and haven't played a game for the Giants.
2008 Upper Deck First Edition - Bengie Molina, Dave Roberts
2008 Upper Deck - Brian Wilson, Brian Bocock, Steve Holm, Barry Zito - Wilson was World Series hero but battled injuries. Bocock had another cup of coffee the following season as a Phillie, but still trying get back. Holm out of baseball. Zito, in his final season now member of the A's, dueled with former teammate Tim Hudson and had his last start few days ago.
2009 Topps - Jesus Guzman - AAAA player at best
2008 O-Pee-Chee - Emmanuel Burriss - another former Giants prospect that hasn't produced much. Haven't been back in the majors since 2012
2011 Bowman - Jonathan Sanchez
2010 Upper Deck Biography - Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Lincecum - insert set featuring highlights of 2009 season. These featured Sanchez no-hitter and Lincecum shutting out the A's
2011 Topps Update - Orlando Cabrera, Bill Hall - Cabrera was pick up in a trade that sent Sanchez to Royals. Royals got screwed when Sanchez flamed out while Cabrera sizzled. Turns out his performance was enhanced getting popped for PED ending his career. Hall lasted 16 games with the team.
2011 Topps Lineage - Miguel Tejada -  spent a year with Giants
2013 Bowman - Madison Bumgarner - the ace who guided Giants to World Series victory last year with ridiculous video game like stats.

I expected "junk wax" era cards but 3/5 of cards from 2000. At least got a Bonds and Bumgarner along with Prime Time stint as Giants even after signing with 49ers then rivals Dallas Cowboys. That was fun pack.