Monday, August 10, 2020

2020 Topps Total Wave #6

Who remembers Topps Total from early 2000s? Topps largest set and it was well priced at $1 a pack. Topps brought Total back last as online exclusive releasing the packs in waves for $10 a pack. Thing is they do not release checklist on the wave til certain time frame to purchase a pack passed. You are going in as a blind draw. This year I decide to try my luck and see what comes out of it. The pack I bought is wave #6 featuring cards 501-600. It's delivered in a box with a pack inside just like Topps Finest.
560 - Jordan Luplow - the cards are glossy front to back with no stats. Just text highlights on the back of the card.
520 - Cy Sneed - Astros player for my team collection and its a rookie. Very shaky along rest of bullpen early this season. I'm still afraid of the pitchers with Dusty Baker managing the team.
545 - Randal Grichuk - locked out of Toronto due to covid the team temporary making their home in Buffalo this season.
570 - D.J. LeMahieu
501 - Colten Brewer - first card of the wave #6 portion of the set.
569 - Tommy Kahnle
574 - Taylor Clarke
586 - Travis Demeritte - one of his first official rookie card despite have Bowman Draft Pick card in 2013
589 - Duane Underwood Jr.
575 - Brandon Woodruff - an All-Star last year. Assumes he doesn't have any injuries issue in coming few years he going be Brewers ace.
592 - Nick Wittgren (7/10) -  red border parallel card numbered to 10. One comes in every pack that it can be numbered from /1, /5, or /10.

I feel I got hosed but I collect for fun. Know anyone who attempted 2019 or this year's Topps Total set?

Monday, August 03, 2020

1992-93 Pro Set Hockey

The final Pro Set hockey set. A second series was schedule but cancelled when Pro Set filed for bankruptcy and shuttered it doors. It ends with 270 card release. This is a jumbo puck and it costs $2 at the time.
To lucky 100 people you might pull instant win card for copy of NHLPA 93 and NHL Hockey for Sega Genesis. To lucky 250 people they get EASN/NHLPA banner. EA Sports games was one of reasons I owned a Sega Genesis. I pretty much played all of NHL series and still fire up Madden 94 which to me their best Madden game on the Genesis. On to 31 cards
47 - Ray Sheppard - I pulled two copies of this card.
35 - Igor Kravchuk
158 - Jeff Brown
94 - Kevin Todd
52 - Bernie Nicholls - the player Rangers traded for to get Mark Messier
26 - Joe Nieuwendyk - good looking horizontal shot
136 - Kerry Huffman - instead airbrushing they slapped traded to his new team. It's better that way. If there was a series 2 like it was planned he might in it with his new team colors.
189 - Wendel Clark
195 - Cliff Ronning - one of best players in NHL 94 game
87 - Kirk Muller
85 - Patrick Roy - one of premier top goalies to the end
183 - Grant Fuhr - another great action shot with Fuhr making a save
14 - Tom Draper
133 - Mike Ricci - another "traded to another team" card
33 - Ed Belfour
1 - Mario Lemieux - the man who saved the Penguins twice
203 - Calle Johansson
61 - Bobby Holik
74 - Tony Granato
221 - Ted Donato - after his playing career he went full circle coaching at his alma matta Harvard
118 - Tony Amonte
237 - Shawn McEachern
77 - Dave Gagner
78 - Mark Tinordi
115 - Adam Graves - his goal scoring help lead Rangers to the Cup in 94.
79 - Craig Ludwig
254 - NHL Pro Set Hockey Clinic - card of themselves doing hockey clinics through 22 cities. Randy Ladouceur is shown with half of Bobby Holik body.
257 - Brian Propp - a milestone subset on player's milestone accomplishment during 91-92 season. Propp went into real estate after his career. You can purchase his VoxxLife items on his website.
262 - Joe Mullen - scored his 400th goal in March 17, 1992 against Oilers
15 (of 15) - Luciano Borsato - Gold Team Leaders insert set. He didn't get on base set card and likely be part of cancelled series 2. He end up being on insert which is surprising. He didn't lead the team in goals and assists and was ninth in total points for Jets.

On their third try Pro Set manage get its hockey design right. It was end of the line for Pro Set not long this set was released. Laugh for their lack of quality control and overproduction I have fond memories of them. They were first hockey set I seen mass sold in 1990. If it wasn't for Pro Set I wouldn't know more about hockey outside of Gretzky and Lemieux.

Monday, July 27, 2020

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Series 2

Pro Set comes out with a glossy brand to counter Topps Stadium Club and called it Platinum. The set is split in two series. This is series 2 featuring cards 151-300. Who are the 12 cards?
166 - Michel Goulet - in Pro Set fashion they slapped "Prospect" on a 14 year veteran. They never corrected it. He played two more seasons before call it a career. Went in the Hall of Fame in 1998. Great looking card of him wearing Blackhawks throwback. No stats on the backs. Just mention of a player's highlights.
164 - Brent Sutter - one of six Sutter brothers in the league. Went on become a coach
187 - Brian Propp - 5-time All-Star waiting for his shift
181 - Bob Kudelski
182 - Brian Benning
183 - Mike Donnelly - face off time. Also photo looks a bit dark.
220 - Greg Paslawski - this is one of those cards where darkness in the background worked. The light shines on the player.
219 - Jacques Cloutier - overhead shot of Cloutier trying to make a save
289 - Terry O'Reilly - former Bruins player and coach featured as celebrity captain. Fitting as he wears throwback Bruins sweater.
255 - Josef Beranek - an actual prospect. Played 9 seasons in the league before spending remainder of his career in Czech League. Part of 98 Olympic gold medal winning Czech team
211 - Garry Galley
279 - Mike Richter - great looking card wearing All-Star Wales jerseys. He manned the pipes in the entire 90s decade for Rangers helping them to 94 Stanley Cup title.

The set got good photo selection. You can easily find a box to your disposal.