Friday, September 19, 2014

Hockey cards even an Owl can love...

It's that wonderful time of year again. The leaves have changed their colour. The Braves have blown the division. And OPC hockey has been released into the wild. Just like clockwork. Consistency is comfortable.
 
Of course I'm all in after the set again. You knew that. So here are some pics to show what this year's set is all about.
 
The base card. Overly large borders. While the O-Pee-Chee logo has shrunk over the last few years, the team name has increased in size. Having both the team logo and name is a wee overkill. Photos are mostly closely cropped onto one player.
 
 The backs are purposely bland. When will Upper Deck look at the backs of an actual OPC hockey card ands realize they were never like this?
The addition of a second photo is new, but they re-use the same photo from the front. So it's completely useless. A lack of career stats is disappointing.

After a brief break last year, this year has the return of the 50 SP high number rookies and matching 50 SP high number legends. Again... this is getting old. It's been done. Move on.
 
 Thankfully with no real way of telling the rookies from the veterans on the front, they've added a way on the back. If you squint closely, in the fine print at the bottom, the printing number is different for the rookies than the regular base.
 Otherwise how would you ever know???

 The other SP's are the legends.
 
No such way on the back to recognize the old timers, so you'll just have to do it the old fashioned way.
Google.
 Would've loved career stats here...

Again, there is a retro parallel set.

I think this is one of the rookies... not sure though.

No helmet! So he must be a legend.

In the red-headed stepchild category. The foil parallel. Does anyone collect these things?

In an effort to make a foil something that's wanted... they add a black border and number them /100.

Found roughly two per box, there are mini cards modelled after some old tobacco era card that I'm waaaaaay too lazy to research right now. Cut 2 1/2 x 2 1/2, they're kinda cool.
 
By now, certain Owls may have nodded off... or are at least wondering why they've read this much babble about cards featuring people they've never heard of.
 
But here is the payoff.
 
For the third year in a row, OPC has inserted a 100 card sticker set.
 
Et voila.
 
 
 
 
 Oh yeah.... you're seeing it. See some more... a full page worth.

 
There are only four different colour varieties in the set. Stickers #1,5,9,13,17 etc are Green with Orange. #2,6,10,14,18... are Blue with Green. #3,7,11,15,19 etc are Red with Yellow. And #4,8,12,16,20 are the ever popular Purple with Pink.
It would be nice if there were a few more unannounced variations. But I'll take it.
If you zoom in on the top of the Jonathan Quick, you'll see an old fashioned OPC printers spot.
 
Awesome.
 
I wonder how they came up with this idea...
 
It's like if Henry Bucha had his way one night with Nolan Ryan.

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Hey. You never know. It was the '70's.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let's hear it for 1991 Score baseball!

Who knew that a junk wax set would create so much interest? I guess maybe people are tiring of the $200-$400 per pack high end same old crappola.

or they're looking for a place to dump '91 Score.

Either way there's hope for humanity after all.

After a few emails, and some cards I found in the wrong box, here is my updated need list.

#'s 452, 457, 507, 559, 565, 577, 606, 629, 631, 636, 649, 686, 714, 719, 722, 738, 739, 841,

Quite an improvement. But, still a long way to go.

Yay team!

to celebrate, here's 1991's Miss Surfboard ... or something.

1991 Score baseball. Yes, that's what I said.

Haven't been blogging much lately. Too damn hot to do anything really. But since my hard drive died (I lost pretty much every scan I've ever done.) It took so long to fight that losing battle, only to then have our side by side refrigerator pack it in.
Have you been fridge shopping lately? "It's on sale sir! This week it's $900 off of the regular price. Only $1899.99, but you need to buy today as the sale is ending!"
And then.... my scanner stops. Oh it still eats electricity. And makes noise when I push the buttons. It just doesn't scan. Something I always thought a scanner should do.

Posts without pics are so blah.

Mind you, I can remember more than a few hundred times when I wanted to sit down and blog, only to think to myself, ugh. I really don't feel like scanning and cropping all those cards.

So I guess it's just the excuse of the week.

So if I can't scan anything interesting, then let's update those want lists. Something else that gets pushed back on the old priority list. Odd to put a list on a list.... but I do it.

Today, we have 1991 Score baseball. To most people, absolute junk. Garbage. Landfill. (oh, I meant recycled materials to be re-purposed into new, useful products)

But I actually like the set. It looks great in pages. Really. No, I haven't been drinking.

If you have any, hit me up. I'd be most grateful.

#'s 293, 452, 457, 501, 504, 507, 512, 517, 520, 523, 526, 528, 529, 551, 552, 559, 565, 568, 569, 577, 589, 598, 600, 602, 606, 609, 611, 615, 617, 620, 626, 629, 630, 631, 634, 636, 646, 647, 649, 651, 654, 655, 659, 660, 661, 662, 664, 666, 668, 670, 672, 674, 675, 676, 678, 679, 681, 682, 686, 690, 694, 697, 698, 699, 701, 702, 703, 706, 710, 711, 713, 714, 715, 717, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 725, 727, 729, 730, 731, 733, 735, 737, 738, 739, 742, 743, 747, 749, 750, 751, 753, 755, 757, 761, 763, 767, 769, 770, 771, 773, 774, 778, 779, 780, 781, 782, 786, 789, 793, 794, 798, 799, 801, 802, 803, 805, 806, 807, 813, 814, 817, 818, 819, 820, 822, 825, 826, 827, 833, 834, 837, 840, 841, 842, 843, 845, 846, 852, 853, 854, 855, 856, 857, 858, 860, 862, 863, 864, 866, 867, 868, 870, 872, 873, 874, 875, 876, 877, 878, 881, 886, 887, 888, 889, 890,

I think the set is 893 cards... if there's more after #893, then I need 'em too.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Is it just me....?

Is it just me, or is this what everyone sees?

 
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What in the hell is up with the popsicle kits???

and why does the U.S. insist on having the worst kits every single World Cup?
Remember 2010???  LINK 

and do NOT google image search the 1994 disasters.... wow.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Edgar Davids lives!!!

Oh baby... I still can't access my hard drive and I don't care. WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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Friday, June 6, 2014

help needed...

Computer help that is. I'm in crisis. I hate when I arrive at something that needs to be done, but I'm too dumb to do it.
Shockingly it doesn't happen as often as you think.

I need a computer techie/nerd/geek/god to help me fix my PC. Or at least perform last rites.

I'm having hard drive issues. And while I do have a partial backup on one of those external back up thingies (technical term) it's about a month old and there is some data newer than that, that I really REALLY need.

So if you can help, or know anyone who can... please email me or leave a comment here with your email... whichever.

Thanks.

Until then, I'll be in the corner weeping softly.