Monday, November 30, 2009

Let this be a lesson to all...

you better save it next time.... or else....

after hitting him over the head, he smacks the post again and skates away. Doesn't even check to see if he's okay.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bargain Hunting Parts 4 and 5 - Great White North Edition

It was time to add some hockey to my bargain hunting excursion. Remember the rules? Under $5 basically. Free shipping if possible. I found two lots that I snapped up pretty quickly.

The first included this 1970-71 OPC Serge Savard - Hall Of Fame 1986
a 1971-72 OPC Brad Park Hall Of Fame 1988 - (Brad has a wrinkle on the front that stabs him right into his hip)
a 1971-72 OPC Yvan Cournoyer All Star with a crease just under "Right Wing"
a 1971-72 OPC Serge Savard - crease free, but with a soft lower corner.
a 1971-72 Topps Frank Mahovlich - Hall Of Fame 1981 - Frank was traded from Detroit to Montreal. Detroit wears red and white, Montreal wears red and white. Airbrush the logo and no one will ever know, right?
a 1971-72 Topps Gordie The Best Hockey Player That Ever Lived Howe. - Hall Of Fame 1972 - Gordie has a small wrinkle on the back of his card.
Have you been able to tell the difference between the 71-72 OPC and the 71-72 Topps?
No? That's because the only difference is on the backs. Silly.

Here we see the Topps Gordie As Close To God As You Can Get Howe...
and here's the back of the OPC Savard
Easy now, right? BTW, any tape you see is on the top loader, not the card itself. I hate, HATE peaople who put tape on top loaders. There is a special place in hell for people who put tape on top loaders.
If you've traded with me, you probably know that I recycle when I can. Bubble envelopes, top loaders, cases, etc... this is where all my top loaders that people send me with tape on them go. Yes. To you. Sorry. It's either that or throw them out.
That concludes Bargain Hunt 1 and a rant. All for $3.25
This next batch I got was all 1972-73 Topps Hockey. In beautiful condition. I should get these graded. Right after my lobotomy.

Yvan Cournoyer - Hall OF Fame 1982 -"The Road Runner" why don't current players have cool nicknames?
Yvan Cournoyer in action All Star card
Jacques Lemaire - Hall Of Fame 1984 -complete with printers dots and top loader tape.
Terry Harper - Terry was part of two huge trades, where the team trading Terry absolutely raped the other team.
Paul Henderson
What the HELL?!?! A Maple Leaf? How did a Maple Leaf get on this blog?!?! Well, it's Paul Henderson. A National Hero. That's how. If you don't know why Paul Henderson is a National Hero, then a Google you will go.
This lot was $3. I love this. I'm changing the way I collect because of this. We'll see how long it lasts.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Salute to Thanksgiving

to all you southern folk and your families, a Happy American Thanksgiving.
If you need me, I'll be on the couch watching football.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


This just in... 6 year old being recruited by Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, and Urban Meyer.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Sunday Sunday

Another week, another pick six
But this lovely lass will be disappointed, as Dallas takes out their frustrations on the hapless Redskins.
Oh yeah, and San Diego takes over first place in the AFC West.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

odd balls

I call that title an attention getter. Anyways. I love odd ball cards, food issues, that type of thing. In part two of my bargain hunting, I give you this.
1982 Kellogs 3-D Superstars.

First, a skygazer,
a fragile Hammer
an old trickster
a Penguin
a future Padre
an ex-Yankee, and better for it
and not one,
but two Vida Blue!!!
not bad for $2 with free shipping!
I was going to mail these off to people who might enjoy them as much as I do, but then I bought a 32 card lot of these off of Sportslots for $3.75 plus $2 shipping. So I'm gonna hold off on the trades. Who knows? I may be going after the set! WooHoo!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thank you...

thanks to those of you who have emailed and completed trades for the Wal Mart black cards (see post below...)

I now need only 8 more cards. Does anyone have these?

#'s 58, 190, 221, 259, 260, 309, 310, 327

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Attention Wal Mart Shoppers

Remember these?
The infamous unannounced Black Wal Mart Exclusives that no one knew about? Then they ruined it in Series 2? Yeah. Those things.

Well I would really like you all to search your shoe boxes for the last few I need to complete my set. Please???? I probably gave most of these away already figuring I would never get close to my set.... I hate it when I do that.....

#'s 58, 186, 190, 210, 221, 253, 259, 260, 268, 274, 281, 291, 300, 304, 309, 310, 313, 327, 328

Thanks in advance for your help, and I do have about 30 or so doubles left to trade if anyone needs any.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Ideas....

okay, so I've been a wee bored lately. More like procrastonitis. But you say tomato, I say, Is that a fruit or a vegetable? Anyways.
I decided to scan the online sites for bargains in the rough. So I've made a few purchases for under $3. This is the first one.

1979 Topps baseball group of 5.
The first;
Hack Wilson and Hank Aaron. Sweet.
Up next, the Hawk. Hack, Hank and Hawk. Nice. That just came to me.
a double shot of one of the Padres best 1st basemen of all time.

and finally, a car enthusiast named Reggie.
all 5 for $2 with free shipping.
It's like stealing.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Another Sunday

A couple of great matchups...
Dallas at Green Bay, and New England travelling to Indianapolis.

Take the Cowboys and the Colts, both to cover.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Press Pass vs. Topps

Press Pass 1
Topps 0

Blasters vs. Fat Packs. A study in contrast.

catchy title, huh? What the hell was I thinking when I wrote that? Feels like I'm back in eleventh grade english.
Anyways... today's post will highlight a comparison between buying fatpacks, and blasters. For today's example, I will use the brand new 2009/10 OPC Hockey.
To give an acurate comparison, I purchased 4 fat packs and 1 blaster. The price of 4 fat packs = the price of 1 blaster. Am I going too fast? Here we go....
This year's product went old school with Wayne Gretzky in his Oilers jersey. For you youngin's, Wayne was hockey's version of Brett Favre. He just kept coming back year after year wearing odd uniforms of various teams. It was a bit embarrassing after awhile.

The base cards have a silver border with accents in the player's team colours.
sometimes it works....
sometimes not so much...
sometimes it just doesn't...
You get 31 or 32 base cards in a fat pack, along with a chance at a retro parallel insert, or a rookie/legend card. Both inserted at 1:3. In my 4 packs, I got 3 retros, no rookies or legends.
I have no idea why these are called retro... they don't look like any other OPC hockey set I've ever seen. Kind of a letdown after the HUGE success of last years retros. See what lawsuits do? They ruin everything.
Onto the blaster. Wayne! Lookout behind you!!! Where's Semenko when you need him?
inside were 14 little packs, 6 cards each.
aside from the base cards, in the blaster I found Rainbow parallels 1:8
Rookies/Legends 1:2 (found 3 rookies...)
(... 4 Legends)
The base set is cards 1-500. Rookies and Legends make up cards 501-600.

Also found were various shiny inserts 1:4

and my favourite insert set, Canadian Heroes 1:72
somehow I managed to pull 2 of these. At 1:72 odds, 2 in 14 packs. I guess that's where the "on average" comes in.
Okay, so now that the pretty picture portion is over, let's get to the hard facts.
4 Fat Packs-
125 Base Cards (1-500) 3 doubles
3 Retros ( Zach Boychuk, Patrick Marleau, and Mike Bossy)
0 Rookies/Legends (501-600)
0 Inserts
1 Blaster-
62 Base cards (1-500) 0 doubles
7 Retros
7 Rookies/Legends (501-600)
8 Inserts
So for the same $$$, fat packs give you twice as many base cards towards your set. But no rookies. Or inserts. But I wouldn't want to build the set either way. With the ratio for rookies such as it is, you need to go the hobby box route. For $45 (blasters are $25) you'll get twice as many base cards, with a better chance for rookies/inserts.
So there ya go.... I'm doing this, so you don't have to.....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This just in, a panel of drunken homeless people left over from the ticker tape parade have voted to give Derek Jeter, one of baseball's most horrendous shortstops, a gold glove for his "work" this year.

Yes, you read that correctly. Even ESPN has published an article questioning the mental stability of the voting panel. And you know if ESPN says something disparaging about the Yankees, it must be bad. After all, they had to crawl out of Jeter's ass to write it in the first place.

Derek Jeter UZR for 2009 - 6.6
Erik Aybar UZR for 2009 - 7.8
Elvis Andrus UZR for 2009 - 10.7

EDIT: I forgot about Cesar Izturis UZR 10.8 and Adam Everett UZR 8.9

The voters remarked on how Jeter committed the fewest errors of his career. That's because he couldn't bend over to pick anything up, let alone bobble it. A statue would commit ZERO errors. Let's give it a gold glove.

They probably would if it was wearing pinstripes.


Monday, November 9, 2009

New Hall of Famers

Today marks the day of induction for the NHL Class of 2009 Hall of Fame. We have five new members. Four players, and one in the builders catagory.

First up, the most deserving member. Steve Yzerman.
Three Stanley Cups as a player, one as an executive. An Olympic Gold Medal with Canada, Conn Smythe award winner, 9 time All Star, and hockey's 6th all time leading scorer.

Next, Luc Robitaille.
Calder Trophy winner, 8 time All Star, a Stanley Cup, and retires as the highest scoring Left Winger in hockey history.
Brett Hull.
He wasn't good enough to make the Flames roster, so they gave him away to St Louis. Oops.
Two Stanley Cups, 8 time All Star, Hart Trophy winner, and the third best goal-scorer of all time. The Golden Brett, son of Bobby, nephew of Dennis. Guess it is in the blood.
Calder, Norris, and Conn Smythe trophy winner, 8 time All Star, a Stanley Cup, along with an Olympic silver medal for Team USA. One of the top three best defencemen not born in Canada.
and finally, Lou Lamoriello.
Lou is the CEO, President, and General Manager of the New Jersey Devils. And has been since 1987. Lou is also very involved in giving back to college hockey in the U.S., as well as being involved in the U.S Olympic team.
There you have it. Certainly a lot more deserving class than last year.

Thank the gods for Donovan McNab

Wow. Philadelphia would have a great team if it wasn't for their below average quarterback.
They would probably have three Super Bowl rings over the last 10 years. Thankfully for us, Donovan is there. No worries. He'll find a way.

Dallas 20 Philly 16
My boy Tony and new star Miles Austin find a way to defeat the Eagles yet again. Dallas is up 56-44 all time in the head to head series.
Now Big D is alone atop the NFC East at 6-2. Green Bay is up next week. Gotta be careful of the trap game...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's Sunday, and you know what that means

we all worship at the pigskin altar.
In honour of my friend from the deep south, the wicked one himself, I give you this;

Dolphins and Patriots.
This just in, the NFL has penalized and fined Joey Porter for thinking about sacking Tom Brady.