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Monday, March 30, 2015

2012 Tier One Crowd Pleasers White Ink Auto /25: The Bison, Matt Kemp!

Another Matt Kemp autograph for an affordable price finds its way into my Bison PC. His trade to San Diego has kept his cardboard prices at a reasonable level, which I suppose is a silver lining in all of this.

Numbered 02/25, the white pen Mattycakes used really pops on the black of this gorgeous 2012 Tier One Crowd Pleasers card. A simple mid-catch shot and a classy design from Topps rounds out a swell under-$15 purchase.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

2014-2015 Upper Deck SPx Die-Cut Buyback Auto: Emerson Etem

I added a really sweet Emerson Etem to my collection of the Anaheim Ducks' young winger. I knew I needed to acquire the card the moment I saw it existed, and after letting a few auctions pass by and losing a handful of others, I picked one up for a very reasonable price.

The card is a buyback auto from 2013-2014 SPx Retro found in packs of 2014-2015 Upper Deck SPx Hockey. It's a hard card, falling in 1 out of every 740 packs. It's got a really sweet die-cut design and is hard-signed, which is always appreciated.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Contest Winnings from Sports Card Info.

I recently won a contest held by Andrew at Sports Card Info. The prize this time around was the below blue jersey swatch of Jameer Nelson, numbered 109/499.

Thanks Andrew!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

'14-'15 Upper Deck Signature Sensations: A John Gibson Case Hit RC Auto!

My modest John Gibson PC got a little bit fuller when the below arrived in my mailbox. It was listed online as a case hit and Gibson's autograph falls into the group that is seeded 1 in every 377 packs, or 1 per 16 boxes. So sure, we'll call it a case hit. The best part, of course, is that I didn't have to pay for a case but rather shelled out a measly $9.24 to land the Gibby.

I'd hope for this to be hard-signed but the sticker reigns supreme in cardboard nowadays so I just appreciate that Gibson is willing to sign at all. It's a simple design and a simple photo but Upper Deck has always put out aesthetically-pleasing cards. I'm hoping to see John get the nod when the postseason begins.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Trade With Sportscards From The Dollar Store: Matt Kemp and a Flock of Ducks.

I completed my fourth trade with Doug of Sportscards From The Dollar Store fame. You can review our first deal here, second trade here, and third transaction here. Doug, like me, loves him some hockey, and he's a mensch in always keeping an eye out for Anaheim Ducks' related cardboard to send my way. Our fourth deal, like our previous three, was no different in meeting that required hockey standard.

Before I get to the loads of hockey, Doug sent a fantastic Matt Kemp in the bubbler. It features four relics, three of which are distinct. Numbered 08/99, a bat slice and a blue patch piece from the Dodgers or Los Angeles across the front of a Bison uniform are joined by a pair of home jersey pieces. My newest Kemp goes well with the similar Museum Kemp I already owned.

Bobby! I know he's not pictured as a Senator but I'd imagine there was a small part of Doug that considered keeping this, what with Bobby being in Ottawa and all. I still collect Bobby as a Duck, so this a much appreciated addition to the collection. The inscribed number 9 is an added bonus.

Dougie has basically become my Emerson Etem pusher as he's responsible for a large portion of my Etem PC. The latest Emerson he bestowed upon me is this sweet Phenoms on-manufactured fabric John Hancock out of 2013-2014 Panini National Treasures. Etem is great about including his number when he signs.

My first Rickard Rakell auto! Rakell has really improved his game as this season has progressed and in doing so has solidified his role as the team's third center.

A gorgeous Scott Niedermayer patch! I recall Doug pulling this and not knowing what part of the sweater it came from. He asked me at the time and I was unsure; I still am, but hot damn if it isn't awesome all the same. Mysteries are fun, you know. Especially if Mike Tyson is trying to solve them.

And finally, a Mat Clark auto with four swatches (#'d /249) thrown in for good measure. Clark is no longer in the Anaheim organization.

Doug sent along a ton of other great cards which I just don't have the time to scan in, but I appreciate them all, of course. He also knocked off 17 of my 2014 Allen & Ginter needs, of which I still have far, far too many.

Thanks as always Doug! I'm working on accumulating a bunch of stuff to send your way in the hopefully not too distant future!