Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Doubling Up On Sterling Archer 1/1 Sketch Cards From Cryptozoic Archer!

I've been buying up as many reasonably-priced 2014 Cryptozoic Archer 1/1 Sketch cards as I can get my hands on. I have a set price in my head that I feel is more than fair, and if one of these bad boys falls under that, I almost always make a run at it. Here are a couple pickups from my stash.

This awesome Archer sketch was created by Adam Cleveland, who has some of the most aesthetically-pleasing artwork in the set. Adam got Sterling's likeness dead-on, and I like the simple pose of Archer pointing his pistol at somebody (I imagine it's Pam or Cyril because, well, Pam and Cyril....).

Darren Auck fast became one of my favorite artists from Cryptozoic's release, and I've found myself with a number of his pieces. This particular 1/1 features Archer wearing night vision goggles and was based off of one of two episodes: The Limited or The Rock, with both seen below.

Retinas....seared like tuna steaks!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another Bobby Ryan Dominion Peerless Patches Auto-Jumbo Patch!

I bid on the below card with absolutely no thoughts of actually winning it. The price was just too low to not even give it a shot, and I found that my bid held up. My latest Bobby Ryan hit is a somewhat familiar one.

My second Peerless Patches card of Bobby out of '12-'13 Panini Dominion is numbered 05/40 and features a tremendous three-color patch. I love that there are two different colors of stitching, and there's even sweater thrown in for good measure. Heck, even the autos are slightly different. After trading Bobby last offseason and picking up a 1st-round pick in this year's draft as part of the package, the Ducks will have the 10th pick in the upcoming draft.

Here's that second Peerless Patches hit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ryan Getzlaf UD Black: Silver Auto-Quad Relic /25 + The Anaheim Ducks, Playoffs, and Beards, Oh My!

I was recently able to acquire a Ryan Getzlaf hit I've long been after. I've come close before but could never seal the deal until one of my favorite eBay sellers listed the below. I was able to secure it for the very appropriate winning bid of $15.15 delivered and I'm thrilled to finally have my hands on it.

Numbered 02/25, it's a silver on-card auto/quad relic of The Captain. The sweater windows spell out "AD15" and I'm very happy to have landed a copy that features three distinct colors for the relics. The card hails from 2008-2009 Upper Deck Black Hockey and serves as the 73rd Getzy John Hancock to enter my collection. There is a decently-sized ding in the upper right corner, but I can live with it.

The Ducks kick off the playoffs tonight against the Dallas Stars. I'll soon be clean-shaven for the first time in over a year and a half as I prepare to grow my playoff beard. It's going to feel weird sans-beard. Is anybody else shaving off a beard?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2012 Bowman Sterling Rookie Auto: Corey Seager, Live and Redeemed.

I haven't added anything significant to my Corey Seager PC in some time. It's not that I'm not interested in collecting the Dodger prospect anymore, but with my penchant for collecting so many different things at once, some collections are bound to suffer every now and then. I recently rectified that collecting neglect by landing a #ManBearSeag card I had been after for quite some time.

These were inserted into 2012 Bowman Sterling as redemptions and Corey thankfully ended up signing, which is not surprising considering he has been a very good signer for the products he's been included in thus far. The card looks so much nicer in-hand, as my scanner picked up every imperfection on the penny sleeve that housed the Seager. This beaut ran me under $8 delivered.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hampus Lindholm: '13-'14 Upper Deck Overtime Hockey Rookie Auto

I was able to land my first autograph of Anaheim Ducks' rookie stud defenseman Hampus Lindholm for less than a five delivered. The John Hancock also came with the base variation of the below Hampus RC.

Lindholm was the 6th overall selection in the 2012 Draft and he's had himself a fine rookie season thus far. I really like the Overtime set Upper Deck put out and am still on the hunt for the SP Emerson Etem autograph from this wood-themed set.