Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 O-Pee-Chee Hockey 2 Box Break

My favorite hockey set was 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee.  I've been waiting for a new design to come close to that one.  There haven't been many.  Thus, I really haven't built a set of anything hockey in a good while.  I pulled the trigger on 2017-18 OPC when I got my boxes of baseball Update.

These aren't bad.  Got about 33% dupes from both boxes.  Picture above is the sorting after opening.  Dupes on the left below, my set on the right.  Ended up with about 40% of the set or less.

The Retros are my favorite part.  The playing card inserts are kinda neat too. Nice to get a foily Backstrom for my Caps PC.  PK is available for a Capital version.  These are my Retros and card deck so far.  Will show the dupes in a jiffy.

Can do without the minis, but they make good trade bait.  Sorry, Auston and McKinnon are gone already.  The rest are up for grabs.

Here's a better look at the black shiny ones.

And the regular size black parallel shiny ones.  They are serial numbered.  Also trade bait.  These are a better base design than the base itself.  The little variation of the black bands looks much less cluttered.  Of course, collecting a set of these is just about frikkin' impossible and way too expensive since these are numbered out of only 100.

Here are my regular base shiny.  Available.

And the Retro dupes...except for McKinnon, who is bound for another collection already.

And finally, a good look at PK.  These are the only hits in this set.  No autos or gamers.  Just manu-patches.  They're nice, but it would be great to get something real out of a big set like this.

Who's down wit OPC?  (Is that too outdated a reference yet?)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Topps Update - Box #2 Still Meh

Finally cracked my second box of 2017 Update.  Was hoping for the big hit I sometimes get from boxes that I buy from this particular vendor, but unfortunately, no dice.  I think my hit is tradeable though.  Got some decent inserts and short print variations, but the rest was stunningly mediocre.

The Rookie Cups (this year's excuse to reprint iconic star cards) are a step up from the gold back advertising from last year.  The Zimmer and Benintendi Salutes are up for grabs.  I might be persuaded to release Chipper and maybe Clayton too.  I like the look of the Untouch Ables (it's not one word) and may try for the legend shortprints.  The '87s and MLB are staying with me.  Bo is for my PC.

Moncada black looks really cool with the ChiSox uni, but he's on the waiver wire too.
Any of the buybacks are trade bait too.

Which one of you Jays fans wants it?  Would love to get an Oriole or National for it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Blog Bat Around : Six Or Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

Took the weekend off, so I wasn't able to buffer this with something more card related in between.  But who says there's such a thing as too much Kate Upton?  I should have a couple more of these with more baseball players.

Collecting Cutch started this one about linking favorite baseball players to Kevin Bacon.  Usually, the links are only a couple segments long, but I managed to extend this chain in order to include some lovely ladies.  

Justin Verlander

just married
Kate Upton
; ;
who was in
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Kristen Bell

who was in
Movie 43 (2013)
Kate Winslet

who was in
Movie 43 (2013)
Julie Ann Emery

who was in
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Kate Beckinsale


who was in
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Cuba Gooding Jr.

who was in
A Few Good Men (1992)
Kevin Bacon

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Well Fellas, There Goes Another One....

Just like this past summer, another sex symbol is officially off the market.

World Series Champion Astros pitcher Justin Verlander just became the luckiest guy in the world this past Saturday when he married supermodel Kate Upton in Italy.

He's having quite a good year.

Or Life, really.

I mean, waking up to this every day?

Way to go Justin!

Monday, November 06, 2017

The Right Washington Team Wins!

I've really got to build up a cache of posts to get ahead by a week or so, but until then, I'm still excited about the Redskins' miraculous comeback win last night in Seattle.

Seattle kicker Blair Walsh had missed three field goals throughout the game, giving Washington the chance to take the victory late in the fourth quarter.

Instead of the usual collapse or missed opportunity, the 'Skins offense drove down the field in the last few minutes.  Josh Doctson finally came up with a clutch catch that brought it to the one yard line.

They reviewed to confirm that he hadn't actually scored.  Then Rob Kelley punched it in.

There was still a minute to go, and even though Russell Wilson and the 'Hawks had been kept out of the end zone pretty much all game, they drove to midfield with seconds left.  One Hail Mary to decide the game.

And D Hall makes the play!  Washington wins!