Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forceful Rangers

Back on May 5th I got a surprise package of mostly Rangers from Jedi Jeff out of the blue...I was not expecting them whatsoever! But there was a lot of great stuff in there, and now I'm going to show you some highlights.

First off, I added 22 new people to my collection, and 11 new sets! The package also brought the Rangers to within 3 cards of the lead in my collection, trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning. My friend who sent me almost 3000 cards in January 2015 is a big Lightning collector and fan and sent me his duplicates so they have been in the lead for quite some time now. Wayne Gretzky did pass Vincent Lecavalier for most cards in my NHL collection, with 32 cards. All of these stats come from the tools the Trading Card Database provides.

Ok, now some random or not so random scans.
 The 1993-94 Ultra design is great in the NBA...but the NHL version, with the gray border instead of tan, may be even nicer!

 I think this card, from 1995-96 Collector's Choice, may be my favorite image in the bunch. As someone with pretty severe OCD the fact that the sticks are lined up by style really makes me happy.
 I can't identify that logo on the uniform. It's CHL. I know that much.

 This is one of the 800 card sets I mentioned in the It Begins post.

 I had to share the back of this one...from 2008-09, it speculated that 2007-08 would be Jagr's last year. Far from it, he's still playing...he entered the NHL the year I entered kindergarten, and he's still going!
 I really like the 2009-10 UD design.
 My first card from this set, I really like it. I picked up a cheap autograph from the set on the COMC sale so it will show up again in the not too distant future.

 The first two cards I saw out of the package were the patch I showed on the day they arrived and then this one! I knew it was going to be a good package when it led off with two SN cards.
 My first card from 2012-13 Rookie Anthology.
 By 2013-14, Ultra had been relegated to an insert in Fleer Showcase. Bring back a freestanding Ultra!

 These Rainbow parallels do not scan anywhere near as nice as they look in hand. They are Upper Deck's version of a Refractor.

 The package contained cards from as far back as 1988-89...
...all the way up to 2016-17!
Thank you again Jeff, this was very, very appreciated!

Edit to add: While this is not a gift from Jeff, it did arrive the day I had scheduled this post for! My first non-card NHL memorabilia...


  1. Woo Hoo!!! First Rangers apparel....the first of many, I am sure.
    Lundqvist looks fiercely intimidating in that top card of him on here.

    1. Maybe! I already checked on a replica jersey and they don't come big enough. (Yeah, I know hockey fans, Sweater! :) )

  2. A great group of cards. Bryan Berard is shown in his OHL Detroit Whalers uniform. The Crosby is actually a parallel to an 800 card set. Nice sweatshirt but, it's too hot to be wearing at the present time. Give it a few more months.

    1. Thanks! It's funny, with 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee, I've got maybe three base cards but more than 20 of the parallel. All of them have come from other collectors. It "only" got to 88 here today, a minor cooldown from the 90s of the past two days...I had to get it off as soon as the pictures were taken, even in the AC, lol. Normally I take pictures outside but too hot for that today.

  3. Awesome batch of cards, that Jagr prediction is hilarious in hindsight. Nice hoodie too!

    1. When I read that one I literally laughed out loud! I've heard he plans to play to 50, and I hope he does. Thanks!

  4. I like the Richter and Doughty cards. Great cards and always fun to find fun stuff in the mail. Great post.

    1. Thanks! The cardboard community has been really good to me, just about quadrupling the amount of NHL cards I've actually bought for myself since January!