I got, in total, 671 new cards and 88 new people, who I will list at the end after the photos. I completed the first series of 1992-93 Ultra and the second series of both 1990-91 and 1991-92 Upper Deck, as well as two complete promo sets- 1991-92 Score Young SuperStar and 1991 Ultimate, as well as adding to 1990-91 Pro Set, which is proving to be one of my favorite NHL sets.
First, a quintet of ageless Jaromir Jagr cards. How can you not like this guy? He's been playing professionally in the top levels since 1988! And still going! In 1988 I was 4 years old...
Finally, here is the list of all the new people I added to my collection. Some I've never heard of before, and some are legends making their first appearance in my collection. All are welcome additions!
|Zamboni, Frank J.|
On my birthday, my brother did not give me any cards. He gave me $100, but naturally, I used it to by cards. I didn't get a chance to get to the local Target until the 21st- yesterday, after my club's model show. I was pretty worn out but I knew I would not be physically able to go out to the store today or probably for the next few days, so we went to raid the card aisle after the show. It was the first time I had been there in a while, so long in fact that the NPN on one of the NASCAR sets had already expired two months ago...and this is the first time I was able get my hands on any, I got a mixture of all three sports that I collect this time, but hockey got the most new cards, followed by NASCAR, and only a little NBA- the new season has just begun and not much is out yet, though I did get my first 2017-18 NBA cards!
He got me blasters of 2016 Torque, 2017 Torque, 2017 Select, 2017 Absolute Racing and 2017-18 Artifacts, two fat packs of 2017-18 O-Pee-Chee, one fat pack of 2017-18 MVP, and 3 packs each of 2017-18 Panini Stickers for both NBA and NHL, as well as a an NBA pack repack that was not particularly successful. Here are some highlights of each, in random order (IE, whatever order they got scanned in) You're getting more scans here because a lot more needed to be posted to the Trading Card Database- the cards my mom got me were totally done already. 17-18 OPC and MVP are already done on there, which is why you're only seeing one card from them, that was scanned specifically for posting here. Eventually I will have my entire collection scanned but that's not going to be for a while!
* They included some coaches in an autograph set, I think in 2014-15, but not all. And Steve Kerr got a card in the Instant NBA Champions set.
My hit from Select, a dual tire relic. Kurt won this year's Daytona 500 and still ended up getting fired...probably. The tire piece from him shows some of the metal cording built into the tires to, in theory, prevent flats.
Base card 17-18 O-Pee-Chee. I really like this set. First, it's 600 cards long. Still too short to be fully all-encompassing of the entire league. (There are more than 700 players in the NHL at any given time) But it is the largest set of the year, and it also includes team cards. I really like Team cards even when they are simply team checklists here. That's kind of redundant as the set has actual checklists- something only UD is still doing, which I am thankful for. I'd rather have the back talk about the previous season, or the team's all-time leaders or history. But I don't think we will ever see that again, unfortunately. One thing I don't like about OPC is that it's put out so early in the year, it doesn't reflect any of the team changes, or in this case expansion, at all. Everyone is pictured with their teams from last year. The first ever Golden Knights card was issued in this set, but is in a hobby only insert. I will keep my eyes open for it because I do want to get it at some point, as I wouldn't be so crazy about the sport now if not for that new team. A series 2 encompassing all the player movement, expansion team and rookies would be nice, but UD does not seem to want to do that. There will probably be a 30 card update in Upper Deck series 2, but that's not anywhere near a proper series 2 for OPC.
Finally, here is a list of all the NHL players added to my collection from my brother's gift to me. I've shown scans of both NASCAR drivers, for the NBA I added Fox, as shown, Willy Hernangomez and Jayson Tatum.
Some of these are names I've been hearing often...some are guys I was not familiar with yet. I'm still at such early stages that I don't know who's on every team yet, like I do with the NBA. And I know I can easily go look it up online, but my preferred method to learn is via cards. It gives me more of a connection, if that makes any sense. For instance, I got these cards just after watching Adrian Kempe score his first career Hat Trick, Marchessault was a big surprise getting unprotected by the Panthers, I remember Fiala from the Stanley Cup finals, Tkachuk's battles with the Kings are already becoming stuff of legend etc. I had never heard of, for example, Melker Karlsson until I got the card of him, then I saw him be denied by Henrik Lundqvist vs. the Rangers, and now...now I know who that is, and what team he plays for. A big thanks to my Mom and Brother for greatly expanding my card collection!