Monday, January 15, 2018

Joining JBF

While our blogging friend Wes isn't as active on his blog, he's still on Twitter.  The evening of the second, I saw him tweet that he was working to lose weight this year.  I know that it's easier to do when you have accountability, so I told him that I'd join him on his journey.  I'm getting married next January, so I need to get going myself. 

It's been a trying couple of weeks to begin the year between being sick, and losing our puppygirl on the third.  Last weekend we rearranged our living room to get rid of the "hole" where Coqueta would lay.  This weekend we adopted a sweet terrier this weekend and things are slowly getting back to "normal."  Hopefully next week I can get started with DDP Yoga and begin shedding some pounds.  

Even though I haven't put in the work yet, I have been weighing myself.  I'm going to be posting progress on the blog, because it provides me the accountability that I need.  

My initial weight, taken on the second.


My weight last Monday:


And my weight today...


If anyone else wants to join in, feel free!  

Have a great night and happy collecting! 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Box Break & Review - 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey #5

I should have had this post up much sooner, but it is what it is.  I opened the fifth (and final) 2017-18 Parkhurst blaster I bought.  


In all five blasters, the stated odds have come out of the packs.  There was only one difference between this blaster and the first four.  In this blaster I only received two of the Parkhurst International cards (all others had three) and I pulled two "Blow The Horn" inserts after pulling just one in the previous blasters.  

Once again, the base card collation was good.  I did not receive any duplicates in the box.  The best news is that I got 34 of the 35 cards that I needed to complete my set.  The only card I need is #288 Alex DeBrincat.  I have a copy of it, but it's for my collection as opposed to my set.  I'll get one, somehow.  

I know that I have plenty of cards that Coast to Posts needs to finish his set and I'm hoping he pulled a spare DeBrincat that he can spare.  I've seen a few more blasters available in the last week, but I don't really want to buy more blasters to try and hit one card.  I do still need a lot of inserts, though.  

I have a post planned for tomorrow that isn't card-related, but I hope the card blogging community will have some interest in.  I've also started a new non-sports collection and should begin those posts in the next week.  I probably won't be posting daily anymore, but I will still post.  I'll also be reading and sharing others' posts on Twitter!  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hello, Secret Santa!

I know, I'm very late getting this post up.  To AJ (The Lost Collector), who was my BWTP Secret Santa, I apologize.  I had this sent to my work address and I was out for almost two weeks around Christmas.  Also, I've been sick for more than two weeks.  Then to top it off, eight nights ago our sweet puppygirl Coqueta received her angel wings.  It's not just a lack of motivation to write, I also haven't opened my laptop in almost a week.  It's been a trying few weeks. 

I'm back with a few posts to write, but AJ certainly deserves to have this post written first. 


WAHOO!  Four presents to open! 


Package number one contained a pack of 2017 Topps Update.  I am not going to show what was inside here.  You'll have to check A Pack To Be Named Later in the upcoming days.  AJ probably didn't know it, but he also gave me the gift of a second blog post from his gift. 


RUSS DAVID GOODIES!  In his note, AJ mentioned that he hoped I needed some of the Davis cards.  I was sitting at 70.5% complete, so the odds weren't in his favor.  He did very well!  I needed three of the six cards!  The 1999 Fleer Tradition Warning Track, 1997 Fleer Tradition Tiffany and the 1997 Ultra Gold Medallion cards are all new to my Russ Davis collection.  Of the ones that I had, he was really close of the Leaf Die-Cut.  A few months ago I needed it.  SO CLOSE!  I did have the Donruss autograph, but what player collector doesn't want more autographs?


VINTAGE MOUNTAINEER!  While I did have a copy of this card already, I'm thrilled to have another.  I can't get enough copies of vintage Mountaineer cards.  Hell, there's a Bruce Bosley card that I have about ten copies of.  I don't pass them up, I give them a great home.


LOW NUMBERED RUSS DAVID GOODIES!  The 1997 Rave Circa Rave card is numbered 80/150.  I do have a couple of copies of it, but I keep multiples of low numbered inserts and it's going nowhere.  The 2000 MVP Gold Script is numbered 20/50 and is one that I needed!  WAHOO! 

Thanks so much, AJ!  I am absolutely thrilled.  Adding four more cards to the Russ Davis collection is awesome!  You outdid yourself, my friend! 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Box Break & Review - 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey #4

It may be a new year, but I'm continuing with the 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey blasters.  After the third blaster I was 87.3% of the complete set.  Will I finish it with this blaster?  I'm thinking no, but we shall see.

Base Cards - 108 cards (36% of the complete set) with no duplicates.  This is what I've seen with all four blasters other than the one pack that contained two inserts.  There haven't been doubles in any blasters.

Black Parallel (1:12 packs) - 1 - #13 Jakob Chychrun

2017-18 Parkhurst - Black #13 Jakob Chychrun 
Red Parallel (1:3 packs) - 4 - #27 Sam Reinhart, #113 Alec Martinez, #246 Blake Wheeler, #300 Checklist (Auston Matthews)

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #27 Sam Reinhart 

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #113 Alec Martinez

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #246 Blake Wheeler

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #300 Checklist / Auston Matthews
International (1:5 packs) - 3 - #PI-8 Alex Ovechkin, #PI-11 Henrik Lundqvist, #PI-23 Nino Niederreiter

2017-18 Parkhurst - International #PI-8 Alex Ovechkin

2017-18 Parkhurst - International #PI-11 Henrik Zetterberg

2017-18 Parkhurst - International #PI-23 Nino Niederreiter
Prominent Prospects (1:12 packs) - 1 - #PP-16 Nico Hischier

2017-18 Parkhurst - Prominent Prospects #PP-16 Nico Hischier 
Blow The Horn - 1:10 packs - 1 - #BH-6 Auston Matthews

2017-18 Parkhurst - Blow the Horn #BH-6 Auston Matthews
East Vs. West (East 1:13 packs, West 1:13 packs) - 2 - #E-4 Erik Karlsson, #W-4 P.K. Subban

2017-18 Parkhurst - East vs. West #E-4 Erik Karlsson 

2017-18 Parkhurst - East vs. West #W-4 P.K. Subban 
Everything was in line again in this blaster.  As for my set completion, this is where collation frustration kicks in.  Before this blaster, I needed 38 cards to complete the set.  That's over 10% of the cards.  In this blaster, I got THREE cards that I needed.  That is it.  105 of 108 base cards in the box were multiples.

I don't have the answer and it's not my job to.  However, this is pretty ridiculous, to be honest.  It's another reason that I see set collectors becoming more and more frustrated with companies.  This gives me little confidence that I will complete the set with the cards in the final blaster.  That means I will have spent $100 and still not completed the set.  To be honest, it seems like a valid reason for why set building has all but died.  What are your thoughts?  Feel free to leave comments below.  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!