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Recently I received an e-mail from a collector who noticed my 1 vs. 100 collection. In it there were a couple cards that he's been trying to track down for a little while. He asked me if I'd be willing to trade.Now in the past, I have ...
Recently I received an e-mail from a collector who noticed my 1 vs. 100 collection. In it there were a couple cards that he's been trying to track down for a little while. He asked me if I'd be willing to trade.Now in the past, I have traded some of the cards from my project, but only for cards that fit equal criteria. In all honestly, I could care less if I have a Colton Orr/Matt Carkner dual fight strap card /2 or a Kris Versteeg dual patch /2. To me...it's all about the /2.Before I could even explain my trading practices, the e-mailer laid it out plain and simple. It's as if he had already done his homework.All I had to do was wait.The cards arrived late last week and here are the swip swaps.Gone is this Tom Poti gem. Remember when he was a decent player? Me neither.In it's place is this rookie patch auto card from The Cup.I'll take that trade all day. I don't even care if I have no clue who "Fishy" is.Another card from the SPGU Auto Draft set is this /33 of Timofei Shishkanov (I think it took me over a minute to type his name).Drafted in 2001, I'm pretty sure he didn't pan out.Zdeno Chara on the other hand is a name I recognize. The Bruins captain makes his way into the collection with this Authentic Fabrics card numbered to his jersey number.So while there's no change to the number of cards I have left to finish the project (7 BTW), I can safely say that I've improved the overall look of the set.I guess it's not always just about the numbers.93 out of 100 (93%)
about 3 hours ago
With a new NHL season comes many new goalie mask designs. Tenders have been traded to new teams and need to sport the home colors (or go with the mid-90's fave....the all-white lid), goalies need to re-invent their mojo (clearly filtere...
With a new NHL season comes many new goalie mask designs. Tenders have been traded to new teams and need to sport the home colors (or go with the mid-90's fave....the all-white lid), goalies need to re-invent their mojo (clearly filtered through their mask) or they've just grown tired of the same ol'.For a guy like Steve Mason....I think there's a bit of all three.Pushed away from Columbus last season, Steve is now the "starter" in Philly. Of course that's a very loose stature - especially seeing that their coach was recently canned.Mason has always had some interesting designs (my fave being the one that included the Evil Dead skull). So with a fresh palette to build on, a new design was created.Zombie Ben Franklin, zombie George Washington and zombie Betsy Ross. Why not.With the un-dead being in fashion right now, I'm not surprised that Steve stayed with a theme that's he's gone with in the past. And even though Washington is mostly associated with Virginia (?) the Philly theme is strong.I picked this mask as the one to rate not just because it was an interesting choice, but because there were some pics of the painting process used in some of the news stories.In fact, the NHL went one further and created a video on the designing of Steve's new lid. Check it out...Here are some more pics that show off some of the impressive detail in the mask.Painted by Franny Drummond who runs PaintZoo, this mask is the first from PaintZoo that I've seen. I really like the stitching effect on the cheeks and forehead. The color is a little lacking...but then again it is a zombie mask.The left side gives good symmetry with the right. The business of the mask is a little more than my liking (especially with what I see as a bit of a blast from the past with more bold, solid color masks making an appearance...am I right?)The Flyers logo on top and "Mase" on the chin looks crisp. The name is similar to the way the players have their names on the backs of their jerseys. Sadly, that shouldn't be the highlight of a new mask.The backplate continues the trend with a little "We The People" action."Horror without the horror movie" is what Steve asked for and I think he got just that. There's a great article at InGoalMag that has a few more killer pics of this new mask.So at the end of the day, does the mask garner a good score? Not quite. While it is a nicely painted mask, the theme does feel a little redundant. I would have liked to have seen a little more orange in it. And the big one for me....from a distance you can't really appreciate the mask. That's no good.2.5 out of 5Now it's your turn to RATE MY MASK!
about 4 hours ago
I received an email from longtime reader Paul D. that he had something to send me but needed my new address. He didn’t intimate what it was and I had no clue whatsoever. Then a little time passed and I had forgot all about it becau...
I received an email from longtime reader Paul D. that he had something to send me but needed my new address. He didn’t intimate what it was and I had no clue whatsoever. Then a little time passed and I had forgot all about it because, well, when you live and work at a boarding […]The post Sometimes People Send Me Things, Grapes Edition appeared first on Drop The Gloves!.
about 6 hours ago
Just in time for the start of the NHL season I found this BOSTON BRUINS pennant at the flea market last week. It had a wonderful NHL seal dominating the pennant with the year 1924 - when the Boston Bruins entered the NHL.I know I hadn't...
Just in time for the start of the NHL season I found this BOSTON BRUINS pennant at the flea market last week. It had a wonderful NHL seal dominating the pennant with the year 1924 - when the Boston Bruins entered the NHL.I know I hadn't been able to afford a Bobby Orr autograph on the regular market, so this was paramount in landing a great white whale. Someone took a great deal of time to put these signatures together. The pennant was encased in a hard plastic sleeve. On the reverse were some old school lable maker tags identifying most of the autographs. Tucked in there was a ticket for a 1990's signing for Vezina winner Jim Carey. Apart from the last Bruins' Stanley Cup winners, there is a good representation from all of the club's successes from the 1940's to the 1990's. Here are the 23 Bruins fan favorites including (ten) 10 HALL OF FAMERS *: Ray Bourque * Johnny Bucyk * Lyndon Byers Jim Carey Jon Casey Gerry Cheevers * Phil Esposito * Fern Flaman * Stephen Heinze Sugar Jim Henry Ken Hodge Al Iafrate Tom Johnson * Joe Juneau Rick Middleton Cam Neely * Bobby Orr * Barry Pederson Brad Park * Milt Schmidt * David Shaw Bryan Smolinski Cam Stewart Some of the more interesting non-Hall of Famers are Lyndon Byers, who is known for his post-hockey career in film and radio. He is known in Boston for his on air radio antics. Joe Juneau held the rookie record (1992-93) for most points in a season by a left wing. He was an Olympian who won the Silver Medal at the 1992 Albertville games.Barry Pederson was part of the historical trade that sent Cam Neely to the Bruins. Pederson returned to end his career with the Bruins.Bryan Smoliski played over 1,000 NHL games.My favorite group from this pennant is the 1970's super team Stanley Cup winners - Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, Ken Hodge and Gerry Cheevers. A close second are the early Bruins - Fern Flaman, Milt Schmidt, "Sugar" Jim Henry and Montreal Canadian great Tom Johnson who coached the Bruins to the 1970 Cup. If I could have had Eddie Shore's autograph on the pennant it would be the entire history of the club on 15 inches of felt !
about 15 hours ago
Annnnnd the Bruins win! Scoring their first goal was Chris Kelly. On a shorthanded penalty shot, no less. In fact, this was apparently the first time a team’s first goal of the season had been from a penalty shot, soooooo….aw...
Annnnnd the Bruins win! Scoring their first goal was Chris Kelly. On a shorthanded penalty shot, no less. In fact, this was apparently the first time a team’s first goal of the season had been from a penalty shot, soooooo….awesome? Congratulations to Spankee (My Cardboard Mistress) who had Chris Kelly in the contest. If you […]The post Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner appeared first on Drop The Gloves!.
5 days ago
    Who needs the government when you have Bruins hockey?! Let’s drop the puck and some gloves, boys! Contest player assignments… Matching up those names with your numbers, here is everyone’s player for tonigh...
    Who needs the government when you have Bruins hockey?! Let’s drop the puck and some gloves, boys! Contest player assignments… Matching up those names with your numbers, here is everyone’s player for tonight’s game:   Hockey Kazi – Dougie Hamilton Shoeboxlegends – Brad Marchand Spankee – Chris Kelly Jeff – Torey Krug Dave […]The post Bruins Opener and Contest Update appeared first on Drop The Gloves!.
6 days ago
Everyone has had a problem...errr, wrong word choice. Everyone has had an issue....no that isn't it either.Everyone has had an experience with Redemption cards. Yeah, that's the ticket. Experiences can be defined as some type of contac...
Everyone has had a problem...errr, wrong word choice. Everyone has had an issue....no that isn't it either.Everyone has had an experience with Redemption cards. Yeah, that's the ticket. Experiences can be defined as some type of contact with or observation of the facts or events surrounding the existence, ability to obtain or not obtain, or downright nastiness of a redemption card. As such, those experiences are mostly unique (albeit sometimes repeated...over and over and over again). You would be hard pressed to find ten collector's in a row that you could ask the question, "Have you had a bad experience with a redemption?" and not find at least one that has (in some circles, all ten may).For as much as people get excited about getting the "hits" out of packs of cards, that excitement is sometimes filled with trepidation and uncertainty when those "hits" come out on those super thick, white cardboard slugs. I am no different. Let me walk you through my thought process when I unearth one of those scary scratch-offs. My first reaction is joy. I know that when I see a super thick card in my pack it can be one of three things.It is a "decoy" card with all the sexiness of a '52 Mantle you won on auction that was shipped in a PWE from a Canadian post office somewhere outside of Ontario (for those confused, that is bad).It is a "hit" and probably some type of memorabilia card because why else would it be so thick.It is a "hit" in the form of a "decoy" with a scratch and sniff sticker requiring the use of a coin which I no longer possess because I just used it to purchase the pack it came from. So I shuffle through the rest of the cards in the pack, hoping I won't be further disappointed by what was probably a knee-jerk reaction type purchase and I am getting annihilated on. Then I see it. The plain white cardboard slug with a manufactured sticker affixed mostly crooked and text that was printed using a dot matrix printer with recycled typewriter ribbon. I quickly adjust my eyesight to squint mode so that I can decipher the half faded, half illegible text. I then immediately realize what I have...either something nice or something, well, not so nice.Let's assume nice for a moment...My brain reacts in a way that probably most collector's do in that if it isn't a redemption for a player in one of my PCs (either individual or team) I begin to contemplate whether this might be something I really need. If I am at home and near a computer or my phone is charged and ready to go, I will hop online to see if there have been any of the redemptions or the cards they refer to actively moving on the open market (generally this is via Ebay, COMC, Collector Revolution, Beckett Marketplace, or a couple forums I joined at one time or another). There is going to be a distinction in price usually between the redeemed cards and their place holders. Sometimes, especially when a product is new and there is still some excitement, the unredeemed cards have a much higher demand and will get sometimes double, even triple the redeemed value (I can only assume people are paying for that uncertainty I talked about earlier).Nice or not so nice, in most cases I balk on the selling of the redemption card. I tried it once and it didn't work out in my favor. I guess that is because I never can seem to time the market right. Regardless, I am then left with two options, scratch or not scratch and find a trade partner. Nine times out of ten, I'm trading with other bloggers/collectors. They too understand the issu..eh em...experiences with redemption cards and sometimes just don't want to deal with it. I completely understand. So the other 98% of the time, I'm left with no option but to scratch and hope for the best. I have personally dealt with Topps, Upper Deck, and Panini when it comes to redemptions but I have no first hand knowledge of trying to get anything back from the other manufacturers like Leaf, ITG, Press Pass, TriStar, or Sage (did
6 days ago
Hello everybody!September has been one of the craziest months of the year. Work went into overdrive with what annually is the biggest week of the year. I've been trying to get in that last round of golf....but alas it never happene...
Hello everybody!September has been one of the craziest months of the year. Work went into overdrive with what annually is the biggest week of the year. I've been trying to get in that last round of golf....but alas it never happened. I (in a true spur of the moment) decided I needed to go to Chicago for a "bucket list-type" event. My Linden collection took on a whole new dynamic with the inclusion of Trev in Decades 90s (and for some reason Enforcers II). And while my blogging slowed down considerably (I hope to ramp that back up now that hockey is in full swing), I did manage to add some nice items to the collection and (as you will soon find out) stay on pace with my book reading.In fact...September brought about a surplus of page flipping.Crazy. I know.My month started off with one of the fastest reads I've ever had. You've all heard the term "I couldn't put the book down". Well this book is that and more.No...it's not a sports book (although the person of focus did run in the Berlin Olympics...and the author did write Seabiscuit) but it was quite bluntly the best book I've ever read.There are plenty of reviews and synopsis' (synopsi's? synopsyses?) so I won't go into it here, but if you want a story of resilience - this book is for you. Never has a book brought me to tears. Never has a book literally knocked the wind out of me. Never has a book made me stay up REAL late page flipping. This book did.It took days - not a month.And so what did I do after that? I read a book my niece has been bugging me for over a year to read. And I needed to read it before the movie is released.The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy - Catching Fire - was my next quest. It was an entertaining read (and I did finish it with time to spare for this month's sports pick). You'd think I had tons of spare time or something.Yes. Crazy.Anyways, I finished up the third book of September tonight and I hit a pretty solid trifecta.September's book was a suggestion from fellow WHA nut Captain Canuck.The Rebel League - The Short And Unruly Life Of The World Hockey AssociationEd Willes265 pagesBack in June, I ventured to WHA Day at the Canada Sport Hall Of Fame. It was the weekend of our terrible flood, but when I heard that they were still putting on the event I decided to go. And while it was a little underwhelming, it got me in the mood for more things WHA.Soon after I was handed this book as a suggestion for a monthly read. I'm glad I took up that suggestion.The Rebel League surprised me a bit. I was concerned it would be more of a "surface" story. Not really getting into details of the 7-year venture that was the WHA. It turned out to be a very well-written, detailed story.Sure, there are the must-haves like Gordie Howe and his kids, Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky, the Slap Shot inspiration, the goonery. But this had more.Details, details, details. Lots of interviews - and from a very diverse bunch. That was a big part of the enjoyment. Recognizing names that I haven't heard since I was a kid.By the way, I can see this book being a more enjoyable read to those who recognize names like Steve Durbano, Real Cloutier, Anders Hedberg and John Garrett. Connecting those memories with their stories really made this a fun read.Concise, but with good stories. Well organized and expressively written. The Rebel League is more than just a "history of". It documents the real push the WHA had vs. the NHL. It unveils the impact the league had on player salaries, overall game style innovations and the incredible merger that impacted the league for the next 20+ years (in fact, the impact is still resonating).A great documentation of one of the most important 7-year sport ventures in all of pro sports. It left me wanting more. Read it.4 out of 5October's book:Inspired by a fantastic Boston Globe article that has me drooling for yet another autobiography.
6 days ago
I probably do this a couple times so if you are looking for content, go somewhere else for a minute. I wanted to call out all the bloggers and readers of The Real DFG for a minute and request some assistance.I have been noticing that ov...
I probably do this a couple times so if you are looking for content, go somewhere else for a minute. I wanted to call out all the bloggers and readers of The Real DFG for a minute and request some assistance.I have been noticing that over the last few months, readership seems to be down, not just on my blog but on many bloggers sites out there. Now I'm not sure what to contribute that to. Is it the new Google search BS that has been rocking the SEO world? Is it the fact that the content we are creating isn't "read" worthy? Is it just everyone on earth is just too busy? I don't have an answer. But here is what I do know. I have quite a few people that come here, not just for my witty and entertaining posts, but for the access to other blogs over here on the right hand side with my Dogfaced Daily. This is my blogroll so to speak. I try to keep it as updated, diverse, and comprehensive as I possibly can. As such, I tend to deactivate any sites that haven't had any activity for more than 6 months. I know we are all busy and sometimes get in a rut but even I don't generally go more than 6 months without posting something on one of my blogs. With that being said, I would like to encourage any one with a blog, any reader of this blog, or anyone in general to take a look at the blog roll over there. If there is a blog that you feel should be there, comment with the address and I will try to add it. If you used to see one and it has disappeared, let me know and I will check it and find out why. Also, add me to your blog lists if you don't mind. Follow my blog, this one or any of the others (although I don't post on the Garage much, if at all anymore...the actual garage kind of blew up). Also follow me on Twitter or whatever else I have linked to over there. I promise I won't bombard you with random tweets of what I am doing every waking moment of the day. I am extremely appreciative of all of you that read my drivel on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. In one way or another, I think we are all dependent upon each other. This is a great community. I am very happy to be a part of it.
8 days ago
So the last I checked, a bet on the Pirates winning the World Series was an 18-1 shot in Vegas. Not the best I have seen but still something if you drop a pile of money on it. But what is the real likelihood of that scenario?I would sa...
So the last I checked, a bet on the Pirates winning the World Series was an 18-1 shot in Vegas. Not the best I have seen but still something if you drop a pile of money on it. But what is the real likelihood of that scenario?I would say they have the same chance that anyone else has going in but a desire that far outweighs any other single team. Yeah, I said it. The curse is over. Not that we had some superstitious curse or anything silly like that but it has seemed like a curse. The fact that they made it this far is basically a Pittsburgh Miracle in and of itself when I talk with other friends and family still back in the Burgh. But you can't deny the fact that they did it playing great baseball. Despite have a rag-tag bunch of players that most teams wouldn't have given a second thought to, or having only one "star" player on the roster, or having a pitching staff made up of guys that, lets be honest, most casual baseball fans have no idea about, they still won 94 games. Why? They do it with great pitching, phenomenal defensive play, and decent offensive production. They are where they need to be on the field to make the plays, the pitchers seeming know how to pitch to each and every batter they face, and they are able to put enough points on the board to stay in games to win. So when it came down to the final inches of the season, they went all out, winning enough against the Cubs and sweeping the Reds in the final series. They knew what they had to do and they did it, securing home field for this pivotal Wild Card game.They don't care about the things myself and members of the fickle fandom of Pirates baseball say about them on a daily basis. They don't care about my concerns about their abilities to wake up the bats and provide run support for their pitchers. They don't care about the sports writers that say they are playing with "house money". There is no such thing in their clubhouse. If you ask anyone in that organization right now, they will tell you one thing. They are playing to win the World Series. That picture I posted the other day on here of the locker room celebration with all the champagne and beer flowing freely was misconstrued by many people out there. The Pirates aren't that team that is just happy to be there. They aren't that team that just squeaked in and are lucky to have survived. They worked for this and they deserved to celebrate something that hasn't happened in 21 years. I watched those last few games very intently and paid close attention to the reactions, emotions, and mannerisms of the players as those games progressed. I finally saw it. I saw the desire. I saw the passion. I saw that raw emotion of guys that new they had something special. These guys know what they did a few days ago and they are determined to make that last. So am I. No longer am I going to sit here and pretend that "just happy to be here" is an acceptable attitude for a downtrodden, broken, and beaten Pirates fan. This team is for real, and it's World Series or bust.Let's get this one at home, Bucs!!
9 days ago