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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Oot and Aboot-Easter Edition

Took this shot on a rainy Good Friday. Located in Simcoe, Ontario, home of 2 HHOF'ers.

.I recall see a sign for the other one. Will have to find it and share.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

National Hockey Card Day 2019--Canadian Edition

Saturday February 23 2019 was Upper Deck's National Hockey Card Day in Canada and the United States.As in  the past few years, I had to go to Toys R Us to get my fix. You would think here in Brantford, home of Wayne Gretzky, there would be a least 1 LCS. Nada. I recall reading that there were 5 different sheets available. This is whats puzzling me. In previous years, it looks like they printed the 15 main cards on different sheets. This year, they printed the 15 main cards plus the special 16th card on the sheets. If my math is correct, 2 sheets x 8 cards=16 cards. Why the need for 5 sheets. This will lead to short printed cards.

By my count, here's what you would get.

1--Elias Pettersson-5                             9--Drew Doughty-2
2--Evan Bouchard-3                              10-Connor McDavid-5
3--Kristian Vesalainen-2                        11--Darryl Sittler-2
4--Jesperi Kotkaniemi-3                        12--Jarome Iginla-2
5--Brady Tkachuk-2                              13--Mark Messier-1
6--Brock Boeser-3                                 14--Maurice Richard-2
7--John Tavares-3                                  15--Johnny Bower-1
8--Max Domi-2                                      16-Memorable Moments-John Tavares-2  

I guess I'll check to see if this corresponds to people that opened packs and what they still need.

Anyhow, without further delay, here are  the sheets front and back.

Thanks again Upper Deck for this.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Adieu Area 40

Wes, of  the blogs Area 40 and JBF recently held a farewell box break. He is exiting the collecting hobby to devote time to other pursuits. The box break consisted of over `00 unopened boxes and thousands of packs.Anyone could claim up to 5 spots--any team from the 4 major sports, boxing racing, non-sports. He would send you any "hits" from your teams. He did the break on Christmas Day and then mailed out the "hits". My envelope was dated Jan 28 and I received it Feb 5. That's pretty good time for being delivered in Ontario from Alabama. And without much further ado, here's what I received.

My only MLB team hit.  I picked Toronto Blue Jays.

Now my NHL picks, First up, Montreal Canadiens.

Next up, Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nothing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Last but not least, Toronto Maple Leafs.

You would think with MLB boxes making up the majority, that there would be more Jays hits. But I`m happy with what I received.

Wes, take care and best of luck in your future endeavours.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Artful Dodger

Greg, of Night Owl Cards, recently (wow, October) had the 10th anniversary of his blog and held a contest. I was fortunate enough to be able to qualify to enter the free card giveaway associated with this occasion. I had my eye on a certain card, and when my turn came to pick, it was still available.

2010 Topps Heritage CCR-RM
Clubhouse Collection Relic Russell Martin

I try to collect Toronto Blue Jays and Canadian MLB players. This fit the bill almost perfectly. Canadian, yes Toronto Blue Jay yes  Jan 11-no. Even though the card shows him with the Dodgers, he was a Jay and added to my collection. Now, he's back with the Dodgers. Well, don't have to add the standard OPC "Now with designation" 

And who is the Artful Dodger? Russell? or Greg?

Verryyy interesting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dollarama Repack

The First Noel Joel

On a cold winters night.,  I had to make a stop at Dollarama. After seeing the new hockey repack that 
Doug from Sportscards from the Dollar Store opened, I checked to see what they had. Lo and behold, there weren't any of  the 80 card repacks but a 40 card one that included one memorabilia card . 

I'm a sucker for jersey/autographed cards so into the basket it went.

And here they are in all their glory that shone round about them.

Your usual suspects, Score and Parkhurst.

Bowman and ProSet

A mix of newer stuff.

Upper Deck

The Artifacts was the card showing on the front. On the back was the Komarov card from Leafs Centennial set. I did need another one so I picked this pack.

And the star of  the pack

According to my records, this is the first Joel in my collection.

As expected, a bunch of junk wax era cards and a few Leafs for my collection. There went my $4.00 on a fun little rip.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Upstanding Comedy

Lat weekend went to Upstanding Comedy Tour and friends of ours were one of the opening acts for The Fidgets, the headline act on the tour. All the comedians on The Circuit provide clean family entertainment for the whole family. It was a fun time and was thoroughly entertaining.

So, since this is a hockey blog, you may be wondering what this has to do with hockey.


Our friends decided at the last minute to invite Brantford's Lord Mayor


Got to hang out with him a bit. He still draws the crowds as he posed for pictures and signed autographs for anyone who asked.

And since the Leafs weren't playing, all was good.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Wild Hockey Life

Not mine though. I'm talking about that wild and crazy guy Georg Festrunk  Miroslav Frycer.
I recently had the opportunity to review Lubos Brabec's book on him.

"My Wild Hockey Life"

I'll have to admit that, even being a Leafs fan, I didn't know a lot about Frycer.  He defected, played for the Nordiques and traded to Toronto. After that, played in Detroit and Edmonton, then fell off  the face of the earth. This is not your usual story but one "wild" life, both on and off the ice. I highly recommend this for Leafs and hockey fans everywhere.

So, in return for my reviewing the book, I received this autographed copy. First time obtaining an autograph by this method and BONUS, it's a Leaf.