Part ll of this blog series, How To Start A Hockey Card Collection: Player Collecting is now Live.
Ahhh, hockey cards. Some people may not understand them, but for those who do or are just starting to, this blog post is definitely for you.
Whether you've been collecting for decades, or collecting for mere minutes, we've all been there. Starting your hockey card collection is the first step to participating in a hobby that has brought me many awesome memories over the years.
But where do you start?
That is the question I'm going to try and tackle today. Below I'll outline some tips that beginner or experienced hobbyists can use as a guide to start their new collections off on the right foot and have some fun along the way:
UPDATE: As a sudden twist of fate, it looks like Panini will continue to keep honoring Expired redemptions, as long as they still have the card. If they don't, your redemption will be replaced with Panini Points. The number of Points will be determined by Panini.
This is a welcomed piece of news for collectors after it appeared Panini were putting a stop to their very generous redemption program after all these years.
Beckett update: Panini To Continue Honoring Expired Redemptions
Panini's New Customer Service Platform: First Wave of Upgrades Made to Panini America’s New Customer Service Platform
As a fellow card blogger, Brett's attention to detail about how he chooses to express himself in this hobby has always interested me. I've really enjoyed not only seeing, but reading about his new pickups for his collection over the years.
I just knew Brett was going to be all hands on deck when I approached him about featuring his personal collection on my blog and he did not disappoint. Brett not only has a way with words, but a way of player collecting, too. I'll let his passionate card collection pave the way from here on out with his impressive collections featuring Trevor Linden, goalie masks, and more!
I hope you enjoy my newest edition of Collectors Corner!
The Trevor Linden Collection
Mail Day: Another Jersey Numbered Card Puts Me One Away From Collection Milestone!
Afternoon mail days are the best.
Right in the middle of the day... BAM! New cards. Awesome, right? Right.
This card is my 11th Jersey Numbered card in my collection, and it's probably one of the shiniest, too. Gotta love a good Mirror Gold Parallel.
Short & Sweet for today's blog post. Nothing too fancy. This addition does put me at 499 total Jhonas Enroth cards in my collection...... one away from 500.
Stayed tuned for that.
- Aaron / Creasecollector
Big News: After some thought, I've decided to extend my set collection by adding these 40 Win Club cards into my ongoing 300 Win Club set.
Shockingly uneventful, I know. :)
These 40 Win Club cards were the latest edition to the A Piece of History memorabilia card set as far as the goaltenders go. They debut in 2018-19 SP Game Used, and the ongoing set has seen a few more additions as of this year's recent 2019-20 SP Game Used product release.
These cards follow the same design are the other APOH sets, while now being green and serial numbered #/99 for some added rarity. Already I've seen some steep competition for these memorabilia cards, especially for the Gold variations serial numbered #/15 (which, for the sake of my wallet, I will not be chasing). These reoccurring A Piece of History sets have had a massive following for almost two decades and it still continues today. While the goalies in these sets are fairly new, it's still cool to see a single set have that much demand in the hobby, even after that much time has passed.
I really like everything about this set, so while I had some time today looking at my 300 Win Club cards, I decided to try for these cards as well. If I'm being honest, this whole quarantine thing is probably making me do this! Haha, oh well, these will make for some awesome adds to my set.
Here's a list of the 7 cards I need in this small 40 Win Club set, which will no doubt see some more additions in the coming year(s):
40-CH Connor Hellebuyck /99
40-PR Patrick Roy /99
40-RL Roberto Luongo /99
40-AV Andrei Vasilevskiy /99
40-CP Carey Price /99
40-MB Martin Brodeur /99 (Incoming)
40-PR Pekka Rinne /99
If you have any of these cards for my set, please let me know. Thanks!
The KHL season may be over, but the mail keeps on coming! Newest KHL addition to my Jhonas Enroth Collection.
The KHL season may be finished, but the KHL-related cards keep on coming in!
This latest Enroth addition is from the 2019-20 SeReal KHL 12th Season Collection and features a Script (Facsimile) Autograph. This is basically the equivalent of the KHL'S MVP-type cards we have over here in North America, produced by Upper Deck.
Dinamo Minsk participated in their biggest rebranding in the history of the franchise to start the 2019-2020 season, which makes their new cards really pop this year after switching to a brand new colour scheme and team logo.
I just love the powder blue on the card, as it really stands out among the other cards in my collection.
These Script Autograph cards are rumoured to have around 70 copies of each player, maybe more, making these low-end cards relatively scarce, especially coming from across the globe. I'm glad I was able to secure my copy now before the well dries up on these cards. Though these cards may not come with real autographs, I still really like the look of these types of cards in my collection. Every addition is a good addition!
Here's a look at the Script Autograph cards from the last two years of this SeReal product:
Collector's Corner #6: One Collector's Hometown Pride Sparks Maple Leafs Collection (Borje Salming)
As you can probably guess from speaking with me for any amount of time, I'm a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Born and raised out side of Toronto,my hand was pretty much forced into what team you're going to be cheering for. As far as cards go, while I have gone a different direction in my own PC and do not hoard Leafs cards, I always do enjoy seeing team/player collectors who do focus on the Maple Leafs.
This next collector featured here fits that bill perfectly.
Whether you're a Leafs fan or not, I think you'll really appreciate his next collection. I'm super stoked to feature on this blog due to satisfy my inner crazy Leafs fan.
Back again with another Collector's Corner post! This week I am featuring Joe's extraordinary Larry Murphy collection. I've known Joe for awhile on Hobby Insider and he can always be your go-to guy on there to talk cards. I mean, we all talk about cards, but Joe's just really shines through when he speaks about his collection or encouraging your own collecting habits, so I was more than happy to help feature his collection when he inquired about it.
Let the Larry Murphy show and tell begin...
After locking down my 27th ITG Final Vault card not too long ago, number 28 enters the collection today after a short time in transit. For number 28, I once again added a ITG Ready, Willing and Able Enroth/Miller dual memorabilia Silver card, this time with the Pink Foil Stamp located in the bottom left corner. There's truly no telling how many of the Final Vault cards are out there, so adding more of these are always a fun time. Here's hoping I can surpass 30 ITG Final Vault cards somewhere down the line?
Until next time, Happy Collecting.
Collector's Corner #4: Bradey's Incredible Upper Deck Young Guns Acetate Set Collection! (You've gotta see it to believe it)
As a nice little twist, the 4th edition of my Collector's Corner segment will feature it's very first Set Collector on the blog! One of many I think. Hearing Bradey speak about his Acetate Young Guns collection, you could just feel the passion that fuels his chase for these short printed, elusive cards that have been relatively new to the rookie card card lineup these past few years. I hope you enjoy Bradey's collection! I know I sure did.
Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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