Added these two cards to my Enroth collection these past two weeks.
I was very glad to see Enroth featured once again in these Corona sets for the 2018-19 season. I've always liked these Corona KHL cards and found them to be very well-made cards with solid designs each season. Cards from "The Wall" set are some of my favourites.
With these recent adds, my Enroth card collection now stands at 470 cards in total. 30 more to reach the 500 card milestone. I'm hoping Enroth's 2019-20 additions bring me a few steps closer to that goal!
Until next time,
Coffee Shop Additions
After my recent trip to Tim Hortons, I opened two packs of their 19-20 Upper Deck Tim Hortons hockey cards and made a quick trade on SportsCardForum in order to land this sweet Marc-Andre Fleury Red Die-Cut card to the collection.
I really like UD's addition of a base parallel card with these Red Die-Cut cards. Aside from looking awesome, I feel like cards like these are important in getting collectors introduced to this hobby in a fun way seeing cards that are slightly different from the regular base cards. It might "hook" people in that much more if they decide to try for a set or two.
I'm liking what I've seen from this promotional release once again this year. I'm hoping everyone else is too!
Panini... Back in Hockey?
So I stumbled upon this tweet from Panini America's Twitter Page earlier today and I don't know what to think of it.
I thought Panini was done with hockey? Well, apparently not.
When the news hit that Panini had managed to sign Kaapo Kakko to an trading card autograph exclusive, I knew that Panini would be showcasing his cards this upcoming season, but I (and many others) assumed his autographed cards would be spread out in a multi-sport release of somesort, since Panini hasn't has a full-fledged hockey release since the unlicensed sticker/memorabilia dump that was 2015-16 Panini Anthology.
I haven't seen any images of the product yet, so I can't comment on how this product will look, but no doubt they'll be some rookie-year Kakko autographs thrown into the mix, as it will be the main driving force of this Score Hockey product. But what else is there? Does Panini still have a decent inventory of hockey autographs to pull from? Only time will tell.
Definitely going to be an interesting product to follow for sure.
As most of you have heard already, Upper Deck has once again partnered with Tim Hortons to offer hockey cards at all Canadian locations. This promotion started today (September 23rd) and will be avialible while supplies last at your local Tim Hortons locations.
You can view the full 2019-20 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey Cards checklist here.
I really love these over the counter offerings and I feel like releases like these do a lot in order to bring in the younger generation into this great hobby of ours. It's cheap, fun and affordable. What's not to like about that? I remember the UD McDonalds hockey cards when I was a kid and I still own them all today. It was very fun to rip open those packs and some of those hobby memories will stay with me forever.
This Tim Hortons release features a lot of high-profile players that will no doubt have a lot of youngers kids (and adults, lets face it) trading cards over coffee to complete their sets.
Enjoy ripping open those packs, everyone. I know I sure will!
P.S. And for those wondering, here's what my two packs this morning yielded me:
I just recently heard the news that after Panini's licence with the NHL expired this summer, Topps was recently granted the licence to product the NHL Sticker Collection for the next 5 years.
Now, some of you may be thinking: I thought Upper Deck has an exclusive deal with the NHL?
Yes, and while that is very true, the key to these licences is in the details. Upper Deck holds the exclusive rights to produce NHL licensed Trading Cards, while Stickers fall into a different collectible category, so another agreement must be made with the NHL in order to product NHL licenced stickers, too.
Panini has held the sticker licence for a long time now, as they are the king when it comes to collectible stickers, so I was glad to see them still continue to produce something NHL-related after their trading card licence with the NHL expired after the 2013-14 season.
However, with that being said, I have taken a liking to what Topps has done with their Topps NHL Skate Digital App, and although they haven't held a NHL trading card licence since the early 2000's, I am hopeful that this is a trail period for Topps and the NHL to see how they can influence and sell actual physical products (instead of just the digital offerings) within the hockey collectible market. If Topps does well here, would they be considered when the next NHL trading card licence is up for grabs in a few years? Who knows, but I'm playing the optimistic card on this one (pun totally intended).
If these new stickers are anything like their digital offerings we've seen from Topps Skate, then I think the designs will be fresh and it will be very popular amongst collectors across the globe.
The release date for the 2019-20 NHL Sticker Collection is set for November 15th, 2019.
Welcome back to the NHL, Topps. We've missed you.
About a week ago, I was searching some items up on Tradera when I noticed this new listing pop up. I was immediately curious because it was a card I hadn't seen before. While it doesn't happen often, I'm always up for learning about new cards I didn't previous know the existence of. After planning my attack, and setting the opening bid, I set my notifications so I could check in on the auction in a few days time and went about my day.
A few days go by and when the final moments were winding down in this auction, the price for this card popped up way beyond what I had expected it to. Looks like we have ourselves an old fashion bidding war, folks. Luckily for me, I placed a fairly high enough bid with about a second left in the auction to secure this card for my collection.
What your looking at is a Team Issued Photo Card (i'd assume) from Team Sweden (aka 'Tre Kronor'). I assume it's a team issued item because of the quality of card stock used (not photo paper) and the unaltered candid headshot used on this card, which is harder for the general public to produce, plus images like these are primarily used for team giveaways and/or autograph material for the players to use when teams do autograph signings with the public, etc. So I'm fairly confident that this is what I'm looking at. European cards are always tougher to find information of.
This card is also 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide. While just slightly bigger than your standard trading card, it also falls into the same dimensions as other Team Sweden Issued cards I've seen previously.
Happy Collecting, everyone!
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