I haven't done an official #CardOfTheWeek post for quite sometime now, but who's counting?
Anyways, I've been up to other things on this blog which you may or may have not seen yet. I have started a new Collectors Corner segment on my blog where collectors from all over the globe can get their team/player/set collections featured right here on this blog!
I've wanted to host these showcases for a while now and this card blog finally gives me the platform and audience to do just that. There have been many collectors who've stepped up and contacting me to get their collections featured and I'll happily do just that. The feedback from other collectors have been great so far!
Blog news aside, I was appreciating other cards from my collection this afternoon and stumbled upon this beauty: 03-04 SPA Future Watch Autographs of Marc-Andre Fleury, numbered #/999.
Ever since I started my Fleury collection a few years ago, this was always the top card on my list. I paid a tiny fraction of what these things are going for today as Fleury's hobby value has exploded in the last few years after his historic move to the Las Vegas Golden Knights expansion team. Although I'd probably never be able to afford one now, I'm glad this card will permanently reside in my personal collection from here on out. I also have a few other sweet rookie-year cards of MAF. Maybe I'll show more of those off later?
Do you have any Fleury cards I'd like to see? Link them in the comments, if you could :)
When Panini was in the hockey card game, the results and opinions from the collecting community are still debated to date, but like 'em or hate 'em, I think we all should appreciate what Panini brought into our little corner of the hobby when it comes to the hockey card market, some of which we can still see today.
One of the best examples I can current think of is the Panini Prime Ties set. This set once again pushed the boundaries on what memorabilia pieces "could" and "could not" be featured on a card, while stepping up and making it a beautiful card in the process. While this 13-14 Panini Prime product was a means to the end for Panini's time in hockey, this set moved the hobby forwards, which is always a good thing in my books.
So why write a post about a 6-year-old card set created by a company no longer involved with the sport?
In a recent Hobby Insider thread, I was once again pleasantly reminded just how cool these cards really are and I'm thrilled to be able to own on of these unique memorabilia cards in my collection. Like an unfortunate reflection in Panini's time in this hobby, this subset is either well liked or extremely hated by some members in the collecting community, which is totally fine, as we are all able to make our own opinions on companies, products, and of course the individual cards themselves.
I received this card from a huge Buffalo Sabres collector a few years ago and it's probably still one of my favourite cards in my collection due to the unique style of it. As I'm primarily a 'binder guy' when it comes to storing and viewing my collection (yes, even the 1/1's *gasps*), I don't see this card as often as I'd like to due to the physical size of this card being so massive, so it needs to be relegated into a storage box. I'm hopeful that one day I can display it alongside some other unique pieces within my hobby space once I figure out a layout. It's definitely one of those 'stop yourself in your tracks' kind of cards, especially for those not familiar with the hobby or who have been absent for sometime.
When it comes to my own player collection, there is another Jhonas Enroth Prime Ties card inserted in 2011-12 Panini Prime, which uses the jersey ties from the amazing Buffalo Sabres' 40th Anniversary jersey. I've seen a picture of it, but I haven't seen it come up for sale yet (I'll post a picture of it below).
So what's your opinion on these Panini Prime Ties cards (Or the 15-16 Upper Deck version in UD Black - Black Tie Affair)? Do you like these cards or hate them? Do you own any of these types of cards in your collection? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.
Another sweet addition to the collection today with this 17-18 KHL Exclusive Collection Stick & Jersey 1/3. This card marks my 10th jersey numbered card, but more importantly, the 488th card in my Enroth collection.
While this card is originally from 2017-18, it was released in the 2nd installment of SeReal's KHL Exclusive collection product, 2018-19 KHL Exclusive Collection - Part 2 as an added chase card.
Two of the Three cards in this print run were pulled right away from Group Breaks and went straight into Dinamo Minsk collectors, so while I thought all hope was lost, I was luckily able to have a collector from Minsk, Belarus offer this one up to me. Knowing this would probably be the last time I would see one availible, I couldn't let it slip away.
This card finally completes the 3-card KHL Exclusive Collection memorabilia rainbow: Stick /5, Jersey /5, Stick & Jersey /3.
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!
I missed the boat on last year's Spectrum FX Gold cards, so this year I decided to snag one for my Marc-Andre Fleury collection. These Spectrum FX Gold UD Bounty rewards cards are stunning to look at, and UD did another great job on this bounty set.
For those who aren't aware, these Gold Spectrum FX cards were earned if you collected & submitted all the scratch-off codes that were on the back of these Spectrum FX cards. If you were one of the first 50 collectors to submit the complete set of codes in time, you received a complete set of Gold Spectrum FX cards numbered to 50 (Along with a Silver & Gold Petterson). The serial number on your card is given by which set you redeemed. For example, if you were the very 1st collector to redeem your Spectrum FX set, all of your shiny new Gold Spectrum FX cards in this reward set would all be numbered #1/50.
Who knows how many of these cards will be availible, as I've heard a few of the people who will be receiving their rewards set will be keeping them for their collections instead of splitting the complete set up. I'm just glad I was able to add this one to my collection this week.
And yes, for those readers wondering, other than the Jhonas Enroth collection, I do PC a few other goalies I've always liked to watch. To view some of the highlights of my Fleury collection, you can click Here to view my Flickr album. There will be a time (hopefully sooner rather than later) where I aim for this website to become a hub for viewing my entire card collection. The main purpose of this site was to showcase my Jhonas Enroth collection, and it will not deviate from that, but it would be nice for incoming collectors to have a chance to view my entire collection in one place, ideally. As an added bonus, uploading card scans on here instead of Flickr will allow this site to become my very own image hosting site, instead of using other avenues to organize my card scans and post photos to hobby forums, etc.
Have a great rest of the week, everyone! Happy Collecting!
I've been meaning to upload a fresh scan of this card on my website for a while now (View the 2012-13 Card Gallery Here), and this weekend I finally got around to it when scanning a few other things, so I figured why not showcase too?
The Dominion Peerless patches set will go down as a true classic in my opinion. The white & gold card designs mesh perfectly with this card, and the autograph stands out perfectly, not to mention the sweet patches that can be found in this set.
As for the jersey itself, I beleive this was the jersey used by Enroth in the 2011 NHL Premiere Series, as Panini acquired some of those jersey's from the Buffalo Sabres, and Enroth was featured in the 11-12 Panini Prime Premiere Game Patches #/3 set, so it's not a far stretch to say this patch is from the same jersey. This card features a two-colour patch (there is a bit of silver on the top left corner), but I actually prefer it that way. I love the Buffalo Sabres' navy blue colour, so to have a thick piece of the navy blue Sabres jersey crest works just fine for me. I may look to pick up another copy one day, but for now it's perfect. Honestly, it's probably one of my favourite cards in my entire collection. Love this thing.
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