A couple of weeks ago, my hobby friend Eric asked me to help start and Co-Host his new podcast and I agreed almost immediately! I thought his idea to start a podcast fully revolving around hockey cards was a great idea, so we then started planning our attack on how we should go about it.
We released Episode # 1 earlier today and I hope you all enjoy it! Plenty of more content coming your way.
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Big news for Swedish hockey fans earlier today as Jhonas Enroth signed a 3-year contract with Orebro HK in the SHL.
This signing had been widely rumoured since Enroth left the KHL this past season and comes as no surprise to me. I've expected him to make the move to Orebro once again and I feel like it's a really great move for him.
Enroth is no stranger to Orebro, as he played 12 games for them at the tail end of the 2018-19 season in a big push to help them make the playoffs that year before re-signing with Dinamo Minsk. It will be great to see what Enroth can do with this team during the 2020-21 season and beyond!
But what does this signing mean for my card collection?
First off, yes, I know I'm super late with this 2020 resolutions blog post. But, in fairness, I was able to post threads on this topic on both Hobby Insider & SportsCardForum on time this year. So that's gotta count for something, right?
Anyways, I wanted to post my own hobby goals/resolutions on my blog here so I can (hopefully) keep coming back to it periodically throughout the year in order to help remind myself of these goals and stay on track or to monitor my progress.
So without further ado, here are my 3 Hobby Goals/Resolutions for 2020:
*Originally posted on the Hobby Insider forums*
1) Surpass 500 total cards for my Jhonas Enroth collection. I'm currently sitting at 477 cards in total (with duplicates included) and I hope to reach this milestone as soon as I can. The only rule I'd like to implement is that I'd like to try and reach this milestone without having to add too many of the same duplicate cards if I can help it down the stretch, as I don't like to add exact duplicates unless they are unique in some way (graded, signed, jersey numbered, etc). So we'll see how many new cards I'm able to add this year.
2) Get up to 20 cards for my Upper Deck 300 Win Club set. I have 16 right now, but I feel this one may be a little tough at the prices I'm looking for.
3) Have fun. It sounds cliche, but a hobby isn't a hobby unless there is some fun involved.
Do you have any hobby-related goals/resolutions for 2020? If so, please post them in the comment section below! :)
There are those cards that you seem to win with ease, then there are the ones that get away. That's the cruel nature of this hobby sometimes and it's something that all collectors will go through. It's just the way it is.
I usually share cards that I win or trade for, but these are one of those rare times when I didn't win or lose a bidding war for a card, I simply lost out on the oppourtunity to throw my hat into the ring. As the story usually goes, I was surfing eBay the other night and for some reason I felt the urge to check the recently sold items page.
And there it was.
Gone in a blink of an eye it seems after someone's Best Offer was accepted, I had just stumbled upon the recent sold listing for this Jhonas Enroth 2013-14 Panini Select Black Tag Auto 1/1 card that I needed to complete this particular 2013-14 Panini Select rainbow (The Sold listing can be viewed Here). I'd like to say I was crushed, but these are just hockey cards after all, so I feel like disappointment would be more accurate.
I wanted this one for my collection real bad, but I guess it was just not meant to be. I sent a message to the seller, but I don't expect to hear anything back. Maybe one day I'll have a second shot at this 1/1, but I'm not holding my breath. I know there are some other Enroth collectors out there, so If any of you (maybe if you're the person who ended up with this sweet card) are reading this blog post, I want to send you a big congratulations your way for adding this great card to your collection.
It's times like these where I focus on the cards I've managed to add to my collection so far to soften the blow of losing out on a big card. It makes me appreciate what I have and not dwell on the stuff I don't have. These lessons are good to follow in any hobby, but also in life. These smaller moments of practice are great for teaching ourselves this valuable life lesson I think.
If you happen to see this card in your card collecting travels, please let me know. Thanks!
Anyways, if you've made it this far, I have to thank you. Nothing like a little hobby talk to brighten up your Tuesday, yeah?
UPDATE: This card has been found! I managed to finally add this card into my collection with the help of a very generous hobby friend. You can read all about it in my recent blog post: What Once Was Lost Has Now Been Found
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.
Prison Break: An Easy Step-By-Step Guide To Crack Cards Out Of Their Plastic Cases (BGS, PSA, ITG Slabs, etc)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to escape from prison? I sure haven't, but some of my hockey cards have.
Luckily for those cards of yours, I get to help them out today with an easy step-by-step blog post on how to crack your cards out of these hard plastic cases. I've used this method on multiple types of card casings, so wether it's a BGS / PSA grading slab, or an In The Game (ITG) slab that was used in the making of this post, you'll be able to free your cards in no time at all.
So lets dive in and get started!
2010-11 Score #470 Roberto Luongo - French Back Parallel (SSP).
Okay, so bit of a random post here. Hence why you'll find this post under the "Random" Category of my blog posts.
For collectors out there who may stumble upon this blog post, I just wanted to quickly highlight these EXTREMELY rare cards that many of you may not even know exist. The 2010-11 Score French Back to this day remains probably the hardest parallel to spot in all my days of collecting. I missed the boat on the whole 90's junk wax era, so there are a few tough parallels in those days I'm sure are near impossible to find, but from a "modern day" hockey card product that was released by Panini in 2010-2011, this just came way out of left field when I had first heard about these Score French Back parallels and how hard they are to locate.
Now, lets take a deeper dive on these French Back parallels below...
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