This past month has been great for my collections. Enroth cards aside, I've been making some great progress on a side project of mine.
After a short wait in transit, this Evgeni Nabokov 300 Win Club card popped into my mail box today, crossing a much-needed card off the wantlist.
The Nabokov card was part of the first instalment of the A Piece Of History: 300 Win Club set released back in 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1. Seeing as how much this set has been collected over the years, Nabokov rarely shows up, so you need to strike fast if you want one for your collection. Luckily for me I was able to snatch it up before anyone else, gaining another step closer to a complete set.
For those wondering, Nabokov is a Group B with odds listed at 1:4,754 packs. So yeah, you could say these things are tough pulls.
Stay tuned for more! As always, Happy Collecting,
My Upper Deck Win Club set just got a nice boost today with the addition of the 2001-02 Upper Deck Challenge For The Cup A Piece Of History: 500 Win Club card of Patrick Roy
These Roy Win Club cards were the first cards in the A Piece of History set to feature a goalie and it was released in the Challenge For The Cup product. At the time, Upper Deck decided to add a goalie into the mix with Roy's historic 500th career win milestone that was broken at the time. UD didn't start adding more goalies into this A Piece Of History set until 2012-13 with the 300 Win Club set that we're familiar with today. While this card was a one-and-done occurrence, this card has aged very well and still continues to be very desirable with collectors even with the "high" print run #/300. While I didn't originally plan on adding this card to my collection, I recently decided to go after the entire set of Win Club cards, so I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger on one of these beauties.
I kind of wish UD would update this subset and throw Brodeur into the 500 Win Club set, or at least create a Brodeur "600 Win Club" card on his own like they did with Roy's 500 win accomplishment at the time. I'm not sure if it's worth the cost for one single card, but it would be an awesome chase card if they ever decide to do it.
.....The hunt continues.....
- Aaron / creasecollector
Another 300 Win Club card bites the dust!
Today I acquired the Billy Smith card for my ongoing set collection. Aside from absolutely murdering the legs/ankles/bodies of apposing players with his stick and being the first NHL goalie ever credited with a goal, Billy "The Bat" Smith managed to rack up an impressive 305 wins in his career, making this a very fitting game-used stick card added to my set today.
I just can't help but wonder who was on the other end of that stick that is represented on this card? Who knows, but it makes for one great storytelling piece.
- Aaron / creasecollector
After some Quarantine thinking, I decided it was time to pursue the new SP Game-Used 40 Wins Club cards as a part of my ongoing A Piece of History: Wins Club memorabilia card collection.
The Brodeur was the first addition to my "new" set collection venture and you can't ask for a much better start to this project. These cards are actually serial numbered #/99 which makes it a tougher card to find compared to some of the other cards in this set over the years, not to mention the waves of set collectors that are also chasing these cards. Luckily, I have another card for this Win Club subset incoming, so I'm hoping it arrives somewhat quickly with everything going on.
If you happen to come across anymore of these Win Club cards (300 Win or 40 Win memorabilia cards), please let me know. Thanks!
- 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!
Two bubble mailers were sitting in the mailbox today, and that can only be a sign of good things. Let's unpack what was in my mailbox today:
The first card was another Team Sweden card for my Enroth PC. It is from the 2018-19 BY Cards 2019 IIHF World Championships set, which actually pictures Enroth from 2018 at the Olympic Games funny enough. Photo mishaps aside, these cards from BY Cards (which originate in Russia) are always quality cards that I really do enjoy adding to my collection.
The next card that was waiting for me today was the 18-19 Upper Deck Series 2 300 Win Club Jersey card (white coloured swatch) of Cam Ward, which fills a much-needed hole in this ongoing set collection. I meant to pickup this card once it was released, but the prices were waaaaaaaay too high. I know there are a ton of set collectors going after the 300 Win Club set, but I wasn't going to pay the $100-$150+ price tag that some of these cards were selling for (crazy, right?). I was patient with this one and found one on sale. Thank you, COMC!
Card prices aside, adding the Cam Ward card to my collection today was very cool. I've always liked watching him play in the league and he always seemed like a pretty down to earth kind of dude, plus his masks were always top notch. Fun fact about 'Wardo' and I is that we both share the same goalie mask painter - Steve Nash from EyeCandyAir! Steve once told me that Ward was always thinking about new ideas for his masks, even while out on the road, which even included using a napkin to draw out an idea he had for some mask art on one of his Hurricanes' masks. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me.
Not a bad way to start 2020 with not one, but TWO new additions for my Upper Deck 300 Win Club set.
A received both of these in a deal from a member on Hobby Insider and the timing couldn't have been better. My goal for the new year was to reach 20 cards for my Win Club set and these two additions put me at lucky number 18 right now. I'm hoping I can knock off the Cam Ward sometime soon, as that is currently the most recent card to join the ongoing set, but I haven't been able to snag one... yet.
I've seen a few Esposito's floating around, but the Osgood is the one I was really after since that doesn't pop up too often. Either way, I'm just happy to add these two to the collection. They have found a good home here.
Until next time,
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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