This year is quickly shaping up to be one of my best for this collection. Not in terms of quantity, but the quality of additions is up there for sure.
Another white whale was finally located today with the addition of the 2010-11 Between The Pipes Masked Men Gold version/10. I have only seen one copy surface, and you're looking at it. I have the Final Vault silver stamped variation /5, but I have been on the lookout for a copy of the original pack-inserted Gold version for almost nine years now. Crazy to think of the time that has passed.
I even mentioned this Masked Men Gold card as one of my white whales in my featured Beckett article this past fall. Safe to say I was beyond stoked to cross this card off the list!!
I acquired this from a collector who offered me this exact same card in the past a few short years ago. They only wanted to trade for this card and would not sell, so a deal couldn't be made. To my surprise, after I sent him a few follow-up PM's about the card, this collector had then told me they had went ahead and sold the card anyway at a show at one point (???). To my disappointment, that's the way it goes sometimes and I had to stop the pursuit.
As a weird twist of fate, the exact same collector reached out to me last week through this website's Contact Page (knowing or unknowingly that I was the same Enroth collector they dealt with in the past) once again telling me they had this card in their possession. I was pleased to see that this collector still had this card, even when they had told me in the past the card was eventually sold, but even after all this time they still wanted to trade for it only.
Strange, but it is what it is.
After looking at what they collected, which was mainly mask cards, I was able to buy a ITG Final Vault Gold Stamped 1/1 mask card online in order to make a one-for-one trade for the Enroth Masked Men Gold card. Even though I had to buy a card I didn't need, I was happy it was finally enough to secure the Enroth. This card was finally coming home! I received the card today and it was well worth the wait all these years.
Sometimes patience pays off. It definitely did with this mail day today. Huge thanks to Rob for allowing me to finally add this card into my Enroth collection. Glad we could work out a nice little trade!
Note: Included in this deal was a 2009-10 Enroth Young Guns rookie card as a nice little extra, so with these two Enroth cards added today, my total for this collection now stands at a whopping 490 cards. Just 10 away from 500!!
Author - Aaron
I've been collecting hockey cards (mainly the goalies) since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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