The last few weeks for the PC have been good to me, as I knocked off a rather tough SP'd (Short Printed) parallel last time with the 11-12 Score Black Ice. Now this week that trend continues with another rare pickup for the collection, but on a rather recent note.
We'll first start things off with my most recent addition. A 2009-10 Upper Deck Young Guns of Jhonas Enroth, graded a solid 9 Mint from BGS (POP 3).
I don't normally add graded cards, as this is only the 3rd graded card to enter my collection. This card was won via auction style on eBay for a very cheap price, so I figured why not.
While I'm not completely sold on graded cards, I have begun gaining more of an appreciation for them and where they can stand in somebody's collection. I'll never quite understand why a collector would pay a gross premium for a BGS/PSA slabbed card, unless the card in question is of the vintage variety, but to each their own I suppose.
I'm not looking to add anymore graded cards for now, but I might add one or two more depending on the card for a little something "extra" in my collection.
Here are my graded Enroth cards as of right now:
The next pickup is another KHL card, but it comes with a little twist.
The KHL's main card manufacturer SeReal Cards makes some beautiful hockey cards, and while I have loved picking them up for my collection, sometimes cards that are a little more lesser-known or contain a little more backstory are the cards I really enjoy acquiring.
The cards pictured above are the "New Year's" Exclusive cards given away by the Dinamo Minsk KHL hockey team to bring in the new year and thank their passionate fan base. The one pictured on the right was my most recent addition, while the one pictured on the left was last year's version.
What makes these cards different than your regular team issued cards? These cards were not made available to the public in any way, meaning there was no way any regular collector could add this to their collections via the secondary market, due to these cards being only given out to certain employee's of Dinamo Minsk or select season ticket holders for the club.
So while there may have been a lot of these printed, I have only seen one copy of each surface so far, and they are extremely rare. I was lucky to obtain this year's New Year's Exclusive card off of a member who happen to know a ticket holder of Dinamo Minsk.
Also, on the hockey news side of things, Enroth has left Dinamo Minsk this week for Sweden's SHL Orebro HK. With Dinamo only having 3 games left in their 2018/19 campaign, Enroth wanted to extent his season to continue to play more games. There have been talks that he will re-sign with Minsk for the 2019-20 season, so we'll have to see where that goes.
From a collector's point of view, I hope he resigns in the KHL with any team, as this will give me a steady mix of cards to chase next season as the SHL hasn't had an official hockey card manufacturer for a few years now.
Either way, I will continue to chase these cards and have fun in the process! On that note, it looks like 2018-19 SeReal KHL Season 11 PREMIUM will be releasing soon, so that should be fun.... :)
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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