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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trade With Collecting For Kicks

Over the past couple months, after concentrating my collection more in a hockey direction, I have been picking up quite a few hockey card readers. The great thing about this, is that it has afforded me the opportunity to pick up some hockey cards that I really need, and dump some of the ones I don't.

One of my most recent trades came courtesy of Michael from Collecting For Kicks.

The trade began when he posted the results of a box of 2011-2012 Panini Titanium. He did pretty well over all, but the one card that caught my eye was a BEAUTIFUL quad relic of Penguins stars Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, and Tyler Kennedy. The card is serial-numbered 73/75, which is nice, but my favorite attribute of this card is that all four swatches are different. Even the two black swatches are at least a different material. I had to part with a similar card featuring Rangers start Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik. I'm a fan of King Henrik, so his hits are usually difficult for me to part with, but in this case, it wasn't difficult at all.

Michael also sent me a Jason Spezza stick/jersey dual relic from 2011-2012 Luxury Suite. As I've said before, 2010-2011 Luxury Suite is one of my most favorite card products from the last few years, and I was quite disappointed when I discovered that Panini would not continue with the brand this year. Instead, Panini has inserted these cards in a "bonus pack" with boxes of 2011-2012 Rookie Anthology. In doing so, Panini just used the best version of the 10-11 set, which was the stick/jersey cards, so it's a rather nice consolation to not having an entire product run.

This was a relatively simple trade, but a great one. The best trades tend to be the ones where each person felt he/she got just a slight edge over the other guy. Judging from Michael's trade post, I think that worked out to be the case with this one.

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