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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2015-16 Fleer Showcase Box Break

I think I got this box almost two months ago, but really just never got around to posting it, despite scanning the cards and basically doing everything but typing it up. Anyway, 2015-16 Fleer Showcase is a product in its third year, and is Upper Deck's way of paying tribute to (or maybe just capitalizing on) past products of the Fleer brand, which Upper Deck owns.

Base
The base cards are actually a unique design, as all of the Fleer "tributes" are inserts, and are very similar to what you would see from one of their SP lines, but with a colored background instead of white. 


Trios Hot Prospects 64/599: Alex Biega/Alexandre Grenier/Andrey Pedan
The trios cards are just a way to put in some of the season's late-comers, and as such, it's rare to find a whole lot of players with a whole lot of superstar potential, as they most likely made their debut earlier in the season, and are part of the main rookie line.


Then, there are the insert sets that pay tribute to past Fleer issues. In previous sets, they were able to to a more precise replication of these, but as they run out of former sets, they instead have to go with more of a "tribute" thing, which gives a more modern take on what those sets could have looked like. 
 
Flair Showcase: Tuukka Rask, Jordan Eberle


Flair Showcase Rookies: Jake Virtanen


Metal Universe: Noah Hanifin, Jake Virtanen, Radek Faksa


Skybox Premium Prospects: Mike Condon


Fleer Ultra Rookies: Jack Eichel 587/699


Then, there were the hits:

Jonathan Quick Showcase Jersey Red Glow Parallel 88/99
This is a jersey card, but witht he smooth fabric of silver, I almost thought it might be a one-colored patch. Nope, just a jersey swatch, but still a good card of a great player


Guy Lafleur Showcase Jersey Red Glow Parallel 14/25
Some of the jersey cards have an extra-low serial number for some reason, but I'm not sure why. There's only 25 of these, and the fact that it's a hockey legend makes it extra cool, as well. 


Hot Prospects Nikolay Goldobin 233/499
This is my guaranteed Rookie Auto Patch card, of San Jose Sharks forward Nikolay Goldobin. There are three colors on the patch, which is great, even if it's only a slight bit of teal in the upper right. He spent most of this past season with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda, but was with the NHL team for nine games, scoring one goal and one assist. 


I didn't strike gold with this one, but there were some respectable pulls, not only with the hits, but with a Jack Eichel rookie card. I know it's a bit of a gamble, as any box of cards can be, but with a guarantees Rookie Auto Patch, you'll always walk away with something pretty nice.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Some Trade Bait Additions

Nothing much to write about in detail, but here's a few Additions to my traders that I have come across recently. If anyone is interested in any of these, let me know at matt-pederson@hotmail.com.

2012-13 Limited Jason Spezza Patch 20/25


2011-12 Prime Cody Eakin Prime Rookies 185/199


2008-09 Trilogy David Clarkson Young Star Scripts


2012-13 Limited Jordan Nolan Phenoms 318/499


2013-14 Trilogy Bobby Ryan Signature Pucks


2013-14 SP Authentic Emerson Etem Future Watch Limited Auto Patch 1/100


2014-15 Trilogy Tomas Tatar Signature Pucks


2014-15 SP Game Used Jonathan Drouin Rookies Patch 96/99


2014-15 SPX Corban Knight Rookie Inaugural Materials 11/99


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Some Zach Parise Cards All the Way from Austria

Being a hockey fan, I have grown accustomed to having to wait longer to receive my items due to international shipping. Usually, the cards in question are on their way from Canada, but every now and then, they come from even further, like this three-card Ebay purchase that came all the way from Austria.

2014-15 Upper Deck Premier Rinks of Honor Autographed Booklet






2014-15 Upper Deck Black Lustrous Signatures 23/49


13-14 National Treasures Dual Auto Gold #34 Charlie Coyle/Zach Parise 10/25

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Zach Parise Collection Additions

The nice thing with starting out a new player collection, is that there are plenty of cards to choose from that you don't already have. Here's a quick look at some of my newest Parise cards:

2015-16 Fleer Showcase White Hot Glove 12/15


2015-16 Fleer Showcase Flair Showcase Jersey


2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Remnants Patch 17/25


2011-12 Certified Mirror Gold Prime Jersey 22/25


2012-13 Certified Fabric of the Game 13/299