Tuesday, December 6, 2011

eBay Mail Day - Packs-A-Plenty!

In a rare move for me, I purchased a lot of 21 loose packs of Upper Deck Hockey Cards on eBay.  As a practice, I try to stay away from lots of this type ever since I purchased one in 2006 and it was obvious that many of the packs had been opened and resealed.

Not sure what drew me to this one, maybe it was the fact that it was a buy-it-now deal for $8.00+$5.20 shipping, or perhaps it was the packs in the lot which included the following:

1 x Legends Masterpieces (opened)
1 x 2008-09 Hockey Trilo3Y (opened)
1 x 2007-08 Hockey SPX (opened)
1 x 2005-06 MVP
1 x 2005/06 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey
1 x 2006-07 Fleer Hockey
1 x 2006-07 Flair Showcase
1 x 2006-07 Artifacts Hockey
1 x 2007-08 Fleer Ultra Hockey
1 x 2005-06 NHL Hockey
2 x 2006/07 Hockey O-Pee-Chee
1 x 2005-2006 Hockey Fleer Ultra
1 x 2006-07 Fleer Ultra Hockey
2 x 2005 / 2006 Hockey Parkhurst
2 x 2006-2007 Fleer Hot Prospects
3 x 2006-07 SPX (2 opened)

They further stated that "5 of 21 packs have been opened just to sample card quality and come from a previous employee of UD"...um OK...
So I took a chance...and how did I do you ask????  Well, they arrived on Monday in a flat rate envelope and on time as promised by the seller. It took me no time to start my review of the packs...and about a long to see that I had myself quite a rare find on eBay...they were not searched and almost all of them were HOBBY packs!!!  Well these packs provided some FABULOUS hits (and no, none of the hits were of Mr. Crosby)!!!
In total, I pulled 5 rookies: 06-07 Ultra Yan Stastny, 06-07 Hot Prospects Adam Dennis, 06-07 OPC Guillaume Latendresse, 05-06 Parkhurst Jay Harrison...and a 08-09 Brandon Nolan Trilogy #282/999:
Not too bad, I had a few of them, but the Nolan card I did not have...
5 parallels: 05-06 Ultra Gold Joffrey Lupul, 06-07 Ultra Gold Vaclav Prospal, 07-08 Ultra Gold Glen Murray, 08-09 Masterpieces Brown Border Eddie Shack, and from the 2006-07 Flair Showcase Pack, a Keith Tkachuk Legacy Collection #008/100:

Not a bad card of one of my favorite American players of all time!
As for inserts and SPs (non-parallels), there were 5 worth noting: 05-06 Ultra Scoring Kings Mats Sundin, 05-06 UD Goal Rush Patrice Bergeron, 06-07 SPXcitement Pavol Demitra #272/999, and the following:
05-06 MVP Tribute To Greatness Wayne Gretzky:

As well as an 05-06 SP Notables Curtis Joseph #572/999:

So up to this point, I've had some OK cards, not to mention plenty of base...but there were two very special cards I pulled that BLEW MY MIND and made this eBay buy one to remember and tell the grand kids about...
From the OPENED (yes OPENED) 07-08 SPX pack, I pulled this Winning Combos dual jersey card containing two multi-color swatches for...ALEX OVECHKIN and Olaf Kolzig:
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!  Did I mention that the pack was OPENED BEFORE I received it????  Top that folks!!!  OH WAIT!!!  I CAN AND DID!!!!
It turns out that the lone 06-07 Artifacts pack contained only ONE card...yes ONE!!!  I could not believe my eyes as they tried to focus on this GEM:
Don't adjust your screens...that would be a dual patch card numbered 23/25 featuring Richard Brodeur and the great Dave "Tiger" Williams!!!!!!!!!  UN-HUH...OH YEAH...I got me a WAY cool dual patch card!!!!!
In reflecting on the hits, I think I did OK with just the non-jersey cards for $13, nothing that made me go WOW...but add into the mix to two jersey cards, and this deal went from OK to FABULOUS!!! 
And if you are thinking that you would love to have that Canuck's patch card...I would consider it, but only if I can get one back featuring Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, or some other current Capitals player in return.  My email address is cgmescutt1@att.net.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog!!

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