8.21.2017

Catching Connor McDavid Fever

I have to get this off my chest - I can't wait for the hockey season to start back up. We got a little spoiled last year when the puck dropped earlier than usual because of the World Cup of Hockey; now the 2017-18 wait feels that much longer.


I love Crosby but I have to be honest; I'm probably looking more forward to another season of Connor McDavid. I just can't get enough of watching that kid play. He's a wizard on ice, it's like he’s playing a completely different game from everyone else - he has been on a whole 'nother level.

I just finished watching a compilation video of all 30 of McDavid's goals during the 2016-17 NHL season and I never realized just how many breakaway goals he potted. So much speed; it's unreal how he just blows by his opponents the way that he does, almost effortlessly.

I hope he stays healthy and plays another complete season; it's never good for the game when a generational player goes down with an injury for a significant amount of time, whether you like McDavid or not. I don't know how you can be a hockey fan and not enjoy watching him play though.

Many people believe he has what it takes to bring the Cup back to Edmonton - I'll have to agree. Just look how far he helped lift the Oilers last season; he led them to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, ending an 11-year span of missing the postseason.

The Oilers have that one-two punch in McDavid and Draisaitl. If Talbot can repeat his individual success from last year and continue playing on his head and we see development from some of the young guys on the back-end, I believe the Oilers have a really strong chance of to taking it even further into the postseason ahead. Ultimately, I buy the consensus that they are bound for a Stanley Cup championship sooner than later with McDavid at the helm.

As I mentioned previously, Crosby is my guy but McDavid has easily carved an 'arrow through a heart' into my invented oak tree of all-time favorite hockey players.

8.07.2017

Welcome To The Family

Just a few flea market pickups from this afternoon.













Really like the Jagr and |Subban card, it's probably my favorite from the lot. The Miller card is pretty cool as well; despite it being plain white swatch, I can't turn down a game jersey card for a buck. 

8.01.2017

Lookin' At Card Backs

I was shifting through a box and found myself looking at the backs.

Let's take a trip back to the 1992-93 season from a set that still stands up.
 








 



















Base cards used to be memorable; the base sets from the recent Upper Deck sets have been lacking photography wise. They used to be the best but now, when it comes to creating their flagship set of the year, it feels like they just wanna get it out there for the sake of milking the newest 1st Overall Draft pick Young Gun card. Maybe I'm just blinded by nostalgia.

I believe that adding the extra photo on the back of the card with limited stats adds quality to the cards, kinda like saying that the manufacturers have put in the extra effort to build a quality annual card set. Basically, I think it's a great idea, adds a lot of quality to the cards and gives an impression that the manufacturers worked on this product.

The UD Canvas sets are great cards, one of the best current sets - arguably the best.
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