1.18.2018

Trailblazer O'Ree

60 years ago today, Willie O'Ree became the first black player in the NHL - breaking the color barrier in the sport of hockey just as the legendary Jackie Robinson did for baseball 11 years earlier.

O'Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on January 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He would play in a total of 45 NHL games over parts of two seasons as a winger for the Bruins.

After Wille's stint, there would not be another black player in the NHL until the 1974-75 season.


I picked up the above 2006-07 Parkhurst Willie O'Ree autograph card several years ago and it remains in my collection as a personal favorite.

1.13.2018

2011-12 Upper Deck Series II Hobby Box

After what felt like a long week of work and ongoing home renovations that sometimes seem like they will never end - ‘twas nice to come home to find a box of cards that I have been waiting on tucked inside my mailbox.


2011-12 Upper Deck is actually one of my favorite flagship Upper Deck releases in recent memory. I tend to hold a soft spot for the product since it's one of the first sets of cards that I picked up when I started buying cardboard again.

Like every box of 11-12 Upper Deck Series 2 - this one was chalk-full of update cards ie. Victory, MVP and O-Pee-Chee.

Nearly seven years later, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins remains the rookie card to look out for in terms of value from the 2011-12 products (his Young Guns card can be found in Series I). Although his variety of rookie cards have gone down since their initial release date, they continue to stand at the top.

Over the past seven years, I'm sure all you readers have seen your fair share of 11-12 Upper Deck base so I'll just get straight to the hits.


The highlight of this hobby box was an MVP One-On-One Signatures featuring Joe Colborne and Cody Hodgson; these dual autograph cards fall at a rate of 1:3500 packs. Despite the strong checklist, I landed the ‘dud’ of the group.

Things didn't pan out for Colborne as Toronto fans had hoped and now finds himself in the AHL skating for the San Antonio Rampage. Cody Hodgson has hung up the skates after being diagnosed with malignant hyperthermia, a genetic disorder that can be triggered by prolonged physical activity.


Exclusives fall at one per hobby box. I think I did pretty good with Malkin.


Ales Hemsky relic card featuring a blue swatch from an Oilers sweater. Did you know that Hemsky sits 8th on the all-time Edmonton Oilers scoring leaders list? I did not know that. Considering the history of legendary players who have passed through the system since the beginnings of the franchise, eighth position in team scoring history is pretty outstanding in my opinion.

These UD Game Jersey cards fall one per hobby box with their more sought after patch versions numbered /15.


Holmstrom, now a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, has become an AHL mainstay throughout his professional career.

Rookie Materials, like the UD Game Jersey cards, are a one per box hit. Patch parallels are also available, numbered /25.

The Young Guns that I pulled weren't anything to write home about; fair enough, Series II was fairly weak in regards to the rookie crop so I wasn't surprised with the outcome. If I was to pick my most prominent Young Guns card from the box, it would be Patrick Maroon who has been having some of his best numbers playing alongside McDavid.

Overall, I was happy with how the break went. The MVP One-On-One Signatures, despite the players on the card, was a really cool pull given the odds. Unfortunately I lost a lot of ground at completing the base set due to the amount of O-Pee-Chee/Victory update and MVP cards spread throughout the product.

1.07.2018

Hello 2018

Reading everyone's 2018 collecting goals over the past week or so has really inspired me and admittingly also made me a tad bit envious. I've seen some beautiful cards making the cut in those best pulls and pickups of the year lists.

As for my own 2018 goals - I just want to blog more. Hell, I would be pleased if I could just keep a blog up in general by the end of the year. I'll continue to work on that.

I would also like to keep things organized; a task which I have also seemed to horribly fail in the past.

I have a few things currently in transit which I'm looking forward to showing you all here on the blog. Fingers crossed for a prosperous hobby year ahead for one and all.

I stopped into my local card shop just the other day to pick up a 3000 Ct. storage box; figured I would start the New Year off with a hobbyist's idea of a clean slate. I couldn't leave without picking out a pack - since it was in the dead of the World Juniors, I thought I'd go with Upper Deck's Team Canada Juniors as it was only fitting.



My first pack of 2018 and it's a hit! I hope it's an omen for things to come. It's a red swatch relic card but I'm not complaining, I mean, I'm still into pulling the odd jersey card - it's cut from a Team Canada sweater which makes it kind of cooler.

I  haven't heard of Blayre Turnbull before pulling this card but after doing a quick Google search I discovered she was recently named to Canada's 23-member roster for women's hockey at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Sounds promising!

Speaking of which, I'm really looking forward to Olympic hockey - men's and women's. Regardless the fact that there are no current NHLers involved in the tournament for the first time in 23 years, I'm still eager to watch those hard fought, competitive, tooth & nail type games which will certainly occur.
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