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June 26, 2011 / care4cards

Jose Bautista for sale

Help me guys, get it off my hands while he is hot 🙂

BIN / BO on EBAY until next Sunday !!!

June 24, 2011 / care4cards

NBA Draft – The Canadian Connection

Thursday night was the 2011 NBA Draft and it was a great night for Canadian basket-ball fanatics, two players from the land up north got drafted in the first round and one in the Top 5, something that never ever happened. It’s about time we get some respect on the hoop scene and I am thrilled about the idea of collecting these two Texas guys from Ontario.

Tristan Thompson
4 Overall pick | Cleveland Cavaliers
Freshman out of Texas

Thompson is a huge volume scorer, a bit undersized for the four in the NBA but still a beast around the offensive rim and he can get the ball in from anywhere on the floor. Fans in Cleveland will love the motor and the scoring versatility but he comes in a system crowded at his position with JJ Hickson and Antwan Jamison. But still, Thompson is a great talent, great scorer and the hobby should catch up really fast to him.

Cory Joseph
29th Overall pick | San Antonio Spurs
Freshman out of Texas

Joseph is a bit of a reach for a scoring combo guard but the Spurs organization sees a little bit of George Hill (whom they traded) in Joseph and we know the people in San Antonio have a nose for late draft steal (see Dajuan Blair, Ginobili, Hill, etc…)  I love the speed of Joseph and is ability to get to the rim but I don’t see a starter in the NBA here. Still, role players are valuable and that means his cards should come on the cheap end, which is always good for my wallett.

So that was the draft for me and Toroton reached for an International prospect, so, going to have to be patient here.

How was the draft for your team? Happy? Boring? Surprising?

June 22, 2011 / care4cards

Vintage Pack Break – 82/83 OPC Hockey

I was bored, way bored, and without any postal service I needed some wax so I thought, why not go vintage? I found a guy in Montreal on Ebay who was selling vintage hockey wax and I grabbed 1 pack of 82/83 OPC Hockey. Not the most famous set but it’s always cool to bust 25+ years old pack with the original piece of gum in it.

All in all I had an average pack but here are the goods, sort of…

  • #88 Reed Larson
  • #92 John Ogrodnick
  • #124 Chris Kostopoulos
  • #141 Don Lever
  • #157 Dave Lewis
  • #171 Al Macadam
  • #183 Rick Green
  • #207 Mike McEwen
  • #246 Bill Barber
  • #285 Dale Hunter
  • #320 Bill Derlago

As you will see in the scans, most of these cards are way off-centered (a normal thing with vintage OPC) and the corners are not all sharp. But it’s a common thing with the 80’s hockey wax and it was, still, a fun break.

I’ll probably grab some more if I can’t get my fix of NEW things not Panini related.

June 22, 2011 / care4cards

No Mas! Me and trading online…

Back in 2007, I was starting my life as an on and off contributor on various sports card forums (SCF first and then Blowout after) and trading was a very appealing way to gather a great collection at a good enough pace to justify all the back and forth with users. Or so I thought until I decided to avoid online trading altogether and here’s why:

1) The Bargaining

Bargainers are annoying in every situation. You always feel like they are trying to pull the blanket on their side and they don’t care if you’re cold or not. In life and in the hobby, I try to avoid these bargainers because I have a bad temper and little to no patience for this kind of back and forth for pennies on the dollars. Trading online is the bread and butter for the bargainers who thinks they can turn a card into gold just because you want it more than they do and this leaves a sour taste in my mouth, like car dealers and flea market grinders.

2) Value

Value is a subjective notion. You can use the book value or the ebay value or a mix of the two but one thing is certain, your value is not the same as the other one you are trying to deal with and getting an agreement on this is virtually impossible. And the thing I hate the most is the projected value on prospects, this is the absolute worst thing to deal with as you can say what ever you want in these case since it’s all speculative. Value is a moving thing but when it comes to trading, it’s pretty much a guaranteed downer, no fluctuations here.

3) Old vs New

This hobby is riding hard on the new releases and the demand, usually, is higher for newer products. When it comes to trading, you have to deal with trying to obtain older cards but pay a premium new price on them because the owner overvalue them or, worst, value them on the same bases then the newer releases who are a hotter commodity. In short, turning over new cards for a profit is quite easy versus the older cards and it’s really annoying when you are targetting a 2007 card (for example) and the trader is only asking for your hot new cards that you just pulled. Old vs New shouldn’t be an issue but trust me, it is.

Those are the 3 main reasons but there are several others as to why I’d rather buy a card straight up instead of trying to get it with a trade.

How about you guys, where do you stand on the whole trading online thing ? Fair or foul ?

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