The Whaler Worshiping Wonder over at Shoebox Legends recently held a card draft. One thing you folks may not know about me is my minor obsession with the Hartford Whalers, problem is the NHL has conspired to keep me infuriated about hockey, thus unable to post about it...but I digress. I saw the nice mix of cards he was offering and bought in. I do enjoy these as a way of putting unwanted cards in the hands of those that want them, skipping the messy middle man of commerce or the convoluted nonsense of contests. In these, everyone wins: the draft holder gets some cash and rid of some excess cards, the drafters get some cards they want at a fraction of the price one might normally pay. As it is, I paid about a dollar a piece for these cards and there is not a single one you wouldn't grab if you saw it in a dollar box at a show or in a store. The system works!
Let's take a look at the haul I brought up with my net:
Nine nifty cards here. The Maine game used there was my first pick - not exactly a glamorous choice, but one I was happy with after the first two cards I wanted went off the board one-two. That shiny Jeter card was nabbed in one of the four bonus rounds that were offered, a very nice wrinkle in the draft game. Jeter may not be my favorite, but hey, shiny!
I really like the Turkey Red Chrome cards, and he had a bunch of the Mickey Mantles in the draft. I think I got three of the four. That first one is a refractor, once again shiny trumps Yankee. That hockey card on the far right is numbered 02/10 and I got it in a late round, which I considered a major upset. Like any sports draft, you always look for value in later rounds. There was a bunch of game used Hockey cards in the draft and I got a couple of nice ones - dual ones to be specific. I would be lying if I said I was planning to keep the Rangers one, but I have a friend who will appreciate it a lot more than me and I am sure he has some unwanted Devils card he will swap me for it.
There was also some great vintage stuff in the draft and I am sorry I didn't snag more of it:
In some kind of grand oversight, I do not own a 1970-71 Topps basketball tallboy. Well, I should say didn't, because now I have that one - and it's a Happy one at that. The most popular cards of the draft seemed to be the 1953 Bowman color cards and I was a round behind in grabbing the best ones, but I did procure the two you see there. In one of the bonus rounds, I added that 1962-63 Topps Bill Hay to my small collection of vintage hockey. If they ever clear up the lockout mess, I might even show you some of them.
One other wonderful thing SL did was properly pack the cards for shipping: top loaders for the better cards, soft sleeves for all the cards, team bags to hold them together and...
Blue Packing tape! It is my continuing crusade to get all people to never ever use scotch tape on top loaders and this is yet another opportunity for me to mention it and even to show the pleasing results. Plus, he used enough tape to hold these cards together so tight that even the US Postal Service couldn't move the pile. Well done.
Oh, I forgot two cards! Two awesome 2007 Goudey mini short prints - one for my Reggie player collection and one just because. Magnificent.
No, Shoebox Legends, thank you!