Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Package from Beckett - Triple Play Sports Cards

The third and last beckett.com purchase was from Triple Play Sports Cards. Since they are local, my wife picked up the order for me when she was over in that part of town. There were about 100 cards in the purchase. There were a few odds and ends baseball cards, but probably 80%-90% were hockey cards; Dallas Stars and Minnesota North Stars to be exact. There were cards from 16 different years, and here are some representative samples from each of them. 

2005-06 Upper Deck. There were many Marty Turco cards in the lot, and this was my favorite with the opponent leaping at him like that. He is my favorite Stars goalie ever. 

2012-13 and 2013-14 Upper Deck. These sets have vibrant color and great action shots. Upper Deck has mastered the borderless hockey card much better than Topps has done with baseball.

2010-11 and 2011-12 Upper Deck. Upper Deck just gets how to make hockey cards. They're sharp, crisp, and exciting.

2008-09 and 2009-10 Upper Deck. I always liked Sergie Zubov. I don't know anything about him personally, so maybe that's a mistake. I just like the name. Zubov and Mike Ribeiro had about five cards each in the lot.

2006-07 and 2007-08 Upper Deck. I actually forgot that Eric Lindros had played briefly with the Stars. Jussi Jokinen is just one of five different Finnish player Stars cards in this timeframe in the lot.

2001-02 Topps and 1997-98 Upper Deck. Topps design from this year looks ancient compared to Upper Deck's of the same year directly below it. That's a great picture of Brenden Morrow though. The Upper Deck design shown here is nearly identical to that of their baseball issue.

2001-02 and 2004-05 Upper Deck. By this time Upper Deck had permanently gone borderless with their hockey flagship cards.  They were a good 12-15 years ahead of Topps. I didn't collect hockey at the time, but I'm curious if their switch to borderless cards caused much of a stir in the hobby.  

1973-74, 1976-77, and 1977-78 Topps. Now we're really jumping back in time. That's mainly because my 80's and 90's team sets are near complete. The border of the 73-74 set reminds me a lot of the Philadelphia brand football cards of the late 60's. I didn't mean for this post to come across as so anti -Topps. I've actually been very pro-Topps generally over the years. 

This wraps up my posts of recent hockey purchases. I don't have any more in the works. Maybe it'll take another new hockey season to start them up again.

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