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I have a few hobbies and combine them both on this website:  web development and hockey card collecting.

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I am almost ashamed to say it's the first time I have bought hockey cards in about five years.  I picked up one of those packages that has three packs of 2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond yesterday when shopping at Toys'R'Us with my son who was looking for Pokemon cards.

Pack 1:

  • Nathan Horton
  • Lee Stempniak
  • Patrice Bergeron - Triple Diamond
  • Ondrej Pavelec
  • Matt Duchene

Pack 2:

  • Jiri Tlusty
  • Jonathan Bernier
  • Max Pacioretty
  • Jamie Benn
  • Sam Gagner

Pack 3:

  • Sergei Kostitsyn
  • Joe Pavelski
  • Drew Shore - Triple Diamond Rookie Gems
  • Saku Koivu
  • Steve Ott

Thanks for browsing!

I am back trying to get the last of my personal hockey card collection inventoried in my My Collection.

I am down to my last three boxes... for now. I still have a shoe box full of hockey cards from the 1980's that aren't in the greatest condition as well as a few unopened boxes. I will get to both at some point, but for now, I really want to get the last of my cards inventoried so I can start to work on finishing off some sets, selling and/or trading some cards and hopefully getting a grip on my massive hockey card collection

With these three boxes to go, I am hoping to make it to having over 25,000 sports cards in my collection! I am currently sitting at 24,505. Three boxes should more than do it but they aren't full. In fact, one box is full of cards in holders turned sideways.

Once I am done entering the last of my collection into the checklist database, I will work on finishing off the many unfinished checklists on the website. Wish me luck!

The breakdown of my 2007-08 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 Box Break:

Young Guns:

Bryan Young

Matt Moulson

Cal Clutterbuck

Ivan Baranka

Hometown Heroes:

Paul Kariya

Justin Williams

Stars in the Making:

Zach Parise

Ryan Getzlaf

Clutch Performers:

Dominik Hasek

Top Picks:

Sidney Crosby

Clearcut Winners:

Ray Bourque 075/100

Victory Rookie Cards:

Olli Malmivaara

Jiri Tlusty

Mason Raymond

Patrick Kane

Jonathan Bernier

Daniel Winnik

Kris Russel

Matt Smatby

Carey Price

Curtis McElhinney

Matt Lundin

Rookie Materials:

Drew Miller (black)

Game Jersey:

Tomas Vokoun (dark yellow)

Scan of a few cards from my 2007-08 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 Box Break:


Thanks for looking!

I do believe this is the only 2010-11 produce I have opened (haven't really bought any hockey cards for over a year now). For $8 a blaster box, I picked up three boxes of 2010-2011 Panini Score Hockey. When Score first came out in 1990-1991, it was one of my favourite sets so I was looking forward to picking up some of last years Score Hockey.

Here are some highlights from my 2010-2011 Score Blaster 3 Box Break:

Box 1:

PC Hits:

Mathieu Garon

Jonathan Toews

Mikael Samuelsson

Carey Price

Sidney Crosby


Matt Duschene All-Rookie Team

Marc-Andre Fleury Net Cam

Sidney Crosby Sudden Death

Henrik Zetterberg Playoff Heroes

Johan Franzen Playoff Heroes

Rookie Cards:

Brock Trotter Hot ROokies

John McCarthy Hot Rookies (x2)

P.K. Subban Hot Rookies

Nazem Kadri Hot Rookies

Carter Hutton Hot Rookies

Box 2:

PC Hits:

Big Buff Crushes Canucks (Luongo, Byfuglien, O'Brien)

Derrick Brassard

Keith Ballard

Sergei Shirokov

Jakub Voracek


Drew Doughty Sudden Death

Marian Hossa Playoff Heroes

Tomas Vokoun Net Cam

Rookie Cards:

Scott Jackson

Mark-Andre Cliche

Dylan Reese

Brayden Irwin (x2)

Anton Klementyev

Nick Johnson

Box 3:

PC Hits:

Martin Brodeur

Christian Erhoff

Derek Dorsett

Maxim Lapierre

Dion Phaneur

Season Highlight - Leafs Empty Draft Cupboard for Kessel

Season Highlight - Canucks survive Record Road Trip


Jerome Iginla Franchise

Daniel Briere Playoff Heroes

Dustin Byfuglien Playoff Heroes

Tuuka Rask Net Cam

Rookie Cards:

Rich Clune

Eric Tangradi

Justin Falk

Kyle Wilson

Alexander Pechurskiy

Nick Johnson

I have been meaning to blog about this eBay listing for a few weeks now.

When I initially added this auction to my eBay Watch List, it was only at a few thousand dollars. Never thought it would get to $71,900!




I wonder how much higher it would have gone had it been listed from the USA.

I have a few box break video's from a few years ago that I haven't yet posted onto YouTube. Last night I uploaded the first one of a 2006-07 Fleer Ultra Retail Box Break:

The 2006-07 Fleer Ultra Retail Box Break is from the same box shown in the background on my profile.

I have come across five of the ten 2009/10 Upper Deck The Cup Wayne Gretzky Cup Foundations Game Used Auto Numbered /10 in the past couple of weeks on eBay. I watch a lot of eBay auctions and it intrigues me to see the final sale prices of the same cards. At times I have seen the same card go for vastly different end prices with relatively close closing date and times.


Ends: Nov 29, 201000:07:24 EST

Buy It Now: $999.99USD

This auction doesn't close until the end of November but I will update to reflect when it does (as well as add the other five if I come across them).

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Ended: Oct 22, 201019:17:38 EDT

Final Price: $400.00USD

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Ended: Oct 18, 201020:45:59 EDT

Final Price: $364.99USD

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Final Price: $204.49USD

Ended: Oct 15, 201017:28:48 EDT

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09-10 UD The Cup Wayne Gretzky Foundations Patch 10/10

Ended: Oct 21, 201021:39:45 EDT

Final Price: $166.66USD

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It surprises me that what I feel are the nicer swatches, went for less money then the not as nice game used pieces. Sometimes I've seen the earlier listed cards go for a higher value I assume is because they hit the market first. With there only being ten cards, I wonder if the fact the prices are getting higher because the number available are dropping and there are a lot of Wayne Gretzky hockey card collectors.

An interesting note, I went back to re-order this from highest to lowest price and they already are with me originally listing them by #'ed/10.

Which one is your favorite? Which do you think was the best deal? What do you think the final price for the 2/10?

I added this RICK NASH 09/10 UD CUP AUTO SIGNATURE PATCH 30/75 4CLR to my Watch List last weekend hoping that bidding wouldn't get too high for me to justify bidding on it. When I first saw this eBay auction, I had thought that the final price would be $100 if not more.

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Although it was a card I really wanted to bid on so I could add it to my Rick Nash collection, I smiled when I saw that the final price was exactly $100.00 on the nose!

I picked up this box of 2008/09 NHL Upper Deck MVP Hobby Box from one of the local Sports Card Shops in Kelowna.

Stated Hits per Box:

Rookie Cards in every two packs (on average)

2on2 Jersey Cards average one per box

What I Pulled:

MVP First Line Phenoms:

Andrei Kostitsyn

Paul Stastny


Mike Richards

Sidney Crosby

Ryan Getzlaf


MVP Alexander the G8:

AO3 (x2), AO6, AO7


MVP Marked by Valor:

Jean-Sebastian Giguere

Brad Richards

Sidney Crosby


MVP Magnificent 7's:

Cam Ward


MVP 2on2 Jersey:

Henrik Zetterberg - red

Tomas Holmstrom - white

Mats Sundin - white

Alexander Steen - blue/white

MVP Rookie Cards:

John Mitchell

Jonas Frogan

Cody McLeod

Brian Boyle

Brandan Nolan

Danny Taylor

Garrett Stafford

Ryan Stone

Jonathan Ericsson


Sami Lepisto (Cramped crease)

Tom Sestito


MVP Gold Scripts:

Sam Gagner - 048/100

Quality Control:

Unfortunately, almost every card had a creased corner. Interestingly enough, it was primarily the upper right corner for cards 1-100 with the cards numbered 100-300 primarily in the bottom left corner. Putting those as a whole aside, there were these other manufacturing defects noted from this hobby box of 2008/09 NHL Upper Deck MVP:

  • 13 bent corners
  • 3 with dents
  • 2 with crease lines
  • 75% or more of this box was damaged with 9% notably damaged
  • 1 pack wrapper crinkled edge


The stated odds of Rookie Cards per box was 12 on average, I only pulled 11 with no Rookie Redemption. I did however receive the average of one 2on2 Jersey Card.

Duplicates base: 31

Duplicate inserts: 1

Duplicates Total: 32 of 192 or 16.7%

Set Completion: 150 of 380 or 39.5%

Box Hits: 12 of 13 or 92.3%

Final Grade: 60.0% for a letter grade of D

Based on the damaged cards, one less Rookie Card then the stated odds and amount of duplicate cards, this particular box of 2008/09 NHL Upper Deck MVP Hobby didn't get a passing grade.

2006-07 Upper Deck Fleer Ultra Hockey (Retail)

24 packs per box with 8 cards per pack

The package boasts that on average, there should be one jersey card per 24 packs, 7 Rookie Cards per 24 packs, and Find Gold Medallion Parallel Cards! Lets see how I made out:

154/200 Base Set

No Duplicates

Rookie Cards

202 - Mark Stuart

206 - Tomas Kopecky

207 - Marc-Antoine Pouliot

212 - Frank Doyle

218 - Billy Thompson

220 - Ryan Potulny

Gold Medallion Rookie Cards

208 - Konstantin Pushkarev

214 - Steve Regier

228 - Ian White

Gold Medallions

3 - Andy McDonald

9 - Steve Rucchin

21 - Thomas Vanek

22 - Ryan Miller

35 - Cam Ward

43 - Tuomo Ruutu

54 - Peter Budaj

77 - Jarret Stoll

85 - Alexander Auld

90 - Alexander Frolov

102 - Saku Koivu

105 - Michael Ryder

108 - Chris Higgins

124 - Trent Hunter

127 - Henrik Lundqvist

128 - Martin Straka

136 - Dany Heatley

145 - Jeff Carter

161 - Joe Thornton

181 - Mats Sundin

198 - Dainius Zubrus

Ultra Uniformity

U-PE - Michael Peca

Ultra Action

UA4 - Eric Staal

UA21 - Peter Forsberg

Difference Makers

DM4 - Ryan Miller

DM20 - Martin Brodeur

Scoring Kings

SK4 - Brendan Shanahan

SK20 - Michael Ryder

Rookie Redemption

236 - ??


3 “decoy” cards for 15%, 25%, or 50% off UpperDeckStore.com

5 thick “decoy” cards (the kind they stuff in to fool pack feelers

I had no duplicates in the box which was great! I averaged one Gold Medallion Parallel card per pack, an Ultra Uniformity Memorabilia Card, 6 Rookie Cards, and 3 Gold Medallion Rookie Cards. Overall, not a bad box.

The #236 Rookie Redemption card was submitted on December 1, 2007. The status updated on December 2, 2007 to: Item in process of shipping along with other projects, expect within 14 days. I submitted 3 other redemption cards the same day whose status have not yet changed. I submitted one last year for a Jordan Staal Rookie Card which I received quite quickly. I hope this (and the others) come as quickly as my Staal RC did!

What do you think of this box break of 2006-07 Upper Deck Fleer Ultra Hockey Cards? Do you like the set? Have you had any great pulls you would like to share?

One of my favourite players of all time is Martin Brodeur. I have recently bought up what was left on the shelf of 1990 Score Hockey at Wally's in hopes of pulling a Martin Brodeur RC (among other RCs of that set - no luck, best was a Mats Sundin RC). I have been keeping an eye out lately for lots of Martin Brodeur RCs on eBay and recently won this 4 card lot:

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That works out to $2.50 per Brodeur RC. How much do you bet I kicked myself in the butt for missing out on bidding on this 10 hockey card lot of Martin Brodeur RCs which would have worked out to 10 cents more then what I paid:

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I suppose it serves me right for not being one to bid right away. I tend to watch auctions and bid closer to the end of them because I hate waiting for auctions to close to see if I won.

What is the greatest lot of cards you've picked up lately? Do you also use eBay for purchasing cards cheaply? Or avoid eBay all together?

You know you watch too many eBay auctions when it tells you, you can't watch any more! Apparently you can only watch up to 100 auctions at any time and I don't know about you, but I could probably watch that many some days.

Today I was wishing I had deeper pockets - or at least a guilt-free conscience about purchasing hockey cards that cost more then a few dollars let alone over a hundred dollars even with our Canadian dollar so good these days. I still complain that I can't get my 25cent bubble gum packs anymore but anyways....

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When I first came across the auction, it was only at $67.67USD and I thought to myself, "What a steal it would be to get a Zenith Roberto Luongo BGS 9.5 graded RC for around $75USD!" So of course I watched it and contemplated bidding until I saw it creep up over $100 when I sighed and just decided it wasn't meant to be.

I was personally waiting to see it go for a lot more then it did at $100.99USD. What do you think about the price that this went for? Worth a lot more? or a lot less? Post your thoughts below in the form of a comment.

Steve Yzerman is from Cranbrook, BC and was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1st round, 4th overall. Yzerman retired on July 3, 2006 and is currently the Vice President of the Detroit Red Wings.

Three 1984-1985 Steve Yzerman OPC #67 RC BGS 9.5 have recently sold on eBay.

The first one sold for $837.63USD on August 8, the second for $760.99USD on August 14, the third for $705.67USD on August 24:

$837.63USD on August 8 (auction no longer listed on eBay)

$760.99USD on August 14 (auction no longer listed on eBay)

$705.67USD on August 24 (auction no longer listed on eBay)

Steve Yzermans 1984-1985 OPC #67 RC is currently listed as $100USD.

I always forget to create a checklist of hockey cards that I want to pickup at the monthly sports card shows in Vancouver (really, Burnaby). I'm always on the lookout for hockey cards from the late 1970's to late 1980's along with some great years there in the 1990's as well. There are certain hockey card sets that I have collected because I have liked the design. Single cards I'm always looking for a bargain or cheap cards for sets that I'd like to collect. I tend to look for cheaper boxes of cards too while keeping an eye on the other mid-ranged priced boxes of hockey cards.

I went to the Monthly Bossa Sports Card Show in Burnaby here in August and picked up the following items:

2006/2007 Black Diamond Upper Deck Hockey $115

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Lot for $9:

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Rick Nash 588/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Joe Sakic 650/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Peter Forsberg 047/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Markus Naslund 134/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Martin Brodeur 579/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Mr. Hockey 396/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Roberto Luongo 010/699

2006/2007 Upper Deck The Cup Alexander Ovechkin 178/249 - $20

1997/1998 Upper Deck Black Diamond Henrik Sedin RC - $2.50

1997/1998 Upper Deck Black Diamond Henrik Sedin RC - $2.50

Not too bad for $149.

2006/2007 Black Diamond Upper Deck Hockey

5 cards per pack, 24 packs per box = 120 cards per box

Purchased: Vancouver Bonsar Show August 12, 2007

Purcahse Price: $115 per box (or $1.04 per card)

84 cards of base set

19 duplicates of base set

103 of 120 cards in box were base cards

95, 97, 101, 111, 114, 124, 138, 141, 145, 150

113 of 120 cards in box were base cards

Rookie Gems

149 - Joel Perrault

155 - Michel Ouellet

161 - John Oduya

166 - Shea Weber

82 - Brendan Morrison Ruby Parallel - 007/100

J-MC - Mike Cammalleri Black Diamond Jersey Ruby Parallel - 079/100

J-AS - Alexander Steen Black Diamond Jersey

Stated Odds:

4 Rookie Gems per Box - Check!

2 Jersey Cards per Box - Check!

2 Quadruple Diamonds - Check??

Return on Investment:

125 commons x .40 = $50 USD

other = $49

Total = $99

Loss of $16, not too bad