Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Card of the Month - March 2010

Well it's about time I got on track with the Card of the Month in 2010. I missed out on January and February, but March's card more than makes up for it. I mentioned in my last post that I'm not a big fan of relic cards, but like most collectors I do make exceptions:

2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy Classic Confrontations - #CC-HABO

This recent eBay win just arrived in the mail yesterday, and instantly becomes one of my favorite Whalers cards. I am starting to see some Whalers cards in current sets, like the Gordie Howe from last year's Champs set. This particular card came from a set I would never even think about purchasing, 2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy. This is one of those high end sets where nobody builds the base and it's all about the hits, at least as far as I can tell. A "hobby box" will run you over $150 and you'll get less than 50 cards altogether. The only reason I even knew about this card was that I stumbled across it while searching the term Whalers on eBay.

Those of you who are extra perceptive may have noticed the card number, CC-HABO. Well the HA obviously signifies Hartford. The BO? I think you know where I'm heading with this. Here's the back of the card:

Pretty sweet huh? Apparently the Classic Confrontations inserts pay homage to great rivalries from the NHL's past with one team per side and three jersey swatches per team. I can't think of a concept that's better suited for my collection. I grew up a die-hard Whalers fan and used to hate the Bruins, so the rivalry that this card represents is perfect. Then, when the Whalers moved to Carolina, I (reluctantly at first) adopted the Bruins as my new local team.

I paid $13 for this card, which seems pretty reasonable. It's definitely the most swatches I have on any one card in my collection and considering some of the big names on here I didn't think it was too unreasonable. Besides, this card so uniquely fits my collecting interests that I probably would've paid twice that for it. So there you have it, March's Card of the Month!


Captain Canuck said...

pretty cool, but a Whalers card without green???

shoeboxlegends said...

I know! I'm pretty sure the Holik and Pronger swatches are from Hartford Jerseys (although Pronger could be the Ducks I guess) and Shanahan seems to be a Red Wings swatch.

I can't stand when companies use swatches from jerseys other than the team depicted on the card, but I'll take what I can get I guess...

Blackhawks Cards said...

Cool card! I have to search that set to see if there are any Hawks card that are similiar.

Drop The Gloves! said...

If only it had Verbeek, Dineen, and Samsuelsson on the one side and Bourque, Neely, and I guess Oates works on the other. I'd prefer to see Janney since he was my fav Bruins at the time.

Nice card!

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