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Mail Day! 2006-07 Artifacts Bronze /25 Set Project Progress Report

February 25, 2013

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So far in 2013 I’ve been making some pretty decent progress on a number of my major collecting projects, particularly my 2008-09 Upper Deck Masterpieces Master Set project.

One project that hasn’t seen any cards removed from the want list prior to today is my 2006-07 Upper Deck Artifacts Bronze Parallel /25 set.

In today’s post, however, I’m able to cross a pair of cards off that have arrived over the last 10 days or so.

The first to arrive was a Henrik Lundqvist Stars subset card:

 2006-07 UD Artifacts Bronze Stars Lundqvist

I picked this one up for a measly $5.95 including shipping, which to me is an absolute bargain for a goalie who has become a perennial Vezina Trophy contender.

Second on the docket is a Bill Thomas card from the Rookies subset:

 2006-07 UD Artifacts Bronze Rookies Thomas

It came with a price tag of $5.99 including shipping, which is a price I’m comfortable paying for a common from this set. 

When I did a quick search about his career I was surprised to learn that Thomas has actually played more than 80 games in the NHL since the 2005-06 season, including as recently as last year when he played 7 games for Florida, notching a total of 16 goals and 12 assists.

I had been expecting to read up on a guy who had a cup of coffee in the NHL and then faded into European league obscurity as so many players featured on NHL rookie cards do these days.

With that said, knowing that I got the Lundqvist for basically the same price as I feel comfortable paying for a common player, it only serves to increase my feeling that I got a bargain basement price on the first of these two pickups.

With these two cards knocked off the list I am now up to a total of 91 cards acquired for this project, leaving me with 139 still left to track down.  A daunting task to be sure, but what good is a major collecting project without some significant level of challenge involved?

Please feel free to take a look at my want list and let me know if you have something that I need for this project or any of the others that I’m currently working on.  Post a comment, connect on Facebook and Twitter, or email me at bb_bros@hotmail.com to get in touch and let me know what you’ve got and what you might be looking for yourself.

Until next time, all the best in your collecting pursuits!

Ryan

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ebay Retiring Bucks Reward Program in Canada

February 22, 2013

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My ultra-early morning has allowed me to get caught up on my emails and blog reading.  It has also resulted in the first ever two-posts-in-one-day situation here on the blog (actually, it’s two posts in about an hour).

While looking through my emails I found this message from ebay in my inbox:

Message from ebay re Bucks Program

Needless to say I was completely caught off guard.  It’s not often that a company simply discontinues a customer loyalty program.  Often they just modify it to their benefit, but they still offer some sort of incentive for people to buy from them.

In typical ebay communications fashion they try to tell us that this was a “difficult decision”.  I’m guessing the decision to stop allowing people to get free stuff wasn’t actually difficult at all, since it means more money in the company’s pockets (aka shareholders).

The FAQ page is equally as pathetic in its rationale of why the program is ending, offering no real explanation whatsoever other than that after reviewing the program’s “effectiveness” the decision was made to end it.

So was it ineffective in the that it didn’t draw enough new customers to the site to make it worth their while or was it too effective in that so many people were getting items for free that it was a drain on the company’s profits?

Quite frankly, the program was never all that impressive to me in terms of the return I got from it.  With all the buying I do from the site I don’t think I ever made enough purchases to even reach the $10 mark on a single certificate…and that’s per quarter, not per month! 

So to address their comment, I really can’t say I found it all that “rewarding” and I honestly can’t say that as a buyer I’m even going to notice it’s gone.

As a seller though, I do have some concerns about this announcement.  I realize ebay never had to offer this up to buyers in the first place, but the optics of introducing this program to its users then abruptly ending it entirely just aren’t good. Because of this I’m worried that this may drive people away from ebay itself, meaning its driving them away from my ebay store as well.

What are your thoughts on this move by ebay?  Is the program something you valued or will you even notice that it’s gone?  Will this make you take your collecting dollars elsewhere or will you stick with ebay either way?

Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment, connecting on Facebook and Twitter, or emailing me at bb_bros@hotmail.com.

Until next time, all the best in your collecting pursuits!

Ryan

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Mail Day! Masterpieces Master Set Project Progress Report, V.5

February 22, 2013

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My wife’s been getting up before 5am the last couple of days to join the morning rush down to Toronto while she attends a conference.  Since I’m an early riser in the first place it makes it almost impossible to even think about getting back to sleep for what would only be about 20-30 more minutes of sleep.

So here I sit, bleary eyed and knocking back what I’m sure will be the first of many cups of coffee today, hacking out another collection catch-up post.

There’s a few of these to be posted over the next little while and today’s will once again focus on my 2008-09 Upper Deck Masterpieces Master Set project, a project I have clearly been having some luck with given that this is the fifth post about it in less than two months.

This time around I’ve got progress to report in a couple of areas of the project.  First up are a pair of the Blue Border /50 cards, each of which features Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.

2008-09 UD Masterpieces Blue Hull Howe2008-09 UD Masterpieces Blue Howe

I find it interesting that the card with Bobby Hull clearly identifies each player, but on the second example there is no mention of the second player in the picture, despite the fact that the second player shares the spotlight evenly with Howe in the image.

What’s worse is that even though I’m a lifelong Red Wings fan, I have no idea who that is with him.  Given the size of the glove on his right hand I’m assuming it’s Terry Sawchuk, but I’m not certain.  Can anyone confirm that for me?

In addition to the two Blue Border cards (which push me past the two-thirds mark in terms of completion of that set), I also picked up a pair of Brown Border Canvas Clippings jersey cards recently in the form of Grant Fuhr and Patrick Roy, giving me 60 of the 67 cards from that set.

2008-09 UD Masterpieces Canvas Clippings Fuhr

2008-09 UD Masterpieces Canvas Clippings Roy MTL

The Roy features a maroon swatch of jersey which must have come from a Colorado Avalanche jersey.  Unfortunately, jersey swatches that don’t match team colours are a regular occurrence in Masterpieces and is something I’d like to address once I’ve finished off the set by replacing specific examples of non-matching swatches with copies of the cards that do have a matching swatch, even if it has to be white.

Once again there are more Masterpieces cards on their way to me via some recent ebay purchases, so further updates will follow. 

Until then though, please take a look at my want list and let me know if you have something that I need for this project or any of the others that I’m currently working on.  

You can post a comment, connect on Facebook and Twitter, or email me at bb_bros@hotmail.com to get in touch.

Until next time, all the best in your collecting pursuits!

Ryan

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