Friday, September 28, 2018

Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #8

October must be my favorite month. I got married in October. I enjoy the cooler temperatures, the colorful leaves on the trees, the crispness of the air. October is a big month for my two favorite sports as well: The MLB playoffs start on Tuesday (Go Red Sox!) and the NHL season kicks off the next day (Go Sabres!) It is with this start to a new hockey season that I felt it was appropriate to wrap up the series showcasing all the hockey cards I've gotten from Billy at Cardboard History. I've milked this bounty of cards for all it was worth, and judging from the stats available from Blogger, it was a good decision:

Stats as of 09/13/18

That's right, Billy's gift of hockey has represented the 3 most viewed blog posts all-time on my blog! So, not only do I need to thank Billy for the cards, but for the extra traffic to my site as well!

It's time to show off the final pack. This pack contained 33 cards, mostly from the Upper Deck 2017-18 set, with a few other recent cards mixed in. As always, I'll highlight my favorites!

2017-18 Upper Deck #17 Tuukka Rask

The old-school uniform, the awesome helmet, the stoic look on Tukka's face - this card is just bad-ass! I can't imagine any hockey player not feeling a little intimidated having to face that net-minder!

2017-18 Upper Deck #131 Rick Nash

It amazes me what can be done with photography nowadays. This is an incredible ice-level shot where Nash just towers over you.

2017-18 Upper Deck #183 Marc-Andre Fluery

My first Golden Knight card! I'm eager to see what this team does for an encore!

2017-18 Upper Deck #189 Lars Eller

Ice sprays are like the clouds of dust on a baseball card. They give just a cool reflection of action!

So when I first got this box of cards last Spring, I noted how few hockey cards I truly had, and made a point to chronicle how much my hockey card collection changed as a result. Let's see the results!

Top Sets


Upper Deck may not have the monopoly on hockey that Topps does on baseball, but they are the undisputed kings of the mountain. It's good to have some more set variety now. I had never even heard of the In The Game brand before this!

Top Teams


My favorite team on top by a wide margin - just as it should be! (Ironically, I now have exactly as many Sabres cards as I had total cards before this all happened!) Washington and Detroit are the only two teams that ranked atop the first list to survive and make the second list.

Top Brands



Once again, Upper Deck reigns supreme, only now there's a lot more company to fill the list out.

Billy, once again, I can't you for the generous prize. You're awesome!

Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - The Series 

Cardboard History Radically Changed My Collection
Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #2
Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #3
Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #4
Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #5
Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #6
Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #7


  1. The collection stats may be my favorite part of Trading Card Database!

  2. Im glad you enjoyed them! Slightly perturbed that you're getting more views out of them than I am! (Not really, but it sounds funny...I know a primarily baseball blog will get more views than I do). I can't wait for the new season to begin!

    1. Baseball or not, I doubt very highly I'm getting more page views than the 2017 TCDB Blog of the Year! :)

  3. I haven't busted any hockey in years... but I really enjoy Upper Deck's photography. Just saw some 2018-19 O-Pee-Chee blasters at Target tonight. Maybe I'll stop by on my way home and grab one .