I haven’t declared 2012 a year of trading yet, but so far it looks like it’s turning out that way. I’ve pulled off two already and am in the middle of a third. Not bad for one month. Since I’m not one for going in order, let’s break down the second trade first.
Scrolling through the interwebs one day I noticed a Vinny Lecavalier on the Card Boarded site. I scrambled through my collection to see if I had anything even remotely close to value that I could offer Paul. I found a Jimmy Howard Parkhurst rookie and a handful of other Red Wings cards. Luckily enough he accepted and mentioned that he would throw in a couple of Lightning cards in addition to the Lecavalier.
First up the Vincent –
Oh parallel goodness – the Blue Mirror version of 2010-11 Leaf Certified. Only 1000 more parallels to go to complete the rainbow! This particular card is numbered 98/100…98 is his rookie year….eBay one of one!
Now for the Lightning “throw ins”
A trio of the Big Three from 2009-10 Artifacts. No team gets a higher percentage of goals from their top players than the Lightning. I’d look up the numbers, but I’m feeling kind of lazy right now.
Three Score cards. Mike Smith – redeeming his career in Phoenix, Steve Downie cruising to lay the smack down on somebody who outweighs him by 30 pounds, and Dwayne Roloson making a save (so you know it’s from last season).
Dana Tyrell Black Diamond Rookie Gems. The latest member of the Lightning’s walking wounded brigade, Tyrell suffered a lower body injury last Sunday against the Penguins and looks to be out for a few more games.
Finally….a surprise card that instantly becomes the front runner for 2012’s Card of the Year:
Daymond Langkow 1997-98 National Pride Die-cut #’d 207/1997. This card is wonderful. It’s die-cut, it’s serial numbered and most importantly it features the greatest uniform in Lightning history, the short-lived flame sleeves third jersey. It features a pretty solid player as well.
Langow was drafted in the first round by the Lightning in 1995 and managed to play parts of 4 seasons with the Bolts before being traded to Philadelphia with Mikael Renberg for Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger. He’s still in the league now having come back from a neck injury to skate in 39 games for the Phoenix Coyotes this season.
Paul – thanks for the trade!