If you remember (and I know you do!) I bought a random box of hockey cards to break a couple of months ago. That box happened to be 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology. In the box there was a really nice Gabriel Landeskog auto/relic that I wasn't sure what I would do with it. Sure I could put it on eBay and get a couple bucks for it. Or I could hold on to it until an Avalanche fan came strolling by with an offer.
Lucky for me I didn't have to wait long. Matt over at Cardboard Conundrum sent me an email saying that he was interested in the card and if I could make him an offer we could probably work something out. Needless to say we worked something out.
Let me say something about being a Lightning fan. There aren't many of us in this hobby. That means I get the pick of the litter when making trades with folks. Matt had a pretty nice selection to chose from and in the end we settled on a 2-for-1 deal that netted me the below cards:
2011-12 Panini Titanium Game-Worn Gear Vincent Lecavalier
|The photo makes it look like Vinny is wearing dress pants.|
Yup, still collecting cards of Vinny4. At least cards of him in a Lightning uniform. I like the layout of the card with the exception of the fabricated metal strips that border the top and bottom of the card. It would be fine without it, but I'm guessing Panini needed to drive home the "Titanium" theme.
2012-13 Panini Limited Phenom JT Brown numbered 257/499
|J.T. looks like he's photobombing his own card|
Anytime you can start a personal collection of a 4th line winger you have to do it, right? Normally I'm not a fan of manufactured swatches, but this is a bit of an exception. The blue ink and blue Lightning "Flash" logo show up nicely on the white background.
Brown has actually paired quite well with Nate Thompson on Tampa's 4th line. He's used his speed and hustle to create a little chaos on the forecheck and that line has actually scored some goals in recent games. Something that the Bolts need with Stamkos out for a couple of more months (or weeks, or days since he is apparently a cyborg).
Matt, thank you for the trade!