04-17-2013, 01:37 AM #1
THE Kari Lehtonen S&T Thread!!! A collecting dream turned reality! MUST SEE!
Okay folks, the day has arrived. My Lehtonen S&T thread that has been in the works for the past few months is finally ready to go! I got the last card yesterday! This is basically like a collecting dream come true for me. 2003-04 was (and is) my favorite year of cards ever. SO many amazing sets and rookies that year, including Kari Lehtonen. I loved watching him with the Chicago Wolves and dreamed of having these cards. Today, that dream is a reality.
Here we go!
First, three "lower end crappy cards" that I LOVE!!!
^LOVE LOVE LOVE the Topps Traded parallels!
^Have a total soft spot for the Pacific Complete Red parallels /99...my second copy.
^A STEAL at 95 cents...SHIPPED.
Now one that is a little more interesting. Quite possibly one of the best jersey/patch cards you will ever see. And it was a steal at $5.
Now is where things get serious. This is THE TOP 5. In my opinion, these are the MUST HAVES for any serious Lehtonen collection. I have dreamed of owning these cards for years, to own them is truly a dream come true. How often do you acquire your dream cards, white whales, whatever we shall call them, ALL within 6 months??? Especially when they are all very rare and from before 2005!!! UNBELIEVABLE.
At #5, my third (AND NOW 4TH) copy of this card (have gotten all 4 since October), I LOVE LOVE LOVE BAP Ultimate Memorabilia from 2003-04.
At #4, this is argued to be the greatest auto patch set of all time. The solid signature and amazing patch are icing on the cake!
At #3, this is an EXTREMELY hard find. This card was only available through redemption. Most of the 199 are locked away in PCs...I was very lucky to find one at auction a few weeks ago...FOR $27 SHIPPED!!!
At #2, a card I never imagined I would ever even see, let alone be able to call my own. Also from 2003-04 BAP Ultimate Memorabilia, the AU RC /100's brother...
And the brothers together, or as some would call it, the rainbow!
And here they are with my 2 other copies...
And all 4 of the AU RCs /100:
And THE Kari Lehtonen Cornerstone.
Saw one at auction on eBay, put a bid in at $100. Shortly there after, another one popped up at BIN of $100. I got outbid on the first one and immediately hit the BIN on this one. I had a chance to buy one at the National in Chicago for $125, but passed. I am very lucky to have gotten a shot at another.
Absolutely speechless I was able to pull this massive feat off. Certainly will be something I will always remember about my collecting. Spearing 5 white whales within 6 months after 8 years of dreaming. TRULY UNBELIEVABLE.
To conclude, here is a group shot of all of Kari's Rookie Cards...XRC's included.
2003-04 BAP Memorabilia XRC
2003-04 BAP Ultimate Memorabilia AU RC /100
2003-04 ITG Action XRC (not in picture because it is horizontal)
2003-04 ITG Used Signature Series RC 32/390
2003-04 ITG VIP Rookie Debut XRC /526
2003-04 Pacific Calder RC /775
2003-04 Pacific Complete XRC
2003-04 Parkhurst Rookie AU JSY RC /100
2003-04 Topps Traded RC
2003-04 UD Premier Collection RC /399
2003-04 UD Rookie Update RC /199
And finally, The Big 5 all together:
Thank you for the look and read! Comments would be greatly appreciated!
Last edited by HammerHawks; 05-04-2013 at 02:19 PM.
04-17-2013, 09:39 AM #2
Niiiiiiceeee ! ! ! ! ! ! !Collecting:
- Non-Certified Autographed Cards
- Jeremy Roenick Numbered Cards
04-17-2013, 12:22 PM #3
04-17-2013, 06:19 PM #4
Updated with the missing photos! Thanks for the comments.
04-17-2013, 06:52 PM #5
Hey that is a nice collection. Especially like the SPA patch/auto....wicked patch on that one. Good S&T!!!Looking to trade for Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene & HOFer Autos.
Total Paul Stastny Cards: 165/720
04-17-2013, 08:55 PM #6
04-18-2013, 01:11 AM #7
nice collection.I collect Hall,eberle and other Oilers cards
Looking for 05/06 SP Authentic rc auto,ovy, then set is compete..
04-18-2013, 11:00 PM #8
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04-20-2013, 05:10 PM #10