The 2003-04 ITG Toronto Star set was available in the Greater Toronto Area. For those of you who do not live in the centre of the universe, the Toronto Star is a daily newspaper. Dave and Adams had boxes for $10, so I threw one on to my order. The one thing that struck me immediately was the suggested retail price of each pack - $3.49! For 4 base cards and a foil insert. I got 20 packs for $10. I saved $60 by waiting 9 years to buy a box. Lets take a look at the base.
I don't card what A Pack a Day says, I like the base a lot. A nice full body picture of the player, team logo in the top corner and a single bare across the bottom with set logo and player name. I find the front of the base cards to be very simple and attractive. The backs are okay. A single year of stats and a brief blurb on the player. The head shot on the back is from the same image as on the front. What I couldn't find was what position the player was. For some reason, I feel that detail is a must on every hockey base card, especially the low end sets. I got bit lucky with my box and one pack had an extra card. So I ended up with 81 of 100 cards. The collation was not random. I'd have 8-9 cards and then need the next two and the pattern would continue.
I like the foil cards as well. Full body with head shot in background all wrapped up in a shiny package. The foil cards is a 30 card set. Although I have to admit I didn't get to see any foil cards other than Joe Thornton. Every pack had a Joe Thornton foil card. In fact, there is a small picture of him on the box. Seriously, who is the joker who thought that up? So I have 19 Joe Thornton foil cards available for trade.
Even with the Joe Thronton debacle, I like this set. A low risk, low reward box, but it scratches the itch. I think it'd be a good TTM set as well. No buyer remorse on this one.
Although I still need 19 base cards. Looking for the following.
|1||Jean-Sebastien Giguere||60||Eric Lindros|
|2||Petr Sykora||65||Jason Spezza|
|11||Ryan Miller||66||Marian Hossa|
|20||Alex Tanguay||75||Evgeni Nabokov|
|29||Brendan Shanahan||76||Pavol Demitra|
|37||Mike Comrie||85||Martin St. Louis|
|38||Ryan Smyth||86||Owen Nolan|
|46||Marian Gaborik||96||Markus Naslund|
|47||Manny Fernandez||97||Todd Bertuzzi|