Thursday, March 6, 2014

Corey Perry & Devante Smith-Pelly Dual Swatch Card

So the trade deadline came and went, and a few teams made some nifty moves, but the team who made the best ones, I think, was the Anaheim Ducks, who acquired All-Star defenseman Stéphane Robidas for a fourth-round pick and picked up draft picks for players they didn't need (Viktor Fasth and Dustin Penner), in addition to getting point-per-game AHL winger Andre Petersson  for offensive defenseman Alex Grant.

And so, in their honour (and because they just lost to the Montréal Canadiens), I present you this card:
Don't let the scan fool you, the top-left corner is pristine, that's just the penny sleeve bending because the card is so thick
It's from Panini's 2011-12 Prime set (card #5 of the Prime Combos - Dual sub-set, numbered 206/225) of Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry and young gun Devante Smith-Pelly. Ironically, the card shows Perry wearing the Ducks' dark (home) uniform while Smith-Pelly is sporting the white (away) one, but the swatches are actually the opposite.

As I mentioned, Perry has a Hart and a Rocket Richard on his resume (both from 2010-11), a Stanley Cup (2007), three All-Star Game nods and a 50-goal season. He's also a golden boy, both at the World Juniors (2005) and Olympics (2010 and 2014). His number was retired by his Junior team, the London Knights, as he was the OHL's (and Memorial Cup's) best player in 2004-05. And to think he was chosen 28th in total at the 2003 draft...

Smith-Pelly, on the other hand, was chosen 42nd overall in 2010. He's currently in his third season with the Ducks and has 20 goals and 35 points in 44 games so far this year. He had 7 goals and 13 points in his first 56 NHL games spread over two seasons...

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