Thursday, April 11, 2013

(ALMOST) COMPLETE SET - 2003-04 McDonalds Atomic

First, some housekeeping...I'M BACK! That long 6 week void was by far the longest I've been away from my blog and the blogging world in general. But this is my senior year, so cut me some slack. Between keeping my head above water at school and work, I did sneak in a 12 day road trip with my family. It was one of those scenic trips with even more beautiful "A-ha" moments.

But none of that relates to hockey cards, that's what this blogs about right? Hockey cards.

In my last post, featuring the generosity of Paul D in our last trade, I didn't show the bulk of the actual deal - my first ever real attempt at completing a set without buying a complete set on eBay.

In case you're unaware, I chose a childhood favourite set - 2003-04 McDonalds Atomic Hockey. You can see why specifically I chose this set here; but, it basically comes down to nostalgia.

In the deal with Paul D, I was able to add 40 cards in addition to my 14. That means I'm missing one card from the base set - #41. In case you have that card, it's of Mario Lemieux.

These die-cut cards look really sharp in 9 page holders, except...

This's missing just one card, that'll bother me until I track down that Lemieux.

Just for kicks, here's the backs. Ugh...I spot a Messier. 

As for the checklists, I now own all of them. They're kinda neat since they show the NHL star as a kid playing hockey. Other than that, nothing scan worthy.

I have to give a huge thanks to Paul D for helping me complete the set and for being such a great trader!


BASE: 41
"Hockey Roots" CL: NONE
"Canadian Pride" INSERT: 1, 2, 4-6 
"Etched in Time" INSERT: 1, 3-6 
"Net Fusions" INSERT: 1-6 
"Saturday Night Rivals" INSERT: 1-4, 6 

TOTAL: 63/85 CARDS (74%)

I can't promise the posting will be as frequent as in the past, but there certainly shouldn't be anymore 6 week breaks (fingers crossed). Next up, another thank you post...



  1. Glad to see a new post here, and very cool set!

  2. I have the Lemieux #41 in NM Condition. Please send me an email with trade proposal to clear off your set! Skroeker24(at)hotmail(dot)com.
    I collect new-era Winnipeg Jets players (in specific, Mark Scheifele, Dustin Byfuglien)also Eric Lindros inserts. Thanks!

  3. McDonald's sets have always alluded me. I guess that's because in the States, they quit making them in the early 90s I think. Another reason Canada is cooler.

  4. Ugh, Messier, Lindros and Brodeur on the same page!

  5. Only Mess I'm worried about on this one