Picked up a fat pack of 2010-11 Donruss on the cheap maybe a week ago; really like the look of these cards, pretty simple with decent photographs.
At 40 cards per pack I decided to post just my top 10 favorites from the rip.
Patrick Kane #107 - The first overall draft pick in the 2007 Entry Draft; arguably the best American born player in the league at the moment.
Pavel Datsyuk #45 - Now on to one of the most underrated players in the league, Pavel Datsyuk - Datsyuk's cumulative GVT is 80.8, putting him third among skaters, behind Crosby (82.8) and Ovechkin (an incredible 108.7), even though he is only 10th in total points over that period. Datsyuk's value has always been as a two-way player, over the last four seasons Datsyuk is plus-103, second only to Ovechkin's plus-105.
Nathan Gerbe #182 - Gerbe is the shortest player in the NHL at 5'5" - which is basically the reason why I'm into him so much these days (I'm also just 5'5").
Joe Thornton #80 - Former first overall draft pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins - Joe remains a marquee player.
Rick Nash #49 - I'm convinced that if Nash was on a better team he would be putting up much higher numbers.
Luke Schenn #168 - Fifth overall pick in the 2008 Draft and a key part of the Leaf's long-term future.
Thomas Vanek #121
Ed Jovanovski #113 - Added Jovanovski due to him being one of my favorite d-men when I was a kid, especially when he played for Team Canada - a team he has suited up for a total of seven times.
Dustin Brown #235
Tim Thomas / Boys Of Winter #59 - As you can tell, not the jersey version of these cards but I guess in these fat packs something of that sort doesn't come easy. Nice picture of Thomas in the Winter Classic gear nonetheless.
As for collecting, lately I've been attempting to organize my collection in plastic sheets, numerical order by sets and years. It honestly feels like I'll never see the end of it - so many cards, especially from the junk wax era. And when I have it all finished I have no idea where I'm going to find the space in my apartment to hold a dozen or more binders.
Other than that I've been working, same job - never received a call back after my interview from that previous job that I mentioned; I'm kinda happy that I didn't when I think about it. I'm pretty stoked on heading back to post-secondary in January, I haven't been in a classroom environment in maybe over 6-7 years - hopefully it goes very well and I thoroughly enjoy it. So during that time frame I figure that I'm going to have to slow down on the card collecting hobby.