Lately, I have been quite busy chasing after my want list! Being in the hobby for a while now, I have really learned how to stretch my limited budget as far as possible. I have also found that with determination and dedication I can build sets rather in-expensively.
96-97 Metal was a wonderful set, and the armor plate inserts where very sought after for a period of time. While they don't pop up too often, they also don't sell for very much. I'm glad I was able to knock off the two toughest cards in the set.
The 94-95 Pinnacle Mask cards are VERY tough and do not come up often. Even common singles sell for $10+. Roy is a strong seller in the $40-$50 range. This is my first pickup from the 94-95 set. I have complete all other years of the MASK set's, something that has take sometime but I am certainly proud of!
Skybox Impact was only around for two years, although they managed to put out some very nice products. Most of the singles don't sell for very much anymore, however the Zero Heroes insert set is still desirable. I'm down to two more for the set (Roy and Puppa)
Patrick Lalime got off to a very hot start in his NHL career and I certainly thought he would go on to a great career. I picked up his Rookies as much as I could then. Lalime went on to a 200 win career and ended his career with three seasons of limited action with the Sabres.
Found these two in a $1 bin and couldn't leave them behind. I actually had never seen these before and decided to add them to my collection.
The best is still to come, so please check back soon for part 2! Most likely it will take three posts to get all my pick-ups shown off!
This has been a tough card for me to add to my collection. Due to my budget, most of the cards in my range were of very poor condition. I'm glad I held out for this beauty. The card is in great condition with the only defect being a small pin hole in the top of the card.
I'm certainly thrilled to add this card to my collection and I hope to keep adding more OPC Rookies from the 80's over the next little while.
The card pictured above is of legendary goaltender Terry Sawchuk on his 1968-69 Topps card. Near the end of his career, the man regularly associated as the best goaltender of all time, bounced around to different teams. When the league expanded in 1967 Sawchuk was picked up by the Los Angeles Kings and played only one season with them putting up decent numbers for an expansion team.
If you look closely at the card, you will notice that Sawchuk is wearing a golf shirt under his uniform.
In Ken Reid's book "Hockey Card Stories", he was able to track down the players to ask about their hockey cards. Sawchuk passed away in 1970, which allows us only to speculate why he might have been wearing the golf shirt under his uniform.
During the early years of cards, photographers would show up without notice to take the players photos. It is highly likely that Sawchuk was called in, most likely on the road due to the away jersey in the picture and placed his uniform and equipment over his street clothes.
We will unfortunately never know the story behind the golf shirt as it died with Sawchuk in 1970. I'm sure it was quite the story.
It's not very often that a book is written on the topic of hockey card's. This book is very unique as it goes through the author's childhood card's. For one reason or another, he has picked out card's that caught his attention growing up and tracked down the player to ask about the card. Due to the Author's (Ken Reid) position at Sportsnet this made the process a little more simple compared to your average Joe.
The card's are interesting for various reasons, some are badly airbrushed, some player's only played a few NHL games and other's are in a unique pose on their cardboard. While the author discusses the card, he also gives insight to the player's thought's on the card. A lot of the reflection's from the player's are not what I would have expected. Some don't really consider having a card a big deal. Others had short careers and did not feel that their time in pro hockey was not a significant moment in their lives.
Player's featured in the book include former league stars such as Bobby Orr & Phil Esposito. However some of the stories feature lesser know player's including former WHA Goalie Joe Daley. Mr. Daley played for the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA and still lives in the city to this day operating a hockey card and framing store.
The book is quite entertaining and a fun read. It is a must read for anyone who grew up collecting hockey cards through the 70's & 80's.