So I’m sitting here on a Thursday night in Punta Cana. Really missing my cards that are in storage.

Making trades, writing posts, going to yard sales and picking up junk wax.

I’ve had a lot of time to think. At least its given me a chance to focus on what I want to unpack and keep collecting when my contract is up and I move back within the same country as a card store.

So here it is. I’m going to only focus on 20th century Hockey Cards. That will really narrow it down.

Oh and the complete OPC run through the newest release.

And some vintage Topps Soccer from the 70’s.

Well here’s a happy day. My 50th post.

And also a sorta sad post. This could be it for a while. I’m moving.

Great job opportunity at work means I’ll be living in the Dominican Republic for the next couple years. Not sure how well I will be able to keep up on the hockey card collection.

On the plus side it is a baseball mad country. Maybe I’ll find some vintage at one of the markets.

It’s been a slice. All the best. Hope to get back to posting once I can all the logistics of the move, office and house setup etc etc.


PS I have 3 more packages to send out before I know who you are. I haven’t forgotten you.

I focus on OPC hockey. I have a list of all the sets made and am trying to complete them all. One that has eluded me so far (and honestly I haven’t broken a sweat looking for it) is the 1995-96 OPC.

Here’s the thing though. If you are looking for 95-96 OPC they don’t really exist. OPC didn’t exist yet and this was before Upper Deck bought the name and before Topps put out a couple sets with that brand.

It only exists as an insert. Randomly inserted in the 95-96 Topps set.

There is only one difference between the cards and that is that it shows OPC on the front instead of Topps.


That’s a shadow of my hand :)

No other difference. They didn’t change the photo or even add French to the back.



So you can see why I’ve never really gone to great lengths to find them.

However at the beginning of the year one of my goals was to get a minimum of one card from each set. And now I do. I have this one. Vladimir Malakhov.

A friend a work found a stack of cards at home and brought them to me as he knows I collect and wanted a “value”. Telling him the Pro-Set, Score and UD cards were pretty much junk I did see this one card.

He offered to sell it to me for whatever I said it was worth. I gave him a nickel and overpaid.


…and then there were these. In a random box of baseball and hockey cards that I bought for $20. Just these two.

Forza Italia indeed.

I love soccer. Huge Tottenham Hotspur and Toronto FC fan (yes we have the worst team in North America). But Italian league cards hold no interest.

My wife was able to translate the info on the back. Basic stuff. One drives a golf and the other plays golf or something like that.



Basic back info.


Any soccer collectors or Italy fans want these?

So..umm..this is me asking politely for help. And a favour. You know those Topps commons doubles that you have sitting around that you don’t know what to do with? You know, the junk wax era ones that you have no one to trade them to? Well I could kinda use them. I mean if you don’t need them or want them.

Just the commons though, just the ones you don’t want. Keep the stars, the 1/1’s, the auto’s the parallels and refractors. I’ll do my best to dig up something to trade back. It might have to be an IOU until I get something you want/need (unless of course you want Canadian versions of cards like Leaf and OPC cuz I gots lots of them!)

Here’s the issue. I want to be able to trade with you guys. I want to be able buy garage sale boxes of old baseball cards and trade them and post about them. But there is a problem. They don’t really exist in Canada. Or at least I have not run across them yet (and I have tried). I want to have the same joy of complaining about the junk wax and commons as you all do.

I see vintage singles at shows and stores, but i can’t justify getting them yet with so many other sets missing.

So I am asking nicely, if you have Topps Commons you can’t give away or trade, let me know. Maybe I can find something to trade with you….

To see what I’m facing…

2012 Missing All
2011 Missing 605 of 660
2010 Missing 632 of 660
2009 Missing All
2008 Missing All
2007 Missing All
2006 Missing All
2005 Missing All
2004 Missing All
2003 Missing All
2002 Missing All
2001 Missing All
2000 Missing All
1999 Missing All
1998 Missing All
1997 Missing All
1996 Missing All
1995 Missing All
1994 Traded Missing All
1994 Missing 747 of 792
1993 Traded Missing All
1993 Complete
1992 Traded Missing All
1992 Missing 459 of 792
1991 Traded Missing 131 of 132
1991 Complete
1990 Traded Missing 106 of 132
1990 Missing 475 of 792
1989 Traded Missing All
1989 Missing 565 of 792
1988 Traded Missing 123 of 132
1988 Missing 616 of 792
1987 Traded Missing 131 of 132
1987 Missing 649 of 792
1986 Traded Missing 128 of 132
1986 Missing 728 of 792

1985 and older (Pretty much everything)

Can you help a brother out? Pretty Please? With Sugar and Sprinkles?

As previously mentioned the new local card show was decent and some good deals where had. I have a particular weakness for WHA cards as that long lamented league gave us some unique teams, uniforms and players.

Here are 6 I picked up in the dollar box.


take particular note of the teams.


Well clearly the Oilers stand out as one of the teams that merged into the NHL and brought Wayne Gretzky along with them. In the WHA they started out as the Alberta Oilers though.

The others? If you didn’t go see them in your home town then you would not likely see them, they didn’t last long.

In the beginning of the WHA there were to be twelve teams from cities without NHL teams or big enough (in theory) to support a 2nd team.


Miami Screaming Eagles.
Los Angeles Aces
Chicago Cougars
New York Raiders

Before the league started there were moves, name changes and foldings.

Of the teams shown above..

Cincinnati Stingers – lasted 4 years 1975-1979

Calgary Cowboys – started as the Miami Screaming eagles but never made it to the ice for a single game, transferring to Philadelphia for 1 season as the Blazers, then Vancouver (still as the Blazer) for 2 seasons and then to Calgary as the Cowboys for 1977-1979

Cleveland Crusaders – started as the Calgary Broncos, but like Miami never made it to the ice transferring to Cleveland for 4 seasons 1972-1976 before merging with the Minnesota Fighting Saints

Houston Aeros – Started as the Dayton Arrows who also never played before moving to be the Houston Aeros. I like how they kept, but modified the name to reflect the Houston Aerospace industry.

Minnesota Fighting Saints – lasted from 1972 -1976 and absorbed the remains of the Cleveland franchise before folding.

Edmonton Oilers stared as the Alberta Oilers for the first year and lasted all the way through to the merge with the NHL with only a name change.

I was old enough to see the last couple of seasons of the WHA and remember the merge and how cool it was to get 4 new teams. Anyone else remember those days or collect WHA?


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