It’s been almost 18 months since the last consistent posting here. Forgive me but moving to The Dominican Republic made card collecting a bit difficult.
I had some hopes when I first moved down here. It’s a baseball mad country. But alas, other than a few beat up 90’s junk wax the pickings were slim.
But now my contract is almost up (my role was to come down here and set up a satellite office for our company) and I’m moving back to Canada at the end of January. Yes it’s crazy to move from the warmth of the Caribbean to Canada in the middle of winter.
So, I thought seeing as this was an end of year post it made sense to put in my 2015 goals.
1) Get my cards out of storage (should always start with an easy one)
2) Update my checklists to get my lists up to date
3) complete 1 pre-2000 OPC hockey set
4) get a minimum of 1 card from each OPC base set pre 2000
5) get to 40% on The White Whale (I am at 1364 cards. So just a smidgen over 33% completed.) If you can help please check out https://supportingtheminnow.wordpress.com/the-white-whale/
6) Attend the Spring/Fall Card Expos in Toronto and the National in Chicago
All achievable goals.
But most importantly. Get back into the hobby I’ve missed.
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.
so frustrating to be in a country with no major Sportscard tradition. I have found a couple Baseball Cards but it’s pretty sparse.
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 go..you 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
1992 Traded Missing All
1992 Missing 459 of 792
1991 Traded Missing 131 of 132
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?