So today is Canada Day. Happy Canada to any other Canadians out there and enjoy the BBQ today.

It’s also free agent frenzy day. In both the NBA and NHL it’s the start of silly season where middling players get huge contracts as they are seen as the missing piece of the puzzle.

It kinda reminded me of the most recent pickup I made and how I can tie these together.

When the WHA was launched it went after perhaps the biggest name possible. Bobby Hull. Signing him immediately gave the new league some legitimacy and started the fun, but all too brief era of the WHA.

Just got this yesterday.

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What a handsome guy.  No long hair 70’s look for Bobby. He reminds me of the gym teacher I had in public school.

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The card is well travelled and well loved with a bit of a bigger ding in the one corner, but hey, its not bad for over 40 years old.

It’s early in this set for me as this is just card #24 of 343 in the set I own.  (Yes, I know most guides say the set has 340 cards but I’m going for the MASTER OPC SET remember? So that means 1extra of each version of the Park and Ratelle variations as well as both variations of the 3rd Checklist).

Ok. Part 1 of my new plan is done, figure out what you want to collect.

Part 2 starts now. Going through the boxes of whats left and trying to A) find a good home or B) moving it to the banished pile.

I’ll try to add a few items each week (or when I feel like it).

Any baseball collectors with specific needs (team or player) let me know and I can put a package together for you no strings attached. If I have it, you can have it.

 

1st post Some Topps Gold Baseball.

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A couple are from 93 and a couple from 94 I think.

Is thereabouts one word or two? Anyway, the big list is done. And it is a BIG list.

Every OPC Hockey card possible. Classic/Original run, Topps life support parallels and Upper Deck revivals.

64296 Unique cards. And my goal is one of each. (I’ll give you time to stop laughing).

Impossible task – most likely.

Lots of fun trying – most definitely

I’m putting this chart here to track where I started from. June 29, 2015

Full list = all possible “OPC cards”. This includes, all variables, all SP’s, all inserts, all box bottoms, checklists and errors.

Pre 2000 = well obviously cards issued prior to 2000

Classic OPC Run – The  bread and butter collection.  to 1968-1969 OPC to 1994-1995 OPC Premier (and the death of OPC v1.0)

Post 2000= cards issued after 2000 (under the Topps banner to start but last 10 years as an Upper Deck brand)

My 1st focus is on the classic run and I’m almost halfway there.

For anyone who wants to know how I got to these numbers, check out the page called (The Big Count at the top)

Total Cards                   Owned                   %

Full List 64296 14377 22.36%
Pre 2000 19176 8140 42.45%
Classic OPC Run 16235 8029 49.45%
Post 2000 45120 6237 13.82%

1986-87 OPC. Its a modern set, and it allows me to check off a big hole in my collection. A Patrick Roy RC!

Nowadays I find it rare to see ungraded cards of the value below at a store or show. And rarer to see one in a collection that makes sense to me. See, I know its a one of the most counterfeited cards out there. I’ve seen some fakes. You know when someone only has this one card (5 times) it seems too good to be true. I’ve been wary of buying it. Its an expensive card by itself. It was also one of 7 cards I needed for the set.

Along with the Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Lemieux, Moog and Yzerman from the same set a Patrick Roy RC finishes it off. Yes all the big $ cards I was missing, because I sold them when I was 18 to help fund my first backpacking trip with my girlfriend to Europe. I kept everything else from the set, but the hole has been bugging me for 25 years.

Well now the hole is whole. I picked up a complete set for a great price in great condition. 95% of the set I relegated to the trade bin, but I did keep these cards. So behold. The missing pieces in my 1986-87 OPC Hockey Set.

 

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Sorry, forgot to scan the Messier.

Look at this Patrick Roy RC. Corners so sharp. Providence checked and very unlikely to be anything other than a great condition pack pulled card. One previous owner and now a highlight of my collection.

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It’s such a great feeling to be able to scratch off a card of this size from a list.

The long dark tea time of the soul has passed. The move back to Canada has been complete, although if you asked me a few months ago I would have said I’d be living in Toronto again and not in a small town just over an hour away. Oh well. The money I save on mortgage costs can be used toward my collection :)

So lets just have a quick review of where we are.

1) The decision made to focus collection on OPC brand (through it’s multiple incarnations) has led to a major purge in non OPC cards. (By purge I mean moving from the actively collecting section past the not actively collecting but adding to and into the blerg section.

2) The New years resolutions, written before the move while still in The Dominican Republic have proved to be a bit too easy so far.

  • Get my cards out of storage (should always start with an easy one) – DONE. They look nice in their binders on the shelf again.
  • Update my checklists to get my lists up to date – Almost done- I’ve made the complete list of possible cards (see next post) but havent checked them off again
  • complete 1 pre-2000 OPC hockey set – DONE It’s a big one for me and will get a separate post
  • get a minimum of 1 card from each OPC base set pre 2000 – In progress, but with the updated list created, might be a lot harder.
  • 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/ – No movement as yet (but I know there are some in my unprocessed in box of cards)
  • Attend the Spring/Fall Card Expos in Toronto and the National in Chicago  – Ready to roll in a few weeks for the Spring show in Toronto

Just happy to be back in the hobby and able to collect again.

So now the question is, where to focus from now on..

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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.

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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.

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