So I traded some tools I wasn’t using to a guy who had a “bunch” of cards and stuff to trade. I was mostly after some O-Pee-Chee Hockey cards, but got a lot more in the process.

Here’s a look at the total pile.

Here’s a look at what was in the first box….

Non-card stuff

1 – 2002 Canada Men’s Olympic Hockey – Mario Lemieux Bobblehead. Surprisingly this is my first ever Bobblehead.

1 – 2000 Canada Men’s National team – 1:50 scale Zamboni replica. Not my thing, anyone want to trade for it?

2 –  ticket stubs (original) Winnipeg Jets vs Vancouver Canucks – Apr. 7, 1995  – apparently it was a high scoring game the Jets won 7-4. Not even a special game, and not special tickets. Just computer printed out. Any fans/collectors want it?

A random stack of cards including:

Baseball

18 – 1995 Upper Deck Sports Drink Reggie Jackson . Of these 9 are card #1 with the signature, 8 are card #1 without the signature (variation?) and there is 1 card #3 so not even 1 complete set. All the cards are still in the plastic wrappers. Will be added to my traders.

2- 1995 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Special Edition. Thats a mouthful to say. Both in plastic wrappers. Not sure how these were distributed? Will be added to my traders.

1- 1989 Topps Big. Otis Nixon, not sure why they are called Big? They seem the same as size as other cards. Will be added to my traders.

1 – 1992 Donruss McDonalds  complete set (including Blue Jays Gold Series). Will be added to my traders.

Hockey

67 – 1994-95 Upper Deck McDonalds (uggh, so many of them exist). Will be added to my traders.

21 – 1995-96 Pinnacle McDonalds (uggh, not as many as the Upper Deck but still too many). Will be added to my traders.

12 – 2000-01 Pacific McDonalds , ok I don’t see as many of these so many not so bad. Will be added to my traders.

3 – 1991-92 O-Pee-Chee, ok I love O-Pee-Chee but this has to be one of the most overproduced sets ever. Will be added to my traders.

1- 1991-92 Upper Deck – Felix “The Cat” Potvin (added to trade pile)

1- 1992-93 Upper Deck – Felix “The Cat” Potvin (added to trade pile)

1 – 1992-93 Parkhurst – Felix “The Cat” Potvin (added to trade pile)

1 – 1992-93 Upper Deck McDonalds – Complete Set, sharing a binder with the Donruss McDonalds set. Will be added to my traders.

Football

1 –  1991 All-World CFL. Complete Set 110 Cards.  Made to capitalize on the signing of Rocket Ismail to the Toronto Argonauts, another massively overproduced for the market set. There is no other reason for this set to exist. Will be added to my traders.

Magazines, programs and other paper stuff

 

2 – 1992 World Series Official Souvenir Scorebook

2- 1993 World Series Official Souvenir Scorebook

1 – 1992 American League Championship (Blue Jays vs Athletics) Scorebook

1 – 2001 Toronto Blue Jays Program Issue 1 (vs Athletics)

1 – 1991 Toronto Blue Jays Program  (vs Tigers)

1 – 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Program  (Summer Edition Volume 17, Issue 2)

1 – 1993 Seattle Mariners Roster Sheet with 1992 Chronology on reverse

1 – 1989 Leaf/Donruss Warren Spahn Puzzle Assembled from inserts

1 – 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Pocket Schedule

1- Darkhorse Comics Promo Poster

1 – 1992-93 Phoenix Suns Program, with Topps Basketball Promo Sheet

1 – 1992-93 Indiana Pacers? Program

1 – 1992-93 Chicago Bullpen/Game Program (Michael Jordan Cover)

 

1 – March 1993 Beckett Basketball Guide

Some various trading card supplies (top loaders, cases and penny sleeves) – always helpful to have around

So, overall some pretty cool stuff in box #1. Most of this will end up being traded or given away. Anything catch your eye please let me know.

 

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After posting my first wings card a few weeks back I was contacted by a lovely gentleman named Phil who was a huge fan of the set.

He graciously offered to send me some duplicates he had and provided me with a great jump start to the set.

They are some of the coolest cards ever.

1956 – Davy Crockett was all the rage, westerns were on the big and little screen and Topps released the Round Up (aka Western Round Up) set.

I was sent these as a bonus in a trade a while back and fell instantly in love with them. They are a bit beat up but I don’t care.

As part of my crazy “Every-O-Pee-Chee-Ever-Issued” quest they count as the identical cards were released in Canada with O-Pee-Chee branded packaging. So these could have been from north or south of the border 53 years ago, but they are staying north for now.

It’s cool the 2 cards I was sent are sequential as well 53, & 54.

As part of a recent trade I picked up 3 of the 4 parts to the 2001-02 O-Pee-Chee Topps Rookie Reprint Insert set *(that’s a mouthful)

To me its always strange to see Esposito as a Black Hawk. I have such a strong association with the end of his career with the Rangers, and even some of his time with the Bruins I forget he started in Chicago.

Potvin to me was my 2nd favourite defenceman of the early 80’s (after Bourque) and ended the 70’s as the best there was. His career numbers when he retired – scored 310 goals and 742 assists for 1,052 points – were beaten by Bourque.

The Roadrunner was before my time, as he retired in 79, but my dad says he was amazing. So I’ll believe him.

*In 2001-02 there is also a Topps/O-Pee-Chee 81 card Archives set that also reprints these cards. The way to tell them apart is the small print on the back. The Archive cards are numbered. The O-Pee-Chee Insert is not.

They are identical to the 2001-02 Topps Rookie Reprint Insert set fromnt he 2001-02 Topps Base set. The cards have the Topps logo on the front but are listed on the O-Pee-Chee checklist cards so they totally count as an O-Pee-Chee insert!

 

I like trading. It’s a fun reminder of being in the schoolyard looking through someone else’s stack of cards all the time saying “got em, got em, need em, got em, need em…”

Trading for me has moved pretty much online so its more click and auto matches but thats ok. I get to trade with people from around the world (I’ve traded with Norway, The USA, Australia and Canada so far) and really expands the opportunity, but the cost ratio for postage must be constantly in mind. So when a chance for a small PWE came up with a trader from Arizona I said sure why not.

The four cards below are all putting me a small step closer to completing some sets.

 

Miroslav Satan (great hockey name) 2003-04 O-Pee-Chee is the last year of the O-Pee-Chee branded cards were issued by Topps before the name was sold to Upper Deck. No O-Pee-Chee cards at all were issued over the next 2 seasons. It’s actually a semi awkward set to complete. This card puts me at 171 of 341 (the set has 340 and there is one NNO rookie redemption card so 50.15% of the way)

Alexander Semak 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier Gold Parallel . I’m stll under half way on this parallel. (226/528 or 42.80%). It’s the second last true O-Pee-Chee set. The base is complete as well as the Black Gold insert, but I want to do the full Gold insert as well as the Team Canada and Topps Finest inserts.

Martin Brodeur. 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 2nd Team All Star Insert and Retro Parallel.  The 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee was the third year of the branded OPC banner used by Upper Deck and the first time they did a full separate Retro Insert. They used the classic Topps/O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 design and it looks great but also was part of a lawsuit by Topps to prevent Upper Deck using their retro card designs (thats why future designs are more “inspired by” rather than a complete copy. For more on the lawsuit see https://supportingtheminnow.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/back-in-black-2009-o-pee-chee-baseball/

For the Retro it puts me at 217/800 for 27%  for the 2nd team insert its 3/6 or 50%

No not Detroit Red Wings, and technically there are now wings on this card, but it is from the Topps 1952 Wings set.

I’ve been getting more and more into non-sport cards as the want list on my sports collection is becoming shorter and ore expensive to fill.

This is my newest -oldest non sport card and I think it’s pretty cool.

O-Pee-Chee stopped producing baseball cards in 1994 and for 12 years there were non produced with my favourite brand until Upper Deck gained the O-Pee-Chee name in 2006.

In 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball was brought back from the dead a featured everything I loved about the old brand  including old-style card stock and a long list of players  (clocking in at a whopping 600 cards.

However, at the same time, the O-Pee-Chee name became the basis of a lawsuit between Upper Deck and Topps with Topps claiming Upper Deck had used designs they owned (especially the classic 2 colour border) and had been designing retro cards based on classic OPC designs which they owned. The case was decided in their favour as Topps proved those designs belonged to them and won the lawsuit. The next year Upper Deck lost their MLB license and the O-Pee-Chee brand disappeared again.

The 2009 set might be the last (unless Upper Deck gets a license back) and it is pretty cool.

Here are some of the black border parallels I have so far.

I have 113/600 toward this parallel and hope to finish it one day.