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..

T

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.

T

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.

Trevor

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.

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That’s a shadow of my hand :)

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

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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.

 

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