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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.

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take particular note of the teams.

Stingers
Cowboys
Crusaders
Aeros
Saints
Oilers

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.

Including:

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?

Living in Toronto can be a blessing and a curse as a hockey fan/card collector.

Blessing: Hockey is front page news pretty much all year.

Curse: It’s the Maple Leafs.

Blessing: Being a sports card collector is easy as there are tons of shows, shops and people selling on Kijiji

Curse: Everyone thinks there crappy cards are worth $$$$.

Blessing: When there is a show there is lots of variety.

Curse: One consistent is that anything with a Blue & White Maple Leaf is going to be overpriced

So I went to a new show (for me) on the weekend and got a few deals. But best of all I managed to find a couple vintage Maple Leafs I needed without breaking the bank.

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Amazingly one of them was this Darryl Sittler Rookie Card. Overpriced at $100 I got it for $30 at the end of the show,

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According to the notes, Darryl was predicted to be a “super star” of the NHL.

Along with it I picked up this 3rd year card for $2

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You have to like the hair and smile on a player who was stuck playing on some pretty bad teams.

There are some blessings being a collector in Toronto. Finding stuff like this is one.

One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year was to try to get a least one card from every OPC set. I can now safely say I have done just that as I crossed off a card from the 1968-69 OPC set.

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Bob McCord 68-69 OPC

The funny thing is that for the longest time i thought this was a Topps card (as it says T.C.G) and had it in my Topps/trader pile. The “Printed in Canada” finally clued me in.

Not much info on the career of Bob McCord. He played 316 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins.

In the minors he was considered one a stay-at-home defenceman and named to the QHL second all-star team in 1959 and placed on the AHL first all-star team twice and second all-star squad three times.

He also was an assistant coach in the WHA with the Ottawa Civics.

More importantly “to me” Bob McCord wil;l live on as the first card I ever owened from the 1968-69 OPC set