Monthly Archives: January 2016

Similar, but different.

Go ahead Americans, eat your (somewhat) healthy Corn Flakes.

Up here we will eat ours covered in sugar and enjoy our Frosted Flakes. (Yes I know you have them too).

But in 1992 if you wanted to collect the Kellogs All-Stars in the USA you had to be slightly healthier.

The 10 card set contains the same players, but the difference is of course the branding on the front, and the write up on the back.  The text is the same (but shorter in English) and then repeated in French.


The unsorted pile moves on from non-sport to “sport” cards. Or sport-entertainment. I had a friend tell me the wrestling wasn’t fixed, but rather pre-destined.

1987 O-Pee-Chee WWF

I remember waking up on Sunday’s at my cousins place and the 7 of us (my brother and our 5 cousins) gathering around the old TV to pick up WUTV Buffalo to watch the Three Stooges followed by Wrestling. My favourites where Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. This card is neither of them. But I’m going to add it to the Not Actively Collecting list and keep an eye out for others.

Mr Fuji and Killer Khan



Did you watch? Who was your favourite?

In 1991 Post Cereal released a set of 30 MLBPA licensed cards. As they were not licensed by MLB they do not show the logos, however somewhat surprisingly they do show the full team names.

A set was issued for both the Canadian & American market with some differences.

USA Front

USA Back

Canadian Front – Note the bilingual title and team names.


Canadian Back – woohoo – another chance to learn some French.


The checklists are completely different. The Canadian checklist featuring 6 players from the Canadian teams (3 Blue Jays, 3 Expos), and the American version giving no love North of The Border and assuming there are no fans of those teams in the USA.

Canada gets Delino Deshields, Tim Wallach, Andres Galaragga, Kelly Gruber, Dave Steib, John Olerud which makes total sense. We also get for some reason Dave Magadan, Andre Dawson (likely do to the Expos connection), Eddie Murray , Benito Santiago, Glenn Davis, Robin Yount, Bobby Thigpen, Dave Winfield & Ozzie Smith exclusively in the Northern version.

In the USA instead you get Mark McGwire, Jose Cancesco, Vince Coleman, Darryl Strawberry, Greg Jefferies, Tony Gwynn, Ken Griffey Jr, Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, Ryne Sandberg, Barry Larkin, Jim Abbot, Mark Grace, Kevin Mitchell, Todd Zeile, Don Mattingly

Leaving Dave Justice, Will Clark , Sandy Alomar Jr., Lenny Dykstra, Roger Clemens, Chris Sabo, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr., Barry Bonds, Cecil Fielder, George Brett, Rickey Henderson, Kirby Puckett, & Kevin Maas  to do double duty.

American Checklist

              1           Dave Justice           Atlanta Braves
2           Mark McGwire           Oakland Athletics
3           Will Clark           San Francisco Giants
4           Jose Canseco           Oakland Athletics
5           Vince Coleman           St. Louis Cardinals
6           Sandy Alomar Jr.           Cleveland Indians
7           Darryl Strawberry           New York Mets
8           Lenny Dykstra           Philadelphia Phillies
9           Gregg Jefferies           New York Mets
10           Tony Gwynn           San Diego Padres
11           Ken Griffey Jr.           Seattle Mariners
12           Roger Clemens           Boston Red Sox
13           Chris Sabo           Cincinnati Reds
14           Bobby Bonilla           Pittsburgh Pirates
15           Gary Sheffield           Milwaukee Brewers
16           Ryne Sandberg           Chicago Cubs
17           Nolan Ryan           Texas Rangers
18           Barry Larkin           Cincinnati Reds
19           Cal Ripken Jr.           Baltimore Orioles
20           Jim Abbott           California Angels
21           Barry Bonds           Pittsburgh Pirates
22           Mark Grace           Chicago Cubs
23           Cecil Fielder           Detroit Tigers
24           Kevin Mitchell           San Francisco Giants
25           Todd Zeile           St. Louis Cardinals
26           George Brett           Kansas City Royals
27           Rickey Henderson           Oakland Athletics
28           Kirby Puckett           Minnesota Twins
29           Don Mattingly           New York Yankees
30           Kevin Maas           New York Yankees


Canadian Checklist

              1           Delino DeShields           Montreal Expos
2           Tim Wallach           Montreal Expos
3           Andres Galarraga           Montreal Expos
4           Dave Magadan           New York Mets
5           Barry Bonds UER           Pittsburgh Pirates
6           Lenny Dykstra           Philadelphia Phillies
7           Andre Dawson           Chicago Cubs
8           Ozzie Smith           St. Louis Cardinals
9           Will Clark           San Francisco Giants
10           Chris Sabo           Cincinnati Reds
11           Eddie Murray           Los Angeles Dodgers
12           David Justice           Atlanta Braves
13           Benito Santiago           San Diego Padres
14           Glenn Davis           Houston Astros
15           Kelly Gruber           Toronto Blue Jays
16           Dave Stieb           Toronto Blue Jays
17           John Olerud           Toronto Blue Jays
18           Roger Clemens           Boston Red Sox
19           Cecil Fielder           Detroit Tigers
20           Kevin Maas           New York Yankees
21           Robin Yount           Milwaukee Brewers
22           Cal Ripken Jr.           Baltimore Orioles
23           Sandy Alomar Jr.           Cleveland Indians
24           Rickey Henderson           Oakland Athletics
25           Bobby Thigpen           Chicago White Sox
26           Ken Griffey Jr.           Seattle Mariners
27           Nolan Ryan           Texas Rangers
28           Dave Winfield           California Angels
29           George Brett           Kansas City Royals
30           Kirby Puckett           Minnesota Twins

If anyone is looking to add some of these I have doubles to trade of Fielder, Clemons, Santiago and Murray

Now I will admit to ridiculing Pro Set cards on a regular basis. I advocate everyone shredding or burning their doubles of any 1990-91 Pro Set cards to help reduce the number in existence and I hold them up as the biggest example of a poorly planned junk wax set with multiple errors along with cards we didn’t need (A hockey puck? Umpires and referees?).

Pro-set Football would be at the bottom of my want list and near the bottom of any sport cards I’d actively look for. I’ve been unfortunate enough to get a few in some lots I have bought, luckily they did not have much reach in Canada and are fairly obscure.

Having said all that. I love the 1991 Pro Set World League Of American Football inserts. They are just so 1991. There’s no way to explain it.

Any league that has the acronym W-LAF is bound to interest me. The fact that there were 2 different inserts, one for helmets and one for players, makes it cool. The fact that almost everything about the league is forgotten by now makes them something I think I’ll keep around and keep an eye out for.

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Now if you like Pro Set (or Football) then I’d be happy to send any of these to you. Or if you have any of the WLAF inserts please let me know.

Here is the total extent of Football cards I have. Pitiful, but not unexpected as I focus on hockey.

1989 Pro Set
490 (Troy Aikman RC)

1990 Pro Set
406, 420, 434, 448, 457, 460, 462, 464, 467, 468, 469 x2, 470 x2, 471, 472 x2, 473 x2, 474, 475, 476, 478, 479 x2, 483 x2, 484, 492 x2, 496, 497, 501, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516 x2, 517, 518, 519 x2, 525, 526, 528, 533, 534, 556, 557, 573, 575, 578, 593, 597, 01, 604, 615 x2, 616, 618, 620, 624, 630, 635, 645, 649, 650, 660, 669, 671, 674 x2, 678, 683 x3, 689, 693, 694, 701, 702 x2, 705, 707, 710 x2, 718, 727, 735, 739 x2, 743, 745, 746, 747 x2, 748, 751, 781 x2, 783 x2, 784 x2, 787, 795 x3, 798
NNO Super Bowl XXIV Insert

1991 Pro Set
7, 18, 19, 33, 34, 35, 41, 43, 45, 47, 51, 61 x2, 62, 63 x2, 67, 68, 69, 70, 80, 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 90, 95, 96, 98, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 x2, 107, 108, 113 x2, 115 x2, 121, 125, 128, 129×2, 131, 132, 134, 136, 137, 140, 142, 143, 146 x2, 149, 152, 156, 162, 163, 165, 168, 171 x2, 174, 176 x2, 185, 189, 190 x2, 194, 195, 199 x2, 201 x2,202, 203 x2, 206, 222, 223, 225, 232, 233, 235, 239, 241 x2, 242, 243, 244, 254, 258, 259 x2, 265, 268, 270, 271, 283, 284, 285 x2, 286, 287 x2, 289 x2, 292, 299, 301, 302, 303 x2, 304, 308, 309, 310 x2, 312 x2, 315 x2, 320, 322, 328, 334, 338, 341, 342, 351, 355, 357, 360 x2, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 371 x2, 373, 374 x2, 375 x2, 376 x2, 377 x2, 378
1991 Pro Set MVP Collectible Insert 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1991 Pro Set Super Bowl Collectible Insert 1 x2, 2 x2, 3 x2, 4, 5 x2, 6, 7, 8 x2, 9 x2, 10, 11 x2, 12 x2, 13 x2, 14 x2, 15 x2, 16 x2, 17 x2, 18, 19 x2, 20 x2, 21 x2, 22 x2, 23 x2, 24 x2
NNO Super Bowl XXV Insert

1991 Score
15 (Emmitt Smith), 290, 295, 315

1995 Upper Deck
17, 55, 58, 88, 120, 138, 175, 192, 211, 266, 273

1995 Upper Deck Electric Silver Parallel

1995 Ultra Gold Medallion
209, 256

1996 Upper Deck – A Cut Above Insert


One of the best parts of being in Canada is learning a lot of French by osmosis. French TV shows, radio channels, road signs, street names, cereal boxes and of course trading cards.

Most definitely in the category of Keep – Actively Collect 1977 O-Pee-Chee Star Wars

Most people are familiar with the Topps version, however I prefer of course the O-Pee-Chee.

I’ve seen these at shows and never picked them up, even though you can get them for reasonable prices. Having picked this up a while back as part of a larger hodge-podge box of cards it’s finally time to give them the respect they deserve (having the new movie not suck helped as well).

So here they are (a few of them) in all their glory, with minimal comments from me.


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Such a WTF card that it gets it’s own post.

1977 Fleer CB Talk

I only have the one pictured below. But it’s so just unlike anything else in the non sport junk pile that it has to be saved and put into the Keep – Not Actively Collecting pile.

What’s not to love?




Awesome picture on the front. Super useful glossary on the back. It’s vintage and came out during a time when truckers were cool. The cards came out  in the heart of the  CB Radio/trucking craze was at its peak in the United States. Remember Convoy?,  Smokey and the Bandit?  White Line Fever? what about  the television series Movin’ On or B. J. and the Bear. Truckers today can’t compete with those legends.

This card says cool in a way most cards from the 70’s just can’t.


Part 2 of the Not Actively Collecting pile, focused on Military cards. What can I say. I like them

Keep – Not Actively Collecting (NAC)

– The card sets I keep but don’t really track. If they turn up in a lot I pick up I’d add them but I’m not going to trade for them or buy them. I’d probably trade them if a good deal came up to add some cards I care more about. They don’t normally get listed on the trader page (unless of course I have doubles of them.) At some point they will likely move up or down a category.

This ones will likely move up a category one day, but for right now they are just a rung below that category.

Three sets today make the post.

From least (quality, interest, value) to best I have.
1991 Pro Set Desert Storm
I’m not sure who came first, Topps of Proset with this set. Right in the middle of good old Desert Storm. America had a sense of moral obligation. Unlike DS 2 led by Jr. the 1st Desert Storm had a clear start. Iraq invaded Kuwait. The USA and coalition troops backed up the small country (oil I am sure had nothing to do with it). The troops went in. The printing presses started up. Pro Set overproduced and we got these.


1991 Topps Desert Storm
Some of the subject matter is very similar. Some of the graphics are similar. But the fact that they are A) Topps and B) Still printed on cardboard makes these ones just a bit more collectible for me.


1983 Dart Vietnam Fact Cards
And way up ahead and clearly in a league of their own are these 1983 Dart Vietnam Fact Cards. Not particularly rare, or valuable they none the less are just cool to have.

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