The White Whale

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 – 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..



I really like the generosity of other bloggers, I’ve been approached by a few people with offers of help on The White Whale and i really appreciate it. The Base set, Retro set, pop ups and stickers are almost done!

So, please if you get a chance to check out the White Whale Need list and you can help..let me know!

Thanks in advance


I’ve created a monster. But a good monster. I don’t have kids so my only hope for passing on my love of sports cards goes to my nieces and nephews, or my best friends kids. For the longest time it looked like the end of the line..but there is a glimmer of light.

My nephew turned 9. He loves hockey. He discovered hockey cards. He discovered his Uncle’s hockey card collection. He left home with a “starter” box of about 3,000 various junk wax cards and a hope from me he would actually enjoy them. And to my joy he did!

I’m trying not to push him to hard, but I make sure whenever I see him I have something to trade and he has gone to the Card store in his hometown with his dad. They live in a small town so it was a small shop. This past weekend I took him to my favorite card store in Toronto. He was blown away. I figured I would just take a quick visit and maybe check for a few cards for The White Whale and he wanted to go through EVERYTHING on my want list. I had to explain to him that we would be there all day so we settled for spending an hour or so poking through the packs and boxes. Looking at the displays. The look on his face was priceless.

I asked him what he wanted to collect. He said “Same as you Uncle Trevor” which I had to admit was pretty cool. So I bought him a few packs of 12-13 OPC Hockey.

Little bastard held me hostage for a Black Rainbow I needed!

I have trained him too well.

4 More Black Rainbows

And Stan Mikita (of Stan Mikita’s Donut Fame)


It’s been an incredibly busy couple of weeks as I work at a travel company that specializes in High School and University/College travel and we have 1000’s of passengers going away over spring break and march break.

But it’s been too long since I posted so here is a quick one.

Pete Mueller
2012-13 OPC Signature.

I liked him when he was with the Avalanche, but now that he has signed in Florida he is dead to me. I just have always had a hard time drafting Florida players into my hockey pools.

Peter Mueller

I also picked up another of the league leaders cards. This one is the assists.


I know the goal guys get all the glory, but they need the set up men.

So for anyone else keeping count
that puts me at:
OPC Signatures: 2/30 = 6%
League Leaders: 5/9 =55%

As of February 18th, 2013, I am at 986 cards. So just a smidgen over 27% down.

As always..any help on 12-12 OPC Hockey would be appreciated. Check out the updated list at

When I gave myself the goal of going for a master set I knew it would be difficult, but at least it would be fun. After the first couple of weeks a few truths have come out.

1) The Base & Retro sets should be done fairly simply and relatively soon. Most people would stop here.

2) The Stickers and Leaders subset should also present a tangible result in the near future.

3) The Rainbow inserts look like they will be somewhat easy to complete at a reasonable cost. (some people might stop here)

4) The Black Rainbow parallel looks possible but time consuming. As they are all serial #’d out of 100 time is of the essence. Need to get these soon before they disappear into collections.More people would stop here.

5) The Red Rainbow parallel is going to be even tougher. I don’t see getting that set done anytime soon. It could be a lifetime project or looking through cheap boxes at card shows and asking at stores. That’s ok. It will make completion sweeter. I don;t think many people are crazy enough to keep going on this set.

6) The rest of the inserts are going to have to be grabbed as soon as I see them. Many will not surface again for a while.

7) Card bloggers are great people and take interest in other peoples projects. I appreciate all the kind words of support I have gotten (although I think many assume I am crazy for trying this)

So what about today? Last night I got a package in the mail with my first Red Border cards. 8 Down and 592 to go on this parallel.



As always. If you have any 2012-13 OPC or know someone who does, please let me know.


Back to work today. It’s the new year and I’m still plugging away on my special project (along with my general overall collection).

I think with attempting this Master set the base, retro, pop ups and stickers will be done first. Everything else will take longer. The Rainbow inserts are coming along ok. It’s the Black, Red and Gold variations that will haunt me though the years.

Anyway. As always. If you do collect Hockey and have any 2012-13 OPC I would love to hear from you about a trade. Check out my progress here

Here’s a Shiny 2012-13 OPC Rainbow Parallel of Alexander Ovechkin to start the year. He got engaged last week. Congrats to him.


I’ve had this debate before. Mostly with myself, but once with another person, on whether Box Bottoms count as part of a set.

To me it’s clear they although they do not count as part of the base set they definitely count when doing a master set.

I remember the 85-86 OPC box bottoms. It was Super Mario’s RC and you could get a neat variation on the bottom of of a box. It was the first box of cards I ever bought and I made sure to get the box with Mario on it.

For the 2012-13 OPC Set their are 2 versions of the box bottoms.

The Blaster Box bottoms consist of 2 cards and come in 3 options. They use the base card format for the cards.

I bought a blaster pack and picked this one IMG_0711[1]
becuase it had my Martin Brodeur, one of my favorite players.

The other options are Sidney Crosby & Jonathan Toews, or Alex Ovechkin & Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

The Hobby/Retail Box consists of 4 cards and comes in 4 options. They use the Retro look for these cards.

1 Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, John Tavares, Tim Thomas
2 Alex Ovechkin, Phil Kessel, Henrik Lundqvist, Gabriel Landeskog
3 Steven Stamkos, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Claude Giroux, Carey Price
4 Jonathan Toews, Martin Brodeur, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal

2012-13 OPC Box Bottom w Crosby, Datsyuk, Tavares & Thomas

2012-13 OPC Box Bottom w Crosby, Datsyuk, Tavares & Thomas

Datsyuk is another personal fav, and the fact he is paired with Crosby made this the one to get first..although the Brodeur panel looks good as well.

Thats 2 items (or 6 cards) off The White Whale. If you can help with the other 3000 + cards missing please let me know.