On Wednesday I read a great post by Sal at Puck Junk on the 2003-04 Topps Hockey Lost Rookies inserts. I wasn't collecting cards at all in 2003 so I was totally unaware of this great insert set. While all 11 cards are nice, I was particularly intrigued by the Ron Francis card, depicting him with the Whalers on the 1981-82 Topps design. Ron obviously wasn't included on the checklist for the '81-82 set, and with Topps dropping out of the hockey card game for the '82-83 and '83-84 seasons, his first Topps card didn't arrive until the '84-85 set. I knew I had to track this one down for my Hartford Whalers collection. I took to eBay and found only a couple of copies out there. I made a low-ball offer on one of them and went on with my day.
Later that same afternoon I had a couple of hours to kill and decided to make a visit to my favorite local hobby shop. It had been months since I'd stopped by, and I was looking forward to spending some time leafing through the many quarter boxes. To my shock and horror though, I found that the quarter boxes are no more! I guess they just couldn't justify the amount of time it was taking them to sleeve and organize the cards vs. the profit they were seeing from it. There are a ton of dollar boxes at least, and guess what card I located in one of the hockey boxes?
On an unrelated note, I've borrowed an idea that many other bloggers have used and created a top 9 most wanted list which I'll keep over in the sidebar. If you have anything off the list for trade I will make sure you are handsomely rewarded!
Oh yeah, and one last thing, of course my eBay offer on the Francis card was accepted. If anyone wants to trade for my extra let me know!
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