I've mentioned once or twice in the first month of the year that my main goal for 2019 is to significantly cut back on the amount of money I'm spending in the hobby. I'll spare you the boring details, suffice it to say that our household income has been at least temporarily reduced, and pretty significantly at that. It was a calculated and conscientious decision by my wife and I, and while we're not going to struggle to pay the mortgage or anything, I am attempting to cut back on small, unnecessary expenses like buying lunch at work and...sports cards!
You might think that this would bum me out, but I actually view it as a fun challenge. The reality is that I've been very fortunate so far in life (and worked very hard, too) and have had plenty of chances to acquire amazing cards over the past decade plus since I returned to collecting. Slowing it down a bit will give me a chance to spend the time I would spend hunting new cards on appreciating those instead, and posting here more often. This seems to be working out well, as I've managed a post every single day for the first three weeks plus of the year, by far the best start of the twelve years I've been writing this blog now.
Now, I'm not going to try instituting a card buying "ban" or anything that drastic. The fact of the matter is, I enjoy this hobby and this community and don't really want to take a year off from that completely. Instead, having a loose and simple goal of reducing my hobby spending allows me some leeway to enjoy myself, while still giving me a challenge to do so on a budget.
Well, in a bit of irony, my first purchase this year actually came on New Year's Day!
I was fascinated by the piece on Nyrop, because despite being what I would consider a fairly rabid fan of all things hockey since I was a kid, I didn't have any recollection of the man whatsoever. I guess I can be excused since he played his final NHL games before I ever drew my first breath, but I'm still surprised I haven't heard more about him.
Anyway, Bill was a very solid defenseman for Notre Dame (of course), and then later for the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens team of the late '70s. He won three Stanley Cups with Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge before stepping away to go to law school and start his own practice. He'd later return to hockey in a coaching capacity, but sadly aggressive colon cancer claimed his life at just 43 years of age in 1995.
I was so interested in Nyrop's story that I decided I'd like to add a card of his to my hockey collection. At the next commercial break I pulled up COMC on my phone and searched for all of Bill's available cards. He doesn't have a whole lot out there actually, and it didn't take me long to settle on his 1976-77 rookie card for 99 cents.
1976-77 Topps Bill Nyrop RC - $.99
2019 Running Total (as of 1/1/19) - $.99
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