Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Rest of My Vintage Hockey Haul

Happy Sunday everyone. After consecutive baseball posts, it's time to get back to some hockey cards. A few weeks ago, I posted a pretty good quarter box haul of vintage hockey. Here are the rest of the cards from that same trip to the local shop, the ones that didn't come from the quarter box:

The majority of my quarter box haul from this day consisted of 1973-74 Topps hockey, and I grabbed a few more from this set out of the dollar box, including this Henri Richard. Maurice's younger brother was a lifelong Canadien. He won an astounding 11 Stanley Cups as a player with the team, including 5 straight to start his career. His number is retired by the team and he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.

Alex Delvecchio's 1973-74 Topps card finds him at the tail end of an extremely long career that began in the 1951-52 season! He would play in just 11 games in 1973-74, his final year in the league. In total, the longtime linemate of Gordie Howe appeared in 1,549 games over 23 seasons, all with the Red Wings. Like Richard, his number is retired by his team and he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

The next three cards are all from the 1974-75 Topps set, and brought me to 240 out of 264 cards. I have a feeling this will end up being the first Topps set from the 1970s that I complete.

Second year card of Bill Barber, also in the Hall of Fame. I thought I already had a copy of this one for some reason, but the Want List said otherwise...

A few big names that I needed for the 1979-80 set were available on the cheap as well:

The man who once scored 10 points in a single game against the Bruins...

The man responsible for one of the most comical looks ever captured on a hockey card...

One of only two leaders cards that I still needed. Pretty decent group of netminders there, huh?

Even after these four 1979-80 Topps cards, I still have a decent way to go for this set. 73 cards left to be exact. I've finally gotten this one into a binder and my want list is up to date, so if you've got any extras floating around let me know.

I grabbed this off-center, mis-cut 1963-64 Topps Black Hawks (yes Black Hawks, not Blackhawks) team card. Truth be told, it's not as bad as it looks in the scan. Besides, it was so cheap, and other than the alignment issues is in really good shape. Having the Stanley Cup front and center certainly doesn't hurt either. I'm a big fan of team cards and this is now the oldest in my collection.

This card is everything a 70s hockey card should be. I've had my eye on this one for quite some time, great to finally cross it off the list. 23 cards to go now for the 74-75 Topps set, and another great Esposito for the collection to boot. Speaking of which...

Like the 73-74 Topps cards from the quarter box haul, this card was in fantastic shape and couldn't be left behind. Finishing things off, we have my favorite card from the lot:

All in all I took home a pretty sizable stack of 73-74 Topps that day. Even though I'm still less than halfway to the 198-card set I have added it to my want list so I can start picking away at it.

This lot cost me $12 total, I think I did pretty well...

6 comments:

Hackenbush said...

Nice haul! Great Federko link. I still get confused whether Blackhawks is one or two words. I guess one, huh? And to think, they only had to wait about a half century for their next team picture with the Cup.

Captain Canuck said...

great haul...

anytime any vintage like that appears in a show around here, you have to ask 'How much?' and then they pull out the Beckett....

..ugh...

Fuji said...

Wow... that 74/75 Tony Esposito card is awesome. Time to hunt one down for my collection.

1967ers said...

Very nice lot!

I can't believe you pulled a Pocket Rocket and Alex Delvecchio out of the dollar bin.

I need new shops.

Drop The Gloves! said...

@Hackenbush: It used to be Black Hawks up until the mid-80s when they made it one word.

Great haul! That Bill Barber card is something out of a Judd Apatow movie poster.

1967ers said...

The story at the time was that the original charter actually said Blackhawks, but it was never commonly spelled that way. In the mid-80s, someone finally noticed and they corrected it.

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