Like every hockey fan, I'm incredibly bummed about the current state of the sport. It's a sad day when, on the cusp of December, I'm more interested in baseball hot stove talk than the sport of hockey. I won't be buying any 2012-13 product while there aren't any games being played, but maybe 5 older cards plucked from the dollar bin at the local hobby shop on my last trip will cheer me up:
Even though there are some very light blue print marks across the top, I couldn't leave this Tony Esposito behind. 1975-76 Topps is probably the set I have the least number of cards from out of the entire '70s Topps run so I was happy to add Tony here, who represents just my 15th card. This card just looks really odd, almost as if they photoshopped Tony's head onto another player's body.
I know $1 is overkill for a base card from a Parkhurst set but I have this rule for just a few players, Howe and Gretzky included, where I'll grab pretty much any card I don't have if it's a buck or less. This set is very high on the list of sets I'd like to complete once I get through my '80s Topps run, in fact it may be tops on the list.
Golden mullet for a bill? Yes please.
Even though it's got a couple of soft corners I was surprised to find this '71-72 Parent in the dollar bin. I have yet to actively pursue this set but I will soon and this is certainly an acceptable copy for my set binder when the time comes.
Last but not least, another Champ's Yellow parallel. It was not until I got home that I even realized this is the rarer "Yellow Animal Icon" parallel. The standard yellows are 1:20 packs, and these fall at 1:80 packs. I can't find one of anybody for less than $10 on eBay or COMC, so I have a feeling this Hall-of-Famer was quite a steal at a buck.
Well that was fun, but I think I'm still so soured by all the greed that I like this one better:
Last but not least, I'm still looking to fill 3 spots in my upcoming card draft. I'm going to cut off sign-up for 6pm EST tomorrow, so if you're interested you can sign up here
. Some really nice cards up for drafting!
Nice cards. I'm not really a fan of the "Mr" ____ thing. Mr. Hockey, Mr. Cub, (Mr. Submarine?) Probably just me.
A nice collation of hockey cards you've added into your collection. I especially like the Esposito card as well.
Thanks guys! Hackenbush, I agree with you, not a big fan of the Mr. Hockey nickname.
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