Just a quick one card post today, featuring what was probably the best hockey card bargain I got on COMC over Black Friday weekend:
I've had three of these in my collection that I showed off on the blog a few years ago now, Jean Payette, Norm Beaudin, and Bobby Sheehan. Larry Cahan was the best deal I've gotten on one of these by a long shot though. Sure, the corners aren't perfect and there are a couple of wrinkles along the bottom edge, but these cards are so tough that all I look for is one that's visually appealing and decently centered if I can help it. I was absolutely astounded when I found this one listed at 78 cents, and snatched it up immediately.
As far as the subject, Larry Cahan was a physical defenseman who began his professional hockey career all the way back in the late 1940s! He finally made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 1954, and wound down his career just about 20 years later with the Cougars of the WHA, the team he's depicted with here. Unfortunately, he was one of the two players who laid the combined hit on Bill Masterson in 1968 that resulted in his death.
I think I'm going to get off my butt this year and finally begin chasing after all of the WHA cards from this release. It won't be easy, and I doubt if I'll ever find another for less than a dollar like this, but it will be a fun project as I really enjoy learning about the teams and players of the "rival league". I did manage to use some expiring eBay Bucks last week to secure a few more of these...coming soon!
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