Time for the next installment of Cardboard Keepers, a thought experiment in which I theoretically whittle my entire collection down to just 2,000 cards; 1,000 baseball keepers, and 1,000 "other" keepers.
Tonight I'll induct a new card into the non-baseball collection for the first time in months. We're in the throes of winter here in New England, and so a hockey card just seemed appropriate. As for which one to go with, tonight's entry represents one of the best hockey cards of the '80s, and one I had in mind from the outset of this project...
Growing up as a kid hockey fan I always wanted a copy of this card, but it was out of my "raise money by raking leaves and doing other chores" price range. I finally scored one as an adult when, back in 2011, I unloaded a few David Krejci cards to a super collector. The proceeds from that sale funded this card, as well as a Steven Stamkos Young Guns RC. Coming up on 10 years in the rear-view mirror and I'm liking how that trade looks in retrospect!
The "other" Cardboard Keepers collection is up to a full 15 cards now, and can be viewed here. I've still got a long way to go, 985 non-baseball cards remaining to be exact. I'll be back soon with the next card, but until then thanks as always for stopping by!
Penmanship Hall of Fame - For not only fitting a lengthy name on the sticker, but for doing so with such great cursive, Ga'Quincy McKinstry goes directly to my collection's penm...
Iconic card of the '80s, for sure! Congratulations on completing the '85-86 set, too.
(I only need 9 more cards to finish that set, and one of those cards is the Lemieux rookie. Maybe your post will motivate me to find one at a decent price.)
Oh man... that's a sweet card. I want a Mario rookie so bad... but PSA 9 is a little to rich for my blood. I'll have to settle for an 8 (maybe a 7) probably.
It's stupid, but since I bought a lot of packs of 1985/86 Topps Hockey, I don't see the Mario rookie as being anything special... even though I know it's a biggie. I wonder if I should take advantage of having that "nothing special" card and see how far I am from a complete set (although I'm trying to cut back on my goals right now).
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