With just a day or two left in 2019, and finally caught up on posts thanking folks for inbound trade packages, I checked the mail to find a large bubble mailer from Canada awaiting me. A quick look at the address and I knew instantly that my longtime hobby friend Douglas of Sportscards from the Dollar Store had struck again!
This was a hefty mailer too, a brick almost, which I really appreciate especially given the insane postage costs to ship between our two countries. There were too many cards to lump into a single post, so I'm going to break things down into a few smaller posts instead. First up, the hockey cards!
This time around Douglas threw in an entire 100-card base set of Rookie Anthology! How awesome is that? It's not every day that you receive a complete set by surprise in the mail. Since I'm trying to downsize my collection and be a little more selective about what I hang onto these days I'll probably enjoy these for a while and then pay it forward to another hockey collector. Very cool.
Thanks to The Trading Card Database, I discovered that it's a 1988-89 Frito-Lay Sticker! What an amazing Ron Francis oddball for my team collection. I'm very surprised I'd never heard of these before. Looks like there is one other Whaler on the checklist to track down at some point.
Three much-appreciated additions to my favorite hockey collection there! There was more hockey to be found, however, including a few that are absolute keepers going into my collection despite my downsizing. Those would include...
These technically don't count as Whalers cards for my collection on TCDB, but I will absolutely cherish them nonetheless. There's a 50/50 chance I could have been at the game when either of these photos were taken, too! I think the Dougie Hamilton photo came from Carolina though based on the red trim along the top of the boards there.
After all these years of collecting the 2013-14 Score set, the end is finally in sight. According to my collection on TCDB I'm missing only those three Update cards, and a single card from the 650-card basic set (the Maple Leafs leaders card, oddly enough). I'm pretty sure I have that Leafs card around here somewhere, if I can put those final three Update cards to rest I'll complete probably the toughest hockey card set I've done in the past few years! I wouldn't even be remotely close if it weren't for Douglas and his ongoing generosity.
So, there are some great hockey cards from Canada. Thanks Douglas for all of these, and as I said this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as this package goes overall. I'll be back with more soon!
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