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.
Today we're going to look at a pair of game-used hockey cards. I'm one of those collectors who isn't generally all that enthused with relic cards. When I first got back into collecting in 2007 I thought the concept was neat, and chased a few of them in those early days. I learned relatively quickly though about the questionable authenticity of some of the cards, and reading the fine print on the back and learning that some were "event-used" was sort of a bummer as well.
I don't mean to paint an overly dire picture of these cards though, because there are some that I truly do enjoy. On the hockey side of my collection, there are two in particular that stand out above all the others, and today I'll be inducting both into my Cardboard Keepers collection...
I love the "brown leather pad" era for goalies in the NHL, and looking at this gigantic slice of Cheevers' pad still makes me smile even a couple of years after landing this card. This is a relic card done right, of a Stanley Cup Champion, HOFer, and cable TV broadcaster of Hartford Whalers games from my youth!
So, there are my two favorite hockey relics, easy selections for my Cardboard Keepers collection. It's interesting that neither of them comes from a company who had a license to produce NHL hockey cards at the time. I think Upper Deck could learn a thing or two from the ingenuity shown in this pair of relic cards!
The non-baseball Cardboard Keepers collection is up to 19 cards in size now, and can be viewed here.
I've still got a long way to go, with 981 cards remaining to
be selected. I'll be back soon with the next card or group of cards, but until then thanks
as always for stopping by!
Gridiron 2/14s - This time, it is a bunch of 2/14 additions of the football variety that were either in my latest COMC shipment, from Sportlots or ones from the previous...