Monthly Archives: February 2012

The best line I’ve heard so far about trade deadline day

Last night, after we got back from the grandparents’ house, my seven-year-old was telling me about playing NHL2K11 with his uncle. “I didn’t pick Toronto,” he said, “because I didn’t think I could win with them.” My daughter walks into … Continue reading

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Comparing ’59s

Not that long after I made the Bobby Tiefenauer post I found that all his Toronto stats (at least from the first go-round) could be found on his ’59 Topps card.  I didn’t have any of this set and I … Continue reading

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Mission complete – the last five cards of 1974 OPC baseball

At the start of the year, I figured there were two sets I stood a fairly good chance of finishing – 1963-64 Parkhurst hockey and 1974 OPC baseball.  The first of those has fallen.  This past week, the last five … Continue reading

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter was the first baseball player I ever really had an awareness of.  There were other names out there – I had a Rod Carew batting set and I’m sure there was a name on my first glove (I … Continue reading

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Modern cards I actually like

I tend to post a lot of (or perhaps nothing but) vintage and the reasonable inference would be that I either don’t like or don’t collect anything modern.  To an extent, this is true – but only to an extent. … Continue reading

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This is going to be a (winter) classic!

It’s probably not going to be popular with everyone, but I’m pretty pumped about the next Winter Classic.  Toronto/Detroit could be an interesting matchup on a lot of levels, but at the very least, it should be a good game … Continue reading

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Tall Boys #5 – The Moose (Elmer Vasko)

Elmer Vasko was a coveted prospect – a big defenseman with good mobility and hands. During Chicago’s peak years in the 1960s, he played on the top pairing with Pierre Pilote and was the defensive consicence of the unit. Despite … Continue reading

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Taking the plunge on a 1971 Yaz

I hate buying things sight unseen.  While some people are bang on in their grading, others are a good grade – if not two – high in their assessments.  If a card has four bashed corners and a crease, it … Continue reading

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Buying Count Floyd’s RC (1963-64 Parkhurst)

Part of being a set builder is that there are certain cards you basically have to buy irrespective of whether you really want them.  Twenty-two years after he traded the Leafs’s 1991 first-rounder for Tom Kurvers, and twenty-one years after … Continue reading

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The ’69 Perranoksi variation that wasn’t and a 1971 milestone of sorts

This is a 1969 Ron Perranoski – once of the Dodgers, now of the Twins.  Sharp-eyed observers will note that Ron’s cap still displays a partly-visible “LA.”  Most ’69 Perranoskis do not.  The “LA” is covered with a dark-coloured blob … Continue reading

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