The blog went dormant for a long time. There are myriad reasons for this, most notably that I’ve been absurdly busy, but just as important is that for most of this year, I’ve been poking away at the 1971 high series and it just didn’t seem interesting to me to post a 1971, then another, then maybe two – particuarly since this blog is doing it so much better. I hardly did any hockey this year.
The Toronto Fall Expo, though, was going to change that. My plan was to do precisely what I had done in the spring, which was to aim for a handful of 1952-53 Parkies, see whether I could find any 1973-74 OPC dark backs to get me closer to my master set, then try for some 1960-61 Topps or maybe a couple of 1969 OPC baseball cards. There hasn’t been a worthwhile find of 1971s there in years.
So that’s precisely what I did. Instead of wandering around exploring like I normally do, I went straight to the Parkies guy. He had four I needed:
I was a little disappointed in that I wanted to nail down the last Hab for the first page of the set, but this was an OK start all the same. I paid for these, then remembered that in the spring, he’d had some of the 1973-74 OPC off to the side of his booth. That box wasn’t there. Instead there was a binder I’d never seen him bring before. It read:
1971 OPC Baseball
Well, that was different. What are the odds that there are high numbers in this thing?
He wasn’t breaking up a complete set, but what was in there landed directly on my list. What you see here is a stack of 1971 OPC high numbers, all in outstanding condition.
The price was what made it even better. Everything was a fraction of what it normally sees on eBay. In fairness, this means they were probably priced at around book, but “book” is kind of a fairy tale when it comes to high-numbered 1971 OPC. In the top row, buried next to Dick Williams, is a Mike Marshall. The high-series Expos tend to run the better part of $100 (US) online. That card? Less than a seventh.
Complete pages abound!
So the set that I once felt would never be finished, and that this year I felt might get done, just not any time soon, now needs just sixteen cards. A couple are ugly (most notably the Baylor/Baker/Paciorek RC, one of which just finished on eBay at about $65 US for a beat-up copy), but most aren’t too bad. This could be a 2016 accomplishment. Never thought I’d be able to say that.
More than happy with what I’d found, I abandoned the notion of more ’50s-60s hockey. I did grab this, though, which gets me down to 10 remaning on the ’73-74 OPC Master set.
I don’t expect that he’ll have my remaining 16 in the spring, but there were a bunch of other binders labeled 1967, 1968 and 1970….