Category Archives: Joy of Completed Things

May you live in interesting times (and ’71 ball!)

“Interesting times” means things like blogs fall by the wayside for a spell.  I’ve got scans of all the great things Fuji sent me, but can’t write any of them up yet because I need to research them to sound … Continue reading

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Joy of a completed set: 1957-58 Topps Hockey (Part 4)

This is the last part of the set and is made up of the balance of the Rangers team. 1957-58 was a good year for New York.  They made their third straight playoff appearance and their winning percentage of .550 … Continue reading

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Joy of a completed set: 1957-58 Topps Hockey (Part 3)

Part 3 of this set will mostly focus on Detroit.  The Wings had been the best team in the game for a long, long time.  From 1947-48 through 1956-57, they finished no worse than second and were first eight times, winning … Continue reading

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Joy of a completed set: 1957-58 Topps Hockey (Part 2)

Part one covered cards 1-18, all of which were Bruins.  This next block is mostly Chicago. The Black Hawks were dismal through most of the 1950s, finishing last every year but one between 1946-47 and 1956-57.  In 1957-58, they would … Continue reading

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Joy of a completed set: 1957-58 Topps Hockey (Part 1)

1957-58 was the second Topps hockey set and the first since the 1954-55 season.  As Topps had managed to secure the rights to the four American-based teams but had not actually produced any cards, this is the first time that … Continue reading

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Small things come in small packages

Sometimes you get down to the last card you need to complete a set and it’s the toughest of the tough rookies.  Sometimes it’s the key card of key cards.  Sometimes it’s a card you’ve left out because it has … Continue reading

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Joy of a completed set – 1962-63 Topps Hockey (Part 3)

One of the little oddities of this set is that it includes the only card of a trainer that I’ve seen in 30-plus years of collecting. Frank Paice wasn’t expected to have a card this year.  I’ve seen a photo … Continue reading

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