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On Saying Goodbye to Your Captain (aka Where Have All the Captains Gone?)

It has now been a little over a week since the Leafs sent Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa, rendering the Leafs captainless for a third time. Fan reaction was about what one would expect – equal parts acceptance, glee and despair. What … Continue reading

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The ’74 OPC Hank Aarons – how six cards became nine

1974 Topps baseball opens with a six-card Hank Aaron tribute set that displays all of his previous Topps cards and lists personal records and season highlights on the back.  Other than card #1, they’re all done exactly the same way … Continue reading

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A successful spring expo

A week ago today, the Toronto Spring Expo started.  I only get to two card shows per year – this one and the Fall one.  They’re excellent shows but I attend them specifically for two reasons: they are accessible (not … 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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Mostly meaningless milestones – 1971 OPC baseball

This card was the 638th I obtained in my quest to complete 1971 OPC baseball. The significance of that number isn’t immediately apparent, but given that there are 523 cards in the “easy” (and long-since finished) part of the set, … Continue reading

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How on earth is this a PSA 6?

I have very little use for graded cards in principle, but I am a big fan of the PSA 6. A good PSA 6 card will still look like it just came out of a pack, but the centering is … Continue reading

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