Category Archives: Vintage Hockey

More Topps hockey rescued from the memory hole

When I first found out that OPC had not only added a bunch of players to the Topps set but flushed a number of them as well, one name particularly caught my fancy. For no reason I can adequately explain, … Continue reading

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Leapin’ Lou makes it two!

Leapin’ Lou Fontinato (so named because he’d jump up and down when protesting a penalty, of which he got many, or because of a naughty tendency to leave his feet during hits) actually broke into the NHL in 1954-55.  Topps, … Continue reading

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1957-58 Topps – and then there were three

At the beginning of the year, when I was looking at projects and goals, I felt there was only one vintage set that I had a reasonable chance of finishing. That was 1957-58 Topps. This was Topps’ second offering.  It’s … Continue reading

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Curses! Hoyled again!

OK – not so much again as still, but I wanted to get that title claimed before someone else did.  This is a second part of the neat trade I made with Mark Hoyle some time ago.  At my typical glacial … Continue reading

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Minor Monkeying with the custom Gordie

When I made this custom on Friday, I mentioned that I still thought the colours were a bit off and this was noticeable in the green of the Hartford sweater. I found that all the Whalers images in that set … Continue reading

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The Gordie I never got to pull

I missed pulling Gordie Howe cards by a year. Now, this also means I missed pulling Wayne Gretzky rookie cards straight out of the pack, but I rationalize this by realizing I would have surely dumped them all in trades. … Continue reading

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Maximizing Investment – three different sets from one design

In 1966, Topps released their football set.  The design harkened back to the 1955 Bowman set and depicted a player on a TV screen (one of the big old wooden consoles that vanished after the late 70s/early 80s).  It looked … Continue reading

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Best of the 70s #11 – 1976-77 OPC WHA

It has been a long time since I’ve done one of these and I think a big reason for it is that I have this set in the wrong place.  Part of each write-up involves justifying (at least to myself) … Continue reading

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Sometimes a large head is just a large head

Many a post has been devoted to the joy of badly-airbrushed cards.  Somewhat fewer have been devoted to the not-uncommon hockey practice of cutting the head off one picture in order to mount it on another.  This was really common in … Continue reading

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Another Expo in the books

The Spring and Fall Expos are three days of card-filled fun and frolic of which I get to experience the first 90 minutes – if I’m lucky.  As such, I need a fairly specific plan when I get there just … Continue reading

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