Hang ’em on your wall!

In the 1973-74 release season O-Pee-Chee decided to give the upstart WHA some love with giant posters. Well giant being a relative term, these came in packs of 2 and were 13 inches high and 7.5 inches wide I'm not sure why their is no team logo on this Toronto Toros poster when there is…

Beat Up Howes and Perfect Plante

Well, I'm sitting here listening to music (currently Quiet Riot and their cover of Cum On Feel the Noize) because what else do you listen to when you're stoked about completing a set? And not any set, but the oldest complete set in my collection. Yes, I know it will pale in comparison with a…

Heads On Crests

You want floating heads? Well you got em, but not just floating heads alone, floating heads on NHL Logo type shields that you can punch out and stick to your wall. The early 70's were a wild time, bell bottoms, groovy music and I was born. Also, O-Pee-Chee put WHA and NHL cards in THE…

Tell Me A Story

So it is already January 3rd, Tempus Fugit and all that stuff. Lets start the New Year with a couple stories, One about a boy from Quebec, the other about a boy from Saskatchewan. These neat little booklets came out as an insert with the 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set. There are both a French (which…

Malkin is the King

Evgeni Malkin has had a very decent career so far with no reason to think he will let up at any point in the near future. Calder Trophy, Art Ross, Conn Smythe and multiple Stanley Cups assures he will be a likely first ballot hall of famer 3 years after he eventually retires. But when…

Not Most Wanted Anymore

All good up here in Canada so here are a few additions to my collection that knock items off my most wanted list. It's been a productive time. 1985 O-Pee-Chee WWF Series 2 – #23 Headed For The Turnbuckle This is the second longest item on the most wanted list and I can now say…

Who is Syvain?

These cards came from Quebec in a trade so I'm going to guess that the name was probably Sylvain and that they forgot the "L" in their name. I mean it happens. I used to mess up my name when I was a little kid. But regardless, there it is. Scrawled on the back of…

How can a retro set be so borrriinngg?

I like the 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Base set, and most of the inserts are pretty decent, but the Retro Set? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ I mean look at these things.. (if you can stay awake and keep scrolling down there are some better Inserts and Parallels) Mostly white uniforms on a white background. For most of the cards the…

Do ya wanna wrassle?

To those of us of a certain, shall I say, vintage that question will undoubtedly take you back to Sunday mornings watching Wrestling on TV. In the mid 80's wrestling exploded and set the foundation for what it is today. However there was an element of fun and goofyness that was inherent in watching the…

To Crack Or Not To Crack

It's a question as old as time. Well, maybe as old as graded cards have been around. I bought my first graded card at the most recent Sports Card Expo. And now I am having thoughts of cracking it open and freeing it from it's plastic prison. Cards, to me, should not be untouched. They…