Let’s be clear and open up front. This is just a whim. I don’t know Mr Lozinski. I never saw him play. I am not related to him. He is not my favourite player of all time. I have no memory of him before seeing his card for the first time as a child.
Ok, now with that out of the way.
The Larry Lozinski 1981-82 O-Pee-Chee card is my favourite hockey card of all time. It’s perfect to me.
The card design is simple on the front. Has the team name and logo, player name and position (in both languages) and the O-Pee-Chee logo is unobtrusive.
The back is just as perfect. Full stats. A little blurb on the player, A trivia fact, All his details. The player name and position clear again, as well as the card number.
So right off the back we have the perfect card design in my humble opinion.
Now the player. Larry Lozinski is a goalie which starts off being cool. Look at him glide out on the ice. Look at those old school pads and gloves. Helmet off. Great ‘stache.
And now the coolest part? There is only 1 NHL card for Larry Lozinski. This is both his Rookie Card and his last card. In an era when Topps and O-Pee-Chee mirrored their sets there isn’t even a Topps version as that year they did a weird East/West set and didn’t include Larry. Today a player can have dozens of catrds after one game. Larry has one total.
I love this card and I am going to pick up, buy or trade for every copy I can.
December 12, 2022 – Acquired 1via TCDB trade (thank you Cdot2022)
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 33
November 12, 2022 – Acquired 11 at Sport Card Expo. Including 8 from one dealer who wondered what was going on.
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 32
October 12, 2022 – Acquired 1 through ebay
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 21
May 29, 2022 – Acquired 2 through ebay
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 20
April 1, 2022 -Acquired 1 through TCDB (thank you David in Qualicum Beach, BC)
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 18
December 18, 2021 -Acquired 1 through gift (thank you Robert in Trois-Rivieres)
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 17
December 8, 2021 -Acquired 1 through trade on TCDB
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 16
November 23, 2021 – Picked up 6 copies at Sports Card Expo in Toronto. Most dealers had one copy only.
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 15
Lost to the sands of time and not sure how I got them – 8 Copies
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 9
Sometime in 1982. Pulled one from pack as a child. Included in the 1981-82 hand collected set.
Total Copies of Larry Lozinski RC – 1