Roenick_RCsJust wanted to give a quick “thank you” to Mike W. of Quakertown, PA for sending me TWELVE assorted Jeremy Roenick rookie cards.

In 2013, I set a collecting goal to accumulate 1,000 rookie cards of Jeremy Roenick. Sometime that year — I’m not exactly sure when — I hit that mark, so I decided to up the ante to 2,000.

Mike’s generous donation to my cause brings me 12 steps closer to my ridiculous lofty collecting goal.

In The Cards is now online too

In The Cards is a short, hockey card-related article that I write for The Hockey News each issue. Starting this month, THN will publish In The Cards on their Post-to-Post blog as well as in the pages of their magazine.

You can read my latest In The Cards article, which is about a nice deal that Topps offered hockey fans way back in 1975, here.

Review: 2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey

Great for fans of 1960s, 1990s hockey cards

400_f_zoomSeveral different companies have leased the Parkhurst name over the past 20-plus years, starting with Pro Set way back in 1991, as an effort to sell a brand of hockey cards with some nostalgia attached to it. The 2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey set was produced by Upper Deck, coming out just as the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals were underway. This late-season set was a great “jumping on” point for collectors who had fallen off the hockey card-collecting wagon, but wished to return and try to get some rookie cards from the 2005-06 “double rookie class” — without spending over $100 on a box of cards. This relatively low-price, late season release was met with mixed feelings from collectors. Continue reading

Hockey logos inspired by Shark Week!

shark_mathMy girlfriend has been watching Shark Week on The Discovery Channel pretty much nonstop the past three days. That, of course, gets me thinking about the San Jose Sharks, and what a cool logo they have.Then I started thinking about some of the other teams that use a shark as their logo. Here’s a look at five of the coolest logos inspired by everyone’s favorite underwater predator. Continue reading

Five incredibly stupid Blackhawks items

why2Chicago Blackhawks’ merchandise has finally reached the tipping point, plummeting into absurdity. When I started watching hockey in 1989, it was nearly impossible to find a Blackhawks t-shirt in Chicago. Locating ‘Hawks apparel around town became easier as the sport grew in popularity in the 1990s. By the 2010 playoffs, peripheral merchandise like stickers and temporary tattoos started to clutter endcaps of convenience and sporting good stores. But now, the Blackhawks apparently will license ANY item, no matter how incredibly stupid it is. Here are five of the worst. Continue reading