2007-08 OPC collector tin break #4

Results from my fourth OPC tin. Remember, there are only 13 packs per tin…

– 66 base cards
– 7 Marquee Rookies
– 1 Base Parallels
– 1 Stat Leaders
– 2 Team Checklists
– 1 OPC buyback

Hey! Team Checklists! I haven’t gotten any of those in a while. I also got a 1989-90 OPC Kirk McLean rookie card. This card is maybe worth a buck…maybe. Since that set was so over-produced, you can get the set of 330 cards for $10. So, I find it hard to believe that someone would shell out a dollar for this ex-Canucks goalie. Though I was a fan of McLean “back in the day”. I even did a portrait of him, standing in his net, ready for action. I think I was in ninth grade when I drew it. I was doing a lot of portraits and caricatures of hockey players back then. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be the next Carlton McDiarmid or the next Dave Elston.


2007-08 OPC collector tin break #3

My third collectors tin. Now we’re getting somewhere…sort of.

– 66 base cards
– 7 Marquee Rookies
– 1 Base Parallels
– 1 Season Highlights
– 1 In-Action
– 1 Stat Leaders
– 1 OPC Buyback (1987-88 Mike Bossy)
– 1 Quad Materials: Minnesota Wild

I got another “old” buyback card, an ’87-88 Mike Bossy card. OK, so this one is only 20 years old, but at least it’s not growing on trees like its ’89-90 brethren.

More importantly, I got one of those Quad Materials cards. You have to open a lot of packs to get one of these. Allegedly, you get one of these in about every 288 packs or so. Looking at this “prized pull”, I am reminded why I hate memorabilia cards so damn much.

Yes, this is a nice, colorful card. But why did Upper Deck (the company “leasing” the O-Pee-Chee name) decide to use a purple and black swatch for Pavol Demitra??? Yes, Demitra did play one season for the Los Angeles Kings–two years ago–so they probablby have some leftover Kings jersey of his to cut up and put on a card. But why use it on this one? There’s a green swatch of a Marioan Gaborik jersey, a red swatch from a Piere-Marc Bouchard jersey, and a white (or maybe gray) swatch from an Adam Hall jersey. These three swatches look nice–they are all of the Minnesota Wild’s color scheme (as you’d expect). But the Demitra swatch “clashes” with the other three, ruining what otherwise would be a nice presentation and welcome addition to my collection.

Adding insult to injury is that the Demitra swatch is “multi-colored”. Why couldn’t that swatch go with a pic of Demitra as a King? Sure, he no longer plays with them. But why put a swatch from a Kings’ jersey when it’s a Wild card?

Wild card? Ugh. Time for sleep.

Review: 1985-86 Winnipeg Jets team set

Above average photos and player selection for 80’s set

1985-86 Winnipeg Jets - Thomas SteenThe 1985-86 Winnipeg Jets Police Safety Tips set is comprised of 24 cards that were issued in 12 two-card panels. These cards are also a bit taller and a bit wider than your standard hockey card. The thing that I enjoy so much about these “team issue” sets is that they feature many players who did not get a Topps or O-Pee-Chee card in a given year. This set not only has cards of lesser known players – it has a few cards of guys that lasted nary a season. Continue reading “Review: 1985-86 Winnipeg Jets team set”

2007-08 OPC collector tin break #2

Here is the breakdown for the second of five tins I purchased recently:

– 67 base cards
– 6 Marquee Rookies
– 1 Base Parallels
– 1 Season Highlights
– 1 In-Action
– 1 Stat Leaders
– 1 OPC Buyback (1976-77 Canadiens)

Hmmm, one less Marque Rookie in this tin. That sucks. I also got one of those “buyback cards” that I’ve gotten so tired of. At least this time, it was not another Patrick Roy award winner card. This go-around, it was a card from 30 years ago, featuring the Montreal Canadiens. I don’t mind getting a 30 year old card in a pack of new cards, even if it is a common.


2007-08 OPC collector tin break #1

OK, I’ve been meaning to post more box breakdowns. I recently purchased five tins of 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards. Each tin contains 13 packs of cards, and each pack has six cards. If you recall, I’m still trying to get that elusive Patrick Kane rookie card.

Without further ado, here is how I did on the first tin:

– 66 base cards
– 7 Marquee Rookies
– 1 Base Parallels
– 1 Season Highlights
– 1 In-Action
– 1 Stat Leaders
– 1 Record Breakers

I got two particularly good rookie cards in this tin: Erik Johnson and Patrick Kane. Finally! I finally got a Patrick Kane card. Yes! Now I have all of the “pricey” rookie cards.



What the Puck?

Old Leafs puck = 6 ounces of black gold

Toronto Maple Leafs Viceroy Puck - front“Hey Thom, what’s your collection worth?”

I hear that question all the time. Fact is I don’t really know and I figure that arriving at a total is not something I hopefully will ever be burdened with. I will concede that I do know the value of most things and can ballpark estimate the rest. It’s important to remember values change with time too.

As many know, I have a fetish for vulcanized rubber decorated with artwork and make no bones as to admitting that on at least a few occasions, Continue reading “What the Puck?”

Tony O Rookie Card

1969-70 O-Pee-Chee card #138 – Tony Esposito

Tony Esposito rookie cardOne thing that most of us know by now is, you can’t try to be cool – you either are or you aren’t…although many of us still try to be. Four decades ago, hockey cards didn’t “try” to be cool – they just were.

Take for instance this rookie card of Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito, and you will see what I mean. Continue reading “Tony O Rookie Card”

Denis Savard Appearance

Chicago Blackhawks head coach and Hall of Famer Denis Savard will be signing autographs this upcoming Saturday, March 1, at the Kmart Super Center in Tinley Park (16300 Harlem Ave.) at 3 pm.

Hopefully, I will be able to attend this signing. I have an old photo of Savard, from the 1989-90 season, that I would love to get signed. The picture is 11″ x 14″, so it is too big to mail to him. I also have some cards I can (hopefully) get signed too.

UPDATE: I went to the signing, and have posted about it here.

Elmer Vasko Was Told One Day!

“Moose” fined for sub-par play

Elmer "Moose" VaskoFor generations we toil in our jobs and even though some of us say we love our work there are many who do not. Often you have heard me say or write that sports become our release from our day to day burdens. Most of us will work lifetimes to make what some athletes will make in two months. We worry about number one and make sure we try and do our jobs to the best of our abilities.

In most cases we undergo annual reviews and get praise for good work habits and in some cases we also need to be reminded we could do better. Continue reading “Elmer Vasko Was Told One Day!”