Dog vs. Cards…and another OPC break

About a week ago, I went to my local Target and purchased 4 O-Pee-Chee “Fat Boxes” and 1 Fat Pack. I did not have time to open them–I haven’t had much time to do anything fun lately–so there they sat, on the floor of my hockey room, in the Target shopping bag, minding their own business.

Then the other day, Gomez the Basset Hound decided that he wanted to rip some wax–and not the way most collectors do.

Keep in mind the following:

  • The bag had no food in it–only hockey cards.
  • The bag had been sitting on the floor all week–in plain sight and within reach.
  • As far as dogs go, Basset Hounds have the second-best sense of smell–second only to the Bloodhound and 800 times stronger than a human’s sense of smell.

So the dumb dog should have sniffed the bag and went about his business. But noooo--he had to bite the box open, just to make sure that there was no candy or gum or anything edible inside it.

The result…

The good news is that the cards rest in the bottom of the box, and Gomez tore into the top. None of the cards were harmed. Which brings us to this box break:

39 base card
2012-13 OPC #230 - Patrick Kane
No surprises here, as most of the cards in this box are going to be base cards.This mid-range photo of Patrick Kane was one of the best of the 39 base cards.

1 Marquee Rookie
2012-13 OPC #569 - Brenden DillonLike my first “Fat Box,” this one also had a Marquee Rookie. Brenden Dillon is a defenseman who played 1 game for the Dallas Stars last year.

1 Sticker
It appears that every Fat Box will have 1 Marquee Rookie and 1 sticker. But the reason why I bought this was the next card, which you can only get in these boxes:

1 Marquee Legends Gold Card
l2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Marquee Legends Gold #G3 - Patrick RoyWhat the…? I already got a Patrick Roy Marquee Legends Gold card in my first box. There are 10 different cards, and now I got 2 of the same one. I was hoping, you know, to get one I didn’t already have. I’m debating if I am going to chase this Gold insert set.

NOTE: I am definitely building this set. Cash flow has returned, and I plan on picking up a few hobby boxes in the next week. I will them post my Want List and Trade list for 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee.

NOTE:  If you come across the October 29 issue of The Hockey News, I have another “In the Cards” article published on page 11.


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

3 thoughts on “Dog vs. Cards…and another OPC break”

  1. I’ve told you and told you and told you, you can’t leave any plastic shopping bag where the dogs can get it. They ALL think ALL bags have FOOD, no matter what. Those are all FOOD BAGS.

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