Late last month, I placed an order on Check Out My Cards, and managed to kill off 5 sets. Here are the last cards for each set that I’ve completed after this purchase.
2011-12 O-Pee-Chee #615 – Erik Gudbranson – These “OPC Update” cards were inserted in packs of 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2, so they were a bit trick to track down. After buying 5 boxes of UD Series 2 and making a few trades, this was the last card I needed.
1995-96 Topps Power Lines #8 Red Wings and #10 Devils – The Devils and Red Wings were the best two teams the previous year, as the Devils won the Cup and the Wings were the runner-up. Coincidentally, the best two teams were also the last two cards I needed to finish off this insert set.
1991-92 Score American #315 – Gary Shuchuk – I tried building this set during the 1991-92 season, but never completed it. In 2001, I bought a complete set, but this card was missing. So, I’ve needed this 20-year old card for 10 years.
1994-95 Fleer Ultra Sergei Fedorov #3, #4 and #5 – Everyone’s favorite Russian sniper, circa 1995. This 10-card insert set focuses on Fedorov’s career to date. Card #5 gives details of his defection from Russia to the U.S., such as a secret note given to Fedorov in a tournament in Norway and the Red Wings enlisting the aid of a bilingual photographer to help Fedorov defect. Not the usual stuff you see on the backs of hockey cards!
One of my collecting resolutions for 2012 was to kill off as many sets as possible. In January, I completed 10 sets. In August, I finished off another 2 sets. In September–thanks to your generosity during the One-Card Challenge–I was able to complete another 6 sets. With these 8 cards you see above, I have now completed 23 sets, so I think I did a good job of upholding my resolution to complete my sets. Still, I might try and finish off 2 more sets by the end of the year.