When you open up a pack of hockey cards and get a checklist card do you…
Checklists. They used to mean something “back in the day.” That day could have been in the 1980s or 1990s, when one or several checklist cards informed us which players were in a set, as well as cluing us in to how big the set was.
But now checklist cards are pointless.
We know how many cards are in a set because companies like Upper Deck, Panini and In The Game convey that information to retailers, who in turn give us the details when selling us new cards. The card companies also post this information to their websites, many times making checklists of new sets available as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
And when was the last time you actually took a pen and “checked off” your checklist?
So why does Upper Deck continue to include checklists, in both their Upper Deck and O-Pee-Chee card sets?
Would you rather get an Upper Deck Young Guns card of a prospective NHL player, or an Upper Deck Young Guns CHECKLIST card?
Would you rather get an O-Pee-Chee CHECKLIST card, or a duplicate of Hal Gill?
(Is Hall Gill still even playing?)
Checklists are useless. Sure, really old ones are worth some money if they are unmarked. Some newer checklists might be worth a few bucks if they picture a popular player on the front, like Sidney Crosby.
But really, what’s the point? Take out the checklists, and no one will care.
Checklists are dead.
What do you think? Do you like checklist cards? Vote in the poll (in the sidebar on the right) and post a reply below telling me your thoughts on checklists.