Normally, the 1961-92 Topps (don’t call it O-Pee-Chee) Hockey Set is not one I go after. I’m too fixated on 1963-64 Parkhurst and 1957-58 Topps when I go to card shows in search of vintage. But my local card shop recently acquired some 1961-62 Topps, and the prices were fair (around half or less of “hi” Beckett). It’s hard to walk away from that when the cards have decent corers, great gloss, no creases and clean backs–especially in a larger quantity. (Pictures after the jump).
#25 – Elmer Vasko
#31 – Dollard St. Laurent
#33 – Murray Balfour (no relation to Earl)
#35 – Bill (Red) Hay
These 19 cards bump me up to 27 out of 66. A few of the cards I bought way back in 2011 have creases or stains, so I might have to upgrade those. But overall, this seems to be a very attainable set. Only five cards hit triple-digits–Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Jean Ratalle, Rod Gilbert and that pesky checklist. Maybe I’ll pick up some more at the Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Convention in March.