Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We are the Champions

Although I've been on a hockey kick lately, the NBA is still what my day revolves around. This past NBA season saw one of the most amazing teams ever...when 4 of my 5 favorite players in the league came together to pretty much destroy the rest of the league. When Panini put out a special team set for the Warrior's championship, I had to get it...it arrived on Monday. Without further ado, here are the fronts of all 24 cards, in numerical order.

The great thing is, if this team stays together, we could see them win a lot more. A Bill Russell Celtics era run is not impossible. I hope it happens...and if Panini does another championship set next year, I will try and get it...even if, for some reason, the Warriors don't win. Yeah, I don't see that being an issue.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Seeing Double

As I've mentioned before, I love error cards...getting a new one is a huge thrill. They have a very small presence on Cardboard History, something that's on my "To-Do" list to fix, but I have not gotten around to it yet.

I got a pretty spectacular double printing error in the mail today, courtesy of Trading Card Database member purtz5979. He posted this card on the Card Identification Forum and I commented on it's errorness. He was kind enough to send it to me and it arrived in today's mail.

Do not adjust your set, the card really looks like this in hand!

I've been collecting error cards for decades and this is only the third double print of this style I've been able to acquire...and by far the most dramatic.

Here's the front.
Unfortunately, it's normal 😁

Thanks again Paul!

Friday, July 21, 2017

New NHL Players added to my collection: 1761-1770

The third round of this series begins with three more players from 1980-81 Topps, and will also kick off another big run of a set that will continue unto post #4.

1761. Don Murdoch
1980-81 Topps #203
 I do believe that jersey is painted on, even though he did play 10 games for the Oilers the previous season.
Murdoch, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, had a rather short NHL career. He played from 1976-77 through 1981-82 with the Rangers, Oilers and Red Wings. He was an All-Star in his rookie season, and placed second in Calder Cup voting that season. His brother Bob also played in the NHL but is not present in my collection. Don played 320 NHL games, scoring 121 goals and 117 assists.

1762. Blair MacDonald
1980-81 Topps #32
From Cornwall, Ontario, MacDonald had a long WHA career before joining the NHL. He played 7 years in the WHA and only 5 in the NHL. All told, he played from 1973-74 to 1982-83 and played a combined 695 games, scoring 262 goals and 365 assists. He played in the 1980 NHL all-Star game.

1763. Pete Mahovlich
1980-81 Topps #72
From Timmins, Ontario, Pete Mahovlich had a long career, from 1965-66 through 1980-81, and to 1986 in the minor leagues. All told he played 884 games, scoring 288 goals and 485 assists. He won 4 Stanley Cups, all with the Canadiens. He played with the Red Wings, Canadiens, Penguins, and back to the Red Wings. His brother Frank is a Hall-of-Famer and does appear in my collection.

1764. Dan Ratushny
1993-94 Upper Deck #245
A very obscure player, but historic for me- this is my 5000th different NHL (or at least professional) hockey card! In fact, it's the only NHL card Ratushny ever got, though he did get minor league cards. The native of Nepean, Ontario played in exactly one NHL game, very clearly with the Canucks. He didn't score a goal, but he did get an assist during the game. He played in various minor leagues and International leagues until 2000-01, including representing Canada at the 1992 Olympics.

1765. Jonni Vauhkonen

I debated including these players who got cards in the World Junior Championships subsets over the years, but since they got cards in standard NHL sets, I have decided to include them. Since they are representing National Teams as well it was another nod towards including them. Most if not all of them played professionally in Europe which I would collect cards of if I was able to. Vauhkonen played in Finland from 1992-93 through 2001-02, then one year in England and one in Germany.

1766. Igor Alexandrov

Alexandrov played professionally in Europe until 2008-09, alternating between Russia and Germany. He also played one year in the USA in the AHL.

1767. Ondrej Steiner

Steiner played in Europe until 2009-10. He mostly played in the Czech Repubic but also in Russia, Denmark and Finland.

1768. Michal Cerny

If I am correct, he played in the Czech Republic from 1990-91 through 2002-03, except in 1998-99 where he played in Slovakia.

1769. Darcy Werenka

Finally, somebody who has a Wikipedia page! He never played in the NHL, but he played in minor leagues and in Europe until 2011-12.

1770. John Emmons

Emmons actually did play in the NHL, after being drafted in 1993, he didn't debut until 1999-00 with the Senators. He also played with the Lightning and Bruins, and only played through 2001-02. He played 85 total games, posting 2 goals and 4 assists. He played in minor leagues and Europe until 2002-03.

The next post leads off with more WJC competitors. I don't currently have enough cards to make up the 10 people I am showing in each post, so I have to get some new cards before I can finish it and post it. This is a problem I don't think I'll have much trouble solving, considering my COMC order is due in soon and I'm waiting on packages from several bloggers and Trading Card Database members...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

New NHL Players added to my collection: 1751-1760

In the second installment of this series, all 10 players highlighted come from a run of 1980-81 Topps that populated a 100-card snaplock I purchased in June. They finished the first post and will start the third post as well! I had quite a big run on the set, getting more than 20 cards from it overall.

1751. Thomas Gradin
1980-81 Topps #241
My first card really showing the neat Flying V uniform that Vancouver wore at this time. From Solleftea, Sweden, he played 677 games scoring 209 goals and 384 assists, spanning the 1978-79 through 1986-87 seasons. He mostly played for the Canucks but ended his career with a final season with the Bruins.

1752. Doug Jarvis
1980-81 Topps #76
Jarvis hails from Brantford, Ontario. He played in the NHL from 1975-76 through 1987-88 with the Canadiens, Captials and Whalers. He played 964 games, scoring 139 goals and 264 assists.  He won four Stanley Cups with Montreal and two awards: 1983-84 Selke and 1986-87 Masterson Memorial Trophy. He never missed a game in his NHL career, and is currently an assistant coach for the Canucks. His record of consecutive games played of 964 still stands as of the conclusion of 2016-17.

1753. Nick Fotiu
1980-81 Topps #184
From Staten Island, NY, Fotiu is the first player who was in the WHA to appear in this project. He played from 1974-75 through 1988-89, playing a combined 756 games scoring 65 goals and 81 assists. He played for the Whalers, Rangers, Whalers again, Rangers again, Flames, Flyers, and Oilers.

1754. Rocky Saganiuk
1980-81 Topps #64
From Myrnam, Alberta, Saganiuk had a short NHL career but a long professional career. He played in the NHL only from 1978-79 through 1983-84, for the Maple Leafs and Penguins, scoring 57 goals and 65 assists. However, he played professionally in other leagues up through 1994-95!

1755. Dick Redmond
1980-81 Topps #36
From Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Redmond had a long career, playing 771 games and posting 133 goals and 312 assists, playing for the North Stars, Golden Seals, BlackHawks, Blues, Atlanta Flames and Bruins. His brother Mickey played in the NHL as well but is not present in my collection yet.

1756. Bill Derlago
1980-81 Topps #11
From Birtle, Manitoba, Derlago played in the NHL from 1978-79 through 1986-87. He played for the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Jets and Nordiques. He played for three teams during 1985-86. His totals are 555 games played, 189 goals and 227 assists.

1757. Joel Quenneville
1980-81 Topps #19
I was pretty excited to get this card as it's only the second Colorado Rockies card in my collection.
Quenneville, from Windsor, played in the NHL from 1978-79 through 1990-91. He played for the Maple Leafs, Rockies and Devils (moving with the team in 1982), Whalers and Capitals. He played 803 games, scoring 54 goals and 136 assists. He has found considerable success as a coach, having been a coach for the last 22 seasons, with the Blues, Avalanche and Blackhawks, where he led them to three Stanley Cups in the past decade. He has been coach for 1539 games, winning 851 of them. In his 21 years behind the bench, his teams have only missed the playoffs twice. (discounting 2004-05 which was locked out). Perhaps surprisingly, he has only one Jack Adams award, which he won in 1999-00 with the Blues.

1758. Dave Hutchison
1980-81 Topps #78
Hutchison, from London, Ontario, is another player who played in the WHA before the NHL. He started with the Philadelphia Blazers and moved with the team to Vancouver, then, joining the NHL, played with the Kings, Maple Leafs, Black Hawks, Devils and ending his career with the Maple Leafs again. He played a combined total of 681 games, scoring 19 goals and 112 assists.

1759. Reggie Leach
1980-81 Topps #70
Unfortunately on my copy, whoever had it first scratched too hard on the black covering the name and scratched off some of the card surface itself.
From Riverton, Manitoba, he played 934 games spanning the 1970-71 through 1982-83 seasons. He scored 381 goals and 285 assists during that time. He was a two-time all-star, with the Stanley Cup in 1975 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1975-76. He played for the Bruins, Golden Seals, Flyers and Red Wings. His son Jamie also played in the NHL.

1760. Rogatien "Rogie" Vachon
1980-81 Topps #110
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, Vachon played 795 games from 1966-67 through 1981-82. He would win 355 of those games, 51 in shutouts. (23rd most all-time) He played for the Canadiens, Kings, Red Wings and Bruins. He was a three-time All-star, 2 time Stanley Cup winner, and won the 1967-68 Vezina Trophy. With more than 46,000 minutes played, he ranks 15th all-time in that category as well.

And that concludes Chapter 2 in my project. I really don't like the 1980-81 set much due to the hidden names, and total lack of names on the back, but at least they are standard size, unlike the 1980-81 NBA set!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New NHL Players added to my collection: 1740-1750

I have not been writing much for the past few days- being sick will do that, I suppose. I haven't even done any scanning in a week. That's so unlike me, I usually scan every single day. One of the things I've been thinking of is how am I going to present the new players I mentioned in the "cardboard therapy" post. I've been thinking and thinking on it, and I've got it! And since it came to me, it also cleared up an issue I've been having with my NBA Encyclopedia, which was how to handle new additions. Do I save them and do them at the end? Do update posts periodically? How would I handle rookies? Well, thinking about this hockey "problem" has made it clear. I'm going to, as they say, burn the candle from both ends. I'm going to keep going in alphabetical order, for the most part. But, for the rookies in future seasons and new people added to my collection who come from where I've already covered alphabetically, I'm just going to present them in order. Since I'm so OCD about my records, I know what number they are added into my collection and that is what I'm going to cover.

So what does that have to do with the NHL? Well, I don't have much scanned yet. Not enough to do an Encyclopedia, and to be honest, I don't have enough knowledge to do it yet. So, I'm going to cover them in order of addition, and I'm going to research them as I go. I learned the history of the NBA largely through cards, and now I'm going to teach myself NHL history the same way...but instead of keeping it to myself, I'm going to share it with the world, too! Or at least the relatively small portion of the world that reads Cardboard History.

Everyone you are going to see in this series is my very first card of them in my collection. The NHL has the potential to surpass the NBA in total number of people in my collection. With larger rosters, larger sets, and decades more years of card production, it's probably actually a certainty. 

1740. Jonas Brodin
2016-17 Parkhurst #164
Swedish born Brodin has played his entire career with the Minnesota Wild, scoring 18 goals and 61 assists over 331 career games. He has been in the NHL since 2012-13.

1741. Oscar Klefbom
2016-17 Parkhurst #127
Klefbom was born just 8 days after Brodin, both in Karlstad, Sweden, in 1993! I happen to be writing this post in the few days between their birthdays. He has spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers, joining the team for 2013-14. In his 189 games, he has scored 19 goals with 53 assists.

1742. Barry Beck
1981-82 Topps #E124
Barry Beck was a two-time NHL all-Star, and played in the NHL from 1977-78 through 1985-86, and then again in 1989-90. He played for the Colorado Rockies, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. He hails from Vancouver. He played 615 games, scoring 104 goals and 251 assists during his 10-year career.

1743. Dave Schultz
1979-80 Topps #134
From Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Schultz played 535 games, scoring 79 goals and 121 assists in a career that spanned from 1971-72 through 1979-80. He played for the the Flyers, Kings, Penguins and Sabres.

1744. Dave Maloney
1980-81 Topps #7
From Kitchener, Ontario, Dave Maloney played 657 games scoring 71 goals and 246 assists in a career that spanned 1974-75 through 1984-85. All but the final 52 games of his career came with the Rangers, but he ended his career as a Buffalo Sabre.

1745. Ian Turnbull
1980-81 Topps #133
From Montreal, he was an all-star in 1977. He played from 1973-74 through 1982-83 and spent the majority of his career with the Maple Leafs but ended up with short stints with the Kings (half of 1981-82) and Penguins (6 games in 1982-83). He played 628 games, scoring 123 goals and 317 assists.

1746. Derek Smith
1980-81 Topps #199
From Quebec, he was in the NHL from 1976-77 through 1982-83, mostly with Buffalo but ending with a season and a half with the Red Wings. He played 335 games and scored 78 goals and 116 assists. He does not appear to be related to the player with the same name who was in the NHL from 2009-14.

1747. Ron Sedlbauer
1980-81 Topps #134
The Burlington, Ontario native played in the NHL from 1974-75 through 1980-81. He played 430 games and scored 143 goals and 86 assists. He began his career with the Canucks and also played for the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. I ended up getting this non-scratched off and a scratched off example of this card on the same day.

1748. Don Edwards
1980-81 Topps #215
The first goalie to appear in this rundown, Edwards played 459 games in a short career, spanning from 1976-77 through 1985-86. He had 16 shutouts, playing for the Sabres, Flames and Maple Leafs. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1979-80 and was a 2-time all-star. He hails from Hamilton, Ontario.

1749. Stan Jonathan
1980-81 Topps #113
From Oshweken, Ontario, he played 411 games and scored 91 goals and 110 assists in a career spanning only 1975-76 to 1982-83. All but the final 19 games were played for Boston, those last 19 for the Penguins.

1750. Willie Huber
1980-81 Topps #173
Hailing from Strasskirchen, Germany, (though considered Canadian) Willie Huber is the first person I've come across who has passed away. He died on June 28th, 2010, at only 52 years old, the result of a heart attack. He played 655 games spanning from 1978-79 through 1987-88, scoring 104 goals and 217 assists. He played for the Red Wings, Rangers, Canucks and Flyers. When he entered the NHL he was the tallest player in history, at 6 foot 5. That height has since been eclipsed.

And that concludes the first 10 people added to my collection since I figured out how I was going to document them. Expect the first few posts to come at you rapid-fire then sporadically as I add new people to my collection.