It's hard to narrow down a group of cards to 10 favorites. Heck, it's hard to narrow it down to favorites at all- I love almost every single card. That's why I collect them, after all. I am very familiar with my hockey collection because they are all new to me. I was given almost 3000 of them on January 31st and I've been working on documenting them since then, so they are pretty much all in my memory.
A perfect opportunity to debut my Top 10 List feature.
As I was going through them all, typing them into my Excel chart I posted a screencap of a few weeks ago, I pulled aside cards that I really liked, and were in contention for Top 10. I ended up pulling aside more than 25 cards, and after some narrowing down, I got it to about 17 cards. Then I had to narrow it down to 10, which was not easy...Place 4-7 were fairly easy, but 8-10 was tough. Who made the cut? Positions 1-3 were hard as well. 3rd was easier to determine, but 1 and 2 were a tossup.
In the end the card I chose as my favorite surprised even me, as it came from a company that I do not really consider a favorite. But, when they got it right, they got it right.
I thought about doing a countdown, but I will start with #1....
#1. 1998-99 Pacific Dynagon Ice Team Checklist #24 Tampa Bay Lightning
#2. 1995-96 SPx #21 Saku Koivu
#3. 2005-06 Upper Deck Rookie Showdown #RS-SCAO Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin
#4. 1997-98 Pacific Crown Royale #90 Alexandre Daigle
#5. 1996-97 McDonald's Pinnacle Ice Breakers #McD20 Brian Leetch
Here is the scan, to go with the video.
#6. 1998-99 McDonald's Upper Deck Grand Moment #M4 Wayne Gretzky
Like the previous card, I knew who both of them were before I got all the hockey cards.
#7. 1999-00 Topps Gold Label #2 Al MacInnis
#8. 2001-02 Pacific #273 Marian Hossa
#9. 1997-98 Collector's Choice #1 Guy Hebert
#10. 1995-96 Leaf Limited #19 Todd Bertuzzi
I also really wanted to get a vintage card onto the list, as I was given a few of them, but they just didn't make the cut. One of them made the Top 20 simply because it is my oldest hockey card, from 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more Top 10 Lists!