Sunday, January 29, 2017

My First Hockey Repack

Today I watched my first NHL All-Star Game, or most of it at least, as I slept through the first of the three game tournament. Now I have the AHL All-Star Skills competition on. Sounds like a good day to look at some hockey cards. 

Last week I finally got to Target and was able to pick up some current season hockey cards. I nabbed a blaster of 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 some random loose packs, and a 100 card Fairfield repack. Since I gave the blaster it's own post, and I have not opened the random packs yet, since I need to scan them first, I thought I would post some highlights of the repack.
Funny story about the picture- I forgot to take a photo before I opened it, so I filled it with the cards I had on hand so it would look about right. The box now has hockey, NASCAR and basketball cards in it...and one 1988 Topps baseball card which I had on hand for some reason. I made sure to make the top card the actual top card at least.

I got 80 new NHL cards, 10 new minor league cards and 1 new Multi-sport card. I added 19 new people to my collection and I added the following sets to my collection:
  1. 1991-92 7th Inning Sketch QMJHL
  2. 1991-92 7th Inning Sketch WHL
  3. 1995 Classic
  4. 1995-96 Emotion
  5. 2002-03 Be A Player First Edition (card was damaged by sticking to another card on both sides)
  6. 2007-08 Ovation
  7. 2010-11 Score
  8. 2011-12 O-Pee-Chee (also the newest card in the repack)
  9. 2011-12 Upper Deck
I also got a pack of 2012-13 Score which needs to be scanned before I open it.  I also got 9 duplicates, but some of them are probably upgrades.
The oldest cards were 2 1989-90 Topps and one 1989-90 O-Pee-Chee (which was one of the duplicates) and the two sets listed from 2011-12 were the newest cards in the repack.
Most of the cards in the pack were from 1990-91 through 1994-95, and I'm sure that most repacks have similar contents. Only one of the cards was not already posted to the Trading Card Database.

Now, since there were a lot of new cards, it would take me a long time to get them all scanned and posted, and I have a lot of things I want to scan and post, so I am just going to pick some highlights to scan that I want to specifically mention or just like the photo. By the way, 91 new cards is the most I've gotten from a repack in years...over a decade. I've been collecting the NBA for so long that if I get more than 5 new cards out of a repack then I consider it a win. It'll probably take me a while before I get to that point in the NHL, but I am sure eventually the repacks will give me more duplicates than new, considering mostly the repacks are all early 1990s. While that is my favorite time in cards, there's only so many made and eventually you get most of them.
1995-96 much to say about this card. First, slap is not an emotion! Second, this is not my first card showing the angry Gorton's Fisherman, but it shows him best. Thirdly, this threw me because it uses the exact same design and concept as the 1994-95 NBA Emotion set...being issued for the later season threw me off at first, but luckily it includes a stat line on the back for 1994-95.
If the North Stars still existed, and still wore these uniforms, they would probably be the team I chose to root for, as green is my long-time favorite color, and yellow has become my second favorite. I know the team still exists as the Dallas Stars, but it's not the same, and in all three games I've seen of them they seemed to play the...I don't want to go so far as to say dirtiest, but I can't think of a better synonym. Coming from more than 20 years of watching the NBA what is considered dirty there is not even a penalty in some cases here.

I didn't realize the Young Guns subset has run as long as it has, this is now my oldest.

It's nice to get a 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee card without red spots on it. I've been advised they may be mold spots, I hope not. I've sequestered them in a sealed team bag just in case.
This card is one of the more visually interesting of the pack. It's got a high degree of embossing to it, radiating out from the center. You can actually see it a little bit on the right side especially.

I've shown the Chris Gratton card from this subset before. I really like it. Bonus points for being a Senators card. I have not seen them play yet, but I've been saying for quite some time that they have my favorite team logo in all of sports. Being a big fan of ancient Rome that should not be a surprise.

This was the only insert in the entire repack. I found it unusual that the insert was not glossy while the base cards are.

This was the only card that was not already on the Database. There are a lot of hockey collectors on there...not as many as baseball, but that shouldn't be too surprising if you've been reading card blogs for a while.
The very last card in the box...there are Conklins in the family tree. Don't think he's related but on the off chance he is, I decided to scan it. I never imagined I would be distant cousins to Kevin Love so you never know.

I think this is my favorite photo in the whole repack. I know it's posed, but it's just so darn cool. And it displays the Senators logo prominently.
 Oldest and newest cards in the repack.

This can't be right...a professional card in a Classic set? That's not something you see very often.

A minor league card. I am counting these are part of my collection but I am not sure if I should or not. I count the NBA's D-League cards as part of my NBA collection, I even counted the ARCA cards in my NASCAR collection just because they were close enough, so there is a precedent. I think these fall more into the ARCA category than the D-League, which is owned by the NBA, and not it's own separate organization, like ARCA is to NASCAR. I don't have enough knowledge of hockey yet to know if these should count, or should be banished to their own separate count like college basketball cards.
I digress. Why this one matters: He's a one hit wonder, this is the only card he ever got, according to the Trading Card Database. (there are some minor league sets still awaiting checklists) He becomes the first hockey player in my collection that I'm aware of who is a One Hit Wonder. He may not be the actual first- but he's the first one I'm aware of and that was enough to give him a scan.

Here's a list of the cards I added to my collection in order. I copy and pasted it from my Excel chart and the spacing didn't really copy but you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what my collection files look like. The duplicates I got are NOT included in this list.
2011-12 O-Pee-Chee 377  Tom Wandell
1994-95 Pinnacle 15  Guy Hebert
1991-92 O-Pee-Chee Platinum 90  Darryl Sydor
1994-95 Ultra 386  Jason Allison
1990-91 Pro Set 519   Craig Wolanin
1990-91 Pro Set 530  Aaron Broten
1993-94 Score 144  Jim Johnson
1993-94 Upper Deck 375   Dave Karpa
1993-94 Leaf 48  Bob Kudelski
1991-92 Stadium Club 285  Tony Tanti
1992-93 Upper Deck 161  Jeff Bukeboom
1991-92 Stadium Club 259  Owen Nolan
1990-91 Pro Set 217  Mark Howe
1991-92 Pro Set Platinum 213  Larry Murphy
1992-93 Topps 238  Mike Craig
1995   Classic 32   Aaron MacDonald
1991-92 Score Canadian 104  Tony McKegney
1991-92 Stadium Club 387   Pat Conacher
1991-92 Score American 302  Rick Tocchet
1991-92 Score American 119  Eric Desjardins
1990-91 Upper Deck 501  Checklist
1991-92 Score American 216   Peter Bondra
1990-91 Score 185  Paul Cavallini
1991-92 Upper Deck 407   Yvon Corriveau
1990-91 Upper Deck 234  Craig Janney
1991-92 Stadium Club 117   Dave Gagner
1990-91 O-Pee-Chee 35   Mikael Andersson
1991-92 Score Canadian Bilingual 148  Ken Baumgartner
1991-92 Topps 428  Joel Otto
1991-92 Score Canadian 369   Trevor Linden
1995-96 Leaf 45   Ron Francis
1995-96 Emotion 108   Mathieu Schneider
1994-95 Ultra 94  Darren Turcotte
1994-95 Pinnacle 461  Alexandre Daigle
1991-92 Pro Set Platinum 192  Brent Gilchrist
1997-98 Score 96   Pavel Bure
1991-92 Stadium Club 390   Mikhail Tatarinov
2002-03 First Edition 236   Wade Redden
1993-94 Pinnacle All-Stars 22   Alexander Mogilny
1991-92 Topps 515  Dimitri Mironov
1990-91 Bowman 99   Joel Otto
1989-90 Topps 152  Dan Quinn
1992-93 Score Canadian 397   Joe Reekie
1990-91 Bowman 190  Martin Gelinas
2007-08 Ovation 219   Jonathan Toews
2009-10 O-Pee-Chee 322   Mikhail Grabovski
1992-93 Upper Deck 547  Warren Rychel
1993 Classic Four Sport 239   Darrin Madeley
1992-93 Upper Deck 110 Darren Rumble
1992-93 Upper Deck 577   Vladimir Malakhov
1992 Classic 98  Rob Zamuner
1992-93 Upper Deck 405  Martin Lapointe
1990-91 Upper Deck 359   Derian Hatcher
1990-91 Pro Set 19   Doug Bodger
1993-94 Score 246  Dallas Drake
1992-93 Parkhurst 147  Joe Sakic
1990-91 Pro Set 142   Mike Modano
1992-93 Score 351  Rob Ramage
1992 Classic 39   Petr Hrbek
1994-95 Fleer 237   Dimitri Khristich
1990-91 Topps 254   Pelle Eklund
1992 Classic 40  Richard Smehlik
1990-91 Score 319  Paul Coffey
1991-92 O-Pee-Chee 226   John Cullen
2010-11 Score 500  Chicago ends Cup drought in Philly
1994-95 Upper Decl 173   Vitali Prokhorov
2010-11 Score 550   Scott Jackson
1991-92 O-Pee-Chee Premier 42  Kip Miller
1991-92 Pinnacle 44   Tom Barasso
1990-91 Topps 172   Bruce Driver
2010-11 Donruss 16   Henrik Sedin
2010-11 Score 380  Ilya Bryzgalov
1993 Classic Pro Prospects 70  Sergei Zubov
1990-91 Upper Deck 30   Basil McRae
1992-92 Upper Deck 312   Pat Elynuik
1989-90 Topps 151   Marc Habscheid
1991-92 Score American 345  Luc Robitaille
1990-91 Pro Set 289  Luke Richardson
1992-93 Topps 451  Adam Creighton
1992-93 Topps 388  Bobby Smith
1995-96 SP 147  Kenny Jonsson
1995-96 Parkhurst International 10  Kevin Stevens
1995-96 Parkhurst International 159  Ron Hextall
1990-91 Score 368  Boston Bruins
2011-12 Upper Deck 148   Derick Brassard
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch LHJMQ 15  François Gagnon
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch WHL 152  Laurie Billeck
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch WHL 122   Craig Chapman
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch Promo The Bison
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch WHL 151   Joey Young
2009-10 MVP 49   Ty Conklin


  1. The Stars are the dirtiest team in the NHL? Did I read that right?

    1. Keep in mind I don't have Center Ice and I am seeing one game per night on average with multiple teams I still have not seen yet. I saw them on a swing through the NY teams and it seems they went out of their way to try and injure the NY players, albeit unsuccessfully.

    2. Just wait until you see the Blues haha

  2. I like the penguin wearing skates.

    1. Me too- hockey has some great team logos!

  3. You got some cool cards in that repack, especially the Toews Ovation, it's from his rookie year but I'm not sure if it's an official rookie card. Still awesome though. I'm not surprised the Scott Jackson wasn't on the database... I've never heard of him, never seen one of his cards. He must have been a minor league guy that played 1 or 2 games in TB.

    I agree about the Senators logo-and the Rumble card. 1992-93 Upper Deck is one of my all-time fave sets.

    1. The Database says that it is. I'm surprised it isn't SN considering.

      According to Wikipedia Jackson has played a grand total of 1 NHL game, the last game of the 2009-10 season. Currently in the AHL. I actually like getting cards of the obscure guys, the more obscure the better. It doesn't get much more obscure than a one game player!

    2. The Toews is an official RC - books for about $8 or so. The Ovation set was available in 4 tins. Each tin had like 55 cards or so, so you had to buy all 4 tins to get the set.

  4. The Darin Madeley Classic is from his time with the Prince Edward Island Senators, the now defunct farm team of the Ottawa Senators - they shared the same logo.

    1. Good to know, thanks! It's still professional, which is unusual for Classic, at least in basketball, which is all I've known them from in the past.

    2. He also spent most of the 92/93 season with the New Haven Senators AHL team.

  5. I've seen these Firfield repacks in baseball and football. Might have to take a stab at one sometime. Glad you got so many new cards.

    1. I've done a few NBA ones over the years but I don't bother to break them down on here, because I only get on average 5 new cards per. I don't usually buy them anymore but sometimes if a card I must have is showing in the window I grab it. Last year or maybe the year before now my brother got me one as a surprise and I got 12 new cards out of it!

  6. I haven't got a chance to open it yet, but I received a package from you I believe.....Thanks in advance.

    Hockey is always a nice change of pace. I don't buy much anymore, but still love it when people send cards my way.

    I'll be in touch soon. Came into a couple nice basketball cards that would be much more your speed than mine.

    1. Sorry to say it wasn't me. I do have a small stack for you and several other bloggers but my constant state of semi-confusion and scatterbrainedness (a new word, I think!) means I've been sitting here looking at them for 2 weeks now and have not packed them up yet. It's not as much as I would like buy my main source has pretty much every team except the ones I need for gifting to fellow bloggers.