Friday, March 9, 2018

An NHL Repack by team

My brother surprised me with an NHL repack on February 28th, and normally, when I look at the contents of a repack, I do it one of three ways- by card subject, by set, or by whatever order they came out of the pack. Now, though, I've been working on entering teams into my Excel files, and figured I would look at them by team. I didn't think to take a photo of the repack before I opened it...

From the 100 card repack I got 82 new ones for my collection, and that is what I will be looking at here. I believe this is the first repack where I stopped everything else to scan the cards in it as soon as I got them- previously I would scan what was needed for the Database and set the rest aside for later. But since I finished getting what needed scans onto the Trading Card Database in December, I now have the time to stop and scan 82 cards at the drop of a hat.
Boston Bruins- three cards.
1990-91 Upper Deck French #377
1993-94 Leaf #3
1994-95 Upper Deck #61

Buffalo Sabres - three cards
1991-92 Bowman #31
1991-92 Score Canadian #628
1993-94 Parkhurst #27

Calgary Flames - 2 cards
1990-91 Score American #128
1996-97 Collector's Choice #38

Chicago Blackhawks- 4 cards
1990-91 O-Pee-Chee #160
1993-94 Upper Deck #26
1994-95 Pinnacle #94
1997-98 Pacific #290

 Dallas Stars -2 cards
1993-94 Upper Deck #441
1994-95 Donruss #103
 Detroit Red Wings - 4 cards
1991-92 Score American #315
1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier #196
1996-97 Score #132
2015-16 Upper Deck Star Rookies #12

 Edmonton Oilers - 2 cards
1990--91 O-Pee-Chee #189
1990-91 Pro Set #443
 Florida Panthers- 1 card. 1998-99 Pacific Paramount #97.
 Hartford Whalers- 5 cards
1990-91 Upper Deck #172
1991-92 Score Canadian Bilingual #607
1991-92 Upper Deck #238
1992-93 Parkhurst #299
1995-96 Parkhurst #369
 Los Angeles Kings - 4 cards
1990-91 Topps #301 (Unfortunately with gum damage on the back)
1994-95 SP #57
2016-17 Parkhurst #146
2016-17 Parkhurst #147

 Minnesota North Stars - 2 cards
1990-91 Score American #244
1990-91 Score Canadian #379
 Montreal Canadiens - 3 cards
1990-91 O-Pee Chee #82
1991-92 Upper Deck #168
1994-95 Ultra #108
 Nashville Predators - 1 card, 2015-16 Upper Deck #364
 New Jersey Devils - 2 cards
1990-91 Topps #224
1992-93 Parkhurst #329
 New York Islanders - 4 cards
1990-91 Score American #119
1990-91 Upper Deck #137
1992-93 Topps #204
1993-94 Topps Premier #468

The 1992-93 Topps card of David Volek is actually a printing error, there is a spot on the back where there is no printing at all, it looks like the printing plate had something on it that prevented the ink from transferring. I didn't look to see if it was like that on all of them or a known error, but I am happy to have it.
 New York Rangers - 1 card, 1994-95 Select #1
 Philadelphia Flyers - 3 cards.
1990-91 Score American #413
1990-91 Score Canadian #153
1991-92 O-Pee-Chee #194

Pittsburgh Penguins - 7 cards
1990-91 Score Canadian #105
1993-94 Topps Premier #296
1994-95 SP #91
1997-98 Pacific #305
2006-07 Upper Deck Biography of a Season #BOS13
2009-10 Upper Deck #296
2015-16 Upper Deck #399
Quebec Nordiques - 4 cards
199-91 Topps #249
1991-92 Upper Deck #367
1992-93 Pro Set #147
1992-93 Upper Deck #251
San Jose Sharks - 3 cards
1991-92 Score Canadian #554
1994-95 Pinnacle #192
1995-96 Pinnacle #143
St. Louis Blues - two cards
1990-91 Score Canadian #359
1991-92 Score American #107
Tampa Bay Lightning - 1 card, 1994-95 Upper Deck #460
Toronto Maple Leafs - 3 cards
1990-91 O-Pee-Chee #317
1990-91 Score American #210
1990-91 Score American #236
Washington Capitals - 2 cards
1990-91 Upper Deck #387
1991-92 Topps #34

Current teams not present:
Ducks (either), Coyotes, (either), Hurricanes, Avalanche, Blue Jackets, Wild, Senators, Canucks and Jets (either). There were two Ducks duplicates - one of both versions, and one of the first Jets, but being duplicates they don't count.

There was also a sealed pack of 1990-91 Score but I am not counting that as part of this project. In fact I have not even opened it yet!

Now, if you are doing the math as you went along, that does not equal 82 cards. (But seriously, if any of you were counting as you went, seek help, LOL!)

That's because there were some non-NHL cards...
Other - 7 cards.
1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Central Red Army #4R
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL  #12
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL #353
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL Award Winners #8
1994 Classic Prospects #36
1995 Classic Images #92
2008-08 In the Game Between the Pipes #3

This section is the only one which saw new sets get added to my collection, with the Between the Pipes card being the first one out of the pack and gets listed as both 1st in my files- my first from the set and first of Al Montoya. The two Classic sets are also new to my collection.There were 12 new people for my collection sprinkled throughout the post.

and some non-team specific cards as well.
No Specific Team- 6 cards
1990-91 Pro Set #687
1990-91 Pro Set #691
1990-91 Topps #264
1991-92 Score American #309
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL The Dream (no picture on back version)
2016-17 Upper Deck #200

Now that's all of them. Overall I was very happy with the repack- any time I can add 82 new cards to my collection totally unexpectedly is a good thing for me. I would have liked the Rangers content to have been a little higher, but you can't win them all. Pittsburgh had the most new cards, followed by Hartford, which is good because I always need more Hartford Whalers cards- if they still existed I would have considered them my home team, most likely- and there were actually more Whalers than any other team if you count the duplicates, which I didn't. No other teams had more than 4 new cards. The dates ranged from 1989-90 through 2016-17, which is kind of surprising, as most of the NBA repacks I've done over the years- so many I couldn't tell you the number- they generally don't have cards newer than the early 2000s. This had 4 from last season! There was another 16-17 UD in the dupes. It is (or will have been, depending on when I actually publish this) going to be part of the 500th post contest prize Matt Keppel is getting.  I believe this is only the third NHL Repack I've ever done.

Doing this was more work than other ways to look at it, so I'm not sure I will put in the effort again. I don't know when I will do another repack, either. Now that I'm actively collecting 4 sports (counting the Olympics as one sport for this purpose) I'm spending most of my limited hobby funds on new cards and can barely keep up there, so it's not leaving much for Repacks. I think the last one I bought for myself was spring 2017 so it's been almost a year. If I get an exceptionally high response I might go this way again. If I remember the next time a repack finds it's way into my hands. That's a big if!

Now, about that Excel team chart I mentioned at the start of this post...I've never had any knowledge of what cards I had per team. I've always been sets first, and then when I got access to Excel in 1999, I created a chart of how many cards I had of each person. But I've NEVER had teams. Well, I'm changing that now. I'm editing in that info into my charts that show which cards I have of which person- easy enough to just add a new column (Literally one click) and then it's just data regurgitation. But!  I already created a chart where I retype all the information, or, lately, just copy & paste it from the main file. I copy and paste it into three files- the overall list, one for each team, and one for each season.
This past weekend, I made a chart of how many of each kind of card I had by team, and by season. (Please ignore the fact that the numbers don't match- even though it took me only a couple of hours to create this, and I pulled the info from the same source material- ugh. The overall total matches and that's the most important).

Click me to see larger, readable version!
Like all my files, I ONLY enter in cards that have been fully scanned. The real test will be to keep it updated. I've really upped the amount of places I keep my records- as I've mentioned in the past, I do it that way because if one file corrupts, I will be able to pull it back together from one of the others, unlike when I had only one copy, which corrupted, losing everything I had spent the better part of my life up to that time creating)
I decided, since I hadn't scanned all that many NHL cards yet, I would give it a test run there before I tackle the NBA, where I've scanned more than 60,000 cards. I'm slowly working on entering the teams into that chart, but there's so much more to do. The NHL scanned collection is small enough that I was able to complete it in about 4 hours. The NBA is going to take me days to do...but I'm not complaining. I am actually really enjoying the process. And, since it's stuff I've never had before, that makes it all the more exciting. I had a list of how many I had of each person, so that's not entirely new, even though I don't remember much of the old file, I have a general idea of who I have a lot of cards of and who is the Letter Leader. Now, with this new chart...I'll know who I have the most of from each team, who I have the most parallels of, etc. (Note: I expect the overall parallel leader will be Elton Brand, because I actively chase parallels of him, whereas pretty much everybody else I just get whatever I can find for cheap. But I don't think he will have the most inserts, simply because he doesn't have the same volume of cards produced and therefor in my collection. I suspect NASCAR's Jeff Gordon will have the most inserts in my collection

If you click on the "Complete list of people in my collection" tab at the very top of Cardboard History, you will be able to see how many I have of each person, sort of. It's only what's been scanned, and I just have a grand total for NASCAR. I'm working on getting that information but it'll be some time before I can excavate and get to all the NASCAR cards. I've chosen to make the chart where I track that information public. It will be many years before it's completely accurate, as I don't expect to finish scanning until 2021 at the earliest- and possibly later, as I'm losing a lot of scanning time to go back and add in the team info to my charts. I only scanned about 150 cards in February...where I did more than 2000 in both November and December, each. It's not like I'm rushing, I do it because I genuinely enjoy it and if I didn't have this stuff to work on, I'd have nothing to do and would be just staring at the TV all day long. Not a fun thought!

One final thought- I have this scheduled to go live on March 9th, which is my Mom's birthday. She comments regularly on here and sometimes even a couple other blogs as Hotrod Mama. Happy Birthday Ma! I never would have become a sports fan if not for you and I thank you for that!


  1. Enjoy that Andrijevski - only card he has. Literally played a single game in the NHL.

    1. That explains it. That was during my teenage hockey heyday and I didn't recall that guy at all. I used to listen to probably 60 games a season (in West Virginia) on the radio when they were on WMVP.

    2. Awesome! I would always rather get a card of some obscure guy than my 100th of somebody.

  2. Like many Sabres fans, I cannot see Brad May and not think of his "May Day" goal! One of the all-time great moments in team history!

    1. I'm pretty sure you will be getting a different card of his in the prize box! You should see it today or Monday.

  3. Thank you for posting this on my birthday. And I was very happy to get you involved in these sports, although I have a feeling you'd be a die-hard fan by now anyway. :)

  4. You know it's injustice to post a 1993-94 Leaf and not show the back. ;)

    The 1994-95 SP Kurri is from favorite card, visually, from the lot - the card just looks cool and fits the card so well.

    Man, that The Dream card, I don't think I've ever seen it before - what the hell?! Despite it being an oddball, I gotta admit, I kind of want it.

    1. Haha, I thought about that. The backs are fun on that set!
      I like how you can see both sleeve numbers on the Kurri image...I didn't notice that until you mentioned about it.
      According to the Trading Card Database, that Dream card is from the 1991-92 7th inning sketch OHL set, and there are two versions, one which is all white on the back, and one which reproduces the front image on the back. I've gotten both out of repacks, if I get another I'll send it your way.

  5. I think you had a pretty good pull for a repack. I don't mind repacks. While you know there aren't any money cards there are usually a few surprises and some mid level stars. Always fun.

    1. I love never know what you are going to get! I would say about 1/4th of my collection or more has come from repacks over the years.

  6. Guy Hebert was a Duck, not a Shark. Duck fans rejoice!

  7. Happy belated birthday to Hotrod Mama!