The post featured a Jack Valiquette RC, and the memories just came flooding back. After a couple of emails back and forth, I secured about 600-700 cards from Dave for a great price.
These cards have created several problems. I don't want to sort them. I don't want to put them in binders. I don't want to figure out how many cards I need to finish the set. I don't even want to take them out of the original box that Dave shipped them in.
Every time I look at that box, and start flipping through the cards, I turn into the 9 year old kid who bought them back in the 70's. It scares the hell out of me. Why?
Because unlike the '77 Topps cards that I used to buy when I was a 9 year old, these hockey cards are timeless for me. It is a group of players with names like Dunc Wilson, Dave Schultz, Bunny Larocque, Gary Smith and so on that take me back to a time over 35 years ago when the game was simpler. The times were simpler.
I was a kid who had found collecting to be a joy, and that is something that will follow me until the day I stop breathing.
Cards like this remind me of a better day...
The old California Golden Seals uniforms. Not the greatest of greens that was used, but still a retro uni that brings back memories. The Seals were one of two teams that actually transferred cities that summer, the 2nd being the Kansas City Scouts, who moved to Colorado to become the Rockies (not the baseball team....the hockey team)
Something you will never see again. A player wearing a head band on the ice. Awesome.
Nick names were great back then as well...this guy was the "Iron Man" (not Robert Downey Jr.)
|No relation to Felix|
There were many Maple Leafs cards in the box, but this guy was my favorite of the bunch, the pride of Summerside...
The box is a great mix of posed shots such as the Thompson card above, and on ice photos similar to the Unger, poor lighting and all.
To Dave, who graciously sent me this box of hockey goodness...you've created a monster. The same monster that prowled the Danforth back in the 70's in pursuit of cardboard gold.
Thank you Dave.
Thanks for reading, Robert