Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Righting a bad choice I made a long time ago

Back in the early 90's when I was a kid (and seemingly had more hockey card money than I do now), I actually owned a Patrick Roy OPC Rookie and a Ray Bourque OPC Rookie. Both were in pretty good shape, and I traded them for a mint condition 87/88 OPC set. At the time the trade was fair in terms of BV, but who knew an Adam Oates rookie wouldn't always be worth 40 bucks!

In hindsight, that is probably one of the worst trades I have ever made, but over the last few months I decided to focus on getting some of these cards back into my collection and thanks to a nice Super Bowl pool win, I was able to tick one card off that list.

Even though it isn't the OPC version (I couldn't bring myself to spend 90 bucks on a KSA 8 OPC Roy Rookie), I landed this gem below for nearly half the price.
Front side
I doubt this counts as goaltender gallimaufry as it was the 80's and very little sometimes matched anyway, but it is funny to see Roy with the tanned leather pads and the bone-white mask.

Back sideAs you can see, the legend of Patrick Roy began right out of his first full season with a Conn Smythe Trophy. This card is in great shape, and I am sure if it was sent away to be graded I can't imagine it scoring less than a 9 but of course that is mere speculation!

This card is a step in the right direction for my collection and even though it isn't the card I traded away, I know this one is in better shape and even though it is a Topps version, that doesn't matter that much to me. In the future, if an OPC version should end up in my hands I certainly will welcome it, but I can honestly say I won't be actively trying to land one.

Are there any cards you once traded away and are trying to get back into your collection?


  1. Great pickup!

    Such a great card. Topps is soooo under appreciated for 80s Topps Hockey

  2. I once traded a Patrick Roy OPC RC for a complete set of 91-92 UD Baseball and a partial set of 92-93 Score Hockey. The Roy probably would have graded a 3 or a 4 but it was packed pulled by me when I was 8. Even if I had kept it I would eventually bought an upgrade but it would have still that sentimental value.

  3. Nice pickup! And no, I wouldn't put that in the gallimaufry category with the leather pads as they were just too common back then.

  4. It's not so much the trades that haunt me as it is the stuff I passed on at shops back in the day. In the late 1980s, for example, I remember passing on the following (usually because I was a couple bucks short):

    - A complete set of 1964-65 Tall Boys for $300
    - fantastic Gretzky rookie for $12
    - flawless '51-52 Howe for $135
    - Bobby Hull RC (maybe EX) for $80

    Particularly the Howe drives me nuts because I know the shop owner would have set it aside for me if only I'd asked.

    Prices were a lot better back in the day. You could be a kid and collect vintage.