Thursday, November 28, 2013

Connie Broden 1932-2013

Did you know Connie Broden is the only person to ever win the World Championships and the Stanley Cup in the same year?
Did you know that he won two Stanley Cups despite only playing 13 games?

This is Connie's only card ever issued. I finally managed to track down two copies and send them off to Mr Broden to be signed last year.

Connie Broden passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the age of 81.

If you'd like to take two minutes and read about him and his career, including some great quotes, please go HERE . It's well worth it and far more eloquent than I could ever be.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Set them freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

At the last card show I went to (see previous post), I found a small stack of cards in a box that I had no idea what they were. They looked like this.
 They had a type of wax paper stuck to them. And I mean stuck. The paper was old and yellowed.... the backs looked like this.

I've seen recent versions of this set and I like them. They're pretty sharp. Asking around if the paper peels off or not resulted in answers ranging from "No idea" to "Doubtful after all these years" to the ever popular "If you peel them, they won't be as valuable anymore..."

You know I was going to ignore that last one. Yeah.... I'm worried about value. If I was worried about value, I wouldn't be buying cards, let me tell you.

But for $2, I decide to give one a try. (Obviously) So I brought Guy home with me and went to work.

Actually, after getting it started, it went fairly smoothly.

And voila! No. I think that's Voici!

Shiny and clear Guy set free from his prison forever.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hall of Fame card show autographs.

I went to the big card show over the weekend. No, not the one in Toronto. The one right here in Calgary. Okay. It might not be the big show. It's not even big. Kinda sad actually. But it's all I got. So I try not to miss it.
I  managed to pick up a nice stack of cards this time out. Most were recent releases... I'll show those in another post. For this one I'll feature just three cards. Each a gem in it's own right.
First, a surprise '69/70 Topps Jean Beliveau. $3
 only a little love bend in the bottom right corner stops it from being perfect. Or does it?

Second an on card auto of Hall of Famer (*cough*) Clark Gillies  $3
 a beautiful card like that for only $3? Craziness. Of course, I had to defeat bamlinden in a spirited game of RockPaperScissorsLizardSpock before I could claim it as mine.

and last but not least, another on card auto of a Hall of Famer. This one of USA great Cammi Granato. $5
$11 for three Hall of Fame players. Two autos and vintage greatness.

Anyone else score anything cool at weekend shows?