Monday, April 19, 2010

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - 2002/03 OPC Premier Red Line

Oh, it was a grand mailday today. In a nutshell, it was one of the biggest for my PC ever. I added a shwack-load of mask cards, some great goalie stuff and even had a nice surprise or two for my 'One Sheet, One Set' project.

But the highlight item today was this baby...

2002/03 O-Pee-Chee
OPC Premier Red Line /100

Now, a card numbered out of 100 doesn't seem to be very rare nowadays. But this one is definitely an exception.

I saw this card pop up on ebay earlier in the month and the moment I saw it - I knew it would be added to my collection.

Cards that are almost 10 years old and numbered to 100 almost never come up for bids...and I can honestly say that I can't remember another copy of it ever showing its face.

So who knows when the next one would show up.

I was thrilled when the bidding ended and I learned I had won the auction. The bad news is that the finishing price was a little above what I had expected.

This card probably books in the $3-5 range. I ended up paying almost 10 times that amount. Yikes!

After the initial shock died down, I was pretty relieved though. For every Linden card that I've bought for a song, or traded for some discard...this has made up for it.

You get the good with the bad. I can live with the price I paid.

It also helps when I can subsidize my hobby with hockey pool winnings.

I'm very happy to knock this card off my list.


  1. I know exactly what you mean about the difficulty that comes with finding older low-numbered cards.

    The set I'm attempting to build is from 1999-00 and numbered to 25. I've only been able to get 7 of them trough auctions over the last few years.

    By the way, thanks for adding my blog Card Boarded to your blog list. Its kind of cool because your blog is the one that inspired me to start my own after linking to it from a story on Yahoo from Puck Daddy about Patrick Kane and his pre-rookie card.

    - Paul

  2. Hey Paul,

    Wow. Tough set. The best part is that there's no deadline to get it done. Enjoy the search.

    Thanks for the compliment as well. I hope my simple enjoyment of the hobby comes through.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.