Friday, May 28, 2010


Well, I thought I'd share some of the oldest cards now in my collection... courtesy of the big Calgary card show a couple weeks back.

At one time I was big into building the sets from the 70's. It was fun and I really tried to get cards that were as nice as possible (without breaking the bank).

These cards though dip into the 60's. A decade that I have never before pursued. They came at a pretty good price I thought and are the first steps in my 'One Sheet, One Set' for those years.

1965/66 Topps
#88 Don Simmons

This card is in gorgeous shape. It's a shame though that the card is just a head shot of Simmons. An action shot of some sort would have been awesome.

Did you know that Simmons was the second goalie (after Jacques Plante) to don the mask regularly?

Crude.....I love it!

1967/68 Topps
#85 Ed Giacomin

Another fav goalie of mine. Again though, no mask. Too bad.

This card is a little off center, but still nice. And the price for a 'non-nobody'...I'll take it.

Ed had just completed his second year in the NHL and was the league leader in shutouts with 9.

1968/69 O-Pee-Chee
#127 Paul Henderson

The last card is from one of my favorite sets of the 60's. Sadly, this card does not do the set justice. It is pretty bland in color and the close-up of Henderson is ho-hum at best.

The photo and layout is crooked on the card and the corners are the softest of the three. Again, I can live with it. After all, the card is over 40 years old.

The back of the card made me laugh as the 'Did You Know' fact states "Paul was born on a sleigh during a snowstorm". Awesome.

On a more serious note, Paul was to have been one of the guest signers at the Calgary show. Sadly, his doctor said no-go to flying due to his health.

He has been battling cancer (which he came public with a few months ago). I want to wish Paul all the best in his battle.

That's it for now. I picked up more cards from the late 60's and early 70's which will find their way into a post or two via my 'One Sheet, One Set', 'Cardboard Photography' and of course 'To The Bike Spokes'.

Should be fun.