When I was a kid, you weren't 'cool' and you weren't 'in' unless you had one of these.
O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card Locker
These lockers were a precursor to the monster boxes that are out there today. These classic cardboard containers were stacked 5-6 high in my closet as a kid. One for every year of my collection.
You could get these by saving the wax wrappers and sending them off (with a few bucks to OPC and they would fire one of these babies off to you.
I love how it has a little section for your name and address. Then everyone knows where your awesome collection resides.
Split into conferences, divisions and teams, they were a fantastic way to quickly sort and save your cards.
That said, I was so rough with my card lockers that the cards inside were thrashed...but I didn't care. What was all the fuss about condition. That's crazy talk.
Sadly, all of my card lockers eventually found their way to the trash when I got out of card collecting in the late 80's.
This locker is one that I purchased at a flea market a number of years ago. I couldn't believe the condition of it. And at $10, I thought it was a steal.
Unfortunately, it's one of the later releases of the locker (as noted by the addition of the Tampa Bay Lightning).
Still, a very cool trip down memory lane for me.