I have been using SportLots for about a year. It’s a great place to purchase cards with a value too cheap for eBay or comc. It has been excellent for helping fill my hockey older sets.
If you haven’t tried SportLots I recommend it. And if you don’t mind waiting, you can also use the box service to save some money on shipping.
The 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier hockey set is one of my favorites. As a kid, this set was way too expensive for the 10 year old me. I remember saving up and purchasing the 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier Sergei Fedorov rookie for $15, which was an incredible deal at the time.
I got all these singles for $0.18 to $0.25 each.
These 29 cards bring the set to 93.2% complete.
1995-96 Topps Finest Hockey was another high-end set in it’s day. I remember drooling over the gold refractors in the display case at card shows. Even the base cards were a big deal.
The price is definitely more affordable these days, but the base gold and base gold refractors can still get pricey. The Gretzky base gold can run $40 plus. As much as I love refractors, it’s highly unlikely I will make a run at that set.
These were also $0.18 to $0.25 each.
The 20 commons bring me to 35.1% completion. I have yet to purchase or trade for a gold base card. This will become a tough build when I need to start going after the gold cards.
Does anyone remember Alexandre Daigle? The former #1 overall pick in the 1993 NHL Draft? He is also considered one of the biggest draft busts. As a kid I chased his cards like crazy. After all, he was supposed to be the next Wayne Gretzky!
He ended up being a mediocre-at-best player. Good enough to stay in the league (he did leave for a few years), but not good enough to be a star. He hit 51 points only three times in 12 years.
I still collect him for nostalgic reasons… and if the price is cheap.
Does anyone else still collect past draft busts?
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I remember Alexander Daigle well. Our newspaper decided to cover the hell out of the Senators when they became a franchise as “our home NHL team,” which is a bit of a stretch. So we had a beat writer and everything, and he wrote about Daigle.
The hometown team thing never caught on. There aren’t a lot of Senators fans in our area still. Mostly Rangers and Canadiens fans.
Interesting… I guess were attempting to jump on the hype train? Maybe? Even if Ottawa was closer to some towns teams Boston, New York, and Philadelphia have been around much longer to build a fan base.
If I had to pick one product I think I dropped the most amount of cash on in the history of my collecting… it’d be 1995-96 Finest hockey. I busted at least a few boxes when they were selling for top dollar, plus bought a ton of refractors whenever my LCS had them. I was attempting to build the gold refractor set, but the guy hoarding all of the Jagr gold refractors ended that dream.
P.S. Love the 90/91 OPC Premier set! Great design… and one heck of a checklist.
P.S. #2 Totally collected Daigle too.
I am jealous. I wish I could have busted open a box… even today. They were recently selling in the $60 to $70 range a few years ago on eBay, but I haven’t seen much lately.
I just loaded up on hockey (& football) on SportLots too. I’m getting out of control. But it makes for nice posts.
Haha– The prices can be so good on SportLots, that it becomes hard to stop.