Sometimes you just have to choose. A long-time hockey card collector has picked one hobby over another and the result will send more than two dozen vintage hockey card sets, near sets and single cards into the marketplace later this fall.
Our Vintage Buy of the Week from Just Collect involves a collector of automobiles and cards from Philadelphia came to the realization that he only had time for one of them and opted to let go of what has to be one of the better hockey collections in the mid-Atlantic states.
He packed up the collection recently and spent an entire day at the Just Collect offices in New Jersey, showcasing the sets he’d built over a period of years. It’s safe to say the stacks of albums and boxes took a while to examine but a deal was reached.
The bulk of the collection consists of complete or very nearly complete Topps hockey card sets dating from 1957-1980. The names in the sets read like a who’s who from the original six era of the NHL: Sawchuk. Esposito. Howe. Hull. Mikita. Orr. From the expansion era came more sets and even some wrappers. The collection ends just after the debut of Wayne Gretzky and a 1979-80 rookie card was included. Many cards, including some vintage commons, were solid candidates for grading.
While the majority of the cards are Topps issues, there are some OPC and Parkhurst as well.
The collection is now being processed, with hundreds of cards being prepared for grading while others will be sold off soon via Just Collect’s weekly eBay listings.
Get a look at part of the collection in the video below.
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