I've been working on a team set of 70-71 O-Pee-Chee Maple Leafs cards and decided to get close to completion using the Black Friday sale on COMC.
I love collecting vintage cards. There are, however, a ton of vintage cards, particularly if you collect more than one sport and it can became as expensive as you let it. I find the best way to collect vintage is focus on a theme and pick away at that until you are satisfied with what you have.
I decided awhile ago to work on Leafs cards from the seventies. The eighties would be too easy, as the cards are more readily available in higher grades and the Leafs really stunk to high hell that decade anyway. The sixties would be challenging. Doable, but expensive. So, I figured I would split the difference and that although seventies hockey was before my time, I still love the vintage feel.
I then decided to start at the beginning with the 1970 set. There are sixteen Leafs cards in that set. I am currently sitting at nine out of sixteen. Here is what I picked up over the weekend (and a bit before). The images are from COMC, but they are all the actual cards I bought there.
Plante played two-and-a-half seasons with the Leafs while in his early forties. He led the league in GAA during the 70-71 season and made the Second All-Star team that year. He played another full season and a partial before being traded to Boston. He finished his career in the WHA with Edmonton and died of cancer in 1985.
Although Plante has a few cards pictured as a Leaf, it's funny seeing him not pictured with the Habs since that is obviously the team he is most associated with. He's much older here and this was actually after his first retirement in the late sixties. This was a funny transitional time for the Leafs, as they were moving into the Sittler era, but still had players such as Plante leftover from the original six era. Plante was $18.50 on COMC.
Monahan was the first overall pick of the Habs in 1963. He never developed into an elite level player, and spent the better years of his career as a defensive forwards for the Leafs. He ended up playing his final years in Japan of all places and retired in 1982. This was $3.05.
Armstrong was a long-time Leaf, playing 1,188 games for the club with thirteen seasons as team captain. He won four Cups with Toronto, including the game winning goal for the latest Leafs Cup victory in 1967. He also briefly coached the team for part of a season in 1989. He's still alive and well at the age of 88. Armstrong was $4.97.
Dave Keon is another Leafs great from the 1970 set. He played fifteen seasons with Toronto and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2016 he was named the greatest player in Leafs history and in 2017 was named one of the hundred greatest players of all-time. He left the NHL in the seventies to join the WHA, but returned when the WHA folded and finished his career with Hartford in 1982. I got this for $7.77.
Paul Henderson is more famous for his Summit Series winning goal as a member of Team Canada, which is one of the most recognizable hockey photographs in history. He spent the best years of his pro career, however, with the Leafs. The Canadian Press named his Summit Series winning goal as the sporting moment of the century, certainly no small praise. This was $8.30.
I have more cards I'll show off in the next post, but as you can see the 70 Leafs set was full of some all-time greats.
Do you enjoy collecting vintage cards? Do you collect stuff from before you were born? If so, what made you decide to collect that vintage?