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By RGM81 aka Richard McAdam
When I rejoined the hockey card collecting hobby in January 2008, things had changed considerably since the last time I opened a pack of cards. Seeing autographs and memorabilia pieces on cards was a bit of a shock to my system, and I can easily see how somebody completely naïve to the hobby market could see one of these cards for the first time and spend an amount drastically higher than what a seasoned veteran would pay. Given how much trading, buying, and selling is done online now, it is all the more important that people More >
by RGM81 aka Richard McAdam
Ever since Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin simultaneously spectacularly burst onto the NHL scene in 2005-06, hockey fans have been divided over the question: who is better? For the past five years the two superstars have been dominant, racking up numerous individual awards, scoring tremendous highlight reel goals, and becoming the faces of their respective franchises. Discussions have often been spirited and passionate, whether on SCF’s Hockey Chat forum, pubs, or the water cooler. It is the Gretzky vs. Lemieux debate for a new generation.
The numbers on Ovechkin and Crosby tell a story More >
by Richard McAdam aka RGM81
Player collectors are a fun breed of hobbyist. As a collector of two current NHL players, I can readily attest to this. The endless scouring through eBay for good deals, waiting for months to track down that shockingly hard-to-find numbered-out-of-one-hundred parallel, and numerous searches through fellow collectors’ trade and sales threads at SCF are but three of the symptoms of being a player collector. In addition to these practices, there is one other special ritual that we perform roughly twenty-two times each hockey season: whenever a new product release’s checklist is posted on the manufacturer’s official More >
by Richard McAdam aka RGM81
When I was a youngster collecting hockey cards, the idea of an insert was getting two pieces of that awful pink gum in my pack of O-Pee-Chee. Flash forward 20 years and now my collection is filled with autographed cards, memorabilia cards, short-printed inserts, and even a couple 1-of-1 cards. All of these ideas would have been pretty difficult to fathom as a 9-year old living in the year 1990, yet here we are today and we have reached a point where collectors are clamouring for even greater innovations in the hobby. The growth of the More >
By Richard McAdam aka RGM81
In this hobby there are a number of different types of collectors: there are the case breakers, the set builders, the team collectors, the player collectors, the flavour of the month collectors, and the casual collectors that dabble in a little bit of everything. Most collectors fit into multiple categories, of course, as a person that mostly focuses on a favourite team will have a side project of a particular set. While all of us that enjoy this hobby are super collectors in our own right, there are a handful of collectors that are recognized, both More >
By Richard Mc Adam aka RGM81
The 2008-09 season was a memorable one for fans of the Montreal Canadiens. Sure, by the end it was for all the wrong reasons, but for several months supporters of hockey’s most storied franchise were treated to significant trips down memory lane to recall the greatness and the glory of a century of dominance. Michael Farber of SI famously stated that there are two institutions that do pomp and circumstance better than all others: the House of Windsor and the Montreal Canadiens. No stone was left unturned by the organization to promote the Centennial.
For myself More >