November 8, 2016 | Vol. 17 Issue 22
In this issue:
  Collecting the 1973 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card Set
  Collecting the 1979 Topps Hockey Card Set
  Collecting the 1980 Topps Football Card Set


Collecting the 1973 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card Set – A Colorful and Underrated 1970s Puck Issue
The 1973 O-Pee-Chee hockey card set is not a set that receives a lot of fanfare like some of the other classic releases from the 1960s and 1970s, but it does offer its share of appeal. This includes cards of the legendary Bobby Orr in his prime, in addition to key rookies like the one featuring Hall of Famer Bill Barber. In the next piece, we delve into the set to see why some collectors find it intriguing. 

Collecting the 1979 Topps Hockey Card Set – Out with the Old, In with "The Great One"
The 1979 Topps hockey card set often takes a seat to the more difficult O-Pee-Chee release from the same year, but the set has its advantages. Not only is it a more affordable alternative to the Canadian production and for those looking for a Wayne Gretzky rookie card, but it also features a deep blue color not found on cards from its sister series. In the following article, we break down the set by discussing it with collectors. 

Collecting the 1980 Topps Football Card Set – The Forgotten Issue of the Decade
In 1980, Topps issued another football card set in a long line of annual releases, but over time this set has been overshadowed by many of the company’s releases during the same period. Of course, this is no fault of Topps – it just comes down to the lack of high-profile rookies during that year. It may be missing the individual rookie power of names like Montana and Marino, but the set does contain a number of Hall of Famers. Let’s take a closer look at this "forgotten" set. 


Which of the following recently-auctioned PSA 10 cards do you feel was the best long term buy?

  1. 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky ($465,000)
  2. 1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky ($200,976)
  3. 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan ($612,359)
  4. 1969 Topps Lew Alcindor ($501,900)
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