Thursday, March 24, 2016

1982/83 Hockey Pack

Time for another vintage hockey pack opening. This time it's a pack of 1982/83 O-Pee-Chee that I picked up for three or four bucks. I think I may have got five packs for $15 online a while back. The big ones in this set are the Grant Fuhr, Ron Francis and Dale Hawerchuk rookies worth about $30, $20 and $15 respectively. Let's see what I got.
Boom! Doug Smail rookie card right out of the gate. 81/82 was his first full season and he produced 17 goals and 35 points. In 84/85 he topped out at 31 goals and 66 points and went on to play 691 NHL games. His career totals were 189 goals and 397 points. Card is worth a quarter.
Ric Seiling and his Great Gazoo helmet were coming off a 22 goal campaign on their way to a 738 game career. Card, a quarter.
Hedberg was coming off a season where he played a mere four games in 81/82. After tearing up the WHA with Winnipeg, he and Ulf Nilsson signed with the Rangers in 1978. This year he would pot 25 goals and 59 points and he'd retire after two more average seasons. Card about 50 cents.
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My first Leaf! Bunny had played 50 games for Toronto after coming from Montreal for Robert Picard. After sharing six Vezina Trophies with the Habs and posting a 2.83 GAA in 231 games, Larocque had trouble behing the pourous Leaf defenders. A 10-24-8 record and 4.69 GAA was his last full season. He played 25 total games over the next three years and unfortunately died in 1992.
St. Louis Blues Team Leaders with Brian Sutter. Sutter finished 15th in Hart Trophy voting in 81/82 and was even better the next year. 46 goals and 76 points garnered him 4th in All-Star voting at Left Wing and 10th in MVP. Card, 50 cents.
Jim Watson's last card right here after 613 NHL games. Another 25 cent card.
Billy D coming of his career-high 84 point season earned him an "In Action" card this year. He never quite met the expectations of a guy who scored 96 then 89 GOALS his last two years of junior, but he had one of the best Maple Leaf moustaches of the early 80's so there's that. Quarter.
Second card for Kevin Lowe, finally a card worth a buck. His 40 points were his career high and he finished 10th in Norris voting before going on to ruin the Oilers for years to come on the management side.
Carlyle followed up his Norris Trophy in 1981 with 75 points in 81/82 and plummeted to 13th in Norris voting. He played another ten seasons and finished at 1055 games and 647 points. 25 cents.
Sabres Team Leaders with Gilbert Perreault who tallied 73 points in 62 games. The Hall of Famer retired in 1987 with 1326 career points. Maaaaybe a 50 cent card.
Stoughton was coming off his second 50 goal campaign and would notch another 45 goals in 82/83. 
Another player's last-ever card as he would miss most of the 82/83 season after injuring his knee after three games. He played only 15 more games over the next two years. A quarter, again.

Overall, nothing that great in this pack, but lots of good memories.

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