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Collector's World 0202

Collector's World 0202

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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COLLECTORS WON’T GET RICH QUICK WITH PROMOS

Whoever coined the phrase “Good things come to those who wait,” must have had promo cards in mind. For collectors new to the hobby, promo cards are special give-away cards produced by card companies to promote their newest products. Usually distributed at the larger card shows in North America, promo cards—and commemorative card sheets—are popular items with collectors because companies rarely produce more than 20,000 of them. Limited distribution drives up the price, making them great short-term investments. And because of their short-term potential, it’s not uncommon for collectors to line-up for more than two hours to get their hands on a company’s latest promo. But while promos make excellent short-term investments, don’t necessarily expect to make big money in the promo market—at least in the long term. Several dealers—including Nigel Spill of Oldies and…

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EMERSON

In recent years, the St. Louis Blues have been guilty of rushing their top prospects into the big show while they were still learning their lines. Brian Benning and Rod Brind’ Amour skipped the minor leagues, raced onto the NHL’s all-rookie team, suffered sophomore slumps and found themselves on the trading block soon after the honeymoon. Herb Raglan, Jocelyn Lemieux and Tony Hrkac stepped right in for the Blues…and then were sent packing after a couple of disappointing seasons. But the Blues took their time with forward Nelson Emerson—they picked him 44th overall back in 1985— and now he appears to have been worth the wait. He scored six goals and added five assists in nine pre-season games to earn a spot with Dave Christian and Ron Sutter on the Blues’ second…

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STAR ROOKIE CARDS OUTPERFORM SET VALUES

When it comes to investing in hockey cards is it better to buy complete sets or rookie cards? Figures from the THN Collectors World Price Guide show that investing in a top rookie is a better buy than buying a complete set. We examined each of the 10 O-Pee-Chee issues from the 1980s and discovered that over the past year, the card values of the top rookie in the set rose faster than the overall set value nine times out of 10. The one exception to the rule is in the 1983-84 set, where Bernie Nicholls’ rookie card rose seven per cent while the set value went up 65 per cent. Nicholls’ rookie card, which rose from $15 to $16, is no longer the most valuable in the set. That honor belongs…

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HERE’S HOLE TRUTH ABOUT DAMAGED CARDS

As a kid, I had more hockey cards than sense. In order to preserve my cards, I punched a hole in the top two corners and strung them on two pieces of wire. The cards are from the 1954-55 Parkhurst issue to the 1964-65 Topps cards and include many valuable Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe cards. How much would they be worth because of the holes? Dan Gamble Nepean, Ont. Unfortunately the holes in the cards are classified as serious defects which downgrades them to poor condition. Poor condition cards rarely have more than 10 per cent the value of near-mint cards from that era. You’re better off keeping your cards for their nostalgic value than trying to sell them for what will seem a disappointingly small amount. As a collector for…