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Collector's World 0203

Collector's World 0203

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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CHILDHOOD TREASURES SOME SERIOUS COIN

Recently I discovered some hidden treasures of my childhood, including some Shirriff coins which were inserted in Jell-O dessert products. Some of the ones I have are of Gerry Cheevers, Phil Esposito, Larry Jeffrey, Skip Krake and Bill Flett. Do you have any information in regards to these coins? John D. Spriggs Windsor, Ont. Produced in 1968-69, the complete set of 175 coins was listed in the Summer issue (Vol. 1, No. 8) of Collectors World as being worth $4,000. Some of the coins were severely short-printed, including the ones of Carol Vadnais, Garry Jarrett and Howie Young which listed for $400 each. Two of the ones you have—Jeffrey and Krake—were also short printed. The Jeffrey coin listed at $200. the Krake at $40. Common coins were listed at $6 each. With four new…

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TIP OF THE MONTH

Unlike most Europeans who make their way to the National Hockey League, Peter Bondra never starred for his national team. That’s because the Sovietbom Bondra grew up in Czechoslovakia and was not a citizen of that country and could not play for the national team. So when Bondra arrived last August to play for the Washington Capitals, he was a virtual unknown to hockey fans. He was a total unknown to the card companies, all of which excluded him in their first sets of 1990-91. But by the time the companies made their second sets, they all knew who he was. Bondra was drafted in the eighth round of the 1990 entry draft from the Kosice team in Czechoslovakia. A left-hand shot, he split last season between center and right wing and…

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BOWMAN CARDS HIGHLIGHT 1990-91 PLAYOFFS

Bowman hockey is back for its second year and with it marks the return of playoff cards. For the first time since O-Pee-Chee made playoff cards in 1980-81, the post-season will be recaptured on cardboard. Bowman is making a card for each round of the playoffs leading up to the Stanley Cup finals and a card for each game of the final. In all there are 21 playoff cards, including one marking Mario Lemieux as the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy. The Bowman set in 1991-92 is 429 cards, up from 264 last season. A subset of cards honoring the 12 players who recorded more than one hat trick last season is included as part of the regular set. Other than the playoff and hat trick cards there are no special cards in…

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TIME TO TAKE SECOND LOOK AT ’90-91 O-PEE-CHEE

Last season’s O-Pee-Chee series gave collectors cards of several players they had never heard of when the company put Soviet league players on cardboard. But many of those players are starting to make a name for themselves in the National Hockey League. Several others who have yet to play in the NHL are among the top prospects in the game. As those players join the NHL, collectors will turn to the 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee set to find their rookie cards. None of the Soviets in last season’s set ever appeared on a North American hockey card before. The first of the Soviet players to make an impact in the NHL was Detroit Red Wing center Sergei Fedorov. Card No. 19R quickly became one of the most sought-after in the hobby when it came…