Friday, February 24, 2017

Indian Head Nickels


During The Great Reorganization, I decided to thin down my player collections.   As my overall collection grows, I don’t have the space to keep all my current players.   As they get the boot, these newly homeless guys will be offered here for trade.  I’m still sorting the boys out so it will probably be this summer before the posting begins.

So why???  Why in the midst of down-sizing, do I find yet another mini-collection suddenly so desirable?  It’s not even baseball!  I do blame my smartphone which would likely blame the Google browser.  It was an ad for hockey.  HOCKEY!  I do not watch hockey and couldn’t name a current star player, even if it would save my life.  More specifically, it was a particular team – the Chicago Blackhawks.  To be exact – it isn’t the team but their JERSEYS featuring a colorful Indian logo.

1937-1955  Logo
I don’t intend to follow this team any more than I do the Redwings or Stars.   I will own some clothing before long however!  So perhaps that is a type of support for the Hawks.    I’ve already done more research on the Hawks than any team outside of baseball.  Crap, more support. 

While going through boxes at a local card show this weekend, I stumbled upon hockey cards.  Of course, what did I find??  These gorgeous shots of my new favorite Indian:



Six cards total at a nickel each and I am now a collector of the Chicago Blackhawks – nice jersey shots only.  Player does not matter.  

Looking through hockey cards was eye-opening from a collector’s perspective.  Being a strong fan of baseball’s Catcher position, I was naturally drawn to the Goalie cards.  But more than this, the colorful team uniforms stand out boldly against the white ice.   I did see a lot of cool logos like the Senators for example, but I stand firm in my decision to collect ONLY Blackhawk cards featuring the Indian. That’s all!  No other teams, no other sports.   Surely it isn’t cheating to look at a hockey jersey.  After all, baseball is the sport love of my life! 

Did Bobby score [before, during or after the game?]  Did the family get their puppy? 
Does anybody really know what time it is?
 
I don’t collect the Senators.  I don’t. 


24 comments:

  1. Yes, Bobby scored and won the kids a puppy: https://www.nhl.com/news/ryans-goal-for-senators-wins-child-a-puppy/c-799408

    Nice to see another blogger getting into hockey cards, and the Hawks logo is one of the best in all of sports. I started collecting hockey cards before i knew anything about the sport. I still dont know all of the history, or the subtleties of the game, but I enjoy it. Baseball is my first love too, though. (To paraphrase Deion Sanders: hockey is my girlfriend. baseball is my wife.)

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    1. Chris, thanks! I enjoyed the link! If I should start watching hockey, there will likely be a blog post of my confession.

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  2. I love that Bobby Ryan card and it actually made it into my "Favorite Card of 2016" roundup. Good stuff!

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    1. I missed that post but will certainly check it out! Photos like these add an additional layer of fun to the hobby.

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  3. I've really been enjoying getting into hockey. I wish I had gotten a smart phone sooner, and that my TV died sooner, so I could have gotten into it sooner. Better late than never! Nice high grade nickel, too.

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    1. Dallas has the Stars but Hockey just isn't as big down there. Here in Michigan, I'm surrounded by perfect hockey weather and fans of the Stick. Hard to ignore!

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  4. Welcome to Blackhawks fandom, at whatever level you have joined us!

    Because you mentioned the Bobby Ryan card, I feel you might find this interesting.

    http://puckjunk.com/2015/06/15/patrick-kanes-first-hockey-card/

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    1. that's a great card! I can't imagine how it feels to be Patrick Kane! thanks for the welcome! We won't tell the Red Wings, ok?

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  5. I'm somewhat of an oddity.. I'm a Canadian and not really a hockey fan..
    That said, I do have two hockey PCs. Both of them are from my hometown.

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    1. Be Odd, Be Proud! Oddity is a good thing!

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  6. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!!! You have just earned ALL my Hawks dupes.

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    1. I knew one of you fellas would step forward to take care of me! Thanks Jeff!

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  7. The Blackhawks logo definitely a classic. Any of the original Six

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  8. Excellent application of will power and focus :-)

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    1. oh that's me! All about the will-power!

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  9. I'm with Mr. Hoyle... any of the Original Six logos are amazing. That Ryan card is sweet. As soon as I see one in my local nickel box, I'll be sure to add it to my cheap cool cards collection.

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    1. I would have picked that card up anyway. Too much fun for someone else to find! I have an inner greed monster that must be satiated. It appears to feed on nickel cards! If I see another in a couple weeks, I'll pull it for you.

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  10. I love adding Pens cards to my collection via trade. It takes all my will power to not go crazy on eBay buying Pens singles. Always have to tell myself that Pirates and WVU are enough.

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    1. next time I'm going thru the nickel box, I'll be sure to look for them!

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  11. I used to watch any old hockey game back in the 80's before my local Capitals were any good. I liked the Bruins for their cool black uniforms.

    Prepare for the bombardment of 'Hawks cards! I'll be emailing for your shipping address..

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    1. Looking forward to your email! thanks for thinking of me!

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  12. Hi Julie--
    Would love to trade some Tigers cards to you. Drop my a line and hopefully we can trade.
    otwbbcards.wordpress.com

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    1. acrackedbat at gmaildotcom i'll drop by your blog in the next couple of days. thanks for reaching out!

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