Way back in May I picked up the last 17 packs of 1978-79 Topps hockey from the local card shop. After I posted pack 1 and pack 2, they kind of fell off the radar. I'll try to get a few more posted before the summer's over. Here's pack 3, 12 cards and one team sticker:
After two solid seasons in Minnesota to start his career, Eriksson would actually play with Vancouver in the 1978-79 season. Unbelievably he would last just 35 games with the team, his play so poor that he was actually cut. He would never play another NHL game.
Won the 1989-90 Jack Adams award as coach of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Rangers had a great season in 1978-79, but ran into the buzz-saw that was the 1970's Montreal Canadiens in the Cup finals.
A new Esposito is always welcome, even if it is off-center.
In addition to Lord Stanley's Cup, Dryden was awarded the Vezina in 78-79. Hall-of-Fame goalies back to back in this pack.
One of the better tough, solid D-men of the 1970's...
Awesome Rockies sweater. Unfortunately Michel passed away in 2006 from a heart attack.
Joe's pretty badly miscut...
Great card, the best centering and cut of any cards in the pack. I also love this card because 78-79 was Trottier's career year. He captured the Art Ross (leading scorer) and Hart (MVP) trophies, with a 134-point effort. In December of that season he registered 6 points in a period against the Rangers. This is one of the cards I was really hoping to pull out of these packs.
My final, wax stained card of the pack is...
A miscut Dennis Ververgaert.
I'd say that was the best pack yet. I'll try to get a few more of these posted in August...
While Watching the Padres/Jays game... - It took me one pitch to realize the Padres had an all 2/14 battery. Paul is one year older than Derek, give or take an hour or three. (1988 vs. 1989)