Hockey Card Stories: True Tales from Your Favourite Players Paperback – Oct 1 2014
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About the Author
Ken Reid is an anchor of Sportsnet Connected. He has been a huge sports fan and a huge sportscard freak for as long as he can remember. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son.
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The players (or cards to be more exact) he chooses are superb as Reid cherrypicks such totally cool semi-obscure players as Orest Kindrachuk, Mike Pelyk (as a Vancouver Blazer!), Norm Beaudin (the 1st player signed by the Winnipeg Jets was not Bobby Hull) or Merlin "the Magician" Malinowski. You can see there's a strong '70s and '80s slant to his choices. (Oddly, all the cards in the book are O-Pee-Chee and there's no real explanation why cards from Topps, Pinnacle, Score, Upper Deck, etc., weren't chosen.)
Each card discussion starts with a full color page with the front and back of the card. He breaks his chapters up well grouping the tough guys, goalies, WHA (yes, anyone who has not forgotten the WHA wins big points in my own books), cup of coffee types as well as some Hall Of Fame players. One of the best sections were the odd rookie cards like Dave Reid who had a lengthy NHL career yet it took three seasons before he was on a card. The Larmer is Ludzik card fiasco is well worth the price of admission to the comedy club as for a few years Steve Larmer's picture ended up on Steve Ludzik's card and vice versa.
All in all a great read for any hockey fan and, if you were wondering about Reid's background that I touched on, he's from Nova Scotia and grew up a Habs fan. He's written such a great book this lapsed B's fan will forgive him for including '80s Bruins killer Mike McPhee in this collection.
The book is short stories about interesting and unique hockey cards so the format lends itself to picking the book up and reading a few and then going back for a few more etc.
For me it brought back a lot of memories of players, many of whom were not stars of hockey in any fashion, but I found myself having many moments of "oh yeah I remember that guy."
I would suggest that buying the actual book would be the preferred method of reading- the pictures of the hockey cards on my kindle were not reproduced very well.
Ken Reid has written the book in a chatty, humorous, informal kind of way, much like we often see him on sportsnet.
I enjoyed the experience and would recommend the book to any hockey fan.
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Very interesting and brings back memories of my collection as a kid!Published 15 months ago by Lori Harris
Came with edges very slightly dented but that happens at retail stores too. My uncle enjoys it so it has served its purpose well.Published 17 months ago by Kelly
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