Made another trade with Bo of Baseball Cards Come To Life! recently. Sent him some vintage baseball for a mystery amalgamation of Capitals cards, some hockey set needs, and a few more baseball variations.
A few more for the 1991 Topps master base set. Coolbaugh is missing the streak across his hat, Patterson had a photographic dermatologist treatment, Liliquist's "TM" is a variant size, and Naehring has a spot on his batting glove. Some of these could be called printing flaws, but were significantly corrected, so to me they're worth getting.
On to the hockey - two hits to a legends set from 2000-01 Upper Deck....The "other" Bure and Brodeur guys.
Then he knocked my 1996-97 Upper Deck flagship set down to two dozen, few enough that I put names on them.
The rest were an amazing random assortment of cool, shiny, eclectic, and fascinating Capitals cards.
Except for a couple that I recognized the design from, I don't remember having really any of these.
The tough part is going to be sorting them into my team collection box. I had a few I was trying to put away just the other day and I found that what I thought were sorted correctly into the right years between 1994 and 1997 were all mixed up. I can't keep the dual dates straight in my head and invariably mix piles together. I started a document that is basically printouts of each major set by year so I can have a visual guide. I was going by the stats on the back - and identifying each set by the year AFTER the last stat year - until I found a set that had the stats for the same year it was produced only as far as the All-Star break. At that point I gave up and started the document. Of course, sets like Finest have a few different looks to them, and most rookies are a variation of the base design too, so it still may not help. I'll never be able to recognize hockey cards like I do baseball and football.
Anyway, thanks again to Bo Rosny!