Buffalo's two pro sports teams are 0-6 in championships, including 4 consecutive Super Bowl losses by the Bills. The Sabres lost a Stanley Cup final on a very controversial call, and filed for bankruptcy less than four years later. The city has also been passed over for an MLB expansion team, and lost its NBA franchise.. but at least they have awful weather.
You can probably tell from this group of Bills 'hits' that most of my football cards are from the late 80's to the late 90's. I don't have any Bills cards worth more than 50 cents or so, except maybe this Andre Reed RC:
When I was in college (and working less) I had to shrink my sports card budget and narrow my focus. As a result, I stopped buying football boxes and packs from 2005 to 2016. I filled in some of the holes in my collection with a large eBay lot a few years ago, but that only caught me up to about 2010. These two Marshawn Lynch cards came from that box o' base.
Maybe it's the nostalgia factor, but I still love 1990 Pro Set. I probably have about 10-12 Jim Kelly cards; these are my favorites.
I used to have a Thurman Thomas Score rookie reprint parallel #d/1989..must have sold or traded it. I think I had a Bruce Smith RC, too. A lot of my football cards were purged long ago to raise funds for baseball or hockey card collections.
Dominik Hasek gets my vote for best athlete in Buffalo sports history. All six of "The Dominator"s Vezina trophies and both Hart trophy wins came while Hasek was backstopping Buffalo, usually with sub-par talent in front of him.
My wife bought me a replica version of this jersey about ten years ago. I still have it, but the crest looks like blood was splattered on it (no idea how that happened.) I don't have any high-value Hasek cards but I've got a couple dozen base and insert singles.
Did anyone play these Powerdeck CD-rom things? I never even thought to try; I hear they have highlights on them.
Hasek isn't the only former Sabre enshrined in the Railway Canada Hockey Hall of Fame presented by Tim Horton's (brought to you by Carl's Jr.) Gilbert Perreault was part of the famed "French Connection" line that led Buffalo to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1975...where some weird shit went down.
Pierre Turgeon and Alexander Mogilny are borderline Hall of Famers (I've evaluated Turgeon's candidacy before on this blog) I think Mogilny is deserving as well; I can still remember checking box scores 25 seasons ago to see if he scored one of his 76 goals. Beyond those impressive single-season and career stats, Mogilny was the first Soviet player to defect to North America.
One last look at my Sabres commons. I really wish Miroslav Satan played for New Jersey (I think every Devils fan did.) Jim Schoenfeld coached the Devils after his playing career ended - and famously told referee Don Koharski to have another donut!
My best Buffalo cards, including some from my favorite hockey sets: a Topps Pristine Gold Die-cut of Ales Kotalik, a Daniel Briere Be A Player auto, and an Exquisite base card of Tyler Ennis - who probably didn't deserve to be in such a high-end product, but every team has to be represented in every set.
I've got another Ennis incoming from COMC, and a Jack Eichel UD Canvas card that cost all of 28 cents. E-pack has likely halved the price of Upper Deck hockey singles-including higher end items like this Jack Eichel Young Guns RC.
It definitely cost more than 28 cents..but I don't think I paid more than $40 for it.
Sabres owner Terry Pegula bought the Bills for a reported $1.2 billion in 2014, outbidding a fellow by the name of Donald J. Trump, who "only" bid a billion. I'm just going to leave this here:
"I’m glad I didn’t get the team, because if I bought the Buffalo Bills, I probably would not be running for president", Trump said.
Favorite Bills player: LeSean McCoy
Favorite Sabres player: Eichel
Bills card I'd like to own: It would be nice to have that Bruce Smith rookie card back in my collection
Sabres card I'd like to own: A Dominik Hasek goalie pad relic
Braves card I'd like to own: Either a new Bob McAdoo insert or a vintage team card
Bring your passports..our next tour stop takes us to Calgary.
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