If I may peel back the curtain for a moment, this is a very quiet time in the CFL. We are a couple weeks past the craziness that was the opening of free agency and we are a couple days away from the start of combine season.
While the players Matthew Cauz has picked are quite good, his card picks are execrable with the exception of the 1972 O-Pee-Chee Chuck Ealey. If they weren't sold in wax packs with bubble gum or as some type of food premiums, they're not proper cards in my book.
Here's a scan of a very proper rookie card from my collection:
They even missed Bud's proper middle name - PETER. Its a genuine keeper.
I kinda like the eclectic choices of 1/2 Pint Matt Cauz. From Chuck Ealey to Jordan Williams. . . . 50 year span - - - NICE
Just picked up a small case of assorted CFL cards from 1954 to 1960, maybe 100-110 pieces total, no complete sets, some cards near perfect, others beyond near imperfect.
I think there's a few rookies in there. Also bought a a small packet of Blue Bomber pinbacks (from a gum machine dispenser), Had some about 12 yrs ago but sold all but 1 to a nutcase who just wanted stuff to flip.
CFL lost one of the great hockey & football collectors of all-time in Adam Mordarski last month. I sold Adam my Billy Mosienko collection, amongst others. Also, a couple dozen Bee Hives and an old Atlanta Flames stick. Adam was one of the good guys - a protege of the also-deceased William "Bill" Campbell, who appeared regularly on Antiques Road-Show as a sports memorabilia analyst. Bill died without a will and his part-time girl-friend made off with an estimated $600,000 in sports collectibles.
Don't have Rocket's rookie card but I know someone who has a couple. Unfortunately, I tried to buy one a few years back. Thought my offer of $500 was sincere but the guy just laughed. I think it was graded 5.5 or so if memory serves so perhaps he was expecting $1000 to $1200.
Trouble with Rocket's rookie card is he was an experienced veteran and 50 goal scorer for 7 years by the time Parkhurst awakened the hobby in 1951. The real rookie card for Richard should be 1944-45 but, unlike baseball there weren't too many companies doing hockey cards prior to the war and shortly after the war.