Friday, January 26, 2018

The Other Phil Esposito Rookie


A while back I shared with you one of the bigger pick ups I have had in recent memory and that was my Phil Esposito Rookie. The card books at a whopping $400 usd in Nr Mint condition however, when it is found in the shape mine was in with a crease or two and some tiny paper loss it was very affordable but still nice on the eyes. According to most guides that represents his only rookie card. However, there was another Phil Esposito card released that year with the 65-66 Coca-Cola Set.

While it isn't an official rookie card, I have a slightly more liberal definition of the term and would definitely consider this card his OTHER rookie card. The condition of this one is much much better than my other but still has some rounded corners (2 of them) but much like the other card is very easy on the eyes. The book on this one is $40 dollars in Nr Mint condition so if you are looking to add a Phil to your collection from his rookie year this isn't a bad choice and won't break the bank. I believe I spent about 12 dollars in total on this one and it was definitely worth every penny.

65-66 Coca-Cola Phil Esposito Rookie

Here is the front. Like all cards from this set, they are b&w photos but look very nice in person. I really like the fact that it isn't a canned photo that you've seen on countless other cards before hand and is unique to this set. This is my third one from the set with Howe and Delvecchio being my first two.


Back side
I still love the back side of these cards. So much statistical information unlike the Topps version of Phil's rookie. Both minor, regular season and playoff stats plus some vitals make these cards winners in my eyes. I would love to try and build this set someday because I believe it would definitely make a beautiful set once completed and placed in a binder.

Anyone else out there chasing this set or have it already? Are there any food based sets out there that spark your collecting passion? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Birthday to Wayne Gretzky!

8 comments:

  1. Very cool! There are a number of oddball rookie cards that I appreciate more than a player's standard pack pulled rookie card.

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    1. That's cool and given your awesome personality I'm not surprised ;)

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  2. I have a couple of the Rangers. These were right in my wheelhouse of hockey fandom. I had intentions of finishing the Rangers team set but haven't done any looking in awhile. Maybe soon.

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    1. Very cool! Ed Giacomin is definitely one of the Rangers I would have as a must own from the set for me.

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  3. Great card Dave! Been eyeing the Bernie Parent from this release for a while but haven’t pulled the trigger on a copy yet.

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    1. Thanks Shane! Ohhh that's a sweet goal, I completely forgot he had a Pre-RC in that set.

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  4. Not as big of names as yours but I did pick up four Blackhawks about 6 years ago:
    http://canthavetoomanycards.blogspot.com/2012/01/25-ebay-gift-card-got-me-blackhawks.html

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    1. Wow, they are in superb shape! Nice lot!

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