I've been having so much fun these past few days thinking about some content to publish to this new blog (if you have any ideas, questions, or topics you want me to cover, please let me know) and today I'm going to briefly talk about my first set completion... 2006-2007 Fleer Hockey Netminders.
First off, lets go into some background on how this set collection came to be.
After losing my small hockey card collection in a move when I was a kid, I finally picked up the hobby (for reals) back in 2005-2006. Now, I may be a little younger than the average age of most of the passionate hobbyists out there right now, so forgive me if a set from 2006-07 brings back some nostalgia for me, but it does. I was just starting my first in-depth look into this great hobby, and I was all over it.
I remember going into little convenient stores in town looking for a pack or two of Fleer Hockey because it was one of the newest products they had. I even went as far as ordering a box of it way back in the day. I believe it was my first ever full box break. I remember being so nervous opening the packs I could barely breath. Now, this wasn't like opening 05-06 The Cup, but it felt like it for me.
In my binders and traders boxes, I still have a ton of Fleer base cards and inserts kicking around from back in those days and it really makes me smile. Some of the inserts from that product were gorgeous and I just can't seem to get rid of them. Hitting the Marty Brodeur Base and Hockey Headliners insert in the same pack blew my mind, and still are some of the coolest looking cards in my Brodeur PC. So, so nice. I've inserted a picture below of those two cards, just to get an idea of how nice this product was.
So, after ripping a bunch of packs, one insert stood above the rest and made me want to collect them all, and those were the Fleer Netminders Insert cards. The photography, Black and white background with a close up shot of the goalie mask, everything about these cards were amazing. After trading with my friends for a few I needed, I only had about a handful of cards from this 25-card card set. I also had to fuel my never ending goalie PC at that time, so I couldn't afford to buy packs with my friends everyday, plus I was not on eBay at the time, so the set completion would have to wait awhile..
Fast-forward to many years later, when I had more hobby dollars to buy a few more cards and craft actual PC's of goalies I liked to watch, and I stumbled upon my old Fleer cards. The chase was back on. Shortly after that and a few clicks later, the rest of my set was incoming (thank you, internet).
The set also contains a wide mix of goalies across the NHL at the time. Some of HOF'rs, some aren't, but that's another element to this set that I really like. Goalies for everyone!
Enough talk, here's a photo with the complete 25-card 2006-07 Fleer Hockey Netminders set:
So there you have it. Looks beautiful, doesn't it? Although it's not an expensive set or one that is super rare, it's something that I will always look back on and smile. I've even considered getting these cards framed up at some point, as I believe they are all tiny pieces of artwork in a way.
Although my main collecting focus has always been about player collecting, this is one of the only goalie sets I've ever really wanted to go after, with the other being the Upper Deck 300 Win Club Jersey cards. Now that is another set of beautiful cards that has been a blast to put together so far.
I have about 10 so far (Number 11 is on the way!), and maybe I'll start sharing those off at some point as well. My 300 Win Club wantlist is located at the very bottom of my Wantlist page on this site.
As always, thank you all for reading! Any questions or comments left at the bottom of this post are all read with care and extremely appreciated.
Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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