Barry Gibbs is the reason this website exists.
When I was 5 years old, my father took me to the local landfill to drop off some tree branches and grass clippings. While he unloaded the debris, I was awestruck with this small piece of cardboard I found on the dirt.
It was a Barry Gibbs hockey card. O-Pee-Chee card number 304 of the 1979-80 hockey card set.
Before that I don't recall having any hockey memories. But from that moment on I was enthralled by the game, and the players who made it great. I picked up the card and read the teasing of information about him on the back. I had to know more.
Realizing that this was card #304, I concluded there must have been at least 303 other cards out there. I was somehow able to gather a bunch of them, though not all. I got sick on the bubble gum trying too! But I was hooked on hockey - and learning about the players that captured my imagination on these small pieces of cardboard.
Ever since, I've been trying to learn as much as I can about hockey players, most of whom I've never seen play. I've read books and listened to interviews and tv shows. I digested anything I could. And it all started with that trip to the dump.
This website is my way of sharing what I learn with the world. It is not just a hobby, but a passion. A labor of love.
And, believe me, it's appreciated! I got into hockey pretty recently, at the first game the Hurricanes played in North Carolina. It's great to be able to pick up some of the history of the one sport I am now fully hooked on!
Sports Card Bubble Gum sickness is the worst. Also you could probably conclude that there are at least 325 cards in the set seeing that most sets end in a number like 25, 50, or 100
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