theHockeyNet.com web site is all about hockey and hockey card collecting. The purpose of my site over the years has always been to help provide fellow hockey card collectors with information on the hobby of collecting hockey cards, the various different hockey products available and much more.
theHockeyNet.com has been online for close to ten years now and has recently under gone an upgrade with a new look. So take a look around, check out some of the hockey collectibles available to purchase and contact me for more details on items that I have for sale or trade.
For those that are not familiar with hockey cards, well maybe this will help...
Hockey card collecting is a generic term for an activity that involves buying or trading cards with a hockey related theme and usually featuring hockey players with pictures, statistics or other information on the card.
Hockey cards originated as cigarette cards or tobacco cards because most were created by various tobacco companies and inserted into packages to help increase sales. Then other companies started the same sort of thing but experimented using hockey players as a way to help sell their products.
O-Pee-Chee (in Canada) and Topps (in the US) were the top hockey card companies during the 70s & 80s producing sets of cards each year. Several other companies produced card sets to include and better market their various products but no other hockey card company really tested the hockey card market or gave O-Pee-Chee & Topps any real competition until 1990.
Score and Proset produced sets of hockey cards during the 1990-91 hockey season and helped bring back the hockey collecting frenzy. This event turned out to be a major turn in the hobby market causing some commotion and attention, Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card began to increase into the triple digit values and then all of a sudden everyone was turning to the hobby as an investment.
A surplus of hockey card collectables created during the 90s made the value of most cards sets to bottom out and now cards from those sets can be purchased for a dime a dozen.
This caused hockey card companies to recognize that people wanted hockey cards that would retain some sort of value over the years, so they started to pay attention to the insert market. Then hockey cards started appearing with parallel versions, serial numbered versions and some with autographs on them. This eventually led to including pieces of actually player hockey memorabilia inside them. Card companies have resorted to adding real authentic hockey material such as jersey, pucks and sticks inside the cards.