One of the more elusive hockey inserts of the era are the 1962-63 Hockey Bucks. Distributed as an insert with the 1962-63 Hockey cards, there are 24 subjects in a set known for miscuts, folds, staining and general all around non-mintness. The US Baseball and Football sets from 1962 also had similar inserts and for all their problems, they are quite attractive collectibles. I picked one of these up of the 'bay and after a long wait due to a Canadian postal service strike, it finally showed up here at the main Topps Archives Research Complex. Incredibly, it held a small surprise.
Oh the front was as expected, loosely based on real Canadian currency:
But it's the back that held a secret:
Depending upon your viewing device of choice it may be a little hard to see but the bucks were printed in the good ol' US of A:
The wrappers for the set clearly indicate the cards were Canadian in manufacture, so this was a surprise. Still, the bucks were clearly marked as U.S. product so it was all on the up and up-I guess it was just cheaper to make these in the States.
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