I just found this site and it seems to be a great place for vintage collectors. I am interested in starting my vintage collection and looking for any tips or advice that may be helpful. Any recommendations for any books or other websites are also appreciated. In particular I am interested in how to spot fakes and evaluate vintage cards in general. I am interested in possibly starting with the WHA sets from the mid 1970s if that info is helpful. Thank you and I appreciate any and all input.
Back away from the cards and run. Otherwise a vast amount of time and money will disappear. WHA is a good place to start. Small enough to be done in a relatively short period time and still good availability for most items. I still remember opening 72-73 packs and feeling ripped off after spending a dime and getting WHA cards.
Books- start with Bobby's available at the top of the page
Websites- hockeydb.com I am sure is in the favorites list of many collectors
you will be happy with PSA 5's and 6's....if certified, these mid grades will be much nicer than any raw examples you may find at your local card store or show. It will also prevent you from the craziness found chasing PSA 9's and 10's in certain years.
The WHA sets aren't extremely difficult. You would be smart to buy a full set if you spend that much at one time. You will save money in the long run, and once you look over the cards you can always upgrade a few cards if you aren't happy with them. That's what I tried to do and those last few cards still took me forever to find! Even if you don't buy a full set, you can find some good deals on partial sets that will help get you started in the right direction.
I like the WHA sets because they are unique since they weren't part of the NHL, but they still contain some major stars!