Upper Deck was not the biggest set of hockey cards released in , but it was hands-down the best due to cutting-edge technical innovations and excellent photo selection. Most cards had a photo on the front and the back. Many times, the pictures on the backs of Upper Deck hockey cards were better than the photos used on the fronts of other brands of hockey cards.
The Upper Deck Hockey cards were also printed in French. Upper Deck practically reinvented the trading card. A Stanley Cup Hologram , limited to 5, copies, found less than one per case. Bruce Shoebottom, Frank Breault. Why It Is 2: Each team had its own unique color scheme for the top and bottom borders, giving Pro Set a very colorful look.
It was the most comprehensive hockey set released that year, with over rookie cards. It included cards from the All-Star Game — all 40 players in their all-star garb — as well as cards of retired greats, award winners, coaches and even referees.
None in the packs, though boxed sets did have a special five-card Eric Lindros subset. Why It Is 3: There were both American and Canadian versions of the card set produced. The American version used a blue Score logo on the front, and a two-paragraph biography on the back in English.
The Canadian version used a red Score logo on the front and a pared-down biography, since it had the text in both English and French. Save for 12 cards, the American and Canadian sets featured the same players. Those 12 cards are mainly of journeymen players. See a Score card from feet away, and you know it is a hockey card, just like if you saw a or O-Pee-Chee card. Panini even modified the design and used it on their Score set…which was probably the only reason why Gen Xers bought it.
There were four different panels, for a total of 16 cards. Why It Is 4: Sure, Topps has full stats too, but O-Pee-Chee had more cards. A factory mishap resulted in many of the Soviet Red Army insert cards to have a pinhole and scratch on the front towards the bottom. No such luck if you open a vintage pack today. O-Pee-Chee was the best hockey card company of the s and s.
Why It Is 5: Sure, the cards looked nice, but the only reason why it was so popular back in the day was because it was perceived to be scarce, since it was initially sold in retail outlets that carried candy and gum. Once O-Pee-Chee got wise and printed a ton more, the market was saturated. The set does feature some notable rookie cards, as well as all the superstars like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull. But it also has a lot of cards of journeymen players who changed teams in the offseason.
And let me tell you, I enjoyed opening every pack of that box. Chris Govedaris, Dave Thomlinson. Why It Is Second-to-Last: Topps resurrected the Bowman brand name in to use on a set of baseball cards, and in made a set of Bowman-brand hockey cards — which really made no sense. Dumb name aside — with no disrespect to Scotty or Stan Bowman, of course — Bowman had its share of problems. The photographs were dark and uninspired. The boring design was pulled straight from the Bowman baseball set.
Plus, the text is tiny and hard to read. But if you shine a turd, you have a shiny turd…. Does not apply, since Topps is the same as the first cards in the O-Pee-Chee set. Why It Is Dead Last: The Topps Hockey set is just basically the O-Pee-Chee set, but with less cards and printed on crummy gray cardstock.
So, why not just get the O-Pee-Chee set instead? Uhhh…the bottom card in every wax pack was always stained by wax. I once sent all my stained cards to Topps with an angry letter, and they replaced them with unopened cello packs. These cello packs used only a trace amount of glue, and did not stain the cards. Al MacInnis [Season Leader].
Ed Belfour [Season Leader]. Brett Hull [ Highlight 50 Goa]. Wayne Gretzky [ Highlight Ca]. Ray Bourque [The Franchise]. Pierre Turgeon [The Franchise]. Al MacInnis [The Franchise]. Jeremy Roenick [The Franchise]. Steve Yzerman [The Franchise]. Mark Messier [The Franchise]. John Cullen [The Franchise]. Wayne Gretzky [The Franchise].
Mike Modano [The Franchise]. Patrick Roy [The Franchise]. Mario Lemieux [Conn Smythe Trophy]. Wayne Gretzky [Art Ross Trophy].
Brett Hull [Hart Memorial Trophy]. Ray Bourque [Norris Trophy]. Ed Belfour [Calder Trophy]. Ed Belfour [Vezina Trophy]. Dirk Graham [Frank J. Ed Belfour [Jennings Trophy].
Wayne Gretzky [Lady Byng Trophy]. This is four different factory sealed 's Hockey Card Sets, a hand collated set and a small set exactly as shown in photo. Lot includes four factory sealed sets, a Upper Deck hand collated set along with a Upper Deck High Number factory set.
This is five different 's Hockey Card Sets exactly as shown in photo - four factory sealed sets and a OPC hand collated set. Set contains cards. The factory plastic wrap still surrounds the box sealing it shut. The cards are therefore untouched and in MINT condition. Each of these do include the 5 extra Eric Lindros cards. Nice clean boxes from my last factory case.
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