[Card gallery included after the jump.]
I am going to being try something a little different this week. Penguins History is a passion of mine and I love exploring new ways of sharing it.
From time to time the series "In the cards" will appear.
The purpose of this series is to examine Penguins history through hockey cards.
Much of my love for the Penguins and the players that have wore colours was grown from collecting hockey cards.
I would spend hours studying the stats, looking at the amazing photography and hunting for players that used to play on team.
I have since amassed a nice collection and would love the opportunity to share them with you.
So without further adieu I present the first post in the series "In the cards"
In 1989 the Topps company exclusive rights to NHL trading cards expired and several new companies entered the foray. Bowman, Proset, Score, and Upper Deck all were slated to put out card sets for the 1990-1991 season. In essence, the Hockey card market was about to become very saturated.
The was first issue of this set. The set was distributed in two series, the first included cards 1 thru 405 and the second cards 406 thru 705. The first series in particular was riddled with errors.
The very first pack I opened contained a Penguins player after that I was hooked. Virtually every extra dollar I came across for the next several years was spent on this new found obsession.
Being as this is a Penguin focused site. We are going to be focusing on the Penguins cards in the set.
Who was the first Penguin player I got?
Approx. 30 Penguins Cards appeared in the set. (Take a look at the gallery to see examples of them.)
A few interesting subset cards appeared in the set. I will be doing a more formal hockey card piece very soon, that will feature a glossary and other Hockey card terminology.
One was of Penguins Coach Bob Johnson (not many sets contained cards featuring coaches) - From the example in the gallery you will see that the back contained a blurb about Johnson and some coaching statistics. (After his death, I remember hanging the card in my locker at school)
The second was a team logo card that featured franchise information. It was a great way to learn alittle about the Penguins and the other franchises in the league.
The third were All-Star cards of Lemieux and Paul Coffey. Those cards contained facts from previous All-star games and a blurb about the players performance in the game itself.
The set was organized by team in alphabetical order(which is not always the case)
See below to see the Penguins Players contained in the set:
227 Tom Barrasso
228 Phil Bourque
229 Rob Brown
230 Alain Chevrier
231 Paul Coffey
232 John Cullen
233 Gord Dineen
234 Bob Errey
235 Jim Johnson
236 Mario Lemieux
237 Troy Loney RC
238 Barry Pederson
239 Mark Recchi RC
240 Kevin Stevens RC
241 Tony Tanti
242 Zarley Zalapski
361 Paul Coffey [All-Star]
362 Mario Lemieux [All-Star]
504 Jay Caufield RC
505 Peter Taglianetti
506 Randy Gilhen RC
507 Randy Hillier
508 Joe Mullen
509 Frank Pietrangelo RC
510 Gordie Roberts
511 Bryan Trottier
512 Wendell Young RC
580 Pittsburgh Penguins [Team Logo]
632 Jaromir Jagr RC
633 Paul Stanton RC
674 Bob Johnson [Coach]
As you will see, it was a fantastic mix of Players and really captured the scope of players the early 90's Penguins had.
How Many Hall of Fame members do you see?
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this piece.
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