This card hints at what Chris Chelios’ 1990-91 Upper Deck Update card could have looked like. You might recall that Chelios’ card in the regular set (#174) pictures him with the Montreal Canadiens. The card in the Update set (#422) shows Chelios in a white Blackhawks jersey. So, where did this card come from?
At the NHL All-Star Game, held at Chicago Stadium on January 19, 1991, two Upper Deck commemorative sheets were given to fans at the game. One was for the Wales Conference starting lineup and the other for the Campbell Conference starting lineup – the home team of the All-Star Game.
Chelios’ Upper Deck card showed him with the Montreal Canadiens.
It would have also been a bit insulting to us ‘Hawks fans at the game, which was pretty much everyone. Chelios was born in Chicago, and an instant fan favorite the moment he first stepped on Chicago Stadium ice.
So, Upper Deck “made” this “card” to put on the Campbell Conference commemorative sheet. Keep in mind that these were released at least a month before the Upper Deck Update set.
When I was a kid and first saw this, I assumed that this was what Chelios’s Upper Deck update card would look like. But when the Update Series came out, it used a different photograph, and I was disappointed.
Personally, I like the “red sweater” photo better, and wish that was what Upper Deck used for Chelios’ update card. The photograph is more action-oriented, and the red (at the time) road jerseys always looked so much better.
Which photo do you like better, the unused one (left) or the one that appeared in the Update set (right)?