Motown Madness, released at the end of February 2013, continues In The Game’s series of team-centric hockey card sets. Previously, ITG has released sets focusing on the Montreal Canadiens (Blue, Blanc et Rouge) and the Philadelphia Flyers (Broad Street Bullies). This set is all about the Detroit Red Wings.
A box of Motown Madness currently sells for around $90 and contains 12 cards. Each box guarantees 4 autographs and 2 game-used memorabilia cards.
Here are the results of the box I opened.
5 Base Cards – Pete Mahovlich, Bill Goldham, Bernie Federko, Connie Dion and Bill Dineen. Some of these names are a little surprising. Pete Mahovlich and Bernie Federko are better known as members of the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues, respectively, than from their time with Detroit. Bob Goldham and Bill Dineen were regulars with the Red Wings in the 1950s. Goaltender Connie Dion is an interesting choice, as he only played 38 games in the NHL–all with Detroit–in the 1940s, but never had a card issued until this one. Overall, this shows the variety of players that can be found in the 150-card base set.
Also, the base cards are printed on shiny foil stock, which is very unusual choice for In The Game, who tends to shy away from holograms, die cuts or “the foil.”
4 Autographed Cards – Errol Thompson, Dennis Hextall, Ron Dugay and Stu Grimson. No company does “sticker autos” better than In The Game. I say that because you really have to “feel up” the card to figure out that they are signed on a sticker, and not the card itself. Everything about them is perfect, from their meticulous application of the clear sticker to the choice of black marker for the signature (blue wouldn’t work here). These autographed cards look great!
While none of these guys would be considered all-time greats with the Wings, their time in Detroit was still significant. Ron Dugay and Errol Thompson enjoyed 30-goal seasons with the Red Wings. Dennis Hextall and Thompson would both spend time as Detroit’s team captain, and enforcer Stu Grimson was arguably the toughest fighter in the NHL when with Detroit.
2 Game-Used Memorabilia Cards – Mike Vernon & Darren Helm. Both cards use a 1-inch by 1-inch swatch from a game-used jersey. Other possible memorabilia cards include Quads, which use jersey swatches from 4 different players; Teammates, which use a pair of jersey swatches from two players who played together; and Stickwork, which feature a piece of a game-used hockey stick.
Harry Lumley “Patch of Honor” card. These “Patch of Honor” cards use a manufactured patch–meaning that the piece of patch you see here was not ever a part of a game-used jersey, but was made solely for the intention of putting on these cards to make them “look cool.” Another odd choice, as In The Game usually sticks to using only game-used memorabilia on their cards.
The patch used on this card of Harry “Apple Cheeks” Lumley is a reproduction of this “Buy War Bonds” patch:
If the Detroit Red WIngs are your team, then you’d definitely enjoy breaking a few boxes of Motown Madness. Some of the better “hits” you can get include autographs and memorabilia of Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman, as well as “papercut” autographs of deceased players like Terry Sawchuk and Sid Abel.
To view the entire checklist of Motown Madness, visit the In The Game website.
Special thanks to In The Game for providing the box for this break.