Those of you who read this blog no doubt recall my endless love for the 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey set. Between its colorful design and comprehensive player selection, it will always be one of my all-time favorites.
But Pro Set could have been a little more comprehensive that year. While the 705-card tome-of-a-set includes almost everyone from the previous year (1989-90) or from 1990-91, not everyone was included. Two examples are Los Angeles Kings goalies Mario Gosselin and Ron Scott, who were (more or less) NHL regulars in 1989-90, but overlooked by Pro Set.
Mario Gosselin was the Kings’ second-string goalie in 1989-90. He appeared in 26 games, while starter Kelly Hrudey played in 52 games. Gosselin was included in the 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee and Upper Deck sets (the latter featuring the best hockey card photograph ever taken), but was not a part of the 405-card Pro Set Series One. By the time Series Two rolled around, Gosselin was in the minors.
Ron Scott played 12 games for the Kings in 1989-90, and was thus unlikely to appear in any hockey card set from 1990-91. Then again, he appeared in 16 games over 5 seasons for the New York Rangers, so 12 games in the same season was at least a step in the right direction. Like Gosselin, Scott spent the 1990-91 season in the minors, so no company had any reason to make a card of him that year.
However, Pro Set totally overlooked this guy:
Robb Stauber appeared in only 2 games for the Kings in 1989-90, but was considered their top goaltending prospect. He won the Hobey Baker Award in 1988 as the best college hockey player, so his appearance in the NHL was no fluke. Topps, O-Pee-Chee and Upper Deck all recognized that Stauber had potential and included a card of him in their 1990-91 sets. Pro Set should have probably included Stauber in their Series Two set, which was laden with rookies, prospects and bit players.
Drawing some inspiration from Jason and his 1981-82 OPC reboot, I decided to make custom Pro Set cards of Kelly Hrudey and Daniel Berthiaume–the two reasons why Gosselin, Scott and Stauber spent 1990-91 in the minors:
I never cared for Kelly Hrudey’s “real” 1990-91 Pro Set card (left), which shows him wearing his New York Islanders equipment. I wouldn’t mind the photo on an ’89-90 card, but more than a year had passed between Hrudey joining the Kings and Pro Set making his card, so there was no reason to use an old photo.
Daniel Berthiaume was the bona fide number two goalie for the Kings in 1990-91 (37 games) and 1991-92 (19 games). I don’t have a problem with his actual 1990-91 Pro Set card, (left) but my custom uses a photo from later in the season, when Berthiaume wore a customized mask (and not the all-black bucket seen on the left).
Question: What 1990-91 Pro Set custom card would you like to see? Who from your favorite team should have appeared on a Pro Set card that year, but did not? Post a reply below, and I will try to make the card you suggest.