The Los Angeles King gave a collectible holiday greeting card to their season ticket holders in December of 1992. How do we know that it is collectible? Because it has the Upper Deck logo and a serial number. In your face, Hallmark!
By the way, I should start serial-numbering all of the Christmas cards that I send out so that people save them for future collectibility and/or investment value. Of course, that would mean that I would have to actually send out Christmas cards in the first place.
Anyway, the front of the card shows a group of Kings celebrating a win at the old Great Western Forum. Robb Stauber (#35) looks eager to mess up fellow goalie Kelly Hrudey’s hair some more, as if that was possible. But the other side of the card is way better. It has a detailed illustration of defenseman Rob Blake, winger Luc Robitaille and The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. Note how the routes on the map are numbered 4, 20 and 99 — the uniform numbers of Blake, Robitaille and Gretzky, respectively.
Behind the trio of players are Kings, head coach Barry Melrose, mighty mullet and all, and general manager Nick Beverly. Melrose’s tie appears to be gerrymandering its own voting district, while Beverly’s tie doubles as his suit jacket. I bet Don Cherry is so jealous. Both are rocking shades. Why is this not a movie poster?
These cards were limited to 7,000 copies and measure 5 3/8″ wide by 3 5/8″ tall. They are printed on card stock similar to Upper Deck cards around that time.
Does anyone remember getting one of these Kings Holiday Cards back in 1992? I am curious if these actually were mailed out to season ticket holders — and if so, why only 7,000? — or if they were given out to the first 7,000 attendees at a game. If you have any knowledge of this quirky Kings’ collectible, leave a comment below. ■