1990-91 Upper Deck Prototype Cards

1990-91 Upper DeckPrior to the release of their inaugural hockey set, Upper Deck issued prototype cards of Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Roy. The two cards were given out at the National Sports Card Convention in Arlington, Texas in July 1990 – roughly four months before Upper Deck Hockey would hit the shelves. The prototypes helped generate excitement and anticipation for what would be one of the most memorable hockey releases ever. However, these cards are not without their own share of controversy. Continue reading “1990-91 Upper Deck Prototype Cards”

1993-94 Classic Pro Prospects Promo Card

1993-94 Classic Pro Prospects Radek Bonk promoRadek Bonk made waves when, at age 17, he signed with the Los Vegas Thunder of the old International Hockey League. Most kids under 18 play against their peers in junior hockey, but Bonk was competing with men many years older than him. Classic Games, who specialized in making cards of prospects, took notice of this feat. They issued this card of Bonk to promote their 1994 Pro Prospects set. Continue reading “1993-94 Classic Pro Prospects Promo Card”

1995-96 Fleer Metal promo sheet

Four-card promo sheet features Roenick, Potvin, Fleury and Park

1995-96 Fleer Metal promo sheetThis 4-card panel was issued to promote the 1995-96 Fleer Metal Hockey set. These standard-sized cards are of Felix Potvin, Jeremy Roenick, Theoren Fleury and Richard Park. To one side is a 2-inch strip that has information about the set. The cards are perforated and can be torn apart from one another. Continue reading “1995-96 Fleer Metal promo sheet”

1990-91 Pro Set prototype card

Brett Hull: The first of many prototype hockey cards in the 1990s

1990-91 Pro Set Brett Hull prototype cardWhen the hockey card market expanded from two to five companies in 1990, promotional and prototype cards became all the rage. Such cards were given to card shops and collectors to show them what the new cards would look like, and to entice them to purchase the forthcoming sets. But these promo cards took on a life of their own, and were heavily sought by investors and collectorsĀ alike. Continue reading “1990-91 Pro Set prototype card”