A few days ago, I got some cards in the mail from Mark, a fellow blogger who maintains a site called Stats-On-The-Back.
Attached was a note that read:
Sal, 1 Cubs team set + every hockey card I own. Enjoy.
Mark was giving away some of his baseball card collection, and gave me a complete Chicago Cubs team set from the 1986 Fleer series. But he also gave me, and I quote “every hockey card” that he owned–all 19 of them. No complaints here. As the saying goes, “Give me your tired, your poor, your Pro Set.”
Let’s take a look at some of the cooler cards, shall we? Besides the 1990-91 Pro Set Gordie Howe card we see above, Mark also sent me…
2009 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary #1039 – Detroit Red Wings
Well, here’s a card I haven’t seen before. Apparently, this is part of a 2,500 card (yes, 2,500!) 20th Anniversary set inserted in the various Upper Deck baseball cards. I wonder if anyone out there is crazy enough to try to collect the entire set. If so, send me your hockey doubles.
1984-85 Topps #158 – Tom Barrasso
How about that? A vintage card. Barrasso won the Calder and the Vezina in 1984, and was named a 1st team All-Star, as shown on this card. He would later help the Penguins win two Stanley Cups. Speaking of which…
1991-92 Pro Set #319 – Pittsburgh Penguins
Da na na na na nah – HEY! Da na na na na nah – HEY! As long as we’re on the topic of Penguins…
1993-94 EA Sports #104 – Ulf Samuelsson
This is from a set of cards released by Electronic Arts in conjunction with the video game NHL ’94. About six months ago, I wrote a retrospective for Beckett about the game and card set. You can read that review in its entirety here.
Ummmm…uhhhhh, this isn’t a hockey card…
1990-91 Bowman Hat Tricks #1 – Brett Hull
OK, this is more like it. Nothing like a Topps-era glossy insert, eh?
Now, onto that Cubs set. I’ve scanned the cards of the three most popular Cubs of that era–at least among me and my classmates circa 1986.
All-Star, Golden Glove and Hall of Fame member. I think Sandberg was every kid’s favorite Cub in the 1980s.
Sutcliffe was the 1979 NL Rookie of the Year award winner, and also won the Cy Young in 1984.
The guy was a power hitter back in the day.
So, thanks for the freebies, Mark. This Cubs team set is greatly appreciated, as are the hockey cards.