Former St. Louis Blues goaltender and International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame member Seth Martin died on September 6 at 81 years of age. He helped Canada win the World Championship in 1961, made Glenn Hall his first goalie mask — and was an inspiration to a young Vladislav Tretiak.
From The Hockey News:
“I had also found a hero in hockey, a Canadian goaltender named Seth Martin,” [Tretiak] wrote in his autobiography.
Martin didn’t actually meet the Russian superstar until 1997, when he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
“We talked a lot,” Martin said. “He always says, ’Oh, you were my ‘ee-dol’ for idol, that kind of thing. It felt nice to get compliments from someone like that.”
Hearing that Martin — a one-year NHLer with the Blues who achieved fame at the amateur and international levels — was an idol to Tretiak reminded me of “The Idols” subset in the 1992-93 Pinnacle Hockey set . Those cards showed a photo of a current player superimposed over a sepia-toned photo of their hockey idol.
I always thought these cards looked great, and found it cool that arguably the best goalie to ever play idolized a guy who played mainly amateur and minor league hockey. Thus, I was inspired to make this card of Martin and Tretiak together.
Although Tretiak never played in the NHL, and Martin was not the same caliber of player as the other “idols” in the set, I think this custom card fits in thematically with the “real” ones.
For more about Seth Martin’s career, please check out this great article The Hockey News published about him a few days ago.
5 thoughts on “Custom Card: 1992-93 Pinnacle “The Idols” Seth Martin & Vladislav Tretiak”
Killer custom Sal! Very well done and very interesting card to create. Fits in perfectly with the rest of the set.
Thank you. Wish I could have found a better pic of Martin, but there really weren’t many out there, so I had to blow this one up a bit.
Great job! I have actually had an idea of doing something about their neat relationship ever since I got a Seth Martin auto. Sadly I haven’t been able to put it into motion but seeing this cool creation might eventually spark something again.
1992-93 Pinnacle “The Idols” Seth Martin & Vladislav Tretiak card.
Will like to buy this card but not able to find it.
What is the card number ???
This is a custom (fake) card that I made. There is no real copy of this card. So, if you want it, right-click on it and save it 🙂