Trading Card Explosion Article for The Hockey News


Twenty-five years ago, the trading card landscape was changed forever when three new companies entered the hockey card market. I recently wrote an article for The Hockey News about this crazy time — when people were stockpiling Sergei Fedorov rookie cards like they were gold bullion — and how it eventually led to the 1992 NHL players’ strike The article is in THN’s 2015-16 Season Preview issue, but you can also read it (for free!) at the THN website here. Check it out, and let me know your favorite memory of the 1990-91 season. 


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

2 thoughts on “Trading Card Explosion Article for The Hockey News”

  1. I remember these days. I was a kid then. Had a card shop in my bedroom and would live at the local card shop. You’re right so many people bought cards with the hopes it would put their kids through college. The hard reality hit them in the early 2000s when they went to cash in and found out that box of 91-92 uh whatever was completely worthless. If they had taken the hundreds they spent in 91 and put it in a 10 year savings bond they would have had some college money. Then eBay came and destroyed whatever was left of the market. Its too bad Fedorov, Jagr, Sakic and Selanne came out in the early 90s because had they came out a few years earlier their rookie cards would be worth hundreds.

    1. Hi Christopher, thank you for sharing your story.

      I wish Jeremy Roenick had a rookie card in the 1989-90 Topps and O-Pee-Chee sets. That would have made sense, since he did play 20 regular season games and a bunch of games in the ’89 playoffs for the Blackhawks, so he *could* have had a RC that would be worth a couple of bucks instead of a shiny quarter.

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