Every 1993-94 Hockey Card Set Ranked

The 1993-94 season was my favorite year to collect hockey cards. Everything about that season was just so right for me. I was living with my Grandmother and going to a local junior college, so my cost of living was low. I was working full-time at a card and comic book shop, so I could buy new cards at a deep discount. I had just gotten my drivers licence, so I could drive around Chicago to other card shops or local shows to find the last few inserts I needed for a given set. Plus, I was still promoting a monthly neighborhood show, so a lot of times people would bring me cards that I needed. My situation in life made collecting easy for me that year.

As for the cards themselves, the 1993-94 season was the last year before hockey card collecting got out of hand. Packs were still affordable, with most between $1 and $3. (The 1994 NHL Lockout would change that, but that’s a story for another time.) There were really no short prints, other than the odd insert, so sets were fairly easy to complete. There were some great insert sets, but not so many different insert sets like it is today, where you can buy a box of cards and get 40 different inserts across 10 different insert sets. There were five different card companies competing with each other, so they had to try hard to do better than one another.

For example, Topps finally got with the program and printed its flagship set on quality card stock, with gloss coating and full-color backs. The company also issued the set in two series, so it could include rookies and traded players in their new uniforms later on that season.

Unfortunately, there were some casualties. Pro Set had gone bankrupt in 1992-93, and while it tried to issue a set for the 1993-94 season, its license was revoked by the NHL. The NHL also mandated that companies could only issue two sets per season, so Topps had to jettison its unpopular Bowman Hockey set, while O-Pee-Chee stopped making its own smaller, premium “Premier” set, as the “Premier” name would be used by both Topps and O-Pee-Chee that year for their large, two-series card sets.

One addition to this year’s ranking is how each company included Alexander Daigle in their sets. Daigle was selected first-overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Pinnacle Brands — which made the Score and Pinnacle hockey card sets — had worked out a deal with Daigle, so that only they could picture him in a Senators uniform until he played in an NHL game. The other companies could not use a “Draft Day” photo, nor could they use photo manipulation to put his head on a different Senators player’s body. Thus, they had to get a little creative in how to picture that season’s hottest rookie in their hockey card sets that year.

As I have done with the 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93 sets, here is my retrospective and ranking of every hockey card set issued in 1993-94.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 23, 2019

Hockey for Christmas

In the holiday-themed episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish share their stories — as well as stories submitted by listeners — about getting hockey cards and hockey memorabilia for Christmas. Thanks to everyone who shared their own memories for this podcast, which is 1 hour and 9 minutes long. Also, the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast is now available on Spotify and TuneIn, plus many other popular podcast providers.

Show Notes and Links
All about the New York Islanders Christmas Album
Commons 4 Kids Charity
The Original Pittsburgh Penguins Logo
The “Conceited Swan” Penguins Logo
“1929 NHL Tweets” Twitter account
The Bruce C. Goaltending Museum
The Story of Festivus
More info about this episode’s cover image
Finally, here’s the Wayne Gretzky Overtime Table Hockey Game that Sal finally got after five years of asking for it:

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Podcast intro & ending music for this episode is from the New York Islanders Christmas Album, entitled “Home for the Holidays” and released in 1979.

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Collectors Corner #38 – Storing Oversized Sports Collectibles

Ron Barr and Sal Barry talk about how to store and protect oversized sports collectibles. Plus, offbeat hockey holiday items, Panini’s lawsuit against a custom card maker, and a million-dollar baseball bat.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Collectors Corner #37 – What Do You Get a Card Collector for Christmas?

Ron Barr and Sal Barry talk about what to get a sports card collector for Christmas — especially if you don’t know what they already have. They also talk about the worst sports-related Christmas gift that Sal received, and a company selling shares of a T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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The Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame: Class of 2019

You didn’t think I would forget about honoring bad hockey cards this year, did you? I launched the Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame in 2017 with an inaugural class of 10 horrible hockey cards, and then followed up in 2018 with another 10 equally-awful cards. In 2019, another batch of baddies get their due.

Usually, I unveil the honorees right around the time the Hockey Hall of Fame holds it’s induction ceremony, but these past few months have been busy for me. Really busy. (If you read The Hockey News, then you’ve seen what’s been keeping me busy.) Fortunately, we still have a little time left in the year, so without further ado, may I introduce the Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame: Class of 2019.

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Collectors Corner #36: Lost Hockey Video Games & Topps Transcendent Baseball

Ron Barr and I talk about hockey video games that were planned but never released, 2019 Topps Transcendent Baseball cards, and the kerfuffle over redacted cards in 2019-20 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 18, 2019

Redemption Cards & 2019-20 Parkhurst

Are redemption cards as awful as everyone says they are? Or are they a necessary evil? This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish weigh the pros and cons of companies using redemption cards in hockey card products. They also talk about the new 2019-20 Parkhurst Hockey set and more. It’s 59 minutes of hockey goodness!

Show Notes and Links:
Skokie Park District Website
2019-20 Parkhurst Hockey Info & Checklist
The full story on Sal’s redemption saga with Panini America
How Upper Deck fulfilled Sal’s missing redemption card
2019-20 Prizm Hockey Info & Checklist

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Podcast intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 13, 2019

Interview with former NHLer Mike Brown

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, host Sal Barry talks with former NHL right wing Mike Brown, who played in over 400 regular season games — and dropped the gloves over 100 times! Brown recounts his youth hockey days in Chicago, playing college hockey under legendary coach Red Berenson, the highlights of his nine-year NHL career and how his dedication to physical fitness helped him succeed. This episode clocks in at just under 30 minutes.

Show Notes and Links
Mike Brown’s career stats via NHL.com.
Picture of Brown’s awesome mustache while with the Oilers.
Brown’s fight history on HockeyFights.com.
Brown had the most fights in his NHL career against Zenon Konopka.
Brown’s website for the Michael S. Brown Performance LLC.
The Skokie Park District’s Web of Fame page about Brown.

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Podcast intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 3, 2019

1999-2000 Hockey Card Retrospective

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a look 20 years into the past and discuss the 1999-2000 season in hockey cards — from Topps, to Upper Deck to Pacific — and why that season is unlike any other when it comes to hockey cards.

What’s your favorite set from the 1999-2000 season? What trading card set, feature or gimmick would you like to see make a comeback? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Podcast intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast: November 27, 2019

The Akim Aliu & Bill Peters Conflict

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the Akim Aliu and Bill Peters conflict. They also talk about Mike Babcock’s firing, Robert Bortuzzo’s suspension, noteworthy recent eBay auctions, and a rundown of the new hockey card releases this week. Today’s podcast is just under 1 hour and 15 minutes long, so kick back and give it a listen.

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