Monday, March 29, 2010

1991-92 Pro Set #289 Bobby Smith (All-Star)

1990-91 Score #322 Brian Bellows (All-Star)

It was always exciting to see a hometown hero get his own "All Star" card.  The first one I remember was Frank Viola's 1985 Topps All-Star baseball card.  That one confused the hell out of me, though, because I knew that Frankie was not actually a member of the 1984 American League All Star Team. 

1991-92 Stadium Club #87 Brian Bellows

1991-92 Pro Set #109 Brian Bellows

1990-91 Score #7 Brian Bellows

1991-92 Score Canadian #160 Brian Bellows

1990-91 Pro Set #140 Curt Giles

1990-91 Score #94 Curt Giles

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee #48 Jon Casey (RC)

1990-91 Pro Set #133 Jon Casey

1990-91 Score #182 Jon Casey

1990-91 Pro Set #463 Bobby Smith

Welcome back, Bobby!

1983-84 O-Pee-Chee #181 Bobby Smith

I'm still a little sad about the 1983 trade of Bobby Smith to Montreal.  Oh well... at least we eventually got him back.

1983-84 O-Pee-Chee #131 Ken Solheim (RC)

1983-84 O-Pee-Chee #169 Steve Christoff

This is a strange card.  Steve Christoff last played for the North Stars during the 1981-82 season.  He was traded to Calgary prior to the 1982-83 season, and spent that entire year with the Flames, before suiting up for the Los Angeles Kings in 1983-84.  It's understandable that he is billed as a member of the Kings on this card, but why is he wearing a North Stars jersey - and an airbrushed North Stars jersey at that! - rather than a Flames jersey on this card?

Well, he was actually traded back to the North Stars by Calgary in June of 1983.  I assume O-Pee-Chee was planning on depicting him as a North Star once again until he was dealt to L.A. in October 1983, just before the season began.

1991-92 Pro Set #111 Jon Casey

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum #56 Jon Casey

1992-93 Ultra #323 Tommy Sjodin (RC)

1992-93 Pinnacle #401 Tommy Sjodin (RC)

1990-91 Pro Set #136 Ulf Dahlen

1990-91 Score #22 Ulf Dahlen

1968-69 Topps #53 Andre Boudrias

1991-92 Stadium Club #25 Bobby Smith

1991-92 Score Canadian #32 Bobby Smith

1992-93 Pinnacle #142 Bobby Smith

1992-93 Ultra #97 Bobby Smith

1991-92 Score Canadian #542 Shane Churla

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee #213 Curt Giles

1992-93 Ultra #90 Jon Casey

1991-92 Score Canadian #191 Jon Casey

1990-91 Upper Deck #308 Team Checklist (Brian Bellows)

1991-92 Stadium Club #138 Jon Casey

1992-93 Parkhurst #310 Ulf Dahlen

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee #142 Shawn Chambers (RC)

1990-91 Pro Set #134 Shawn Chambers

1990-91 Score #57 Shawn Chambers

1990-91 Upper Deck #106 Shawn Chambers

1991-92 Score Canadian #12 Doug Smail

1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier #109 Bobby Smith

1990-91 Pro Set #130 Brian Bellows

1990-91 Upper Deck #385 Jon Casey

1992-93 Pinnacle #42 Jon Casey

1990-91 Upper Deck #283 Ulf Dahlen

I never noticed if this happened with frequency in the first Upper Deck set, or if Ulf Dahlen's card is an anomaly.  Normally a Wing is listed as either a Right Wing or Left Wing.  This card simply credits Dahlen as a Wing.

1991-92 Stadium Club #55 Ulf Dahlen

The inaugural Topps Stadium Club set - initially ushered in with its baseball issue - was hyped as the first "premium" sports card set.  Packs cost a whopping $3 each.  They were given a full glossy treatment, with gold foil trim.  Mostly, the sharp action shots were poised to give Upper Deck a run for their money.

Well... not always.

1991-92 Score Canadian #164 Ulf Dahlen

1991-92 Score Canadian #223 Brian Propp

1991-92 Stadium Club #237 Brian Propp

1991-92 Upper Deck #260 Brian Propp

1990-91 Pro Set #144 Ville Siren (RC)

1992-93 Pinnacle #342 Mike McPhee