Tuesday, September 25, 2007
92-93 Upper Deck
With 640 cards between the high and low series', Upper Deck didn't leave anything out if it's 92-93 set. On top of the base cards that cover everyone from Wayne Gretzky to Grigori Panteleev, the set includes painted team checklists (though they aren't as striking as the ones in the 90-91 set), brothers (this time the Linden's are on roller blades instead of the Bure's), the '92 Finnish World Junior team, Russian stars, '92 World Hockey and '93 World Junior Championship cards, trophy winners, young guns, lethal lines, and more.
Of all the sub-sets, my favorite is the Rookie Report where hockey experts predict that Pat Falloon "has many 50-goal seasons ahead of him (he only managed two 50-point seasons in his disappointing career)," and that Tom Draper will be Buffalo's goalie of the future, while Dominik Hasek is merely "unpredictable" and "fun to watch (Hasek took Draper's spot in Buffalo in the 92-93 season)." An honorable mention goes to the player profiles that fill-out the last twenty cards of the set. There's nothing like reading boring answers to generic questions and looking at the sweet shoes that Jaromir Jagr wears, or Doug Gilmour trying to be a badass and talking about riding his "hawg." What a dink. I only wish that on Brian Bellows' profile they would have shown him holding his own hockey card.
With all those sub-sets, Upper Deck could have easily done a half-assed job of the base cards, but once again they made a classy design. The borders are simple and much smaller than the previous year leaving more room for exciting action shots-- and there are lots of them. For many sets it's tough to pick five cards that stand-out from the rest of the pack, but for this set I had to cut it down from at least 25 very good cards.
So here they are, five of my favourites:
#181 - Bob Bassen - There is so much to take in on this card. The crowd's reaction is an interesting as the defender's.
#177 - Brian Propp - Getting tripped on the front, and getting tripped on the back.
#338 - Igor Korolev - The guy with the mustache isn't allowed to sign autographs for kids under 18.
#263 - Petr Nedved - Upper Deck's photographer in Los Angeles loves that fisheye lens.
#497 - Tomas Jelinek - You need to see the back of this card to fully appreciate why Tomas Jelinek is the Lanny McDonald of unibrows.