Tuesday, December 11, 2007

95-96 Collector's Choice - You Crash the Game

Bernie Nicholls, Alexei Zhamnov, 95-96 Collector's Choice, You Crash the Game, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, hockey cards
I remember these inserts being really exciting back when they first came out. If the player scored on the date listed on the front of the card, you could send it in (with $3 postage) and get the full 30 card You Crash the Game redemption set. The set had the same photos and design as the cards you sent in, but instead of the ugly purple and teal border, the redemption cards had either silver or gold foil bars that said "Silver Set" or "Gold Set" really large so that you knew what colour it was. In addition to the 30 card set, you got two bonus cards which were the same as the regular card, except the background was tinted gold and the bar on the left side of the card said "Bonus Card" so that you knew that it was not part of the regular set.

Pavel Bure, Paul Coffey, 95-96 Collector's Choice, You Crash the Game, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, hockey cardsThe backs of the cards were a little different, the redemption cards (the ones you sent in) just had the contest rules and skill-testing question, while the redemption set (the cards you got back) had a very poorly thought out double spaced blurb about the player. The silver, gold, and bonus cards all had the exact same backs.

I probably should have just kept the winning cards I pulled from the packs and saved myself the postage; the full 30 card You Crash the Game Set recently did not get a single bid at $3.99 on eBay.