Saturday, October 22, 2011

RAISE THE CUP - New Favorite Card

Three new cards to add to the collection...and a mighty nice trifecta if I do say so myself.

1999/00 Upper Deck
Wayne Gretzky Living Legend
#85 First Stanley Cup 83/84

This card was part of a 99-card set commemorating the career of The Great One. I picked up the set last weekend at the local card show for a whopping $5. At the time, I thought there would be a few cards showing him raising the Stanley Cup.

Sadly, this is the only one.

Now I only need one card to complete the set. :)

2011/12 Upper Deck
Parkhurst Champions
#74 Brent Sutter

This card came from the hot product of the night at traders night a couple days ago.

Parkhurst Champions has the feel of one of my all-time favorite sets - 2006/07 Parkhurst.

The player selection is diverse both in eras and abilities and the photo selection for the most part is a breath of fresh air.

I plan on doing a more involved post down the road. I gotta say, the more I saw of the product as the night went on, the more I liked it.

If you want a good overview of the product now though, check out this box break from Captain Canuck over at Just A Bit Offside.

The card itself has a great pick from an era that's near and dear to my heart. The early 80's was when I really started getting into hockey and hockey card collecting.

Too bad it wasn't a Trottier, Bossy, Smith, Goring, Gillies, Nystrom, Potvin or Arbour. But I guess this would be the next best thing.

2011/12 Upper Deck
Parkhurst Champions
#124 Mark Messier/Jari Kurri

This 'wire image photo' card made me do a solid double-take when I first laid eyes on it. What a gorgeous photo.

At first I wasn't a huge fan of the design concept, but when I saw these cards in person and when I saw the subject and photo selection - I quickly changed my tune.

This pic of Messier and Kurri is another strong example of the essence of the 'Raise The Cup' project. And as much as I hate The Moose, I must say that seeing him in his Oilers gear purely celebrating victory makes this one Messier that can come along for the ride. A new fave in my collection.

Stay tuned for more of these wire image cards. I might just try building the set.

Current Collection - 58 cards


  1. Champions grows on you the more you see it. I'm over half way done on the minis and half done on the wire photos.

    I need that Messier/Kurri btw :)

  2. Great pickups! Definitely agree, that is one awesome pic on the Messier.