1991-92 Team Pinnacle – Brett Hull

By today’s standards, this doesn’t look like much.  But back in 1991, this was a really nice pull!

1991-92 Team Pinnacle B-12 Brett Hull (front)

Pinnacle was one of the more “high-end” products of the time.  Throughout the early and mid-nineties, the Team Pinnacle inserts were cards you never pulled too often.  I’m not sure if I pulled this or what, because I’ve owned it since my teenage collecting years.  I know it’s not a card I would’ve sought out, as I’m not much of a (Brett) Hull collector.

1991-92 Team Pinnacle B-16 Brett Hull (back)

If you look towards the bottom of the card, you’ll see the bar code that gave this brand part of it’s high-end reputation.

Looking at the card now makes me want to actually try and collect the set.  If cost doesn’t prohibit that, I may just do that.

Team Pinnacle cards in later series had a player on both sides of the card.  Those were pretty cool as well, and I might have one I can share in the future(I’ll have to look into that).

My First ’79-’80 Topps Hockey Cards

I was able to get these, courtesy of Listia.  I only used the free credits they give you when you sign up, so these are free cards!

I don’t know much about this set, as I was born in 1979.  About the only thing I can tell you, is that Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card is in this set.  But I do have to say that I really dig the design of these.

First up is Ed Johnstone.   I have no idea who Ed Johnstone is, but he’s a Ranger, so it’s a win for me.  But I have never liked the jersey with the Rangers shield on it.

78-80 Topps Hockey Ed Johnstone(front)

While I have been a Rangers fan for 20+ years, I couldn’t tell you anything about Mr. Johnstone here.  But thanks to the card backs, I can give you one interesting tidbit.  Check it out!

79-80 Topps Hockey Ed Johnstone(back)

And secondly we have someone who I have heard of.  He’s actually a pretty good player.

79-80 Topps Hockey Bill Smith

It’s a small difference, but I’ve always heard him referred to as Billy Smith.  As you know, Billy here was part of the 4 Islander Stanley Cup teams from 80-84.  I don’t recall him in his playing days, but I do remember my dad talking about him, as well as others players in the dynasty(my dad was a big Islanders fan).

79-80 Topps Hockey Bill Smith(back)

The condition of both the cards aren’t great, but they were free, and they’re are from a pretty nice set.  Smith’s obviously the better, and the more well known player.  But, he gets shown second because he’s an Islander.  And you know the Rangers – Islanders rivalry.

Double Pack Rip – 2012-13 Score Hockey

Might as well strike while the iron is hot!

I was finishing up my Christmas shopping in Albany yesterday.  As is the usual case when I’m in Albany, I found myself at Target.  Out of the big box stores, Target is my favorite.  Not only do they have the best selection of toys, they also have a pretty decent selection of trading cards as well.

Which brings us to today’s post.

Just as you’d suspect, there’s a lot less of a selection compared to the other “major 4 sports”.  It’s almost a miracle we have any hockey cards at all, with this b.s. lockout that’s been plaguing us.

2012-13 Score Hockey Packs

But were here to talk about cards.

At 99 cents a pack, these were by far, the least expensive option.  I knew what I was in for, having bought a blaster of last year’s offering.  They are reminiscent of the 1990 set, just glossier, with a better color scheme.

2012-13 Score Hockey Pack #1

Unlike last time, I scanned them from left to right, in the order that they were pulled.  I like the Stanley Cup Champions logo on the Willie Mitchell card.  It something small, but it makes a otherwise common card a lot cooler.  I also got a “Season Highlight” card of Luke Adam.  Who, before I pulled this card, have never heard of.  I also got a “Hot Rookie” J.T. Brown, whose “Young Guns” card I pulled in my last pack rip.  Rounding out the pack, is a “Goldrush” parallel of Cody Eakin.  I believe the “Goldrush” cards are inserted at 1 per pack.

2012-13 Score Hockey Pack #2

With the second pack, it was more of the same.  No real star power, or inserts.  I don’t think the “Hot Rookies” are in every pack, so that’s a plus(if they are in every pack, I take that back).  It’s Jordan Nolan, who I have not heard of.  But who knows, he may turn out to be awesome.  The “Goldrush” parallel is of Erik Gudbranson.

Update : From what I’ve read, the “Hot Rookies” odds are 1:2

I can’t say anything bad about these.  They call back to one of the first sets I started collecting, and at 99cents, I think they’re a great value.  It’s nice to see that kids aren’t priced out of every set.  😉