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