94/95 Upper Deck Hockey series 1

6 05 2009

My brother sent me a crap load of 94/95 Upper Deck cards as part of my birthday gift (thanks, brother!), and I finally found the time this week to sort through them.  I can’t believe that I never owned any of these before, but I seem to remember this being the year that the cost of Upper Deck hockey boxes rose for some reason.  93/94 Upper Deck hockey you could find for $5 a box in department stores.  94/95 Upper Deck you could not.

94-95udpronger

These remind me more of the early 90’s Parkhurst offerings than an Upper Deck release, but since Parkhurst in the 90’s was just Upper Deck with a different name, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  It’s the first of their hockey releases that wouldn’t feature white borders and the first to be split into two series.

Pronger’s got an assist in last night’s Ducks/Red Wings game, which I was listening to as I wrote most of this.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Anaheim in the next round taking on the Canucks, which is probably the worst matchup the bigwigs in the NHL could think of to come out of the west.

94-95udmaclean

This MacLean card reminds me of something out a a Wolverine comic.  Where he’s surrounded by baddies and lets out his might roar, claws drawn to rise out from the pile.  Here John’s just trying not to fall into the goalie, I think, but it still makes for a great card.

John MacLean shares his name with a former member of Six Finger Satellite, a post punk dance band that I loved from the 90’s.  Check out Severe Exposure or The Pigeon is the Most Popular Bird if you’re interested.  There’s also a John MacLean that used to be in the Beta Band, for you indie rock geek/hockey fans.

94-95udciger

Poor Ciger.  What a moment to be captured on cardboard.  I had forgotten that Zdeno played for the Rangers for a year in 2001.  Actually, I tried to forget about that season for the Rangers entirely.

94-95udmessier

This is the Rangers season I’d rather remember. Thanks, Mark.

94-95udtabaracci

Best goalie card ever?  Maybe.  Tabaracci’s wikipedia page calls him a “journeyman goaltender.”  In case you wonder what that means, he played for eight different teams in his nine year career.  Journeyman, indeed.

94-95udtkachuk

Finally, in light of the Phoenix Coyotes filing Chapter 11, perhaps moving the team back to Winnipeg is in order?  At least the Jets won a playoff series or two in their history, which is more than you can say for Phoenix.  Besides, imagine the buzz when Gretzky goes back to Canada, eh?

Overall, a solid yet uninspiring set.  Here’s my wantlist, if you can or want to help.

6, 13, 16, 20, 29, 33, 44, 46, 48, 50, 53, 54, 56, 58, 64, 67, 69, 72, 73, 75, 90, 91, 94, 100, 104, 105, 110, 111, 113, 119, 121, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 136, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 146, 147, 150, 152, 154, 161, 162, 164, 168, 171, 176, 178, 181, 188, 189, 193, 195, 200, 206, 209, 214, 219, 220, 221, 229, 231, 238, 240, 243, 244, 246, 254, 255, 257, 260, 262, 264, 269, 270

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6 05 2009
Ted

Apparently the rumor is that Phoenix will be moved to Hamilton, Ontario, so it would at least be Canada but not Winnipeg. Glad you liked the cards!

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