There's something is a little different about this pack...
Hidden Red Sox! This was a pleasant surprise! Billy is a collector extraordinaire, but his focus is mainly on the NBA, NHL, and NASCAR. He obviously found a few baseball cards to pass along my way as well. Can't go wrong with a Hall of Famer, a Red Sox legend, a postseason hero, and a two-time All-Star!
On to the hockey portion of the pack! As usual, there are a lot of great cards that I've never seen before. I'll highlight a few...
|1989-90 Topps - Sticker Inserts #9 Geoff Courtnall|
As far as All-Star cards go, this one is pretty sharp looking. What makes it different is that it is actually a sticker! I wonder how many kids actually peeled these and stuck them somewhere.
|1990-91 Bowman #218 Mike Richter (RC)|
I swear there is a guy somewhere in there! Is this the same Louisville that makes bats for baseball players?
|1990-91 Pro Set #567 Buffalo Sabres Logo (TF)|
This was a cool little fact card of the Sabres' team history. In the 18 years since, they've added 1 more appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals (1999), 1 Prince of Wales Trophy (1999), and 1 Presidents' Trophy (2007). Their Top Coach would now be Lindy Ruff, and Great Players would have to include names like Dominik Hasek and Pat LaFontaine.
|1993-94 Parkhurst #236 Eric Lindros (SS)|
Eic Lindros was the Connor McDavid of my childhood - a player of such extraordinary talent. This is a cool card from his sophomore season.
|1999-00 Upper Deck #234 Luc Robitaille|
Foil on cards can be very hit or miss. I think gold foil with the dark blue and black banner looks great! I think I have a few baseball cards with this same design.
|2006-07 McDonald's Upper Deck #50 Alexander Ovechkin|
I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge this great oddball card of the current Stanley Cup champ and Conn Smythe winner Alex Ovechkin!
|2017-18 Upper Deck #146 Evgeni Malkin|
I'll finish this up with a great action shot of Evgeni Malkin celebrating. Kudos to the photographer!
As always, my sincere gratitude to Billy for his generous package!