Heading into the 1992-93 season, the Calgary Flames had the following players on their team:
-Mike Vernon (I know… but Flames fans love him)
Despite the fairly significant star power on the Flames at the time, Upper Deck chose a young Swedish rookie named Tomas Forslund to serve as the poster boy for the team on the Team Checklist card. The Team Checklist card is pretty important. It’s like being a Diamond King in Donruss baseball, or some other equivalent to “Superstar of the Universe.” Pretty damn important. I mean, they even had a painting done of the guy for the card.
Forslund had split 1991-92 between Calgary and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL. He went on to play six games in 1992-93, his final six games in the league. Final NHL totals: 44 games played, five goals, 16 points. Good call, Upper Deck. I know, the European Invasion was in full force at the time, and every collector wanted cards of the Next Big Thing, but this decision is inexcusable. To Upper Deck, for this card, you earn a WTF. Boom.