Mats Sundin – A Hockey Card Tribute

12 Feb

Last night, Mats Sundin had his number 13 honoured by the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Today, I present to you a Mats Sundin Hockey Card Tribute.

Before Mats came to North America, he played in Sweden, where he may have been using Borje Salming’s gloves from a decade earlier.

1990-91 Score - Mats Sundin

In 1989, he was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques, the first European ever to be drafted first overall.  They might have been going for a Euro-pose here, I’m not sure what this was about.

1990-91 Upper Deck - Mats Sundin

Early on, he had success.  This is evident by his being named to some wildly futuristic “Team 2000” by Pinnacle.

1992-93 Pinnacle - Mats Sundin - Team 2000

When he arrived in Toronto, Leaf fans had their doubts.  This mostly had to do with the weird bubble helmet that he brought with him.

1995-96 Upper Deck CC - Mats Sundin

Before too long, he looked more normal.  With all his Nike gear, he exposed a weak stick side on goaltenders, who were then reduced to mowing lawns and driving cabs.

1997-98 Pinnacle - Mats Sundin

For a long time, he had hair.

1997-98 Donruss - Mats Sundin

After we gave him the C, it started to disappear.

2000-01 Upper Deck - Mats Sundin 6th Sense

He led us well, and did what he could, often with questionable supporting casts.  He gave us great moments like this one, and then this one.

2002-03 O-Pee-Chee - Mats Sundin

Even when the jerseys looked like practice jerseys, the effort was there.

2008-09 O-Pee-Chee - Mats Sundin

At the end, he left us, and went to a faraway land and a team everyone hates.  Like Jordan with the Wizards, let’s just ignore this.

2009-10 O-Pee-Chee - Mats Sundin

Thanks Mats, for all the great years.

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2 Responses to “Mats Sundin – A Hockey Card Tribute”

  1. Deb February 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM #

    I don’t know who you are, but this was the best Sorting By Teams ever. I loved the links. I loved the hair commentary. It was all fantastic. Go Matts.

  2. zebbers February 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM #

    I bought a 500 count box of the ’90 Score card. I wish I knew where they were now.

    And that O-Pee-Chee set at the bottom is nice looking.

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