Tag Archives: 1992-93 Upper Deck

Too Cool for Cardboard – Doug Gilmour

30 Jun

1992-93 Upper Deck - Doug Gilmour

A couple of days ago, Doug Gilmour, along with Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Mark Howe, were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Leaf fans who watched him at his best know that he is fully deserving of the honour.

Doug Gilmour was the man – a legend among mere mortals, if you want to be more specific – in Toronto after he arrived from Calgary in January 1992.  1992-93 and 1993-94 were Gilmour’s best, and he was one of the top players in the league night after night, as well as deep into the playoffs those two years with the Leafs.

The card above, issued by Upper Deck in 1992-93, showed the world just how cool Dougie was, even before he really peaked.  Looking back though, you had to know that he’d end up in the Hall of Fame eventually.  I mean, look at that blend of cool and tough.  The leather jacket.  The jeans.  The biker t-shirts.  Unbelievable.  You know there’s a 6-pack of Molson product around there somewhere.

Congrats Dougie, and thanks for all the great years.


WTF – 1992-93 Upper Deck – Tomas Forslund

6 Sep

Heading into the 1992-93 season, the Calgary Flames had the following players on their team:

-Al MacInnis
-Gary Roberts
-Theoren Fleury
-Joe Nieuwendyk
-Sergei Makarov
-Mike Vernon (I know… but Flames fans love him)
-Gary Suter

1992-93 Upper Deck Team Checklist - Tomas Forslund

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.

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