At the recent Fall 2014 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, the Upper Deck Company unveiled some 25th Anniversary Young Guns hockey cards that paid tribute to legends of the game. The series featured current and former players using the 1990-91 Upper Deck hockey design.
These “old” Young Guns cards, however, were produced with an interesting twist. They were “What If” rookie cards, in essence “new” Young Guns hockey cards for players who were never featured in the popular subset.
Wrote Chris Carlin via the Upper Deck Blog, “the cool thing about the cards is that it showed the athletes in their rookie seasons and with ten different versions to collect, it was exciting for collectors to try to put together the set or capture their favorite player’s card. These cards will also be available through Upper Deck Authorized Internet Retailers and Authorized Group Breakers in the future.”
There were 10 different cards released at the Fall 2014 Expo, be it of players from before Upper Deck’s first set (ie 1980s rookies Guy Carbonneau, Doug Gilmour and Trevor Linden), players from the 1990s (Martin Brodeur, Curtis Joseph, Dominik Hasek, Daniel Alfredsson and Martin St-Louis), or from the 2000s (Jonathan Quick and Kris Versteeg).
Ten more cards will be released in February on National Hockey Card Days while another five more cards will be released in May at the Spring 2015 Expo (making it a 25-card set).
At National Hockey Card Day in Canada, the five new players represent the 1950s (Doug Harvey) and 1980s (Ron Francis, Vincent Damphousse, Pierre Turgeon and Theoren Fleury). At National Hockey Card Day in USA, the five new players represent the 1980s (Brian Leetch), the 1990s (Peter Forsberg and Chris Osgood), and the 2000s (Corey Crawford and Johnny Boychuk).
At the Spring 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, the five new players represent the 1970s (Brad Park), the 1980s (Mike Gartner and Adam Oates), and the 2000s (Brad Richards and Joel Ward).