I got a press release from In the Game yesterday centering on their newest product Decade – 1980s. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this product. As someone who spent their childhood and teen years in the late 70s and early 80s, I fell in love with hockey and it all started in 1980 with Team USA’s amazing upset of the Soviet Union in the Winter Olympics.
From that point on I was hooked. With the emergence of Wayne Gretzky and those amazing Oiler teams and the fact that New Jersey (where I grew up) got their own team in the Devils, I was in hockey heaven. Some of the game’s greatest players of all time spent their glory years in the 1980s and I am really excited to see what kinds of designs the folks over at ITG can come up with.
In a quote from Dr. Brian Price:
“Back in 2009, In The Game surveyed collectors to determine which year they would like to see covered as part of a special trading card release. The winner was 1972, but 1980 was a very close second,” said In The Game’s President Dr. Brian Price. “We knew that collectors wanted to look back at that special time for hockey but we decided to expand it to a full decade which was filled with memorable moments that ranged from the United States winning Gold to the dominance of the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers to Canada’s victories at the Canada Cup in 1984 and 1987.”
The possibilities for this set are endless. Old school emblems and jerseys, autographs from not only the major stars of the 80s but also the fan favorites. Some of which have never had their autographs in any products. Here is a list of some of the fan favorites they found:
Barry Pederson, Bob Sauve, Brent Ashton and Steve Payne. There are also signatures from prominent Hall of Fame members such as Mark Messier, Mike Gartner and Mike Bossy along with signatures from unforgettable names from the era such as Doug Gilmour, Harold Snepsts, Tom Barrasso and Allan Bester.
I have emailed the PR people over at ITG cards to look to get more information and maybe a breakdown of the set, and some pictures of the cards. In the meantime puckheads get ready for a fun release from ITG.