I have been waiting for this release since the announcement in January. In the Game (ITG) decided to go the route of Baseball Hits. One box, one pack and nine hits. The key thing in this release is no redemptions, and all on card autographs. It features autographs of nearly every star and semi star of the 1980s. These are players who for the most part don’t have on card autographs available.
Being a child of the late 70s and 80s, this is in my wheel house! I first fell in love with hockey during this time, the NJ Devils just came to town and between the Devils, Rangers, Islanders and Flyers, this was a great time to love hockey. I really can’t wait to see what is in this box that ITG was nice enough to send to the blog to give away.
With 9 cards in each box, here is the breakdown, cards 1 – 3 are considered non-autograph/memorabilia cards:
First is a Canada’s Best Guy LaFleur, who if you are making a set of the 80s he has to be on there. The next is Don Beaupre “Rookie”, although not a “star” of the 80s, he played for 17 years for four teams. I understand his being in this set as he was definitely a fan favorite. Finally we have the Doug Gilmour Tobacco card that ITG has been putting in all their releases this year. They are kind of growing on me. I didn’t like them at first, but I do like them now.
Cards 4-9 are the three autographs and three game used cards:
Trevor Linden – Captain Canuck himself! I am a big fan of his and it was really cool to actually pull his autograph. He played in the NHL for 19 years and was always considered a star of the league. Nice pull!
Doug Wilson – AWESOME! He is considered one of the best defenceman in the league during the 80s. Had he played in this era he would have probably been a major star. An offensive minded defenceman, he was a major reason as to the success of the Blackhawks during that time.
Dennis Maruk – A very solid scorer who played with the California Golden Seals and the Cleveland Barrons before becoming a star with the Capitals. His best season was in 1981-82 when he scored 60 goals and 136 points.
The memorabilia cards are:
Dan Bouchard – White jersey, I hate plain jersey cards. Solid player known for his years with the Flames and Nordiques.
Housley/VanBiesbrouck/LaFontaine/Langway Quad Jersey card – All of these guys played for team USA in the 1980s and I love the idea of a red, white and blue jersey card.
Paul Rienhart – Another former Flames player from the late 70’s and 80’s. I love the patch, as usual it’s a very nice sized patch.
Overall Review: I really like these one pack / all hits boxes. The boxes are running about 90 dollars and the fact you get six autogramers means that you are looking at about $15 a hit. In these days where the big boys are looking for $25-$30 a hit, this is pretty refreshing. That being said, this set has a niche audience. Younger collectors may not be as excited about this set as collectors in their 30s – 50s. Oh and you are going to have to be a real hockey fan too. I give the product a big thumbs up! It was a blast to open and certainly brought back a lot of memories.
The only real drawback was the non-hits. I felt like they were forced to be in there and really I would rather get three base cards of a 50-75 card set (maybe even numbered). Really though, that is my only suggestion. This is definitely a collector’s set, you aren’t going to turn a profit on this product but it’s a safe way to blow 90 bucks and get some quality cards for your money.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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