Inspired by a previous post over at Card Boarded and again as I was organizing my box of cards just earlier today, I wanted to post a feature on a favorite sub-set of mine from the 1996-97 Upper Deck Collector's Choice set that has been carried on over in the series through the years.
The '3 Star Selection' sub-set included 28 cards that featured 3 of the top players from each (26) team in the leauge; additionally 2 of the cards from the sub-set featured the top 3 players from the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams.
These were my favorite cards to pull from the Collector's Choice packs as a young collector. After all my cards have been through, I feel lucky to sill have them in my collection.
St. Louis Blues - Brett Hull / Wayne Gretzky / Al Macinnis. Pretty solid lineup here! Gretzky would play briefly with St Louis, 31 games to be exact. I don't have many cards with Gretzky in a Blues uniform.
New York Islanders - Eric Fichaud / Zigmund Palffy / Todd Bertuzzi. I liked Fichaud as an Islander but he never lived up to the expectations his fantastic junior career had led to. Palffy was another personal favorite of mine during these years, I was excited to see him represent Slovakia again during the 2010 Olympics.
Winnipeg Jets - Keith Tkachuk / Alexei Zhamnov / Oleg Tverdovsky. I collected Tkachuk and Phoenix cards for a while back in the day, I have a nice few Tkachuk and Tverdovsky cardboards in my albums.
Hartford Whalers - Brendan Shanahan / Sean Burke / Geoff Sanderson.
Dallas Stars - Todd Harvey / Joe Nieuwendyk / Mike Modano. Harvey was a top prospect that went 9th overall in the 93 draft; like Fichaud he was never able to live up to his expectations.
Philidelphia Flyers - John Leclair / Mikael Renberg / Ron Hextall. Lindros was not included on the card although he did put up some big numbers during the season.
That's all that I seem to have or could find! If you have any of these cards that you wouldn't mind trading, let me know in a comment.