Tuesday 5 July 2011

Mail Day! 1996-97 Score Sudden Death Pavel Bure vs Curtis Joseph

Now that Canada Post is back in action my snail mail is slowly starting to dwindle in.

1996--97 Score Sudden Death Pavel Bure vs Curtis Joseph
First Mail Day post for the blog will be an insert that I ordered taken from the 1996-97 Score set. The 'Sudden Death' cards featured two "who's who" players (a skater and a goaltender) of the leauge at the time facing off against each other on cardboard.  It was a use your imagination sort of thing.  Back in the day me and my friends would fantasize about these sorts of faceoffs and dispute about would be the better man. 
Anyway after all these years I still love the insert set and wanted to collect all 15 of them; starting with this Pavel Bure and Curtis Joseph card, numbered 6 of 15.

Like all the cards from the series, the front depicts both players as if they were about to square off in the be-all, end-all of all breakaway challenges.  Obviously what I like most about these!

Bure had one of his slowest seasons in 96-97, but would bounce back next year hitting the 50 goal mark and 90 point marker.  Joseph had a good season overall, backstopping the Oilers to a first round playoff upset over the Dallas Stars, their first playoff series win since 1992. The back of the card also includes a small tidbit of information in regards to how both players stacked up against each other in the 93-94 and 94-95 seasons respectively.

Love the card, the series and Cujo in an Oilers jersey.
Can't wait to get the others that I ordered.

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