Monday 5 September 2011

Favorite Cards: 1997-98 Upper Deck Collector's Choice StarQuest

As I was flipping through my binders recently I came across my collection of 1997-98 Upper Deck Collector's Choice StarQuest sheets that I saved.  This 90-card, four-tier insert set features color photos of some of the top NHL Superstars printed using the hobby's top technology at the time.  The 45 cards in Tier One were randomly inserted one in every pack; the 20 cards in Tier Two were randomly inserted one in every 21 packs;  the 15 cards of Tier Three were randomly inserted one in every 71 packs; the 10 cards of Tier Four were randomly inserted one in every 145 packs.

I collected 35/45 Tier One cards, 2/20 cards from Tier Two and just 1/15 of the cards from Tier Three.  I never did pull a card from Tier Four.  I still enjoy these cards and like them much more than the StarQuest cards released in the 1998-99 Collector's Choice set and the parallel system used.

After I complete my 96-97 Score Sudden Death Project I think I'll start attempting to put this StarQuest set together.  If any of you guys have any of these for trade that aren't included in the scans, let me know!  I've included scans of all the cards I have in my collection under the cut.

SQ31 Curtis Joseph
SQ07 Jason Arnott
SQ12 Jarome Iginla
SQ44 Roman Hamrlik

SQ26 Janne Niinimaa
SQ01 Bryan Berard
SQ11 Chris Chelios
SQ09 Mikael Renberg

SQ24 Mike Grier
SQ28 Oleg Tverdovsky
SQ04 Steve Sullivan
SQ38 Sandis Ozolinsh

SQ23 Adam Oates
SQ29 Felix Potvin
SQ18 Rob Niedermayer
SQ10 Jeff Friesen

SQ41 Niklas Sundstrom - Returned to Sweden after the 2005-06 season, now playing with Modo Hockey.

SQ39 Travis Green - Those Fisheman jerseys are one of my favorites ever.

SQ21 Bill Guerin

SQ05 Nicklas Lidstrom - One of the greatest D-men to ever play the game listed in the one star tier.  Upper Deck missed on a few of these.

SQ34 Andy Moog
SQ22 Dino Ciccarelli
SQ02 Robert Svehla
SQ16 Pat Verbeek

SQ43 Vitali Yachmenev - I was surprised to find out that Yachmenev still plays hockey; in the KHL with HC Dynamo Mosco.

SQ27 Dimitri Khristich
SQ08 Martin Gelinas
SQ13 Yyacheslav Kozlov

SQ45 Adam Deadmarsh

SQ40 Patrick Lalime - My favorite looking card from the Tier One set.

SQ19 Sergei Fedorov - Another miss on Upper Deck's part; Fedorov rated at just one star doesn't feel right.

SQ15 Eric Daze

SQ03 Petr Nedved
SQ33 Vladimir Konstantinov
SQ17 Jozef Stumpel

SQ56 Pierre Turgeon
SQ46 Alexei Zhamnov
SQ70 Doug Gilmour

1 comment:

  1. I have a Nikolai Khabibulin and some others from this set. I will scan them on my blog and Show you.


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