Thursday 19 April 2012

1997-98 Pacific Paramount Jaromir Jagr #17 Big Number Die Cut

It's a pretty good day to be a Pittsburgh Penguins (like myself) or a Vancouver Canucks fan, as both teams were able to avoid Game 4 elimination via dust pan.

Good to see the Penguins play like the team that they really are and not the team who they've been the past three games in this series.  Winning the next two games will be an uphill battle as only three teams in NHL hisory have overcome the feat of coming back to win a series in the playoffs after trailing 3 games to zero.

As for todays post, I wanted to post a card from my collecion that I really liked but also one that I could tie ino the game last night.  I figured this card was due for it's own post since it's been one of my favorites since I picked it up.

1997-98 Pacific Paramount
Big Number Die Cut
Jaromir Jagr #17

I can't recall how this card landed in my hands .  Pacific seemed to have a thing for die cuts in their productions during the late 90s early 2000s - this card is an insert from their 1997-98 Paramount release titled Big Numbers.  If it wasn't obvious, the insert set is focused around the jersey numbers of some of the top players in the  league at the time.  All the cards from the set were die cut to take the shape of the team sweater and players number.

The back of the card displays the players name and a newspaper-like clipping featuring a short paragraph in regards to a highight in the players season.

If you've been following hockey you would know that Jagr made a comeback to the NHL this season; signing a contract with his former Penguins current rival team and coincidentally the team who Pittsburgh are trying to starve off elmination from, the Philadelphia Flyers.  Causing a lot of animosity towards Jagr in Pittsburg, enough for the fans who use to cheer on his flying mullet to suddenly turn on #68 whenever he touches the puck.

Something I don't really understand and find slightly classless as Jagr was once the light in a dark Penguins era during Lemieux's first retirement.  He also helped the Penguins bring home their first two Stanley Cups, no big deal right.  He's a legend and a future Hall of Famer - christ, he even had his own brand of peanut butter!

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