2000-01 Upper Deck NHL Legends Hockey
It's incredible how popular the Legends line of sportscards have gotten in the past couple years. In a hobby that is dominated by new players, short printed rookies, and game jerseys, it's nice to find a set that is more or less dedicated to the great players of the past. There are still many of the usual gimmicks just that they are done with flair toward Hall of Famers and retired greats.
Upper Deck has done a particularly nice job with NHL Legends this year as they've loaded it up with Game Jersey cards and autographs of some of the best to have ever played the game. I watched a few boxes get opened one afternoon last week and saw some really nice cards. In addition to the Wayne Gretzky Kings jersey pictured above I saw jersey cards of Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux. With odds of one Game Jersey card and one autograph card per box it's tough not to enjoy opening some $5 packs. The other inserts are also surprisingly nice for an Upper Deck product. I enjoyed seeing the Baron Bedesky quotes on the Essence of the Game inserts. Baron is the editor of Canadian Sports Collector magazine and he really knows the history of the NHL.
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