Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vincent Lecavalier Patch Card

I remember when O-Pee-Chee Premier was a top card brand; Jaromir Jagr's rookie card, that first year, was worth $25 - and I had 10 of them! Then the market crashed, and I lost most of my cards in a flood stemming from the 1998 ice storm anyway.

But the brand was revived by Upper Deck a few years ago, I'm not entirely sure why, and they incorporated their bad card ideas into it, like manufacturing patches vaguely representing something having to do with a player, then making a card that seemingly has something the player may have worn, used, or at least known existed. In 2007-08, they made one for Jason Spezza, commemorating his being drafted second overall in 2001.

Two years later, exact same design, nothing changed, as this Vincent Lecavalier card can attest to, from the 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier set, Premier Stitchings sub set (card #PS-VL). My guess is that people liked it the first time; my question is whether any of the players who made it in the first time are also part of it this time around - I hope not, seeing as the patch's design is exactly the same.

Personally, I think Lecavalier deserves better. We're talking about the youngest captain of all time before Sidney Crosby beat him - except Crosby was named in May, after a season and way before the next, for the sole purpose of being the record-holder, while the Tampa Bay Lightning waited for the season to be about to start to name Vinny. Lecavalier is also a Stanley Cup winner, a World Cup winner, a Rocket Richard Trophy (most goals in a season) winner, a King Clancy winner for leadership and serving his community, a World Cup MVP, a perennial All Star, his team's record holder in most categories - and still a team captain.

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