Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jarome Iginla Jersey Card

Now that Joe Sakic has retired, Jarome Iginla is probably the best leader left in hockey. Once a promising young gun in a big-name trade that sent Joe Nieuwendyk to Dallas to win the Stanley Cup, Iginla evolved into a Hart Trophy winner that could, in any given year, score 50 goals. Unfortunately (for him), he never plays with good enough players to allow him to do that, but he's carried the Calgary Flames' offense on his broad shoulders for the better part of a decade now, which is still quite something.

This card from Upper Deck's Classic Portraits series of 2002-03 (#C-JI), bearing the sub-set mark of 'Classic Stitches' (because simply saying 'jersey card' or 'game-used jersey card' is probably copyrighted for a competing set... by the same manufacturer...) is still puzzling; first off, the piece of jersey is all black, like Calgary's then-road jersey, but the one in the picture is their home (white) one, which does have a black bar, but it seems a bit thin to be the patch from the card. Also, the set is called 'Classic Portraits'... but Upper Deck has only been making cards since the early 1990s, so revisiting the 50s' and 60s' layouts seems not only a lack of inspiration, but also a dick move to me. Especially since they now produce (own?) the brands that were made back then, i.e. Parkhurst and O-Pee-Chee...

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