1981-82 Topps Hockey Cards

1981-82 Topps Hockey Cards

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For 1981-82 Topps Hockey, the company broke its hockey set into two regions. Designating certain cards as either East or West, they were distributed in two separate types. Each set had 132 cards, but shared the first 66. As a result, those cards are called National cards and are, essentially, double-printed. In all, there are 198 cards in the set. At the time, collectors were forced to trade or consult dealers to find them all.

The set also marked the first appearance of the Topps logo as part of the card's design. The logo is in the upper left corner on the front, as part of the solid-colored border around the photo that makes up most of the card. The player's team name is superimposed in block letters over the photo. The team logo appears in the lower right corner, with the player's name and position filling out the bottom area. The backs are vertically oriented and broken down into boxed sections. The top box features the card number inside a puck graphic, along with the player's name, team and position. Vital stats appear in the next box, and then the player's year-by-year statistics and a short biography. A note at the bottom gives a highlight of the player's career.

The first 66 cards feature the better-known players. The first 45 cards feature all the players in alphabetical order, with cards 46 through 66 featuring each team's scoring leader. The regional sets are both largely broken down by team, with several Super Action cards for certain players at the end of each set.

Despite being designed for regional distribution, it is impossible to know which region is represented in an unopened case without actually ripping open a wax pack.

Several rookies are featured in the set, including Jari Kurri, Darryl Sutter, Dave Babych, Don Beaupre, Dino Ciccarelli, Steve Kasper, Larry Murphy, Denis Savard and Peter Stastny.

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