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1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey Cards

1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey Cards

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1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey cards are some of the most beautiful the hobby has ever seen. Featuring a strong checklist that includes one of the first Patrick Roy cards, it's also one of the best oddball sets of the modern era.

The 81-card set focuses exclusively on the NHL's Canadian teams. Card fronts have a charcoal illustration where players are portrayed in multiple poses. The most prominent image is a player portrait. Two or three full-body action poses surround the portrait. All of the images are contained within an oval. The majority of the artwork is by Carlton McDiarmid and Jerry Hersh. The bottom-left of the card has the player's number, name and a Kraft Sports logo. A color team logo is on the opposite side.

1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey Cards 1Card backs include details on a special mail-in offer. Collectors could send away for poster-sized versions of the cards that measured 16" x 20". Single prints cost $3 plus one UPC code from a Kraft product. Team sets of 10 prints cost $10 and ten proofs of purchase. A 20-print set of the Montreal Canadiens, the 1986 Stanley Cup Champions, was $20 and 20 UPC codes.

Four over-sized Canadiens prints exist that weren't originally issued. These include Shayne Corson, John Kordic, head coach Jacques Lamaire, and assistant coach Jacques Laperriere.

All 1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey cards have two different versions. The first has a white back. These cards originally came packaged inside select Kraft products wrapped in cellophane. Cards are also available with a thin, brown cardboard back. These cards were attached to boxes.

1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey is notable for its checklist. While it's limited to players from Canadian teams, it has rookie-year cards of several standout players. While oddball cards aren't seen as official rookie cards, these are still desirable to collectors and a nice alternative to the standard O-Pee-Chee and Topps releases. Patrick Roy, Wendel Clark, Mike Vernon, Russ Courtnall and Stephane Richer all have rookie-year cards in 1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey.

Kraft also issued an album for the set.

1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey was the food maker's first foray into the Canadian hockey card market. Although it would be a couple of years before their next set, Kraft hockey sets became a staple throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium.

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1986-87 Kraft Drawings Hockey Checklist

81 cards.

PARALLEL CARDS: Prints - mail-away offer. Each measures 16" x 20".

Glenn Anderson
Brent Ashton
Laurie Boschman
Richard Brodeur
Guy Carbonneau
Randy Carlyle
Chris Chelios
Wendel Clark
Glen Cochrane
Paul Coffey
Alain Cote
Russ Courtnall
Kjell Dahlin
Dan Daoust
Bill Derlago
Tom Fergus
Grant Fuhr
Bob Gainey
Gaston Gingras
Mario Gosselin
Michel Goulet
Rick Green
Wayne Gretzky
Doug Halward
Dale Hawerchuk
Brian Hayward
Dale Hunter
Mike Krushelnyski
Jari Kurri
Mike Lalor
Gary Leeman
Rejean Lemelin
Claude Lemieux
Doug Lidster
Hakan Loob
Kevin Lowe
Craig Ludwig
Paul MacLean
Clint Malarchuk
Mario Marois
Lanny McDonald
Mike McPhee
Mark Messier
Randy Moller
Sergio Momesso
Andy Moog
Brian Mullen
Joe Mullen
Mark Napier
Mats Naslund
Chris Nilan
Barry Pederson
Steve Penney
Jim Peplinski
Brent Pederson
Pat Price
Paul Reinhart
Stephane Richer
Doug Risebrough
Larry Robinson
Patrick Roy
Borje Salming
Petri Skriko
Brian Skrudland
Bobby Smith
Stan Smyl
Anton Stastny
Peter Stastny
Thomas Steen
Patrick Sundstrom
Gary Suter
Petr Svoboda
Tony Tanti
Greg Terrion
Steve Thomas
Perry Turnbull
Rick Vaive
Mike Vernon
Ryan Walter
Carey Wilson
Ken Wregget
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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tony kelly

unique food issue, Canadian teams only, something no one else came out with and relatively limited print run

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