1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey Cards

1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey Cards


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Just like it did in 1989 with baseball cards, Upper Deck's debut on the ice took hockey card quality to a new level. It didn't hurt matters any that it has a loaded checklist filled with rookie cards of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers.

The 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey set has 550 total cards divided into two series. The first 400 are considered the Low Series and the final 150 make up the High Series. Both came with separate boxes, although High Series packs have a mix of all 550 cards.

The design brought a glossy look to hockey. Cards have white borders that are complimented by a marble frame that's colored according to the player's team. Crisp photography is what makes the cards really stand out, especially when compared to the drab pictures used on a lot of O-Pee-Chee and Topps sets in the years leading up to Upper Deck's debut. Base card backs offer a cropped photo along with a variety of stats. The inclusion of a small anti-counterfeiting hologram on the back was a big deal at the time.

1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey is bolstered by several subsets that include some all-time greats and future superstars. These include All-Stars and Heroes of the NHL. Canadian Juniors are included in the High Series, offering rookie cards for many players who won gold for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. Scott Niedermayer and Felix Potvin are among them. The top prospect in hockey at the time, Eric Lindros was under an exclusive deal with Score at the time. However, Upper Deck was able to sneak him onto a couple of multi-player Canadian Junior cards.

1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey marked the debut of the brand's trademark Young Guns. Another High Series subset, rookies here include Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure. This is Bure's only rookie card.

1990-91 was a very good year for rookie cards in hockey. The set has plenty outside of the Young Guns and Canadian Juniors subsets. Draft picks cards include Jaromir Jagr and Owen Nolan. Mike Modano, Ed Belfour, Mats Sundin, Mike Richter, Jeremy Roenick and Rod Brind'Amour are among the other standouts with rookies in the set.

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With inserts only starting to gain popularity at this point, there's just one set of extra cards. Both series have randomly inserted holograms. The nine-card set includes Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Mark Messier. When tilted, the cards show movement. They can also be used as stickers. The technology has come a long way since then.

1990-91 Upper Deck French Hockey caused a major splash at their time of release. The cards are written in French but that's not why they were originally popular. They were believed to be much rarer. At one point, packs were selling for more than $20 each. However, it turned out the cards were not rare at all. Today, the French cards carry little to no premium over their English counterparts other than the novelty aspect. 1990-91 Upper Deck French has the same checklist.

Like most everything from the era, 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey is readily available still today. Prices are also extremely reasonable. While it might not offer a lot of value today, this is a great looking set with an excellent checklist. It's also the start of one of the cornerstone brands in hockey card collecting.

Key 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey Cards:

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Set Checklist

1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey Checklist

Base Set Checklist

550 cards. Low Series #1-400, High Series #401-550.

PARALLEL CARDS: French (sold separately)

1 David Volek
2 Brian Propp
3 Wendel Clark
4 Adam Creighton
5 Mark Osborne
6 Murray Craven
7 Doug Crossman
8 Mario Marois
9 Curt Giles
10 Rick Wamsley
11 Troy Mallette RC
12 John Cullen
13 Miloslav Horava RC
14 Kevin Stevens RC
15 David Shaw
16 Randy Wood
17 Peter Zezel
18 Glenn Healy RC
19 Sergio Momesso RC
20 Don Maloney
21 Craig Muni
22 Phil Housley
23 Martin Gelinas RC
24 Alexander Mogilny RC
25 John Byce RC
26 Joe Nieuwendyk
27 Ron Tugnutt
28 Don Barber RC
29 Gary Roberts
30 Basil McRae
31 Phil Bourque
32 Mike Richter RC
33 Zarley Zalapski
34 Bernie Nicholls
35 Bob Corkum RC
36 Rod Brind'Amour RC
37 Mark Fitzpatrick RC
38 Gino Cavallini
39 Mick Vukota RC
40 Mike Lalor RC
41 Dave Andreychuk
42 Bill Ranford
43 Pierre Turgeon
44 Mark Messier
45 Rob Blake RC
46 Mike Modano RC
47 Theo Fleury
48 Neal Broten
49 Paul Gillis
50 Doug Bodger
51 Stephan Lebeau RC
52 Larry Robinson
53 Dale Hawerchuk
54 Wayne Gretzky
55 Ed Belfour RC
56 Steve Yzerman
57 Rod Langway
58 Bernie Federko
59 Mario Lemieux Streak
60 Doug Lidster
61 Dave Christian
62 Rob Ramage
63 Jeremy Roenick RC
64 Ray Bourque
65 Jon Morris RC
66 Sean Burke
67 Ron Francis
68 Ron Sutter
69 Peter Sidorkiewicz
70 Sylvain Turgeon
71 Dave Ellett
72 Bobby Smith
73 Luc Robitaille
74 Pat Elynuik
75 Jason Soules RC
76 Dino Ciccarelli
77 Vladimir Krutov RC
78 Lee Norwood
79 Brian Bradley
80 Michal Pivonka RC
81 Mark Laforest RC
82 Trent Yawney
83 Tom Fergus
84 Andy Brickley
85 Dave Manson
86 Gord Murphy RC
87 Scott Young
88 Tommy Albelin
89 Ken Wregget
90 Brad Shaw RC
91 Mario Gosselin
92 Paul Fenton
93 Brian Skrudland
94 Thomas Steen
95 John Tonelli
96 Steve Chiasson
97 Mike Ridley
98 Garth Butcher
99 Daniel Shank RC
100 Checklist
101 Jamie Macoun
102 Wendell Young RC
103 Laurie Boschman
104 Paul Ranheim RC
105 Doug Smail
106 Shawn Chambers
107 Steve Weeks
108 Gaetan Duchesne
109 Kevin Hatcher
110 Paul Reinhart
111 Shawn Burr
112 Troy Murray
113 John Chabot
114 Jacques Cloutier RC
115 Rick Zombo RC
116 Kjell Samuelsson
117 Tim Watters
118 Patrick Flatley
119 Tom Laidlaw
120 Ilkka Sinisalo
121 Tom Barrasso
122 Bob Essensa RC
123 Sergei Makarov RC
124 Paul Coffey
125 Bob Beers RC
126 Brian Bellows
127 Mike Liut
128 Igor Larionov RC
129 Craig Simpson
130 Kelly Miller
131 Dirk Graham
132 Jimmy Carson
133 Michel Goulet
134 Gerard Gallant
135 Bruce Hoffort RC
136 Steve Duchesne
137 Bryan Trottier
138 Pelle Eklund
139 Gary Nylund
140 Steve Kasper
141 Joel Otto
142 Rob Brown
143 Al MacInnis
144 Mario Lemieux
145 Peter Eriksson RC
146 Jari Kurri
147 Petri Skriko
148 Steve Smith
149 Calle Johansson
150 Stewart Gavin
151 Randy Ladouceur
152 Vincent Riendeau RC
153 Patrick Roy
154 Brett Hull
155 Craig Fisher RC
156 Cam Neely
157 Al Iafrate
158 Bob Carpenter
159 Doug Brown
160 Tom Kurvers
161 John MacLean
162 Guy Lafleur
163 Peter Stastny
164 Joe Sakic
165 Robb Stauber RC
166 Daren Puppa
167 Esa Tikkanen
168 Mike Ramsey
169 Craig MacTavish
170 Christian Ruuttu
171 Brian Hayward
172 Pat Verbeek
173 Adam Oates
174 Chris Chelios
175 Curtis Joseph RC
176 Slava Fetisov RC
177 Dave Poulin
178 Mark Recchi RC
179 Daniel Marois
180 Mark Johnson
181 Michel Petit
182 Brian Mullen
183 Chris Terreri RC
184 Tony Hrkac
185 James Patrick
186 Craig Ludwig
187 Uwe Krupp
188 Guy Carbonneau
189 Dave Snuggerud RC
190 Joe Murphy RC
191 Jeff Brown
192 Dean Evason
193 Petr Svoboda
194 Dave Babych
195 Steve Tuttle
196 Randy Burridge
197 Tony Tanti
198 Bob Sweeney
199 Brad Marsh
200 Checklist
201 Bill Ranford Conn Smythe
202 Sergei Makarov Calder
203 Brett Hull Lady Byng
204 Ray Bourque James Norris
205 Wayne Gretzky Art Ross
206 Mark Messier Hart
207 Patrick Roy Vezina
208 Rick Meagher Selke
209 Reggie Lemelin Jennings
210 Aaron Broten
211 John Carter RC
212 Marty McSorley
213 Greg Millen
214 Dave Taylor
215 Reggie Lemelin
216 Dave McLlwain
217 Don Beaupre
218 Paul MacDermid
219 Dale Hunter
220 Brent Ashton
221 Steve Thomas
222 Ed Olczyk
223 Doug Wilson
224 Vincent Damphousse
225 Rob DiMaio RC
226 Hubie McDonough RC
227 Ron Hextall
228 Dave Chyzowski RC
229 Larry Murphy
230 Mike Bullard
231 Kelly Hrudey
232 Andy Moog
233 Todd Elik RC
234 Craig Janney
235 Peter Lappin RC
236 Scott Stevens
237 Fredrik Olausson
238 Geoff Courtnall
239 Greg Paslawski
240 Alan May RC
241 Allan Bester
242 Steve Larmer
243 Gary Leeman
244 Denis Savard
245 Eric Weinrich RC
246 Pat LaFontaine
247 Tim Kerr
248 Dave Gagner
249 Brent Sutter
250 Claude Vilgrain RC
251 Tomas Sandstrom
252 Joe Mullen
253 Brian Leetch
254 Mike Vernon
255 Daniel Dore RC
256 Trevor Linden
257 Dave Barr
258 John Ogrodnick
259 Russ Courtnall
260 Dan Quinn
261 Mark Howe
262 Kevin Lowe
263 Rick Tocchet
264 Grant Fuhr
265 Andrew Cassels RC
266 Kevin Dineen
267 Kirk Muller
268 Randy Cunneyworth
269 Brendan Shanahan
270 Dave Tippett
271 Doug Gilmour
272 Tony Granato
273 Gary Suter
274 Darren Turcotte RC
275 Murray Baron RC
276 Stephane Richer
277 Mike Gartner
278 Kirk McLean
279 John Vanbiesbrouck
280 Shayne Corson
281 Paul Cavallini
282 Petr Klima
283 Ulf Dahlen
284 Glenn Anderson
285 Rick Meagher
286 Alexei Kasatonov RC
287 Ulf Samuelsson
288 Patrik Sundstrom
289 Ray Ferraro
290 Janne Ojanen RC
291 Jeff Jackson
292 Jiri Hrdina RC
293 Joe Cirella
294 Brad McCrimmon
295 Curtis Leschyshyn RC
296 Kelly Kisio
297 Jyrki Lumme RC
298 Mark Janssens RC
299 Stan Smyl
300 Checklist
301 Joe Sakic Team CL
302 Petri Skriko Team CL
303 Steve Yzerman Team CL
304 Tim Kerr Team CL
305 Mario Lemieux Team CL
306 Pat LaFontaine Team CL
307 Wayne Gretzky Team CL
308 Brian Bellows Team CL
309 Rod Langway Team CL
310 Gary Leeman Team CL
311 Kirk Muller Team CL
312 Brett Hull Team CL
313 Thomas Steen Team CL
314 Ron Francis Team CL
315 Brian Leetch Team CL
316 Jeremy Roenick Team CL
317 Patrick Roy Team CL
318 Pierre Turgeon Team CL
319 Al MacInnis Team CL
320 Ray Bourque Team CL
321 Mark Messier Team CL
322 Jody Hull RC
323 Chris Joseph RC
324 Adam Burt RC
325 Jason Herter RC
326 Geoff Smith RC
327 Brad Shaw RC
328 Rich Sutter
329 Barry Pederson
330 Paul MacLean
331 Randy Carlyle
332 Donald Dufresne RC
333 Brent Hughes RC
334 Mathieu Schneider RC
335 Jason Miller RC
336 Sergei Makarov RC
337 Bob Essensa
338 Claude Loiselle RC
339 Wayne Presley
340 Tony McKegney
341 Charlie Huddy
342 Greg Adams
343 Mike Tomlak RC
344 Adam Graves RC
345 Michel Mongeau RC
346 Mike Modano RC
347 Rod Brind'Amour RC
348 Dana Murzyn
349 Dave Lowry RC
350 Star Rookie Checklis
351 Draft Checklist
352 Owen Nolan RC
353 Petr Nedved RC
354 Keith Primeau RC
355 Mike Ricci RC
356 Jaromir Jagr RC
357 Scott Scissons RC
358 Darryl Sydor RC
359 Derian Hatcher RC
360 John Slaney RC
361 Drake Berehowsky RC
362 Luke Richardson
363 Lucien DeBlois
364 Dave Reid RC
365 Mats Sundin RC
366 Jan Erixon
367 Troy Loney RC
368 Chris Nilan
369 Gord Dineen
370 Jeff Bloemberg RC
371 John Druce RC
372 Brian MacLellan
373 Bruce Driver
374 Marc Habscheid
375 Paul Ysebaert RC
376 Rick Vaive
377 Glen Wesley
378 Mike Foligno
379 Garry Galley RC
380 Dean Kennedy RC
381 Daniel Berthiaume
382 Mike Keane RC
383 Frank Musil
384 Mike McPhee
385 Jon Casey
386 Jeff Norton
387 John Tucker
388 Alan Kerr
389 Bob Rouse
390 Gerald Diduck
391 Greg Hawgood
392 Randy Velischek
393 Tim Cheveldae RC
394 Mike Krushelnyski
395 Glen Hanlon
396 Lou Franceschetti RC
397 Scott Arniel
398 Terry Carkner
399 Clint Malarchuk
400 Checklist
401 Mikhail Tatarinov RC
402 Benoit Hogue
403 Frank Pietrangelo RC
404 Paul Stanton RC
405 Anatoli Semenov RC
406 Bobby Smith
407 Derek King
408 Jean-Claude Bergeron RC
409 Brian Propp
410 Jiri Latal RC
411 Joey Kocur RC
412 Daniel Berthiaume
413 Dave Ellett
414 Jay Miller RC
415 Stephane Beauregard RC
416 Mark Hardy
417 Todd Krygier RC
418 Randy Moller
419 Doug Crossman
420 Ray Sheppard
421 Sylvain Lefebvre RC
422 Chris Chelios
423 Joe Mullen
424 Pete Peeters
425 Bryan Trottier
426 Denis Savard
427 Ken Daneyko
428 Eric Desjardins RC
429 Zdeno Ciger RC
430 Brad McCrimmon
431 Ed Olczyk
432 Peter Ing RC
433 Bob Kudelski RC
434 Troy Gamble RC
435 Phil Housley
436 Scott Stevens
437 Normand Rochefort
438 Geoff Courtnall
439 Ken Baumgartner RC
440 Kris King RC
441 Troy Crowder RC
442 Chris Nilan
443 Dale Hawerchuk
444 Kevin Miller RC
445 Keith Acton
446 Jeff Chychrun RC
447 Claude Lemieux
448 Bob Probert
449 Brian Hayward
450 Craig Berube RC
451 Canadian Junior National Team
452 Mike Sillinger RC Cdn Jr
453 Jason Marshall RC Cdn Jr
454 Patrice Brisebois RC Cdn Jr
455 Brad May RC Cdn Jr
456 Pierre Sevigny RC Cdn Jr
457 John Slaney RC Cdn Jr
458 Felix Potvin RC Cdn Jr
459 Scott Thornton RC Cdn Jr
460 Greg Johnson RC Cdn Jr
461 Scott Niedermayer RC Cdn Jr
462 Steven Rice RC Cdn Jr
463 Trevor Kidd RC Cdn Jr
464 Dale Craigwell RC Cdn Jr
465 Kent Manderville RC Cdn Jr
466 Kris Draper RC Cdn Jr
467 Martin Lapointe RC Cdn Jr
468 Chris Snell RC Cdn Jr
469 Pat Falloon RC Cdn Jr
470 David Harlock RC Cdn Jr
471 Karl Dykhuis RC Cdn Jr
472 Mike Craig RC Cdn Jr
473 Canada's Captains
474 Brett Hull All-Star
475 Darren Turcotte All-Star
476 Wayne Gretzky All-Star
477 Steve Yzerman All-Star
478 Theo Fleury All-Star
479 Pat LaFontaine All-Star
480 Trevor Linden All-Star
481 Jeremy Roenick All-Star
482 Scott Stevens All-Star
483 Adam Oates All-Star
484 Vincent Damphousse All-Star
485 Brian Leetch All-Star
486 Kevin Hatcher All-Star
487 Mark Recchi All-Star
488 Rick Tocchet All-Star
489 Ray Bourque All-Star
490 Joe Sakic All-Star
491 Chris Chelios All-Star
492 John Cullen All-Star
493 Cam Neely All-Star
494 Mark Messier All-Star
495 Mike Vernon All-Star
496 Patrick Roy All-Star
497 Al MacInnis All-Star
498 Paul Coffey All-Star
499 Steve Larmer All-Star
500 Checklist
501 Heroes of NHL Checklist
502 Red Kelly Heroes
503 Eric Nesterenko Heroes
504 Darryl Sittler Heroes
505 Jim Schoenfeld Heroes
506 Serge Savard Heroes
507 Glenn Resch Heroes
508 Lanny McDonald Heroes
509 Bobby Clarke Heroes
510 Phil Esposito Heroes
511 Harry Howell Heroes
512 Rod Gilbert Heroes
513 Pit Martin Heroes
514 Jim Watson Heroes
515 Denis Potvin Heroes
516 Rob Ray RC
517 Danton Cole RC
518 Gino Odjick RC
519 Donald Audette RC
520 Rick Tabaracci RC
521 Sergei Fedorov Young Guns CL
522 Kip Miller RC
523 Johan Garpenlov RC
524 Stephane Morin RC
525 Sergei Fedorov RC
526 Pavel Bure RC
527 Wes Walz RC
528 Robert Kron RC
529 Ken Hodge RC
530 Garry Valk RC
531 Tim Sweeney RC
532 Mark Pederson RC
533 Robert Reichel RC
534 Bobby Holik RC
535 Stephane Matteau RC
536 Peter Bondra RC
537 Dmitri Khristich RC
538 Vladimir Ruzicka RC
539 Al Iafrate
540 Rick Bennett RC
541 Daryl Reaugh RC
542 Martin Hostak RC
543 Kari Takko RC
544 Jocelyn Lemieux RC
545 Wayne Gretzky 2000th Point
546 Brett Hull 50/50
547 Neil Wilkinson RC
548 Bryan Fogarty RC
549 Zamboni Commemorative
550 Checklist
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Holograms Checklist

9 cards. Cards are not numbered.

Wayne Gretzky - Shooting
Wayne Gretzky - Standing
Wayne Gretzky - Stopping
Brett Hull
Brett Hull, Mark Messier
Mark Messier
Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman

Promo Card Checklist

2 cards.

Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
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.

User Reviews

  1. I liked these cards when they first came out in 1990.Then they came out with the European set,look great,bought a lot,then got screwed by ud after there print run of 50,000. It’s still the same now,hockey beside Gretzky ,Orr , they seem to sign everything,don’t forget Howe who will have autographed death certificates. Come on,give us a break make low prints that don’t cost 650 a box.

  2. Loved these cards as a kid.
    Billdavis is right on that upper deck just kept printing more and more as everyone decided that sports cards were the next ‘can’t lose’ investment. But if you are a hockey lover, this is the best set from 1991 – and still available (as of writing) often for cheaper than new! I’m very glad since I can finally get all those cards I could never afford as a kid.

  3. Forgot to rate :p. Too bad they overproduced. Don’t buy as an investment. Buy for their beauty!

  4. One of best hockey sets for pure value. Great subsers & over abundance of hall of fame rookies. Also cards look great.

  5. Only severe overproduction keeps this from being a 5 star set. Loaded with hall of famers this is easily the best hockey set of 1990. OPC premier was also good but comes in at a distant second. Like all junk wax era sets it wont cost you very much but its a must have for anybody’s hockey card collection.

  6. Extremely nice set that helped usher in the mass overproduction of hockey cards. A great set to introduce your kids to the world of hockey card collecting and some nice nostalgia for HOF RC’s and “I remember that guy” for us older folk. I recommend looking on Kijiji for locals dumping these boxes as shipping costs alone exceed the value of the box. Keep in mind that the Gretzky and Roy promo cards (#241) will not be found in these boxes but can be had cheaply on eBay if you’re after the master set.

    For a real challenge, check out the 25th anniversary parallels found in 2014-15 UD S1 Hobby packs. These are foil stamped originals (all 550 cards plus the 2 promos, both auto’d) and hand numbered to 25. Some of these are autographed and will cost you large $$$.

  7. Why don’t they mention the real reason behind the UD French version craze in 1990?

    UD was very skeptical that French versions would sell, so they had planned a production run of only 600 cases. Once word of this got out to the public, everyone went crazy for the French version because they knew that it was a very limited product and thus the French version rookie cards would be much more rare and much more valuable. Once UD realized what was happening, they secretly had an ADDITIONAL 1,000 cases printed and shipped out to meet demand but did not tell anyone that they had nearly tripled the production run.

    That is why they were so popular but today they are not worth anything.

  8. I love collecting the unopened wax/foil boxes. Compared to Score/Proset/OPC even the boxes are slicker.
    What I am unsure of (since I don’t open them) is what the difference is between two. Obviously the box with red label is high number inclusive. The blue label that says French is of course French. Almost all other boxes I see for English low number say NEW in the blue label. However mine says English Edition. At the top of the box it has LNH-NHL the same way it has it on the French. The description of what is in the box is in both Eng and Fre the same as it is on the French box. So what is this?

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