Greatest theme set ever…

Bold statement but I stand behind it.

Back in the early ’90s hockey was a hotbed of card innovation. One of my favorite sets came from that era, Team Pinnacle.

They also gave us these.
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Simplicity at its Finest. There is no cooler piece of sports equipment than the goalie mask. Taking each players mask and placing it on the black background makes for a striking design, allowing the paint job to pop.

Here are a few more.
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This wasn’t a completely unique idea at the time. Pro-set released this card a year earlier.
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Pro-set may have done it first, but Pinnacle was the first to really commit to the concept.

The card backs push the concept even further.
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The mask alone on front teamed up with an action shot and a face picture of the man beneath the mask. Like the front its beauty is in its simplicity.
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Fun fact. My mother, the art teacher, used these cards when teaching about masks and mask making.

If anyone can think of a better set theme I would love to hear it. I think this is as good as it gets.

-K-

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