Maybe with the exception of the mid-2000s, most Upper Deck base sets are absolutely superb with one of my favorites being the 1996-97 set. As much as I admired it, I never owned many of the cards. That changed a few weeks back when I stumbled upon a Series II box on eBay for $22.99. For that price, I couldn't pass it up, promptly pressed "Buy Now" and waited a little less than a week for this junky goodness to arrive at my doorstep. I decided to rip it open and now, I'd like to share some of my favorite cards from the 1996-97 Upper Deck Series II break!
One thing that I did not know prior to the box arriving is that there is a subtle difference between Series I and Series II; for Series II, the "ice" portion on the side of the card is dull while the thin area that has the name is shiny. This is reversed with Series I. Pretty neat and a great way to make the sets similar, yet differentiate them in a small, yet quirky way.
So there you have it. A brief recap of the 1996-97 Upper Deck Series II base set. A classic look from a classic company. With the exclusive license to NHL trading cards, I hope Upper Deck continues their rich tradition of bearing the industry standard.