Back in June of 2019, I wrote a post documenting the oldest card I had scanned for each team. While that is cool and all, what I really enjoy is seeing what it takes to get on page 1.
On the Cardboard History Gallery, I have each album set up to display 120 images, the most that Fotki allows. As I mentioned in the original post, I really enjoy seeing what makes it onto page 1, what it takes to be old enough to make it. Since I'm still fairly new to the NHL...only 4 years actively collecting this month!...it's still very much in flux, unlike the NBA which is almost all 1991-92 or older.
To make this post, I will list the last card on page 1 at the conclusion of 2020, meaning anything older than that will automatically make page 1. It is set up to automatically place each card in chronological order and then numerical order by set. Seasons with more than one set (which is most of them!) the sets are alphabetical. I'm going to show each card as well, just so this post is fun to look at...both for you now, and me when I return to it in the future. For teams with only one page, I will show the most recent card, again, for my enjoyment when I look at this post in the future.
Let's begin....we see right away that not every team even has a page 2. Remember, these numbers are NOT what's in my collection...JUST what I've gotten scanned so far.
All-Star team...with 92 cards scanned, any All-Star card will make the first page.
Anaheim Ducks have 167 cards scanned. Name changes are reflected accurately so the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have their own listing.
Arizona Coyotes have 126 cards scanned. With being the second newest name combination (only the Vegas Golden Knights are newer) it's not surprising they are low, barely cracking the second page.
The California Golden Seals were another short term team, and with only 18 cards presently scanned, hitting a page 2 seems unlikely.
The Carolina Hurricanes were the last team I saw play live (on TV), not counting the Golden Knights who didn't exist yet. I wish they were still in Hartford, but they moved to Carolina in 1997. Since they have a lesser amount of history in both places, they have only 210 Carolina cards scanned.
The Chicago Blackhawks are the only team where I have two name versions combined- because I don't know when they switched from Black Hawks to Blackhawks. It's entirely possible I don't have any cards from the name change, considering they've been around almost 100 years. As it stands now, they have 358 cards scanned, but I would break that out if I could figure out where to do it. Interestingly, the last card on page 1 is one that I recovered and uploaded in the December upload.
1998-99 SP Top Prospects #10. I assure you Doug Gilmour's name IS on the card, it just doesn't show up in a scan,
The Colorado Avalanche have only existed since 1995, formerly the Quebec Nordiques. They have 263 cards scanned, I seem to pull more of them from packs than I do Hurricanes.
The Colorado Rockies, formerly the Kansas City Scouts and currently the New Jersey Devils, are one of the smallest teams represented in my collection, with only 7 cards scanned. It's a team card, which is something I really like.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were only formed in 2000, and they have 211 cards scanned. I know they were one of the last teams if not THE last to hit 100 cards in my collection, although they have been catching up a bit lately.
The Dallas Stars have been around since 1993-94 and although they wear my favorite color I have a hard time warming up to the team. They have 263 cards scanned. We've had two inserts show up in this project already but this is the first parallel.
The Detroit Red Wings had been the lowest ranked Original 6 team, but they moved past the Blackhawks in December, currently with 361 cards scanned. Their last card on page 1 is not a hockey card, but a multi-sport card.
The Edmonton Oilers have had a huge amount of superstars on their team, and it shows with 325 cards scanned...I'd say at least a quarter of all Oilers cards are one of 4 people- Gretzky, Messier, McDavid and Draisaitl.
2002-03 Topps #150
The Florida Panthers are not the first team I think of when I think of hockey, let's put it that way...yet they still have crossed my scanner tray 262 times. The last card on the first page is a terrible photo of who is probably my favorite player in franchise history, a card I got in the first NHL box I opened.
2016-17 Fleer Showcase #44
The Hartford Whalers have only 95 cards scanned, so they are getting closer to a page 2. I expect they will hit it in 2020 but only time will tell.
2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Team Logos #T-32
The Kansas City Scouts are a rarer team, only in operation for two years before moving to Colorado and eventually New Jersey. Only 7 cards have been scanned for the team, and I would be surprised if a page 2 is ever hit with this team, as well.