As usual we'll look at the runners-up first, like the 1994-95 Upper Deck SP Jamie Langenbrunner pictured above. Certainly an interesting card, I guess this would be considered a rookie? 638 NHL points, not to mention two Stanley Cup Championships, is nothing to scoff at. He's still at it too, assuming there are any games this season to play.
1988-89 Topps - #194 - Pierre Turgeon (RC)
You may not have seen that one coming but I stand by my selection. Pierre Turgeon was a solid player. He was the 34th player in the history of the NHL to score 500 career goals as a matter of fact. When this rookie card came out, he was a big name prospect. Taken #1 overall in the 1987 NHL entry draft, he turned in a respectable 42-point rookie season in 1987-88. He shot to stardom in his sophomore season though, the season that this card represents, appearing in every single game for Buffalo and racking up 30+ goals, 50+ assists and 80+ points. The following year, which was the first year I collected hockey cards as a kid, he was even better with 40+ goals, 60+ assists and 100+ points, again skating in every one of Buffalo's games.
This was one of the cards to have during my first couple of years of collecting. It remains the 4th most valuable card in the '88-89 Topps set behind the Hull RC, Gretzky and Shanahan RC. As an added bonus, the Buffalo Sabres finally get some representation in my franken-set as well.
So, do you agree with the selection, or do you have a #194 that tops this one?
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