1988/89 Topps Hockey

Lee Alexander, I blame you for this page's existence.

In March of 2023, I hit a card show with my friend Arron and we had a pretty nice three-sport find: a dealer had eight 3200-count boxes for $10 each or take the whole group for $60. I asked him about it and he said it was mostly late 80s to mid 90s junk era stuff, mixed between baseball, basketball, and hockey. At that point he didn't want to load it back in his truck so he was willing to take $40. So Arron and I split it. It turned out better than we expected: loads of TTM-able stuff, additions to some unsigned sets I was working on, two signed cards, two Derek Jeter RCs, a small amount of vintage, plus a bunch of stuff for players he collects.

In the hockey box was a starter set of 1988-89 Topps hockey. A 198 card set, there were a good 120 in there-- unsigned, but still very TTM-worthy. So when recapping the find, Lee asked if I was going to try to complete it signed. At first I thought hell no, I'm already swamped in projects. But considering how many of them sign, how few are deceased (eight or so), and how small the set is, meh, sure, why not?

It's one of my favorite designs with the iconic thumbtack, which I used occasionally in making some minor league baseball custom 4x6 photos. It'll be tough to complete with Gretzky's well-known reluctance to sign his card, plus RCs of Hall of Fame members Joe Nieuwendyk, Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, and Pierre Turgeon as well as the late great Bob Probert (a should-be Hall of Famer), but it'll be fun to work on.

I didn't have a set goal on it for 2023, but I hit 25% (50 sigs) in July and was up to the 1/3 mark (66 sigs) in December.

1 Mario Lemieux

2 Bob Joyce: TTM, April 2023

3 Joel Quenneville

4 Tony McKegney

5 Stephane Richer

6 Mark Howe

7 Brent Sutter: TTM, July 2023

8 Gilles Meloche: TTM, November 2020

9 Jimmy Carson: TTM, April 2023

10 John MacLean

11 Gary Leeman: Trade, Jeff Thompson, August 2023

12 Gerard Gallant: TTM, April 2023

13 Marcel Dionne: TTM, June 2023

14 Dave Christian: TTM, October 2023

15 Gary Nylund

16 Joe Nieuwendyk

17 Billy Smith

18 Christian Ruuttu

19 Randy Cunneyworth

20 Brian Lawton

21 Scott Mellanby

22 Peter Stastny: TTM, August 2023

23 Gord Kluzak

24 Sylvain Turgeon

25 Clint Malarchuk: TTM, April 2023

26 Denis Savard

27 Craig Simpson: TTM, September 2023

28 Petr Klima

29 Pat Verbeek: Trade, Mark Barbieri, August 2023

30 Moe Mantha

31 Chris Nilan: TTM, April 2021

32 Barry Pederson: TTM, May 2023

33 Randy Burridge

34 Ron Hextall: TTM, July 2023

35 Gaston Gingras: TTM, June 2023

36 Kevin Dineen: Trade, Greg Bessette, April 2023

37 Tom Laidlaw

38 Paul MacLean

39 John Chabot

40 Lindy Ruff: IP, September 2014

41 Dan Quinn

42 Don Beaupre: TTM, April 2023

43 Gary Suter

44 Mikko Makela

45 Mark Johnson

46 Dave Taylor

47 Ulf Dahlen

48 Jeff Sharples

49 Chris Chelios

50 Mike Gartner: TTM, December 2023

51 Darren Pang: IP, June 2018

52 Ron Francis

53 Ken Morrow

54 Michel Goulet: TTM, May 2023

55 Ray Sheppard

56 Doug Gilmour

57 David Shaw: TTM, June 2023

58 Cam Neely

59 Grant Fuhr

60 Scott Stevens

61 Bob Brooke

62 Dave Hunter

63 Alan Kerr

64 Brad Marsh: TTM, October 2023

65 Dale Hawerchuk

66 Brett Hull

67 Patrik Sundstrom

68 Greg Stefan

69 James Patrick ***HAVE OPC VERSION***

70 Dale Hunter

71 Al Iafrate

72 Bobby Carpenter: TTM, April 2023

73 Ray Bourque

74 John Tucker

75 Carey Wilson: TTM, June 2023

76 Joe Mullen

77 Rick Vaive: TTM, June 2023

78 Shawn Burr

79 Murray Craven

80 Clark Gillies

81 Bernie Federko: TTM, April 2023

82 Tony Tanti: TTM, September 2023

83 Greg Gilbert

84 Kirk Muller

85 Dave Tippett

86 Kevin Hatcher

87 Rick Middleton: TTM, June 2023

88 Bobby Smith

89 Doug Wilson: Purchase, 2018 National

90 Scott Arniel

91 Brian Mullen

92 Mike O'Connell: TTM, November 2023

93 Mark Messier

94 Sean Burke

95 Brian Bellows

96 Doug Bodger

97 Bryan Trottier

98 Anton Stastny

99 Checklist

100 Dave Poulin

101 Bob Bourne

102 John Vanbiesbrouck

103 Allen Pedersen: TTM, April 2023

104 Mike Ridley

105 Andrew McBain

106 Troy Murray

107 Tom Barrasso

108 Tomas Jonsson: TTM, May 2023

109 Rob Brown

110 Hakan Loob: TTM, June 2023

111 Ilkka Sinisalo

112 Dave Archibald

113 Doug Halward

114 Ray Ferraro: TTM, September 2023

115 Doug Brown

116 Patrick Roy

117 Greg Millen

118 Ken Linseman: Trade, Russ Crowell, March 2015

119 Phil Housley

120 Wayne Gretzky

121 Tomas Sandstrom

122 Brendan Shanahan

123 Pat LaFontaine

124 Luc Robitaille

125 Ed Olczyk

126 Ron Sutter: TTM, December 2023

127 Mike Liut

128 Brent Ashton: TTM, December 2023

129 Tony Hrkac: TTM, April 2023

130 Kelly Miller: TTM, April 2023

131 Alan Haworth

132 Dave McLlwain: TTM, June 2023

133 Mike Ramsey: TTM, April 2023

134 Bob Sweeney: TTM, July 2023

135 Dirk Graham ***HAVE OPC VERSION***

136 Ulf Samuelsson

137 Petri Skriko

138 Aaron Broten: TTM, September 2023

139 Jim Fox: TTM, May 2023

140 Randy Wood: TTM, June 2023

141 Larry Murphy

142 Daniel Berthiaume

143 Kelly Kisio

144 Neal Broten

145 Reed Larson: TTM, June 2023

146 Peter Zezel

147 Jari Kurri

148 Jim Johnson: TTM, May 2023

149 Gino Cavallini

150 Glen Hanlon

151 Bengt Gustafsson: TTM, June 2023

152 Mike Bullard

153 John Ogrodnick

154 Steve Larmer: TTM, September 2023

155 Kelly Hrudey: TTM, July 2023

156 Mats Naslund: TTM, June 2023

157 Bruce Driver: TTM, August 2023

158 Randy Hillier: TTM, April 2023

159 Craig Hartsburg: TTM, April 2023

160 Rollie Melanson

161 Adam Oates

162 Greg Adams: Trade, Greg Bessette, April 2023

163 Dave Andreychuk

164 Dave Babych

165 Brian Noonan

166 Glen Wesley: TTM, May 2023

167 Dave Ellett

168 Brian Propp: TTM, May 2023

169 Bernie Nicholls

170 Walt Poddubny

171 Steve Konroyd

172 Doug Sulliman: TTM, August 2023

173 Mario Gosselin: TTM, February 2024

174 Brian Benning

175 Dino Ciccarelli

176 Steve Kasper: TTM, June 2023

177 Rick Tocchet

178 Brad McCrimmon

179 Paul Coffey

180 Pete Peeters: TTM, June 2023

181 Bob Probert

182 Steve Duchesne: Trade, Mark Barbieri, August 2023

183 Russ Courtnall: TTM, May 2023

184 Mike Foligno

185 Wayne Presley

186 Reggie Lemelin: TTM, May 2023

187 Mark Hunter: TTM, June 2023

188 Joe Cirella

189 Glenn Anderson

190 John Anderson

191 Patrick Flatley

192 Rod Langway: Trade, Chris Winkles, September 2023

193 Brian MacLellan

194 Pierre Turgeon

195 Brian Hayward: Purchase, Autograph Den, Nov. 2023

196 Steve Yzerman

197 Doug Crossman

198 Checklist: TTM, May 2023 (Terry Crisp)