Monday, September 20, 2010

My Picks #42: Owen Nolan

This pick is one of the more oddball cards in my collection. I forgot about it until sorting through some piles of cards the other day. If you've ever played EA Sports' NHL 2002 then this should look familiar. This Owen Nolan came packaged with the PC version of the game.

In the game, there was a set of virtual trading cards you could collect in order to get power boosts, cheat codes, and other goodies. There were a total of 189 cards in the set, 153 of which were player cards. Then there were bronze, silver, and gold versions of each card.

Here is a screenshot of how the cards looked in the game.

It was a really cool concept at the time and it was even better that real copies of the cards were produced and distributed with the game. Too bad they only included one with each copy of the game. I did a quick check of ebay and only found one of these things. It was a gold version of the Mario Lemieux, and it was listed as BIN for $15.

Does anyone have any of these? Have you ever seen one? I'm curious to see how many of these are out there within the hobby, because this would be a cool set to go after.


  1. I wasn't aware of these before, but agree that it would be a cool set to eventually complete. You may have some competition now, as I'm going to start keeping an eye out for these.

  2. Nothing wrong with a little competition. I'll let you know if I come across any other than the one I found on eBay earlier today.

    Question: Would you go for the bronze, silver, or gold versions. Or all three?

  3. I guess I would buy whatever I could find. It sounds like a hard set to put together, so I'll take what I can find.

    An idea might be to peruse copies of the actual game at used video game stores like GameStop. Who knows, the copy on the shelf might include the card, along with the instructions and other materials.

  4. I hadn't heard of these before.

    Yeah, sounds like it might be a tough set to put together. A lot of those card might have ended up in non-collector hands, and who knows where they might have gone from there?

    But who doesn't love a challenge, right? That's what it's all about.

  5. I say we start a blogger scavenger hunt for them.

  6. Well, I have the one, so that's a start.

  7. According to someone on one of the message boards, there were only 9 different cards from the set in the game that were actually produced and distributed with the games.