Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Picks # 13: Patrik Stefan

This pick comes from the 1999-00 Upper Deck Ice Gallery insert set. It's kind of fitting that Patrik Stefan, who wore number 13 for the Thrashers back in the day, is pick number 13 in this series. Stefan was the first overall pick for Atlanta in the 1999 entry draft, which made any of his cards a must have at the time.

For some reason, I decided to go along with the hype and began collecting Stefan cards left and right, and this one has to be one of my favorites.

I have to say this was one of the sharper looking insert sets from any base Upper Deck set of the early 2000's. The elongated octagonal window for the player image is interesting, better than going with a simple rectangle with rounded corners or something.

The pattern around the border of the card adds a great effect to a rather simple and uncrowded design. The player name is nicely placed vertically on the left side out of the way, which gives the card a slightly asymmetric look.

The Upper Deck logo is nicely placed in the upper left corner, where it doesn't really take away from the overall look of the card. The Ice Gallery text is pretty sharp, especially with the spiderweb design surrounding it.

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