NHL 300 Wins Club - Cards to add this season as new Goalies join
After going a while without any goalies hitting 300 career wins it looks like there will be five that cross that threshold this year, which would more than double the number of active goalies in the club.
While pretty much every major skater of note has a regular Upper Deck Young Gun card great goalies often come from more obscure backgrounds and thus have slightly more obscure rookie cards.
I am starting this thread to discuss which rookie cards should be added to the 300 Wins club. (Full disclosure I have the 5th all-time finest set and the set with the second highest completion level)
The assumption is if the player has a regular Upper Deck rookie card that is the default card for the set. For those that do not I have tried to select what would be considered their main rookie that is not autographed, memorabilia or numbered.
Here are the goalies approaching 300 wins that should get there this season:
297 Kari Lehtonen – 2003 Upper Deck Premier #98. There is no logical card for Kari given he appeared in 4 games near the end of the season. All the main card sets were already issued that year before he played his first game. This card is number to 399 but is his most graded PSA card that was available in packs. His most graded RC is BAP In the Game VIP which was from a program where for $9.99 you could request any rookie card you wanted.
297 Cam Ward – 2005 Upper Deck #229
278 Pekka Rinne – 2005 Upper Deck Black Diamond #258. There was no regular Upper Deck card issued. This is his most popular non- autographed, memorabilia or numbered rookie card.
273 Carey Price – 2007 Upper Deck #227
269 Jonathan Quick – 2007 SP Authentic #177. There was no regular Upper Deck card issued. Very few rookie card choices as Jonathan is another goalie who made his debut late in the season. This card is serial numbered to 999 but is considered his main rookie card.
Other goalies that could get to 300 wins in the next 2 or 3 seasons include:
245 Craig Anderson 2003 Upper Deck Premier 65 (serial numbered out of 399) or 2003 Be A Player Memorabilia #318. Has yet to have any rookie card graded by PSA from any set. The 2003 Upper Deck Premier card is the same set as the card that should likely be used for Kari Lehtonen so would be my choice.
221 Corey Crawford – 2005 Upper Deck Black Diamond #225. Same set as Rinne and not serial numbered like the SP Authentic and Ice rookie cards are.
217 Jaroslav Halak – 2007 Upper Deck 228
207 Tuukka Rask – 2007 Upper Deck #456
201 Steve Mason – 2008 Upper Deck #208
201 Braden Holtby – 2009 Upper Deck #499
191 Sergei Bobrovsky – 2010 Upper Deck #240