First - yes, I am happy the Lightning won. As much as I would like to see a Canadian team win the Cup - that doesn't include Montreal, so given the final match up, that went about as well as I could have hoped. Nice to see a back to back winner as well. Will be interesting to see how things change for next year. Just me two cents on that.
Anyway, to the completely unrelated cards for today.
Rookie cards are a coveted collecting item, especially for those who are in the game of flipping or investing in these little square (mostly) cardboard (mostly) rectangles (...mostly). As a team collector, it's always great to get a pack and pull the newest rookie or star added to the team. Easy remember the hype in Toronto with the Jays Vladdy Jr., but even Biggio and Bichette as well. Not too long before was Auston for the Leafs.
I find it interesting as to the interest or market for pre-rookie cards. Cards of stars from their minor league days. Certainly Bowman tries to catch everyone playing in the minors, in case they are the next big thing, but that hasn't always been the case.
As much as I dislike the set, it is 1990-91 7th Inning Sketch which brought this to mind as there is one player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League that year which brings this into focus...