The package seemed smaller, but here is just a fraction of the remaining cards I got from my friend "The Dutch Card Guy".
These cards are about the same size as Panini stickers, however, the quality of these is a nice step up. This set has the foil like team emblems that Panini have. However, these cards are exclusive to the Eredivisie (Dutch Premier League).
FEYENOORD TEAM foil
From what I can tell, the set is made by an unknown manufacturer. I do not know what the name is but the logo is two letters inside the outline of a house. The Panini like cards are portrait shots. The biggest difference is the quality of the card fronts.
The cards have a shiny gold name plate with gold facsimile autographs under the player's photo.
I was most pleased when I saw this card of this current Liverpool and Uruguay World Cup star -
Made by the same company, and perhaps even from the same year (but have different backs) are these action shots of the Eredivisie.
I got two current Dutch International players - Ibrahim Afellay and Martin Stekelenburg, and current Arsenal and Belgium International Thomas Vermaelen. Other Internationals include Moroccan Karim El Ahmadi, now at Aston Villa, Ivory Coast's Sekou Cisse, Joonas Kolkka (Finland), Gabri (Spain).
The other seldom seen card issue I received were these "World of Soccer" series made for the online gaming craze of soccer cards.
WOS Header card
WOS player cards
It seems The Dutch Guy knows a thing or two about my card collection, because he sent the only other card I needed for my 1997 Upper Deck MLS Trophy Winner inserts -
Trophy Winner - ERIC WYNALDA
POST SCRIPT -
While there may be no NHL hockey in the up coming season, it has not stopped our fellow blogger over at PUCK JUNK from running a very cool and considerate contest. Go check it out - get a card or send one to help someone else.