For many of the early sets in the 1980s the cards were over-sized, like the ones I've shown here from the 1985-86 release. The 1993-94 team set though, sponsored by Coca Cola, returned to the standard size for a modern day trading card. There were 24 cards in the set, and I've finally managed to track them all down.
#1 - Sean Burke
As you can see, there's not much to the design. Plain, white card stock (which I have to say is relatively thin and flimsy) with a portrait shot inset. Team name, player's name and position along the bottom, team logo and sponsor's logo along the top. I'm not generally a fan of portrait cards, but these do give you a good look at some of the insane haircuts that were in fashion in the game of hockey in the early '90s.
#2 - Adam Burt
#3 - Andrew Cassels
Here's an example, your textbook mullet with some good curl at the back.
#4 - Randy Cunneyworth
Nowadays I remember Randy more for his coaching stint with the Montreal Canadiens, which I believe lasted around 15 seconds, than from his playing days.
#5 - Alexander Godynyuk
#6 - Mark Greig
#7 - Mark Janssens
Sort of a variation on the standard mullet here, looks like that one little piece to the right is trying to get away.
#8 - Robert Kron
The tight-cropped mullet, more of a European feel, very classy.
#9 - Bryan Marchment
#10 - Brad McCrimmon
Brad sadly passed away along with 44 others in the Lokomotiv airline disaster in 2011.
#11 - Pierre McGuire
Those of you who recognize McGuire from his NHL broadcasting work, including this past season's Stanley Cup playoffs, may not realize that he was, for a very short time, the head coach of the Hartford Whalers.
#12 - Michael Nylander
#13 - James Patrick
#14 - Frank Pietrangelo
#15 - Marc Potvin
I wrote about this card on my other blog earlier this year, warning it's pretty depressing. In any event, I think it's the only card out there that depicts Marc with the Whalers so I'm happy to have it.
#16 - Chris Pronger
The Whalers really did have some quality players despite their almost total lack of success. This is one card for the Pronger super-collector only I think! Is it just me, or does he look a little "slow" in this photo?
#17 - Brian Propp
#18 - Jeff Reese
#19 - Geoff Sanderson
#20 - Jim Sandlak
#21 - Jim Storm
Makes Chris Pronger look like Albert Einstein.
#22 - Darren Turcotte
#23 - Pat Verbeek
Best career of any player in the set, or would you give that to Chris Pronger? I'm going with Verbeek myself.
#24 - Zarley Zalapski
That's a wrap, the 1993-94 Coca Cola Whalers team set. Not the most exciting batch of cards, but essential for a team collector like myself.