Sunday, May 20, 2012

Classic Games Inc. : Off the Map Without a Trace


Classic Games Inc. produced hockey cards from 1991-1996. Looking back over 15 years later, I don't recall why the company stopped producing cards. After conducting a lengthy google search, I was still left with no answers. Any trace of the company seemed to disappear when it last produced cards in 1996.

As a kid, I really liked classic cards. They included autographs in their sets and they were not as tough as a pull compared to Score and Pro Set. Classic was also the first to include serial numbered cards and provided unique inserts. Please see below:



The above two cards are gorgeous examples of what Classic produced. The Kozlov card is actually clear acetate and these were big pulls back in the day. Sadly, time has not been friendly to these cards and the acetate has yellowed over the years.

As a kid I was really big into the Daigle hype and I broke a lot of 1993-94 Classic Hockey, trying to pull his cards from packs.

Despite being the most creative card company for a good portion of it's years, the brand never really took off. Without an NHL license, Classic had to stick with minor league and junior players. During the company's final years, they tried their hand at four sport releases. It is my guess, that the four sport release sealed the companies fate.

If anyone has any information as to what happened to Classic Games Inc., please post a comment. I'd really like to know why the company stopped producing cards.

A Four Sport Autograph Card of Mike Fountain




If anyone has any information as to what happened to Classic Games Inc., please post a comment. I'd really like to know why the company stopped producing cards.

3 comments:

  1. Not too sure about what happened to Classic, but I was going through my collection looking for a card tonight, a collection of which I have put away for the last 8 years... :( and ended up finding a few Classic cards I had either purchased or traded for back then. 1992 Classic Draft Pick Card #59 Manon Rheaume, 1995 Gold Images #75 Jamie Storr, and 1995 Gold Images #4 Jim Carey. It's refreshing to see the nice print on these cards, but would also love to know what these might be worth today. Any idea?

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  2. Classic Games, Inc. was a subsidiary of Score Board, Inc., a sports memorabilia company. In 1994, when the trading card craze of the early '90s was waning, Score Board consolidated its operations and moved Classic from its Atlanta-area headquarters up to Cherry Hill, NJ, laying off most of Classic's staff. Score Board itself went bankrupt in about 1997.

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    1. I have a complete unopened set from 1991 with 50 cards inside, several great players with Eric Lindros # 1 card. Would be nice to know if these have any value. Thank You. Jim Webb Buff,NY.

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