1997-98 Panini Set of 252

1997-98 Panini Set of 252 (loose stickers)

4 Key Rookie (RC) Stickers

Jarome Iginla, Ryan Smyth, Michael Peca and Steve Sullivan.

Sticker History

This was the second year in a row that Panini did not actively market it’s NHL stickers to North America. The 1997 NHL Panini stickers collection was reduced to only 252 total stickers in the set. 252 stickers was the smallest NHL set produced in the 11 years and a sharp drop of 52 stickers from 1996. Until 2002, these stickers were nowhere to be found in Canada or the United States. In late 2002 I sourced out some unopened boxes from a dealer in Winnipeg that attained them when they were in Sweden. There were only 50 packages per box but the albums were pretty much non-existant (just like in 1996). Over the past 12 years, I have only found or seen 1 album from this series. Imagine that there are 1000’s of 1995 Panini albums that can be had even today yet I’ve only ever seen 1 album from 1997 Panini. This set is difficult to assemble and not many collectors even know about this series as they were not sent out to wholesalers in the North American market. These stickers marketed mainly to the European hockey market.

Sticker Facts

The size of each full sticker is 5.4 cm X 7.6 cm (2.13 in X 3 in). There were 50 packages in each wax box which originally retailed for $0.69 USD (or 6:- Swedish Kronor) per pack. Each package contained 6 stickers. The minimum number of packages needed to make a full set (assuming absolutely no doubles) is 42. The original album ($1.25 USD or 10:- Swedish Kronor) cover featured Mats Sundin, Brendan Shanahan, Mark Messier, Saku Koivu, Dominik Hasek, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sandis Ozolnish and Teemu Selanne. The 1997 Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings with Goalie Mike Vernon winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP.

Season Facts

The Detroit Red Wings break their 42 year curse by finally bringing the Stanley Cup back to Motor City. Joe Mullen becomes the 25th player to join the 500 goal club and Dave Andreychuk becomes the 26th player to join that elite group. Grant Fuhr would again rise to the occasion playing 73 games for the Blues. Brian Leetch won his 2nd career Norris Trophy leading all defensemen in points with 78. Teemu Selanne finished 2nd in league scoring with 109 points. Bryan Berard won the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year.

Expansion Notes

The Winnipeg Jets leave Canada for the desert and become the Phoenix Coyotes for the 1996-97 NHL season. The NHL announces future expansion plans with Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus and Minnesota joining the league in stages from the 1998-99 to the 2000-01 season.

Wayne Gretzky Notes

Gretzky signed as a free agent with the Rangers this season after a very brief stint with the Blues. Wayne would be reunited with long time friend Mark Messier. In December of 1996 Wayne passes the unprecedented 3000 point mark including playoffs (2639 points in the regular season plus 362 points in the playoffs). This would be the last season that Wayne would finish as a “plus” player with a +12. Gretzky finished the 1996-97 season with a 2.03 points per game ratio for his career. This series featured 1 Gretzky sticker. Wayne scored 25 goals and 72 assists for a total of 97 points in a full season of 82 games played. His points per game ratio for this season was 1.18.



1997-98 Panini Sticker Album
I am currently sourcing this product out. Please check back soon.


If you would like to add this album to put your stickers into, I do have it available here

This album measures about 4.9 cm X 6.5 cm (1.93 in X 2.56 in) and comes to you in near mint condition and currently sits empty with no stickers.

One Response to 1997-98 Panini Set of 252

  1. Thelauds says:

    Here is the checklist for the 1997-98 Panini NHL Sticker Set:

    1 Rob DiMaio Bruins
    2 Jeff Odgers Bruins
    3 Jozef Stumpel Bruins
    4 Ted Donato Bruins
    5 Mattias Timander Bruins
    6 Logo Bruins
    7 Don Sweeney Bruins
    8 Jim Carey Bruins
    9 Ray Bourque Bruins
    10 Dominik Hasek Sabres
    11 Alexei Zhitnik Sabres
    12 Derek Plante Sabres
    13 Michael Peca Sabres
    14 Darryl Shannon Sabres
    15 Logo Sabres
    16 Donald Audette Sabres
    17 Michal Grosek Sabres
    18 Miroslav Satan Sabres
    19 Robert Kron Hurricanes
    20 Geoff Sanderson Hurricanes
    21 Andrew Cassels Hurricanes
    22 Marek Malik Hurricanes
    23 Derek King Hurricanes
    24 Logo Hurricanes
    25 Sami Kapanen Hurricanes
    26 Alexander Godynyuk Hurricanes
    27 Keith Primeau Hurricanes
    28 Saku Koivu Canadiens
    29 Vincent Damphousse Canadiens
    30 Brian Savage Canadiens
    31 Valeri Bure Canadiens
    32 Mark Recchi Canadiens
    33 Logo Canadiens
    34 Vladimir Malakhov Canadiens
    35 Peter Popovic Canadiens
    36 Martin Rucinsky Canadiens
    37 Radek Bonk Senators
    38 Alexandre Daigle Senators
    39 Sergei Zholtok Senators
    40 Janne Laukkanen Senators
    41 Daniel Alfredsson Senators
    42 Logo Senators
    43 Alexei Yashin Senators
    44 Frank Musil Senators
    45 Steve Duchesne Senators
    46 Darius Kasparaitis Penguins
    47 Jaromir Jagr Penguins
    48 Roman Oksiuta Penguins
    49 Kevin Hatcher Penguins
    50 Ron Francis Penguins
    51 Logo Penguins
    52 Petr Nedved Penguins
    53 Andreas Johansson Penguins
    54 Fredrik Olausson Penguins
    55 Robert Svehla Panthers
    56 Radek Dvorak Panthers
    57 Martin Straka Panthers
    58 Kirk Muller Panthers
    59 Per Gustafsson Panthers
    60 Logo Panthers
    61 Ray Sheppard Panthers
    62 Johan Garpenlov Panthers
    63 Scott Mellanby Panthers
    64 Martin Brodeur Devils
    65 Bobby Holik Devils
    66 Doug Gilmour Devils
    67 Valeri Zelepukin Devils
    68 Petr Sykora Devils
    69 Logo Devils
    70 John MacLean Devils
    71 Dave Andreychuk Devils
    72 Scott Niedermayer Devils
    73 Zigmund Palffy Islanders
    74 Tommy Salo Islanders
    75 Niklas Andersson Islanders
    76 Kenny Jonsson Islanders
    77 Robert Reichel Islanders
    78 Logo Islanders
    79 Travis Green Islanders
    80 Bryan Berard Islanders
    81 Bryan Smolinski Islanders
    82 Wayne Gretzky Rangers
    83 Mark Messier Rangers
    84 Brian Leetch Rangers
    85 Alexei Kovalev Rangers
    86 Esa Tikkanen Rangers
    87 Logo Rangers
    88 Ulf Samuelsson Rangers
    89 Niklas Sundstrom Rangers
    90 Alexander Karpovtsev Rangers
    91 Ron Hextall Flyers
    92 Eric Lindros Flyers
    93 Rod Brind’Amour Flyers
    94 Janne Niinimaa Flyers
    95 Dainius Zubrus Flyers
    96 Logo Flyers
    97 Petr Svoboda Flyers
    98 John LeClair Flyers
    99 Mikael Renberg Flyers
    100 Dino Ciccarelli Lightning
    101 Roman Hamrlik Lightning
    102 Alexander Selivanov Lightning
    103 Chris Gratton Lightning
    104 Mikael Andersson Lightning
    105 Logo Lightning
    106 Igor Ulanov Lightning
    107 John Cullen Lightning
    108 Rob Zamuner Lightning
    109 Peter Bondra Capitals
    110 Bill Ranford Capitals
    111 Michal Pivonka Capitals
    112 Sergei Gonchar Capitals
    113 Calle Johansson Capitals
    114 Logo Capitals
    115 Dale Hunter Capitals
    116 Adam Oates Capitals
    117 Andrei Nikolishin Capitals
    118 Dominik Hasek Sabres
    119 Bryan Berard Islanders
    120 Brian Leetch Rangers
    121 Paul Kariya Ducks
    122 Michael Peca Sabres
    123 Keith Tkachuk Coyotes
    124 Martin Brodeur Devils
    125 John LeClair Flyers
    126 Miroslav Satan Sabres
    127 Patrick Roy Avalanche
    128 Alexei Zhamnov Blackhawks
    129 Chris Chelios Blackhawks
    130 Ulf Dahlen Blackhawks
    131 Tony Amonte Blackhawks
    132 Michal Sykora Blackhawks
    133 Logo Blackhawks
    134 Eric Weinrich Blackhawks
    135 Sergei Krivokrasov Blackhawks
    136 Eric Daze Blackhawks
    137 Pat Verbeek Stars
    138 Sergei Zubov Stars
    139 Mike Modano Stars
    140 Darryl Sydor Stars
    141 Dave Reid Stars
    142 Logo Stars
    143 Benoit Hogue Stars
    144 Joe Nieuwendyk Stars
    145 Jere Lehtinen Stars
    146 Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings
    147 Vladimir Konstantinov Red Wings
    148 Sergei Fedorov Red Wings
    149 Steve Yzerman Red Wings
    150 Tomas Sandstrom Red Wings
    151 Logo Red Wings
    152 Igor Larionov Red Wings
    153 Slava Kozlov Red Wings
    154 Brendan Shanahan Red Wings
    155 Nikolai Khabibulin Coyotes
    156 Teppo Numminen Coyotes
    157 Jeremy Roenick Coyotes
    158 Mike Gartner Coyotes
    159 Igor Korolev Coyotes
    160 Logo Coyotes
    161 Craig Janney Coyotes
    162 Keith Tkachuk Coyotes
    163 Oleg Tverdovsky Coyotes
    164 Pierre Turgeon Blues
    165 Igor Kravchuk Blues
    166 Robert Petrovicky Blues
    167 Geoff Courtnall Blues
    168 Brett Hull Blues
    169 Logo Blues
    170 Chris Pronger Blues
    171 Joe Murphy Blues
    172 Grant Fuhr Blues
    173 Dimitri Yushkevich Maple Leafs
    174 Wendel Clark Maple Leafs
    175 Steve Sullivan Maple Leafs
    176 Tie Domi Maple Leafs
    177 Todd Warriner Maple Leafs
    178 Logo Maple Leafs
    179 Mats Sundin Maple Leafs
    180 Sergei Berezin Maple Leafs
    181 Fredrik Modin Maple Leafs
    182 Dmitri Mironov Ducks
    183 Paul Kariya Ducks
    184 Steve Rucchin Ducks
    185 Darren Van-Impe Ducks
    186 Joe Sacco Ducks
    187 Logo Ducks
    188 Teemu Selanne Ducks
    189 Jari Kurri Ducks
    190 Brian Bellows Ducks
    191 Dave Gagner Flames
    192 German Titov Flames
    193 Marty McInnis Flames
    194 Jarome Iginla Flames
    195 Tommy Albelin Flames
    196 Logo Flames
    197 Joel Bouchard Flames
    198 Jonas Hoglund Flames
    199 Theoren Fleury Flames
    200 Uwe Krupp Avalanche
    201 Peter Forsberg Avalanche
    202 Adam Foote Avalanche
    203 Valeri Kamensky Avalanche
    204 Joe Sakic Avalanche
    205 Logo Avalanche
    206 Sandis Ozolnish Avalanche
    207 Alexei Gusarov Avalanche
    208 Patrick Roy Avalanche
    209 Andrei Kovalenko Oilers
    210 Jason Arnott Oilers
    211 Mariusz Czerkawski Oilers
    212 Ryan Smyth Oilers
    213 Mats Lindgren Oilers
    214 Logo Oilers
    215 Doug Weight Oilers
    216 Boris Mironov Oilers
    217 Petr Klima Oilers
    218 Vladimir Tsyplakov Kings
    219 Mattias Norstrom Kings
    220 Rob Blake Kings
    221 Kai Nurminen Kings
    222 Vitali Yachmenev Kings
    223 Logo Kings
    224 Ray Ferraro Kings
    225 Kevin Stevens Kings
    226 Dmitri Khristich Kings
    227 Tony Granato Sharks
    228 Bernie Nicholls Sharks
    229 Doug Bodger Sharks
    230 Owen Nolan Sharks
    231 Viktor Kozlov Sharks
    232 Logo Sharks
    233 Jeff Friesen Sharks
    234 Marcus Ragnarsson Sharks
    235 Andrei Nazarov Sharks
    236 Pavel Bure Canucks
    237 Alexander Mogilny Canucks
    238 Martin Gelinas Canucks
    239 Markus Naslund Canucks
    240 David Roberts Canucks
    241 Logo Canucks
    242 Trevor Linden Canucks
    243 Mike Ridley Canucks
    244 Jyrki Lumme Canucks
    245 Janne Niinimaa Flyers
    246 Patrick Lalime Penguins
    247 Bryan Berard Islanders
    248 Jim Campbell Blues
    249 Dainius Zubrus Flyers
    250 Sergei Berezin Maple Leafs
    251 Mats Lindgren Oilers
    252 Jarome Iginla Flames

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