1987-88 Topps Insert Master Set of 40

1987-88 Topps Master Set of 40 (loose stickers)
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4 Key Stickers

Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Luc Robitaille and the Flyers Logo with Helmet Stickers.

Sticker History

This was the 3rd year that Topps decided to put out an All Star Insert sticker set along with team logos and helmet sticker numbers. This Topps Sticker insert set was commonly referred to as the “Stick Year” set as the design boasted an old school wooden hockey stick that featured the All Star’s name on it. On some All Stars from this set, you can see what look to be very faint roller marks from the factory. These can only be seen when you shine it in the light but were very common for these stickers. All Stars without these factory markings do command a premium. These inserts were the same size as your standard hockey card. Only the Topps NHL Hockey card packages from 1987 contained one of these inserts in each pack. There were 12 All Stars in this set numbered #1-12 and there were 21 NHL teams represented and they were numbered #13-33. There were variations of stickers #27-33 where the logo and helmet stickers alternate from top and bottom.

The 7 variations are found on #27 Devils, #28 Blues, #29 North Stars, #30 Capitals, #31 Bruins, #32 Islanders and #33 Oilers. 1 logo or player All Star per 1986 Topps hockey card package. These were not put into the O-Pee-Chee hockey card packages. In most guides it says that there are 33 stickers, however, with the 7 logo variations, there are really 40 stickers in this set. All of the 40 stickers were stamped with 1987 Topps on the back and the 12 All Stars were identified with either First Team or Second Team All Star selections.

Here is the frequency of appearance of the different helmet sticker digits and sticker pucks. The #1 appears 5 times, #2 appears 6 times, #3 appears 5 times, #4 appears 6 times, #5 appears 2 times, #6 appears 4 times, #7 appears 6 times, #8 appears 4 times, #9 appears 6 times and #0 appears 3 times. Sets of 3 sticker pucks appear on 8 total cards so 24 little sticker pucks are available in this set. The toughest digit to find in this set is the “5”, the second rarest digit to find is the “0”.

The backs of the 1987 stickers are mostly red whereas the backs of the 1986 stickers are mostly blue.

Both 1986 and 1987 stickers have a glossy finish on the backs.

The #17 Rangers and #26 Flyers stickers are the only ones that are exactly the same with an “R” for Registered Trademark from 1986 and 1987.

The #25 Whalers sticker has green “R” for Registered Trademark in 1986 but a black “R” for Registered Trademark in 1987.

The #23 Canadiens has a red “R” for Registered Trademark in 1986 but in 1987 has blue “R” for Registered Trademark instead.

The #20 Nordiques has a “C” for Copyright in 1986 but an “R” for Registered Trademark in 1987.

The #18 Flames from 1986 has an “R” for Registered Trademark, but in 1987 has “TM” for Trademark.

The other 15 logos in 1987 #13 Maple Leafs, #14 Sabres, #15 Red Wings, #16 Penguins, #19 Jets, #21 Blackhawks, #22 Kings, #24 Canucks, #27 Devils, #28 Blues, #29 North Stars, #30 Capitals, #31 Bruins, #32 Islanders, #33 Oilers In 1987 NOW have an R beside them as registered trademarks.

The backs of the 1987 and 1988 logo stickers are exactly the same. For both 1987 and 1988, Topps used sticker logo inserts #13-33 with only the 1987 stamp on them.

There are no 1988 stamped #13-33 logos that exist. Both 1987 and 1988 stickers have a glossy finish on the backs.

The All Star stickers #1-12 show different players from 1987 to 1988.

The Flames #18 has a “TM” for Trademark.

The other 20 teams now all have an “R” for Registered Trademark in 1987.

None of the 21 logos are missing an “R” for Registered Trademark or a “TM” for Trademark.

Sticker Facts

The size of each sticker was about about 8.9 cm X 6.4 cm (3.5 in X 2.5 in). There was no album made for this set.

One Response to 1987-88 Topps Insert Master Set of 40

  1. Here is the Checklist for the 1987-88 Topps Insert Master Set of 40:

    1 Ray Bourque Bruins / All Star sub-set
    2 Ron Hextall Flyers / All Star sub-set
    3 Mark Howe Flyers / All Star sub-set
    4 Jari Kurri Oilers / All Star sub-set
    5 Wayne Gretzky Oilers / All Star sub-set
    6 Michel Goulet Nordiques / All Star sub-set
    7 Larry Murphy Capitals / All Star sub-set
    8 Mike Liut Whalers / All Star sub-set
    9 Al MacInnis Flames / All Star sub-set
    10 Tim Kerr Flyers / All Star sub-set
    11 Mario Lemieux Penguins / All Star sub-set
    12 Luc Robitaille Kings / All Star sub-set
    13 Logo Maple Leafs / Logo on top #15 on bottom
    14 Logo Sabres / Logo on top #9 on bottom
    15 Logo Red Wings / Logo on top #1 on bottom
    16 Logo Penguins / Logo on top #53 on bottom
    17 Logo Rangers / Logo on top #4 on bottom
    18 Logo Flames / Logo on top #7 on bottom
    19 Logo Jets / Logo on top #32 on bottom
    20 Logo Nordiques / Logo on bottom #17 on top
    21 Logo Blackhawks / Logo on bottom #6 on top
    22 Logo Kings / Logo on bottom #8 on top
    23 Logo Canadiens / Logo on bottom #84 on top
    24 Logo Canucks / Logo on bottom #9 on top
    25 Logo Whalers / Logo on bottom #6 on top
    26 Logo Flyers / Logo on bottom #30 on top
    27 Logo Devils / Logo on top #19 on bottom
    28 Logo Blues / Logo on top #94 on bottom
    29 Logo Stars / Logo on top #47 on bottom
    30 Logo Capitals / Logo on top #28 on bottom
    31 Logo Bruins / Logo on top #20 on bottom
    32 Logo Islanders / Logo on top #62 on bottom
    33 Logo Oilers / Logo on top #37 on bottom
    34 Logo Devils / Logo on bottom #19 on top
    35 Logo Blues / Logo on bottom #94 on top
    36 Logo Stars / Logo on bottom #47 on top
    37 Logo Capitals / Logo on bottom #28 on top
    38 Logo Bruins / Logo on bottom #20 on top
    39 Logo Islanders / Logo on bottom #62 on top
    40 Logo Oilers / Logo on bottom #37 on top

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