Twenty years ago, Wayne Gretzky helped promote...soccer cards? The Great One became a spokesman for the Upper Deck trading card company during the 1990s. That didn’t just limit him to promoting hockey cards, though.
Hoping to make soccer cards appeal to a wider audience, Upper Deck pictured Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Reggie Jackson and Gretzky on different trading cards inserted into their 1994 World Cup Soccer sets. One card has Gretzky sporting a World Cup USA ’94 sweater, while the other shows him ready to take the opening kick-off.
Sal Barry is the webmaster of the hockey card site PuckJunk.com