A few months ago when I was perusing my monthly local card show, I mentioned to one of the dealers how it's hard to find hockey cards anymore.
"Hold on," he told me and then proceeded to pull out a couple of cards.
According to Beckett's, they were "Randomly inserted in packs at a rate of 1:23, this special commemorative insert set honors superstar veteran players who have played on a Stanley Cup championship team. The fronts feature color player photos printed on micro-etched, silver poly-laminate card stock, along with a faux "diamond" chip embedded in the Stanley Cup ring icon."
There's actually a parallel to this set, as well, "Champion Salute Diamond," which incldues an actual diamond chip, which was randomly inserted in packs at the rate of 1:350.
The regular set incudes:
1 Mark Messier 9 Peter Forsberg
2 Wayne Gretzky 10 Claude Lemieux
3 Grant Fuhr 11 Patrick Roy
4 Paul Coffey 12 Chris Chelios
5 Mario Lemieux 13 Doug Gilmour
6 Jaromir Jagr 14 Mike Richter
7 Ron Francis 15 Martin Brodeur
8 Joe Sakic
There's also two questions which quickly come to mind regarding this set: 1) According to Beckett, there's only three promo cards -- Brodeur, Forsberg and Fuhr. That can't be right, as I already have a Claude Lemieux and Gilmour Promo card, so how many promo cards are there?. 2) How can you tell if you have the diamond parallel or not, since an actual diamond chip is what makes it the parallel. Do you have to take it to a jeweler to find out if it's the parallel?
In any case, it'll be interesting to see if I can actually put a set together. I'll keep you posted.