The company seemed to understand that hockey was a dynamic, action-packed sport. "Go nuts", they must have told their photographers.
Granted, there are still headshots. (These guys don't look too happy about that.)
And some "standing around during warmups" shots.
And face-off shots. (Two Miracle on Ice teammates are squaring off in that middle card, look.)
And Upper Deck managed to sneak some rough stuff into the set, with a bloodied Basil McRae yapping at an opponent across the penalty boxes, and Bob Probert sporting some wounds from a recent battle. Even goalie Rick Tabaracci got into the action!
As well as some interesting camera angles.
Another thing Upper Deck seemed to realize about hockey right from the start is that goalies were separate-but-cool creatures who needed to be captured in their element.
And the Award Winners. (Because who didn't want a few extra cards of superstars in tuxedos, I guess?)
There was also a nice "Heroes" subset, featuring legends of the game who'd participated in the all-star festivities that season.
Next, to show they were really cashing in on the rookie craze, Upper Deck created a separate "All-Rookie Team" subset, with yet another special logo at the bottom right and an even longer write-up on the card backs. There were only six players in this subset: three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie.
Oh, and don't forget the First-Round Draft Pick cards. The top ten picks were included here.
Then there was a subset commemorating the Canadian National Junior Team, which took the gold medal at the 1991 World Junior Championships.
And perhaps most recognizable, even to modern collectors, the Young Guns.
Along with those three, you've got Alexander Mogilny, Ed Belfour, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Mats Sundin, Scott Niedermayer, and Peter Bondra, to name a few.
Upper Deck sneaked in some rough stuff on the backs, too.
The horizontal images were great for capturing hockey action.
And more excellent goalie photos.
And finally, here's a victorious, happy team partaking in a high-five, plus a card front featuring Mr. Frank J. Zamboni.