Quick Look: 1990-91 Pro Set Paul Gillis “Bloody Nose” Variation

5 Oct

Thanks to one of JunkWaxGems’ contributors, we finally get to shine a spotlight on one of the most elusive Pro Set error cards not mentioning drug abuse or depicting adult content.

The 1990-91 Pro Set NHL release is full of errors, many more than the outstanding amount listed in the price guides. One card has been floating around on want-lists for the last eight or so years, yet still remains uncataloged in the big guides is card number 246 depicting then Quebec Nordiques center Paul Gillis.

Sharp-eyed collectors will notice that the error version lists Gillis’ jersey number as 37, as he clearly wears 23. But another, more interesting change shows Gillis’ nose bleeding on the error version while the stream of blood has been airbrushed away on the correction.

This card is truly under-the-radar for most variation and Pro Set collectors but once it gets the proper exposure and eventual recognition in the guides, I can see this extremely scarce “bloody nose” variety reach levels similar to the Fred Marion “Belt” error and potentially to the Manley “Substance Abuse” error. Until proven otherwise, this is a truly rare Pro Set issue and most-certainly the rarest of it’s hockey issues.

5 Responses to “Quick Look: 1990-91 Pro Set Paul Gillis “Bloody Nose” Variation”

  1. Eric October 6, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    They also airbrushed away some blood on the number 23 on his right shoulder. Looks like Gillis had himself a bit of a scrap!

  2. Shawn Johnson October 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Keeping my fingers crossed, but I may have tracked down the BORQU and a Gillis. I will keep you posted.

  3. always on the hunt. September 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    this place is a joke

  4. Paul Policastro December 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    The whole photo is shifted. Look at the lady in the white jacket, on the right side of the “bloody nose” error card. You cannot see her red shirt.

    • Dylan December 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      The photo isn’t shifted, the corrected example is severely miscut from left-to-right.

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