1973-74 Topps card #151 – Phil Roberto
Most hockey card photography from the late 1960s and early 1970s consisted of either portraits or posed shots. By the mid-70s, Topps and O-Pee-Chee started to use game action photography. And nothing says ACTION like two hockey players fighting. Phil Roberto, of the St. Louis Blues, is shown here fighting New York Islanders’ goaltender Billy Smith while two linesmen attempt to break them up. Continue reading “Fight Card”
1990-91 Upper Deck Mario Gosselin – card #91
Action speaks louder than words. Upper Deck took that meaning to heart when they started making hockey cards in 1990. This card you see here, of Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Mario Gosselin, was one of many cards that demonstrated that Upper Deck was serious about becoming the best hockey card company out there, with their blend of high quality products and exciting action photography. Continue reading “Great Save, Great Shot”
1969-70 O-Pee-Chee Al Arbour – card #178
On November 3, 2007, longtime hockey coach Al Arbour came out of retirement to step behind the bench for the New York Islanders for just one more game. This game – a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins – brought his total number of games coached for the Islanders from 1,499 to an even 1,500. And at 75 years of age, Arbour is now the oldest man to have coached in an official NHL game.
Arbour holds another interesting notoriety, though. He is the last NHL player to take to the ice while wearing eyeglasses. Continue reading “Bespectacled Blueliner”
1981-82 Topps Denis Potvin – card #130E
Wow. This card is bad…very bad.
If Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin was looking for a flattering portrayal of his career, it would not be this 1981-82 Topps hockey card. Continue reading “Stupid Action”
Collector’s Sportslook Promo Card – Spawn
Collector’s Sportslook was a sports collectibles magazine published in the mid-1990s by Wizard Entertainment. Wizard Entertainment is better known for their more successful magazines – ToyFare, InQuest Gamer and of course Wizard, from which they derive their namesake. Continue reading “Hockey Antihero”
1991-92 Classic Four Sports Draft Picks Raghib “Rocket” Ishmail – card #LP8
No, it’s not Maurice “Rocket” Richard, or even his brother Henri “Pocket Rocket” Richard – it’s former pro football player Ragghib “Rocket” Ishmail. Continue reading “Not Your Father’s Rocket”
1979-80 Topps / O-Pee-Chee Dale McCourt – Card #63
One day while thumbing through my extra hockey cards, I came across this odd card – 1979-1980 Topps #63, Dale McCourt. This card featured McCourt in his L.A. Kings Jersey.
However, Dale McCourt was never a member of the L.A. Kings. And yet, this card clearly shows him as one. The back of the card even says “AQUIRED: Awarded from Red Wings”. But later cards never mentioned him playing for the Kings. Intrigued, I did some research, only to find that McCourt’s place of employment was, in the end, determined in a year-long legal battle. Continue reading “Card of the Week: King for a Day”
1992 Skybox Garfield Trading Cards #78
This is a card that I just randomly lucked into finding. In the early 1990s, I worked in a comic book store, and in 1992, Skybox released a set of Garfield trading cards. Containing 100 cards, the set consisted of random illustrations of Garfield, Odie and other characters from the comic strip. A few of the cards would parody something. This was one such card. Continue reading “Card of the Week: Garf Gruntsky”
Wayne Gretzky Indianapolis Racers “pre-RC” from the 1990s
In the early 1990s, a different kind of fake Wayne Gretzky card surfaced. Instead of counterfeiting Gretzky’s 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card, an enterprising crook decided to take things one step further, and make a card of Gretzky as a member of the Indianapolis Racers. Continue reading “Card of the Week: The Fake One”