Custom Cards: 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee Joel Otto & Moe Lemay

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee - Joel Otto custom card 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee - Moe Lemay custom card

Everyone who has the 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set is no doubt annoyed by the cards of Joel Otto and Moe Lemay.

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee #247 - Joel OttoJoel Otto’s rookie card pictures Moe Lemay of the Vancouver Canucks.

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee #249 - Moe LemayMoe Lemay’s card in the set pictures Joel Otto, and adds the text “Now with Canucks.”

This mix up always irritated me. These guys do not have similar names or play for the same team (as were the causes of confusion in the infamous Steve Larmer / Steve Ludzik mix-up). Heck, these two cards aren’t even next to each other in the set. So, this error just seemed to be laziness or ineptitude on the manufacturer’s part. All they had to do was look at the stats for either player to see that they weren’t traded to new teams.

So, I decided to “correct” the mistake, doing a simple photo swap and removing the “Now with Canucks” text on Otto’s photograph. Here are bigger versions of the results:

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee - Joel Otto custom card

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee - Moe Lemay custom cardI actually printed these two customs out on photo paper, cut them out, and placed them in the 9-pocket pages in front of the error cards. They look pretty convincing, even when compared to the real cards in the set.

I plan on sending a printed copy of the Joel Otto “correction” to get it autographed.


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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