Justin Bieber Custom Hockey Cards

The NHL held a celebrity hockey game, called the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout, prior to the All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday. Unfortunately, the game was only shown online, and while the webcast could have been so much better, the game was still fun to watch. 

Singer, songwriter and pop icon Justin Bieber was among the celebrity hockey players, and while I am not a fan of his music, I will admit that he did very well for himself in the game. Bieber’s skating was solid, and though his slap shots left a lot to be desired, he drew a penalty, assisted on a goal and popped in an empty-netter at the end of the game. 

So, I decided to make some custom Justin Bieber hockey cards, because he was arguably the most-skilled celebrity at the All-Star Celebrity Shootout.

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee Custom Justin Bieber Card – Most sets from the late 1980s pictured players standing around, so this photo of Biebs just chillin’ felt right for a 1986-87 card. 

1990-91 Pro Set Custom Justin Bieber Card – This action shot just seems like it would be on a Pro Set card. I think this photo is from where Bieber got an assist; he had a shot on net, and Eric Lindros (background) popped in the rebound. 

1979-80 Topps Custom Justin Bieber Card – This design prominently displays the team name — Team Gretzky — so it looked great to have Gretzky in the picture. This custom card reminds me a bit of Marc Tardif’s 1979-80 card. Also, Gretzky’s rookie card was issued that year.

1980-81 Topps/O-Pee-Chee “Mashup” Custom Justin Bieber Card – Everyone who reads this site knows how much I hate the 1980-81 Topps Hockey set and those stupid scratch-off hockey pucks that obscured the player’s name. So I made this an O-Pee-Chee version, but with only English text.

1984-85 Topps / O-Pee-Chee Custom Justin Bieber Card – The 1984-85 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set may be my all-time favorite design for trading cards. The cards used an action photo and a head shot. Here, Justin’s hair looks all nice. This was before that mean ol’ Chris Pronger knocked him into the boards — and yes, I did consider making a Score “Check It” card of that, but it’s late and I have work in the morning.

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Custom Justin Bieber Cards – What I really liked about the 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Hockey set is that, other than the logo, it was all about the photo on the front. Since the design was simple, I made three customs from that set. The top photo shows Bieber taking a penalty shot against former Kings goalie Jamie Storr, who blocked the attempt. The second picture is of Bieber shaking hands with former King Luc Robitaille. Both of these felt like good horizontal pictures for custom Pro Set Platinum cards. In the third picture, Bieber skates, with Peter Forsberg and Connor McDavid not far behind. 

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee Custom Justin Bieber Hockey Card – The last set before the so-called “Junk Wax Era.” Bieber and the other celebrities were smart enough to wear full facial protection when playing. (And thanks to John for pointing out the “error” — it has been “corrected.”) 

2013-14 Upper Deck Custom Justin Bieber Young Guns Card – Bieber wasn’t even alive when all of the sets shown above were originally released, so I decided to end it with a design from this decade. However, Upper Deck probably would have digitally removed the tats on Bieber’s neck — don’t get tattoos, kids! 

Question: If card companies made hockey cards from a future celebrity all-star game, would you consider buying them? Why or why not? ■


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

7 thoughts on “Justin Bieber Custom Hockey Cards”

  1. … and just like some cards from sets of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, thanks for an error card on the 89/90 OPC!

    Great job, regardless. And odds are UD will feature J.B. in a subset/insert set in the near future.

  2. Cool post. The player you’ve identified as Tim Robbins in the 3rd picture of the 91-92 Pro Set Platinum Series is actually a young guy named Connor McDavid. Keep an eye on him. He might be pretty good some day.

    1. LOL, thanks. I looked at the number and thought it was 37, not 97…I should have looked at his face, not his number.

  3. Amazing!

    Really enjoyed seeing what you did with those old school designs. I wonder if you off-centered the 1984-85 one intentionally? LOL.

    To answer your question, as I have the collector sickness, I guess I would consider buying a set when I am in a collecting “phase” (I have found myself going on and off for multiple reasons over my “collecting” career!). It would be a nice odd promo set or a fun sub-set of a regular set at least. I can see a collector wanting the autographed rare parallel on top of it! Somewhat like I enjoyed seeing cards featuring coaches *and* referees in 1990-91 Pro-Set! 😉 They are all part of the game or the game history (for the All Stars game featuring celebrities) in their own way.

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