Welcome to another sporadic installment of “Deja Vu Tuesday,” where we take a look at a hockey card and say “Hey, haven’t I seen that picture somewhere else?” Today, we will examine two hockey cards picturing Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito.
When the 2008-09 Champ’s Hockey set came out, it had many cards of retired greats, including Tony-O.
When I got this card, I knew without a doubt that this photo had been used on one of his 1970s cards — specifically, his 1974-75 Topps and O-Pee-Chee cards.
I remember this card very well because, after buying his 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee rookie card and 1981-82 Topps card, this was one of the earliest Esposito cards that I owned. My original copy of this card had a crease down the middle, but it only cost me a quarter back in the day. I’ve since replaced it with the copy you see above.
It does not matter that this is a recycled photo; chances are, only a
nerd die-hard collector like me would have cared enough to notice that a picture was being used on another card 35 years later. And it’s not a bad picture either. The photo may not be the most action-oriented, but it was probably taken during a game. Esposito appears poised and focused, and seems to be re-positioning himself — his stick is off the ice — to move with the play.
Looking at how much brighter and clearer the Champ’s card is than the old Topps card, I would love to see an old hockey card set re-released using the same photographs as before, but produced with modern technology. ■
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