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The Bad Hockey Card Blog

   This is a fun little project I have been wanting to do for a long time. It really has nothing to do with the league except to give people one more reason to stop by the site on a weekly basis and perhaps provide some comic relief, which is much needed as we know that rec ball hockey is generally some pretty serious shit!

   There is no shortage of terrible hockey cards out there and I am the not-so-proud owner of a bunch of them. So with that said, over the coming weeks and months, I will be marching out numerous examples of photographic misdeeds, oddities and downright "What were they thinking?" moments that should prove quite entertaining.

December 14th, 2015

Awkward Art Cards

   This Ed Van Impe art card looks pretty natural doesn't it? Nope? Yeah, that's what I thought too. Ever since the first person successfully turned a painting into a hockey card image, card companies have been trying their hand at recreating the beauty and grace of the game of hockey with these sketchy looking art cards. Unfortunately, "beauty" and "grace" aren't exactly the words that come to mind when viewing this card from the 92-93 Parhhurst series 3 set. (Who would've thought the quality could possibly drop in a Series 3?). Poor Ed here looks like he's experiencing skating for the first time in his life! 

December 7th, 2015

Mutiny On The Hockey Card

   I am pleased to introduce a card design so ugly, that even the players on that very card are shocked by it! Yep, in 1994 Pinnacle made history when they somehow managed to get two dimensional images to seemingly mutiny at the atrocious, oversized foil stamp that was the hallmark of this terrible set. It's almost as if you can see Stephane Richer reaching over to try and move the bloody thing right off of the face of the card as two Sabres also attempt to make out the hideous nature of the spectacle before them. Is that a monolith? A medal? A deadly weapon? A centipede?! We may never know...

December 1st, 2015

Slew Foot

   There are more than a few hockey cards out there that feature players caught in the act of doing something penalty worthy. This one, however, sets a whole new standard for nasty.  Donald Audette seems to be pulling off a "slew foot for the ages" in this picture. In the immortal words of Slapshots' Denis Lemieux, it's time for you to go to the box, Donald, and "feel shame".

November 24th, 2015

Pointlessness on Parade

   This has to be one of the most pointless hockey cards in history. Perhaps that shouldn't come as a surprise being as it comes from one of the most pointless card companies of all time. Whatever the case, here's Pro Set giving themselves a big pat on the back by commemorating the "Pro Set Youth Parade". This somehow made it into their 91-92 "Newsreel" subset, but one definitely gets the impression that it was a slow news day.

November 16th, 2015

Oh, Man! I just dropped my keys!

   Hockey cards are supposed to capture all the epic on-ice action of one of the fastest sports in the world. It truly amazes me how we end up with a bullshit card picture like this one of Alexandre Daigle doing god knows what on the bench. Mind you, this was the early Ottawa Senators we're talking about, and they brought new meaning to the word "awful" during their first few years. Nobody took more abuse from media and fans than Daigle himself, so on second thought, maybe he was just looking under the bench for a place to hide.

November 6th, 2015

Lanny McDonald - Movember Overachiever

   As we hit the month of "Movember" to celebrate the issue of men's health, it's time to check out the true MVP of the hairy lip! In the annals of hockey lore, Lanny McDonald is widely recognized to have had the best moustache of all time, and we have a great close-up view of that legendary 'stache in this mid-eighties O-Pee-Chee hockey card. But the really bizarre piece to the puzzle was his 74-75 rookie card that shows an ultra rare image of a clean shaven Lanny. What a fresh faced, clean cut young boy, that Lanny McDonald!

October 28th, 2015

Campfire Stories

   There aren't many Halloween themed hockey cards around (thank goodness!), but this one Upper Deck entry with a puzzling lighting scheme seems to invoke the telling of scary stories around a campfire. Even Dean McAmmond's intent listening pose screams "ghost story". Say did you here the one about the man with a hook for a hand? Yeah, they gave him two minutes for hooking. Ugh...sorry.

October 20th, 2015


   Topps had a funny little notion back in 1980. They decided they would add a hot new gimmick to their set by including a black scratch off area. For the majority of cards in the set, the area to be concealed was that little puck design you see here which typically listed the player's name and position. It would add that extra component of mystery until you scratched the area and saw which player card you actually had. However the Team Leaders cards in the set had a different layout, which offered a logistical challenge in trying to obscure several player names on a sizeable leader list. Naturally, that led to this "partial eclipse" of a card that you see below, which has more than a third of the card covered in this black gunk that was probably toxic. It looks as though the CIA has redacted large parts of this hockey card, and worst of all, scratching the area off would remove the bulk of the value of the card. The Canadian version of this set, produced by O-Pee-Chee, didn't include the scratch-off at all.

October 12th, 2015


   Here's a great photo snap of Mike Modano doing his best impression of a bug hitting a windshield. I'm sure he was fine, but if you do still feel the need to laugh at Mike Modano getting hurt, then you can always check out this great clip of him getting dropped while on a stretcher. Now that's entertainment!

October 5th, 2015

Return Of The Mullet!

   With Jaromir Jagr's momentous announcement that he is bringing back his trademark mullet for this season (see the news story here), we felt it was a great time to showcase a "greatest hits" collection of his trademark look as depicted on many amazing hockey cards from the 90's. What a fantastic way to celebrate the return of mullet madness!

September 29th, 2015

Let The Fanimation Debacle Begin!

   Oh boy, are we gonna have fun with this one! This series features probably the most ill conceived notion of all time in the hockey card world... taking everyday NHL players and changing them into comic book superheroes. Terribly imagined, poorly drawn, superheroes at that. Meet the Fanimation series. There are a few others in this subset that I will gleefully unveil over the coming months, but let's dive right in to this entry. Check out that mane of hair on Eric in this drawing. Did they mix him up with Jagr? And is it me, or does this look more like John Travolta than Lindros? Check out the sloppy cartooning of his very mutant looking bicep/forearm. Yikes. Worst of all, knowing what we know now about Eric Lindros, maybe this character should have been wearing a helmet...

September 22nd, 2015

Awkward Interviews

   We all know that when it comes to hockey, the media attention in Canada is crazy. So why not chronicle that with a card featuring a half-dressed Denis Savard with a bunch of microphones jammed in his face? If the whole scene seems like a strange and fairly awkward thing to put on a hockey card, that's because it is.

September 13th, 2015

Wretched Airbrushing Abomination #4

   It's been a while since I posted one of these airbrushing disasters of the 80's to the BHCB. I can assure you, it's not because I've run out of them. Sadly there are plenty of examples, almost all of them bad. This one features Dave Barr, who had just been traded from St. Louis to Hartford. Naturally they thought with a couple of strokes of green and white that they could rectify the problem. Uh...no. The green is pretty bad, but as usual with this sort of thing, it's the logo that really takes it on the chin. The right side of the "W" looks like it was drawn with an etch-a-sketch, and the whale's tail is so far off the rest of the logo that you could drive a truck through that gap.

September 6th, 2015

Dandy Denis Dupere

   This has to be one of the great studio shots of all-time. The curly haired Dupere almost appears to be wearing little pig tails in this photo. Not to mention that fabulous moustache and larger than life grin of his. Even something about his pose seems a little off. Truly one for the ages!

August 27th, 2015

Searching For Lost Balls

   When it comes to pictures of NHL players driving odd things, I'm not sure we could ever top that card of Pat Falloon on a tractor that I posted earlier. Having said that, Curtis Joseph is making a good bid for the title of oddest vehicular shot in hockey card history with this entry involving him piloting a golf cart. He also earns extra points for touching his balls during this photo. Daring move, but I think it really paid off! Not sure who the dopey NHLPA guy is beside him.

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