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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.



January 14th, 2015



It's About The Logo On The Front, Not The Name On The Back!

   Here's another all too weird concept card. Card makers started the trend by putting small swatches of game worn jerseys into cards a few years ago (Hopefully they washed them first!). Now they have stepped things up a notch and in this case added a section of an actual player nameplate! One has to wonder how fat this card is considering that name plates are thick pieces of twill sewn together. The sad thing is it takes up so much room that Martin Lapointe actually got relegated to a tiny thumbnail picture in the corner of his own card. Worst of all, the poor guy now has to skate around with a jersey that says LAPOI  TE on the back!




January 8th, 2015



Self Satisfaction Level: 100%

   This is a funny little picture of Dominik Hasek that was part of the Donruss Studio series. He comes off looking pretty smug here, but then again when you are the best goalie in the world, I guess you can feel somewhat entitled. 




December 24th, 2014



Not So Secret Santa

   It's Christmas time once again, and that means another special edition of the Bad Hockey Card Blog. This card is a pretty self explanatory. It features Marc Savard in the role of Santa Claus, albeit minus the beard, bowl full of jelly, and looking a helluva lot less jolly. Perhaps he's actually portraying the Grinch? Mind you, if someone took this picture and put it my hockey card, I probably wouldn't be that happy either.




December 17th, 2014



Card Design Train Wrecks

   Sometimes the photography isn't the problem with a hockey card. Occasionally you end up with a graphic design nightmare of unfathomable proportions. There was actually some interesting action on this card until Donruss decided to cover the whole damn thing up with its radiating beams of darkness.




December 9th, 2014



For Your Eyes Only

   One look at this card and you might be led to believe that the card company had this picture smuggled out of Russia on microfilm. It was the height of the cold war, after all, and spies were necessary to do that sort of thing. How else could you explain the blurriness of this photo? I've seen pictures of Bigfoot piloting a UFO that were less grainy! As for this player's first name, that too is classified information and I'm afraid you don't have the clearance for that. 




December 2nd, 2014



Obstructed Views

   These would be some fairly good pictures, were the players in them not largely obscured by a hockey stick and a random player that skated into frame. If I was running the show at Upper Deck, I personally would have thrown them on the reject pile, but perhaps the company got a good deal on these photos...half off.




November 25th, 2014



Getting Decimated On Your Own Card

   Here's another great card from that wonderfully terrible Ultimate draft set. This one features the subject of the card, Alek Stojanov, getting absolutely destroyed by Kerry Toporowski. Actually, this card may have been an omen, as Stojanov fell flat on his face in the NHL as well. We don't see Stojanov's face, nor have we seen Toporowski's, either on this one or on his own card earlier entry in this series. What is up with this set?




November 19th, 2014



Mining For Nose Gold

   I originally picked out this card to poke fun at the fact that they snapped a picture of the whole Red Wings bench and then just put Steve Yzerman's name on it as he is the most visible. It wasn't until much later that I noticed the terrific Brett Hull nose picking party in the foreground. Tremendous!




November 10th, 2014



Awful Hockey Art Cards

   Classic Cards took a look at the scene in '93 and saw other card companies doing cool things with hockey art. This meant that those companies had commissioned quality artists to do interesting fantasy prints that could be used for checklists and things like that. So Classic made the bold decision to stumble blindly into that field as well with the four cards you see below. I don't really have time to go into all of the atrocities that were committed against both hockey and art in the name of this series, but as they say a picture tells a thousand words. Of the four thousand words to describe this set, it's probably fair to say that a lot of them are curse words. In particular, the word "shitty" is used numerous times.





November 3rd, 2014



Card Quality Continues Its Slide

   There have been lots of interesting cards that have focused on things other than hockey in this series. This one, without a doubt, takes the cake. There is really nothing I could say that could upstage this card in terms of hilarity. I bow down to you, oh great Jason Arnott Waterslide card!




October 27th, 2014



When Bad Haircuts Happen To Good People

   The 70's were a difficult period for a lot of folks. If this hockey card picture is any indication, Dave Kryskow was one of those people. I wouldn't give this haircut to my worst enemy. Forget head injuries, hair like this was the real reason hockey helmets became mandatory.




October 21st, 2014



Awkward Workout Photos

   Yes, we all know the amount of dedication and hard work it takes to make the NHL. Sometimes they like to beat us over the head with that fact. However, that's still no excuse for a training photo this awkward looking.




October 14th, 2014



I Think I'm Gonna Hurl!

   Here's a great shot of Dimitri Filimonov trying not to puke. We all appreciate the effort, Dimitri. Of course, had he actually blown chunks all over the dasher board, I'm pretty sure somebody would've snapped a picture of that and put it on a hockey card too. Then again, that might have been an improvement over some of these cards I've already posted.




October 6th, 2014



Mixed Messages

   If you got a little confused after reading the notations on this card, you're not the only one. I couldn't tell you if he was traded and then retired, or went to the Blues as a member of the coaching staff, or what exactly happened. I do know that O-Pee-Chee is happy this wasn't one of those airbrushing years in which they would have painted him into a Blues uniform and then later figured out they needed to airbrush a business suit on him.




September 29th, 2014



The Least Exciting Card in Hockey History

   Hockey is a fast-paced, thrilling game that keeps people on the edge of their seat! Hockey cards usually try to reflect that excitement and emotion. How better to do that than to show a player just sitting there in front a nondescript backdrop wearing gray sweats? The one minor reprieve we may have gotten would have been a cool NHL logo, but astonishingly, we don't even get that as Tampa Bay went with the oh-so-boring wordmark on this outfit. Yawn...



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