The Worst Hockey Cards of All-Time is a new feature at Houses of the Hockey. On occasion, we’ll be highlighting some of the ugliest, funniest, and error-ridden cards both past and present.
Before he was forever etched in hockey history with the Buffalo Sabres, Clint Malarchuk spent a couple of seasons with the Washington Capitals. Leading up to the beginning of the 1987-88 season, the Quebec Nordiques sent Malarchuk and Dale Hunter to the Washington Capitals for Gaétan Duchesne, Alan Haworth, and Caps’ 1st round pick. That 1st round pick would end up being Joe Sakic, so it’s safe to say that Quebec won that deal. With Malarchuk set to “rock the red”, O-Pee-Chee would never allow him to be pictured in a Nordiques’ uniform again – so they opted to give Malarchuk the airbrush treatment.
That’s some dose of awful… It’s off-centred and you can see some remnants of Quebec colours along the edge of his mask, although, the decision to leave that tuft of hair sticking out of Malarchuk’s helmet is commendable.
Although we consider ourselves a bunch of nostalgia crazy hockey geeks, and have all collected cards throughout the years, we’re always looking for new cards to highlight. If you have a hockey card you’d like to see featured, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may post your submission.