The Worst Hockey Cards of All-Time is a recurring 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. In this edition, we honour the awfulness of airbrushed hockey cards.

The practice of airbrushing hockey cards is a lost art form in the most nostalgic way. The blatant terribleness of some hockey cards from the airbrush era have made for some of the most memorable 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ flaps of cardboard ever printed. As an ode to some of our favourite bad hockey cards of all-time, and just in time for trade deadline season, we’ve taken the opportunity to create “cards” for players on the move using Photoshop. We could just wait to get a look at Alex Kovalev, Cory Stillman, and Brent Sopel in their new unis, but O-Pee-Chee would never stand for that so neither will Houses of the Hockey.

Sopel on the Habs is a classic hack job

Stillman going back to Carolina makes it easy

A familiar setting for Alex Kovalev

In another life, Scott Herkes was an excellent artist for O-Pee-Chee. Don’t forget to check the Trade Tracker for the latest breaking trade news and %110 reliable rumours.

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 and we may post your submission.