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’ve got first looks at Dustin Penner in his Kings uni, Chris Campoli looking alive and well in Chicago, an error-ridden Radek Dvorak card, and a makeshift Dennis Wideman on the Capitals card.

Cut and Paste with Dennis Wideman

Dvorak Traded to the Atlanta… Flames?

Penner Looking Sharp in Retro Kings Gear

A Trade to Chicago Woke Up Chris Campoli

O-Pee-Chee offered Houses of the Hockey 75 sticks of hockey card gum from 1987 in exchange for Scott Herkes’ airbrushing abilities, but the trade was declined.