The Worst Hockey Cards of All-Time is a regular 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 fell victim to the airbrush for the ’81-82 Topps/O-Pee-Chee set, Don Luce was a dynamic two-way player with the Buffalo Sabres of the 1970s. Luce would spend the better part of 13 years with the Sabres before brief stops in Los Angeles and Toronto on the road to retirement. Luce would compile six consecutive 20+ goal seasons between 1973 and 1979.
The legend of Luce, via Greatest Hockey Legends:
In Buffalo Luce would develop into one of the best defensive centers and penalty killers of his era. Luce, who only missed 14 games in a decade of service with the Sabres, would often work with equally reliable left winger Craig Ramsay and sniper Danny Gare to form one of the best checking lines of the 1970s. The Sabres had perhaps the best #1 line and best #2 line in the entire league.
It is unfortunate that the NHL did not award a trophy for best defensive forward until 1978, as Luce likely would have won the trophy at least in 1974-75, if not in other years.
As for this hack job of a hockey card, note the Buffalo coloured gloves which the art department elected to overlook. Ugly points for the job on the Maple Leafs logo to boot. This ’81-82 set has produced some outstanding pieces of airbrushed awfulness.
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