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.
We can give O-Pee-Chee a mulligan for not sending a photographer out to capture Ivan Boldirev in a Canucks uniform for their 1980-81 set. Boldirev landed in Vancouver late in the 1979-80 season via trade from the Atlanta Flames, which was clearly too late in O-Pee-Chee’s production schedule to give Boldirev a proper representation. We can’t be so gracious with Boldirev’s card for the 1981-82 set, though.
The Yugoslavian (now Serbian) centre was given the shaft by O-Pee-Chee in their 81-82 when they failed to produce a photograph of a guy who had 99 games with the Canucks under his belt.
What in the name of Stan Smyl could Ivan Boldirev have done to deserve back-to-back airbrush treatment from the biggest hockey card company of his day? Boldirev had 214 goals in 588 NHL games before he joined the Canucks, and he’d bag another 75 in 177 games with Vancouver before O-Pee-Chee gave him a reasonable look in 1982-83. A simply inexcusable effort from O-Pee-Chee.
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.