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Goofy or otherwise odd sports cards?

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Gotta love how card companies treated traded players back in the day:

Bad Airbrushing

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Guys' heads on somebody else's body:

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I've got some of those.

I'll have to look for it--but I have one where the player had their picture taken on the Flames--he was traded (to the North Stars I think), then traded again.

So the picture of him in a Flames uni was airbrushed with the second team's jersey--then "Traded to..." was printed on the card after that.

But keep them coming...

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Small picture, but Mark Howe's face looks like "I'll never be as good as my Daddy! Waaaaaaaah!"

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Does anyone know the story behind this card? I have this one and a few others (Rueben Sierra maybe?) that were basically painted portrait baseball cards.

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Fleer did those a lot in the early '90s. I want to say they were a response to Donruss' Diamond Kings series, but don't hold me to that.

yep, they were called ProVisions and were on all Fleer sports sets from 91-93. The Yount one with the floating baseballs on the previous page was another example.

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I'll have to look for it--but I have one where the player had their picture taken on the Flames--he was traded (to the North Stars I think), then traded again.

So the picture of him in a Flames uni was airbrushed with the second team's jersey--then "Traded to..." was printed on the card after that.

But keep them coming...

Here's more I have been able to find on the net and or remember from my childhood.

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Upwards skating Penguin on Warren Young

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Pavel Bure's card for 1991-92 Upper Deck

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Darren Puppa, nickname and all

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Neil Wilkinson, on motorbike

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The back of "The Goalmouth" card for the 1991 WHL 7th Inning Sketch series

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Be honest: before today, how many of you ever saw this one:

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Better yet, how many of you actually own one? (Disclosure: I do.)

EDIT: Killer mesh-back cap, BTW.

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The NHL celebrity captains fascinate me... any more? Sabres?

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The NHL celebrity captains fascinate me... any more? Sabres?

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Then-Bills QB Jim Kelly was Buffalo's celebrity captain

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The NHL celebrity captains fascinate me... any more? Sabres?

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Then-Bills QB Jim Kelly was Buffalo's celebrity captain

Little known fact about this card. It was originally supposed to have been Scott Norwood. But every card always seemed to be cut wide to the right.

Nothing says funny like a joke from 1990....

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Little known fact about this card. It was originally supposed to have been Scott Norwood. But every card always seemed to be cut wide to the right.

Nothing says funny like a joke from 1990....

Nothing does--and yet I laughed.

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I found some more.

I was hoping to get to these sooner, and I have some more to look for.

First, Doug Risebrough seems to be saying--"Get off my hockey card!"

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Which is better than a later year's card where Doug seems crowded off his own card by an opposing player's butt-

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Dennis Maruk expresses disgust at being transferred to Cleveland-

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Henry Boucha is glad to be transferred to Colorado, as he can't find any leg warmers in Kansas City that match his headband...

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Okay--and it looks odd to see players playing without helmets.

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Okay--first I find this odd, just because I got so used to this guy as a coach, but he was a player before that--and he looks so young...

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Then an airbrushed jersey, that isn't any team's.

Maybe they didn't know where he would end up

BTW--does anybody want to trade for a Steve Durbano card?

I have 5 or 6 of this one-

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Lanny McDonald's 1983-84 OPC card, with advertising:

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Now this is just ridiculous:

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So here's a Steve Christoff card--this picture was taken when he was a Calgary Flame--before they traded him to the Minnesota North Stars.

So they airbrush him into a North Stars uniform, but after that's done he's traded to the LA Kings--so there he is in an airbrushed uni with "Now with Los Angeles" typed on the card.

I find that amusing-

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What's odd about the Warren Skorodenski card?

Besides the ugly mask?

Well it's for him being the Save Percentage leader for the previous season-technically yes--but he played 1396 minutes in 27 games--so barely qualified for this stat as the league leader--he had a reputation as a sieve. And the 84-85 season was the one he played the most games in (That being the one mentioned above--27 games)

The second most games he played in one season is 3. He did that twice. In total he played in 35 games in his NHL career. So it was shocking to see him as a league leader in a good category.

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This topic can't exist without:

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Furthermore, in the "clean" category...

Herb Washington's 1975 Topps baseball card is the only card ever produced listing his position as "Pinch Runner":

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Since Herb never batted, his stat line is...well...interesting.

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Funny thing, Herb owned my local hockey team for the three years they were around.

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So here's a Steve Christoff card--this picture was taken when he was a Calgary Flame--before they traded him to the Minnesota North Stars.

So they airbrush him into a North Stars uniform, but after that's done he's traded to the LA Kings--so there he is in an airbrushed uni with "Now with Los Angeles" typed on the card.

I find that amusing-

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that and the Kings logo appears to be recolored in either North Stars or California seals colors. can't tell if it's teal/gold or green/gold.

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that and the Kings logo appears to be recolored in either North Stars or California seals colors. can't tell if it's teal/gold or green/gold.

It's actually blue & yellow--probably a "mis-inking" of purple.

Some more--

Here are some Flames with the logo airbrushed out, but the unis are Flames unis, and the players were still on the Flames at the time.

Then I realized these cards are from the Flames' first season in Calgary--so they probably airbrushed out the Atlanta Flames' logo--kind of odd any way-

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This one--is just because-

I'd give him a 5 game suspension for his bangs...

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Helmet head.

Maybe his mom gave him a hard time about that--mine would have.

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Just because it's been a few days--some more airbrushing--and don't worry--I'm not posting every airbrushed card out there--that would mean posting constantly and doing nothing else...

These ones get posted for the helmet &/or hair look they give--

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Was hockey card collecting especially big in Canada in the 1970s?

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Was hockey card collecting especially big in Canada in the 1970s?

It's a bog country, and the 70's were a long time ago, so I can't say for everybody and every decade, but hockey cards were big when I was in the younger school grades, into junior high when it tailed off for my age group.

But it was always big for younger kids-it really took off in the 90's and the market suffered from saturation.

As far as I know they have been big since they existed, with some ups & downs--rather similar to baseball cards in the US.

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James Belushi, Blackhawks

Was he in need raising an eyebrow so he seems serious?

All old football cards were ridiculous it was called the Old Huck n' Buck Pose

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OUCH... poor right arm of his!

Be honest: before today, how many of you ever saw this one:

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Better yet, how many of you actually own one? (Disclosure: I do.)

EDIT: Killer mesh-back cap, BTW.

Man, oh man, this cap is Bruce-Bochy sized.

Take a look at Billy's left hand...

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I knew that card. But was it intentional from Billy? I mean, alots of times I was leaning on a bat regardless of the fingers I did over it and flashing the middle finger wasn't intentional from me.

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It's Billy Martin. You know darn well it was intentional.

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It's Billy Martin. You know darn well it was intentional.

I wouldn't doubt it at all.

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