Card companies in the 1970s were truly legendary for their complete lack of effort to make the subject of a photograph look even remotely real. Often, a player would get traded after his picture was taken but before the next set of cards became available in stores, so companies like O-Pee-Chee and Topps would do the next best thing and do the Photo Shop job years before people started posting pictures of their friends’ heads on male porn star bodies. Look at poor Larry Hillman here from the classic 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee set.
This card is just fantastic. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Geez, that’s quite the pose for a defenseman. He looks like he’s about to leap on a loose puck or something,” and you would be right for thinking that because that is Larry Hillman’s head pasted over the head of goaltender Dave Dryden. Couldn’t they have at least found a forward or even a pee-wee defenseman to put his head on?