Many Canadian men who’ve played ice hockey will tell you there’s just something about skating down the wing with a cold breeze off the ice in your long flowing hair, and a slight tickle in your man whiskers, which has made professional ice hockey players from the 1970s somewhat of a golden era of Canadiana. The game of ice hockey, and the fashion of longer, bigger hair, and facial hair in the 1970s, were a perfect marriage. I delved into some old hockey cards I had collected in an attempt to identify some visual qualities that could be tied in with hockey from that era, here are some of my findings. I was also excited to find that researching the aesthetics of vintage hockey cards on the internet provided little to no results.
Some funky designs I scanned from the 60’s and 70’s:
some great pics of old goalies and their helmets (or lack of!):
some longer formatted cards from the 60’s:
card reference [scanned 13-12-15]:
A. 1972, O-Pee-Chee B. 1962, York Peanut butter C. 1975, O-Pee-Chee
D. 1969, O-Pee-Chee E. 1979, O-Pee-Chee F. 1971, O-Pee-Chee
G. 1971, O-Pee-Chee H. 1979, O-Pee-Chee I. 1975, O-Pee-Chee
J. 1980, O-Pee-Chee K. 1978, O-Pee-Chee L. 1975, O-Pee-Chee
M. 1976, O-Pee-Chee N. 1980, O-Pee-Chee O. 1973, O-Pee-Chee
P. 1980, O-Pee-Chee Q. 1976, O-Pee-Chee R. 1973, O-Pee-Chee
S. 1980, O-Pee-Chee T. 1977, O-Pee-Chee U. 1976, O-Pee-Chee
V. 1969, N.H.L.P.A. W. 1965, O-Pee-Chee
The O-Pee-Chee Company, Ltd. Was a Canadian Hockey card manufacturer that produced cards into the 1990’s
Cards B. & V. were the only 2 cards scanned that were not produced by the O-Pee-Chee Company. I have listed the believed manufacturer, but was unable to track down any more information regarding the cards.