First off Happy New Year! Hopefully, which such a low bar, 2021 will be a whole let better than 2020. *fingers crossed*
The first new custom card for the year is this Chris Farley youth league hockey card. Who doesn't love Chris Farley? I wish he made different choices and was still around today. This image has been around the internet for a couple of years but I wasn't able to find a wealth of information about Farley's youth hockey history. What I do know is that Farley grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and this image is from 1977, making Chris 13 years old. That's about all I could find.
The card is done in the style of O-Pee-Chee's 1977-78 WHA set. This is my first card that emulates a O-Pee-Chee design. As I understand it, O-Pee-Chee is Topps' Canadian sister company. Most of their cards are almost the same as Topps' design (hockey & baseball) with the exception of a O-Pee-Chee for Topps logo swap out. These cards have design all their own as Topps didn't produce WHA cards. As for the WHA (World Hockey Association), it was a renegade professional hockey league that looked to capitalize on pro hockey in markets that the NHL was not in. The WHA existed from 1972-1979 when the league ceased operation and four of its teams merged with the NHL.
The back of the card is on the plain side. I didn't want to make anything up nor did I want to make the back a tribute to his comedy career. I simply put his name and date/place of birth. I numbered the card 6 due to that being the number visible on young Farley's right glove.
|1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA|