Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Chris Farley

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

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