Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Homemade Gretzky Rookies

I found this old ad in an Oilers program from 1979/80. It features a great photo of Wayne Gretzky during the WHA days that I have not seen before.

Since it's such a good image of Gretzky from his pre-NHL career, I decided to use it to make a couple of cards that never were. First, I created a card from the 1978/79 O-Pee-Chee set that was famous for having Mike Bossy's rookie card. OPC did not produce a WHA set this year after having done so since the rebel league began. In my version, the company made a special exemption for Gretzky as he had not even played a game yet in the pros. In my world, the set was issued in January of 1979, long enough for OPC to get a photo of Gretz as an Oiler following his trade from Indianapolis (perhaps I'll make an alternate version of the card in his Indy uniform).


I also made a card using the template from the final WHA set issued in 1977/78, of course Wayner would not have been an Oiler yet, but I like the look of that set and figured I'd try it out.






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