|1981/82 #292 Tony Currie|
Mike Palmateer, Pat Ribble, Perry Turnbull
|1972/73 #76 Phil Esposito, NHL Action|
Pat Stapleton, Ken Hodge, Tony Esposito, Pit Martin
|1973/74 #150 Dave Keon|
Paul Henderson, Norm Ullman, Steve Atkinson, Tim Horton, Don Luce
The Keon card is fairly easy to identify the players, except for the Sabre behind Tim Horton. Using the sihr.com database to compare the face I would have to say it's Steve Atkinson. The linesman dropping the puck is a tough one, may very well be Ray Scapinello who started his career in 1971. See pic below.
Next up is the fantastic final issued Bobby Orr card. Although put out in 1978, it pictures Orr as a member of Team Canada during the 1976 Canada Cup. Who's that peaking out beside Bobby while sitting on the bench? None other than the second greatest defenceman of the era, Denis Potvin in his distinctive Northland helmet.
The same set as Orr's final card included the rookie card of another Hall of Famer, Mike Bossy. Also pictured on the card, jostling with Bossy for position, is #22 of the Capitals, Bobby Lalonde.
The following year of O-Pee-Chee cards had two terrific cameo appearances on the final cards of two more Hall of Famers. Ken Dryden is having a leisurely warm-up skate in a game that looks like he's not starting (judging my the lack of goal stick in his hands), while behind the distinct face of Yvon Lambert is skating past.
|1978/79 O-Pee-Chee #300 Bobby Orr - Special Collectors Card|
|1978/79 #115, Mike Bossy|
|1979/80 #150 Ken Dryden|
The Gordie Howe of the same year also pictures two easily identifiable players in the background. The photo is from the season prior during a WHA game between the Whalers and Oilers and also shows Edmonton's Brett Callighen and Howe's fellow geezer teammate John "Pie" McKenzie.
These two early Gretzky's have nice cameos. Chicago's tough guy Dave Hutchinson is shown trying to take teh Great One out with a hip-check. Gretz seems unconcerned.
|1979/80 #175 Gordie Howe|
Brett Callighen, John McKenzie
|1982/83 #107 Wayne Gretzky In Action|
The one below shows an out of focus future Hall of Famer Mike Gartner and two unidentifiable Oilers on the right side.
The first Orr here took a bit of work to figure out who's behind him. The only piece of evidence is a tiny number 12 on the skates of the player. Since, it's definitely an Atlanta Flame player, we can safely say it's Tom Lysiak. The last one shows number 5 of the Kings, the distinctive silver-haired Harry Howell. The King goalie sprawled out is none other than Gary Edwards, identified by his disticntive mask as seen below.
|1981/82 #125 Wayne Gretzky Super Action|
|1975/76 #100 Bobby Orr|