1979-80 Topps Hockey - An Homage

by BucCollector - 18 cards (Last updated on May 3, 2022)

1. 1979-80 Topps #175 Gordie Howe

1979-80 Topps was the first hockey set I bought in packs, and Gordie was one of the first cards I pulled. I also pulled the Gretzky rookie, but at the time I appreciated the Howe much more.

2. 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #279 Dave Keon

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee used the same design, of course, and offered an expanded 396-card checklist (The Topps set had only 284 cards). Dave Keon was OPC-only.

3. 1980 VFL Scanlens #143 Peter Giles

The 1980 Scanlens Victorian Football League set reused the design, replacing the team logos with the league logo and shifting the player name from the top to the bottom of the card. The set is entirely head shots; no action photography.

4. 1982 K.F. Byrnes Fire Department #1 Chemical Drums Explode

The 1982 K.F. Byrnes Fire Department set flipped the design and cleverly styled the crest and banner into a reel and hose. Byrnes also used this design in 1981, with red replacing blue, and in 1983, in white.

5. 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee - 25th Anniversary #12 Wayne Gretzky

The iconic Gretzky rookie was one of 26 classic cards reprinted as an insert in the 1992-93 OPC set, but the only one in the 1979-80 design.

6. 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee #220 Wayne Gretzky

OPC included 25 "Retro Look" cards in the base set, bringing back classic cards from 1969-70 to 1991-92 but with new photos. Naturally, Gretz was the 1979-80 choice.

7. 1998-99 O-Pee-Chee Chrome - Blast From the Past #1 Wayne Gretzky

The 1998-99 OPC set included a ten card "Blast from the Past" reprint insert set in the base set and parallels. The Gretzky card was the lone representative of the 1979-80 design. Here it is in Chrome...

8. 1998-99 O-Pee-Chee Chrome - Blast From the Past Refractors #1 Wayne Gretzky

and Refractor. There's also a Chrome Refractor version, but I'll wait until there's an image before I add it to the list.

9. 2001-02 Topps / O-Pee-Chee Archives #77 Bobby Smith

The 81-card 2001-02 Archives set included four cards from the 1979-80 set.

10. 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee - 1979-80 Retro #55 George Parros

The 800-card 2008-09 OPC set paralleled the regular set and is too many cards to think about. This parallel set also had a blank back parallel...



Mar 4, 2022 - 5:26PM

Gordie Howe is wearing a WHA New England Whalers uniform (Ruskowski was also in a WHA jersey as you mention). Another guy in the O-pee-chee set named Ron Plumb was wearing a San Diego Mariners (WHA) road jersey. I'm thinking the Gretzky RC jersey might have also been a WHA uni? Nice list though, didn't know about the baseball. 

Mar 4, 2022 - 7:16PM
Billy Kingsley

Pretty sure the Refractor and Chrome Refractor you mention are the exact same card listed twice.

Mar 31, 2022 - 2:46PM

"Taxi Squad" starring Tony Danza as Terry Ruskouski

Apr 27, 2022 - 7:58AM

It's not a card, but this CD from the late junior hockey player Roberto Bissonnette deserves mention here.


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