Usually, I'm on the hunt for new additions to my San Diego Padres baseball collection. However, there's been more and more dealers offering hockey card selections as of late.
Which makes me a very happy kind of guy.
Besides picking up a few rookie cards and some Chicago Blackhawks cards, I came across the following three cards in a baseball dime box, of all places.
The three cards -- J.J. Adams (#182), J.B (Jack) Laviolette (#159) and S.S. (Si) Griffis (#155) are part of a Hockey Hall of Fame card set issued in 1985 (despite a 1983 copyright).
These 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards were issued as part of a 240-card set originally sold in the Canadian Sears 1985 Christmas Catalog. The backs are written in both French and English. It was originally offered in 1983 in a postcard format, re-released in the trading card format in 1985 and then again in 1987, expanded to 261-cards with the newest additions to the Hall of Fame. Each set feature members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, with artwork by Carlton McDiarmid.
McDiarmid served 34-years as a hockey goal judge at Montreal's Forum. A noted artist, McDiarmid, and Jerry Hersh, drew the illustrations for the1986 Kraft hockey cards. McDiarmid passed away in 2009, at the age of 72.
I actually think they're kind of cool. It would be very interesting to try and compile this set, but I think it could be a very hard one to put together.
In the meantime, however, I'll just enjoy the artwork of Mr. McDiarmid.