I never really liked Donruss. When I started buying baseball cards in the early nineties they had such terrible designs. And I hated getting puzzle cards. I’ve come around on the puzzles though. I have the Yaz one put together in my apartment. But the puzzle cards are almost better alone. They either look deconstructionist, or like a comic book panel.
I have a few posts planned for the upcoming weeks, one on an oversized baseball set, a vending box I picked up, and–most importantly–the worst/greatest set of junk wax hockey. But first: more Barons.
Ralph Klassen had a forgettable NHL career but his 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee card is one of my favorite in the set. It’s a great action shot–he’s helmetless, racing around the boards at the old Boston Garden chased by Rick Middleton. There’s a great shot of the Barons’ away sweater and there’s a clear view of their sleeve numbers which are outlined in the state of Ohio. I wish the Blue Jackets had incorporated this into their jerseys. Speaking of the Bruins, I prefer these old jerseys as well, they’re much heavier on the gold. The new whites are too monochromatic looking.
Back to the Barons. The same outline appears in the logo around the scripted ‘B’. Which brings me to my second favorite card in the ’77-’78 set: