Joe Daley doesn’t really interest me as a player. Even his name is boring. Like many others in the late-sixties and seventies, he bounced around the NHL a bit and then found some success in the weaker WHA. He spent his entire WHA career with the Jets, winning three Avco Cups, and retired right before they joined the NHL. Apparently, he was one of the last mask-less goalies in the NHL (though he did wear one in the WHA). But he retired before I was even born so I had to look all this up.
I do like this card, though. The 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee WHA design is nice enough, there’s the old Jets logo and sweater, brown leather pads, and a nice shot of Daley sliding across the crease, miming a save. Then there’s the Canadian All-Star banner (that year’s WHA All-Star Game featured players from the Canadian teams playing players from the American teams), bookended in green stars that are inexplicably dotted with a spot of red.
The truly great thing about this card, though, is that the back is part of a puzzle of Bobby Hull. I’m only half done. Too bad it doesn’t aline this nicely in the binder: