Moving on from baseball today we close out an amazing run of Topps mockups presented by Friend o'the Archive Keith Olbermann. The general theme is hockey but we'll work in a little football and basketball (sorta) as well.
I'm a little out of my element on hockey card graphics and photos so bear with me...
Marcel Pronovost was a Hall of Fame Defenseman for many years with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. Most of his 1964-65 tall boy image is used here which seems odd until you realize a large portion of those cards consisted of the team name atop the player image:
That color scheme did not see the light of day until the 1971 All Star Football cards subset came out:
More 1964 Tall Boy action on this Ed Westfall mockup:
I see more in common with 1969 Topps baseball than I do with an issued hockey design there. By now you're probably thinking that the hockey mockups are a lot more accurate than the baseball ones, which almost never depicted the correct combination of player, team or logo. Well, you would be wrong:
OK, Red Kelly was a definitely a Defenseman for the Red Wings and like Marcel Pronovost was also a Hall of Famer but he was traded to the Maple Leafs in the middle of the 1959-60 season. Then there is the matter of that not being Kelly and, in fact, not even being a hockey player at all but rather Vince Promuto, a football player for the Redskins and whose 1961 Football image is used above. The design looks like it was progressing toward the 1962-63 Hockey cards though. Here, check it out:
I chose Murray Oliver's issued card as that image pops up on the next mockup, although it's cropped a bit tighter, which is interesting, so the source is likely a photograph and not a paper proof:
That's more like a stab at the 1964 Baseball cards I think, although obviously those are a lot blander.
Now we will close with something that is the opposite of bland, much like the 1964/72 Pete Ward psychedelic freakout we saw last time out. These are some bold, bold graphics, although there is a twist:
OK, I know that's a basketball dominating the background but it's clearly meant to be a football. This looks like 1968-ish graphics that were adapted for use here (the logo and player name are correct for 1968). I think this is from 1969, which is the last year that team logo was used. Sorry but I am whiffing on the Chargers player shown here. (Note: As per the comments, it's Jim Warren, shown on his 1968 card in a Chargers uni but as a member of the Dolphins).
Hope you have enjoyed this peek inside the vintage Topps design process as much as I have. Many thanks to Keith Olbermann for all the fantastic scans!