It was rare to see a card like it at the time and moving into the 80's, 90's and beyond has become pretty much an impossible sight.
#3 Phil Roberto
Oh man! This is THE base card for all enforcer collectors in my opinion. Even though you only see Phil from his shoulders up - you get everything about the moment.
Helmetless, fist cocked for the knockout blow, his opponent nicely "jersey'd" and a pair of linesmen trying to restore order.
The details in the photo really make it a fantastic card. The numbers on the back of the linesman, the heavier sweaters, the tie-strap, the St. Louis colors peeking out on Roberto's shoulders. Fantastic!
Seeing a scrap on a hockey card is a rare thing. In fact, it's pretty much non-existent over the past couple decades.
So when I was flipping through singles at the card shop a few days ago and came across this beauty, I had to pick it up.
2012/13 Upper Deck Series I
#131 Chris Neil
Now I know that this is a pre-fight shot as opposed to the post fight goodness from above, but the look in Chris Neil's eyes definitely make up for it.
As they say - the eyes have everything.
Neil looks about ready to explode on his opponenet, Devils' Eric Boulton. And taking a page from Paul over at Card Boarded, I'm going to do a little 'Captured on Cardboard' add.
The tilt happened almost a year ago - January 2, 2012. With the Senators trailing 2-0, Chris Neil decided to give his team a spark.
I'd say he did. Wow.
Back to the card for a moment. It's rare that a moment of little action can be so memorable. But in this instance I think there are two factors that make this card a huge success. First, it's the anticipation of something happening. Much like a good horror movie, it's the moments before the scare that are the best.
Second, and going back to my original thought, a card showing any sort of 'fighting' is a rare sight on cardboard these days. Anything unique or outside the box is certain to get a second look.
It's all in the eyes.