A series where I post some thoughts about favorite cards. Previous cards in the series are available here.
tough thing about hockey is that it's fast. Sometimes there's a
giveaway at a bad time. Transition up the ice happens in an instant—and at a moment when you might be a bit flat-footed.
The great thing about
hockey is that for just a moment, for a few hard strides, you do have the
opportunity to catch up. And I think that's where Brian Propp might find himself here.
Look at the expression on his face. He's grinding. He's looking up the ice, either toward an opponent he needs to cover or toward his teammate who's rushing through the neutral zone with the puck. The card's design even lends itself to action, with that bright yellow team name flying across on the diagonal, and the thin, rounded orange border giving you a great little portal into the scene.
And speaking of action, Brian Propp was no stranger to the offensive side of it. Check out these stats from his 15-season career:
1016 GP, 425 G, 579 A, 1004 PTS, 825 PIM, 59 GWG
Even for a guy who played throughout the high-scoring 1980s, you can't shake a stick at those numbers. To back them up, here's more:
In a five-season stretch, Propp reached the 40-goal mark four times, and just missed hitting the mark in all five.
He had a couple of great playoff runs with Philadelphia, too, most impressively in 1986-87 when the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to Edmonton:
26 GP, 12 G, 16 A, 28 PTS, 5 PPG (tied for league lead), 104 SOG (led the league)
For certain we're looking at a great career, not to mention a great hockey jersey and a great hockey card design. But for reminding us of the grind and how great it is—that's why 1981-82 Topps #E110 has a spot in my box of favorite cards.