My dad is a twin. An old picture of him and his brother has the following unsigned note on the back: “The one on the left is me, I think.”
So we don’t know who wrote the note and even he didn’t know who was who in the picture. We love this. It’s hilarious.
Every so often you get a card made where if you didn’t already know what the player looked like, you’d never figure it out from the image. There are a bunch of long-range action shots in 1973-74, but for the most part, the subject of the picture is central.
Now, this is an awesome picture and captures a bunch of hall-of-famers getting ready for battle. It’s just that if you didn’t already know Dave Keon and how to recognize him by sight, you’d never figure out which one he was.
This picture could have made at least three pretty solid cards. There’s this shot of Tim Horton:
plus this shot of Ullman facing Don Luce. This could have been a great horizontal card:
You could even make a case for a head-and-torso shot of Paul Henderson or Steve Atkinson. But this is supposed to be Dave Keon’s card. As awesome a shot as this was, the card really needed to look more like this (apologies for the lame photoshop):
You could argue that most people should figure out Keon – he and Horton are the two players in the centre and Horton plays for the wrong team. I might even buy this as it allows me to keep that fantastic picture.
But now take a look at this one:
From the photo, the Bruin is clearly the central figure and the likely candidate to be Mulhern. If we look at the action, though, what you have is a defenseman who has just shot the puck up the boards and a forechecker coming in half a second late. Mulhern is listed as a defenseman. He’s the Flame, not the Bruin.
Richard Mulhern is the guy in the background of his own card.
We can verify this by looking at the back:
Mulhern was never a Bruin, but he was a Flame. He was also a King and a Leaf in the interim, so clearly, nobody was in any hurry to get a more recent photo.
Of course, if you happened to know that #8 for the Bruins was Peter McNab, then the whole thing was easy. It’s just not very polite for McNab to horn in on Mulhern’s card like that.