Bob Mason played in 145 career NHL games, played in the Olympics and was a member of Team USA for the 1987 Canada Cup. Yet he has a total of 2 NHL cards. Those cards are from the 2004-05 ITG Franchise set, almost 14 years after his last NHL game. Bob Mason couldn't even crack the 1990-91 Pro Set edition. So we'll right those wrongs and present to you the 1984-85 OPC Bob Mason rookie card. Bob Mason is best known for his spread eagle stance after allowing the series winning goal in quadruple overtime in Game 7 versus the New York Islander in 1987. Sport is cruel, as there is always a loser, no matter how well they played. Today Mr Mason is in his 10th year as the goaltending coach for the Minnesota Wild. He has helped the Wild win a William Jennings trophy and a Wild goalie has led the league in save percentage twice during his tenure.
Update: July 27, 2020
Mason played several years in the NHL without a card, so I thought I would revisit this post and make a few more cards for Mason - to fill in the blanks. First thing I needed to do was update the 84-85 OPC with a more appropriate picture. It's fairly obvious based on the gear and helmet, that this was a more timely picture for his 84-85 card. For three seasons, starting in 83-84, Mason bounced between the NHL and AHL, spending most of his time in the AHL. The 1986-87 season was his first full season in the NHL. He bounced around the league for his final five seasons, with a different team each year. He only played a handful of games with the Vancouver Canucks in 1990-91, but I wasn't able to find a decent picture to use for a card. So I am still on the lookout for that.
|1984-85 OPC Bob Mason (RC)|
|1987-88 OPC Bob Mason|
|1988-89 OPC Bob Mason|
|1989-90 OPC Bob Mason|
|1990-91 Pro Set Bob Mason|
Update October 9, 2021
I finally stumbled across a picture of Bob Mason as a Vancouver Canuck that is usable for a card... although just barely. There was some debate over who this was. In the end it was easy to tell as Bob Mason catches with his right hand, which is a rarity for Vancouver Canucks goalies who wore #31 during the era that the Canucks wore those jerseys. So now the Bob Mason, the original Lost card on this blog, collection is complete.
|1991-92 OPC Bob Mason|
I did a double-take on this. The back of the card is amazing. The font and background texture look great. The front of the card looks awesome too, though I think "Bob Mason" is a bit too tall (I'll have to check my PSD file when I get home and see what font I used).ReplyDelete
Man, I'd love to work on a collaboratin with you.
I got this custom card signed through ttm. Check it out belowReplyDelete