Hockey Card Facts: Misconceptions, Errors, Truths & Answers.

Although the original attempt at Bernie Federko's rookie card in the 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee was actually Rick Bourbonnais. Federko's actual rookie card didn't release until the following year.
Although O-Pee-Chee and Topps are often identical, Cam Neely's debut on cardboard was his rookie card in 1984-85 O-Pee-Chee (#327). But did not have a card printed from Topps until 1987-88 (#69). Historically, O-Pee-Chee, has manufactured more in-depth sets. During the 1980's their sets were often devoted to players that were members of Canadian clubs. Early in Neely's career he was a member of the Vancouver Canucks. After being traded to the Boston Bruins did Neely flourish and earning him a card under the Topps brand.
Score airbrushed a few faces behind Wayne Gretzky on his leader card (#353) in the 1990-91 set. According to the manufacturer, it was done for legal purposes; to prevent people in the background from ever asking for payment.
The 1990-91 Score card of Mario Lemieux (#2) is anything but a recent photo at that time. The season prior to this sets release the Pittsburgh Penguins wore white helmets - not yellow as shown on Lemieux's card. In fact the photo used is at least two years old. Two more clues; the jersey does not have an All-Star patch on the shoulder and his jersey number is on his shoulder, instead of the yellowed colored section of the sleeve.
To follow up their error infested premier set, the 1991-92 Pro Set "CC" subset caused controversial headlines when the manufacturer included the unauthorized cards of Scott Niedermayer and Pat Falloon in the subset. The cards were pulled in the early releases of packs which were found mostly in northern United States. Pro Set's statement: "Authorization from both NHL Properties and the NHL Players Association for the inclusion of non-NHL player cards in NHL card product is under review. No card company may, at this time, include non-NHL players in its product until a final policy is determined. The Falloon and Niedermayer cards were inserted as special collectibles in cases shipped both to Canada and within the United States. There are no distinguishing marks on the case, counter box or pack to indicate whether the product was packaged before or after these special collectibles were no longer packaged." The law firm that represent Falloon and Niedermayer, Newport Sports Management, stated: "Pro Set produced these cards without ever contacting either player or our firm in relation to obtaining written authority to produce these cards. Pro Set simply produced these cards in a brazen and arrogant fashion without heed to the rights of each individual player... In addition... there was never a bidding war between any card companies which raised the signing price of these top two draft picks out of Pro Set's desired pay range."