Ok, let’s play a game.
Question – Which set are these four cards from?
Well if you said 1973-74 OPC for all 4 then you might be correct.
you could say 1973-74 OPC for all but the Canadians and that’s from 1972-73 OPC and you still might be correct.
you could say 1973-74 OPC for all but the Canadians and that’s from 1971-72 OPC.and still, you might be correct!
You see, for 3 of the 4 it’s easy. There is a dead giveaway on the Detroit, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia logos.
For Montreal, who knows!
OPC in there wisdom issued these punch out, logos for 3 consecutive years.
1971-72, 1972-73 and 1973-74.
In the 1971-72 version there were 15 NHL team logos (including the NHL shield). For these there are no instructions printed on the cards so kids had to figure out the press, wet, stick thing on their own.
In the 1972-73 version there are 30 logos. There are NO noticeable changes for the NHL franchises but the WHA logo and team logos were added to the set. Again, no instructions on the cards.
In the 1973-74 version the set was dropped back to just the 16 NHL teams and the NHL logo and the instructions were added, but for whatever reason no instructions were added to the Canadians logo or the Canucks logo. Maybe Vancouver and Montreal fans were smarter and didn’t need instructions? Maybe they had so many of those logos left over from the year before they reused them? Maybe there was no space on the card for instructions (likely).
So to go back to the answer to my question?
I’m going to go ahead and say they are all from the 1973-74 version just to be simple. Which means I need 2 more exact copies of the Canadians one, and 2 versions that look the same for the other 3 if I’m going to complete a set of each.
PS: I tried to analyze the little bit of extra print on the Canadians logo and it’s no real help other than it’s most likely a Canucks logo. Had it been a WHA logo or a different 73-74 a bit of text might have shown.