Explorable images of hockey players created using hundreds of their own hockey cards
As seen on the Card Life TV show
663 real Guy Carbonneu hockey cards, one for each of his NHL career regular season points. Not a poster, real cards, all Carbo. I'm thrilled to have his signature on it. He also signed a composition of 1318 cards, his number of NHL games. Grab one of the new Carbonneau designs in the boutique.
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My name is Daniel Blanchard. I grew up in Joliette, North-East of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This all started when I was creating a mosaic from our family pictures using the AndreaMosaic software, and wondered if it would be possible to create one with hockey cards. My favorite hockey player is Mario Lemieux (even though I'm a Montreal Canadiens fan) so I went on eBay and bought a bunch of Lemieux cards and went to work.
My first piece is Mario's face in a 6x4 custom made wood and lexxan frame. I was pretty happy with it but I learned a few things I wanted to improve. So I went back on ebay and got a bunch of Gretzky cards for my second piece. This time I made it a little smaller (so it would fit in my car) and had it framed. I also chose to only use portrait cards and didn't rotate them. I floated the Mario piece on eBay and even though there were a lot of coments, my mother is the only one that bid the minimum. These 2 pieces then sat in my office and garage for over a decade before I got back into making hockey cards art. I was working on a Brodeur piece before he retired, but got too distracted to complete it. However, I started experimenting more with using an unlimited amount of the pictures I've taken from the cards.
A bit later I bought a pile of Oveschkin cards and created a few pieces using both the front and back of the card's images. I made a giant Ovesckin poster composed of more than four thousand tiles and held a drawing. Then hockey stopped because of the pandemic.
Just before the Stanley Cup Playoff of the shortned 2020-21 season I bought 88 cards of Carey Price and went to work creating again. But this time I learned that I didn't need to buy the cards to create pieces of any player I wanted, and just had a lot of fun creating this gallery, and the pieces in the store.
I have been having lots of pleasure creating pieces without having to build them with actual cards, but I did go back to my Mario card collection and re-organized it on the wall of the guest room. No frames this time. There is a total of 426 cards, with mixed fronts and backs and rotations.
I got my 20"X32" Chris Nilan portrait signed. He agreed to do it at the condition that I send him a copy for him to keep. Nilan is one of my favorite, he always played with such heart. Also, he's the first player to see his own 'hockey mosaic' portrait (he found it cool and well done!) It makes me happy every time I look at it now.
The NHL social media section became my first client, featuring my work for the return of Joe Thorton to the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. I've also been experimenting with mosaics made out of other things than hockey cards, including Pokémon cards, still images of the 1972 Summit Serie between Team Canada and the USSR, and still images some of my favorite movies. See more in the Other Projects section below
I hope one day I get to create a giant mosaic in an arena, that would be real fun. Until then I will just keep exploring and making more hockey cards art.