The Ken Dryden rookie card is the highlight of the 1971-72 set, with Lafleur and Dionne not far behind in importance. Of course, the Bobby Orr card ranks high in monetary value, as always.
Also a feature in this set are two retirement cards. The careers of both Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau are commemorated with special cards, in the O-Pee-Chee set only. Both were fast-tracked to the Hockey Hall of Fame, without the usual three waiting period. However, Howe’s was premature as he returned to Hockey for the 1973-74 season, playing in the World Hockey Association until the league was swallowed by the NHL, then playing one more season in the National Hockey League in 1979-80 with the Hartford Whalers.