Ya Get Whatcha Get: 1970’s Hockey For Late March

It’s been a while since I’ve shown off some 1970’s Hockey Goodness, so here are four more cards I’ve required in the recent-to-semi-recent past…

I’ve never been to Cincinnati and have never seen a WHA game on TV, much less in person, but I’m collecting Cincinnati Stingers.  I really liked the logo and uniforms in my younger days, and something about that stuck with me.  My latest addition to this collection is this 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee Ron Plumb.
1977-78 OPC WHA Ron Plumb
When this card came out, Ron Plumb was fresh off of winning the Dennis A. Murphy Award as the WHA’s top defenseman.  Ron’s career took him on a tour of the WHA, playing for the Philadelphia Blazers, Vancouver Blazers, Stingers, San Diego Mariners and New England Whalers before moving to the NHL with the Whalers.  He was originally property of the Bruins before jumping to the WHA.

A 1970’s Rod Gilbert jersey was recently auctioned off for more than $5,000…  The jersey was very similar to the one on this card, except it didn’t have the Assistant Captan “A” on it.
1975-76 Topps Rod Gilbert
The jersey had blood stains on it, so maybe one could clone Rod Gibert from it… if the blood is Gilbert’s, that is…

Greg Joly was selected 1st overall in the 1974 amateur draft.  Obviously, great things were expected of him, but he may have been hurt by being thrown into the deep end with a very, very bad Capitals team.
1976-77 Topps Greg Joly
He played 2 seasons in Washington before being traded to the Red Wings.  He left the game having been a solid defenseman for 9 NHL seasons.

I bought this last card without hesitation even though I don’t remember Ralph Stewart…. but how could I resist an action shot like this?
1977-78 OPC Ralph Stewart
Besides, it’s a better card of the Ranger’s Ron Greschner than it is of Stewart.

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7 thoughts on “Ya Get Whatcha Get: 1970’s Hockey For Late March

  1. The Stingers sweater looks like a ripoff the of the Penguins but I’m not sure what uniforms the Pens were wearing back then so the Stingers may have come first. Not time to look into it right now.

    • THE PENGUINS COLOUR COMBINATION YOU ARE THINKING OF BEGAN IN 1971-1972 THEN CAME BACK A NUMBER OF TIMES IN RETRO UNIFORMS RIGHT TO 2014-2015 … WE WORKED IN PROMOTIONS WITH THE TORONTO TOROS AT THAT TIME AND THROUGH TRADES AND PURCHASES ENDED UP WITH A NICE SELECTION OF JERSEYS FROM ALL THE WHA TEAMS STILL IN EXISTENCE UNTIL TORONTO DEPARTED TO BECOME THE BIRMINGHAM BULLS IN 1976-1977 SO THEY COULD KEEP A NUMBER OF THESE TOROS UNIFORMS TO GET STARTED THERE … MOST OF THESE TOPS IN OUR POSSESSION WERE LATER DONATED TO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME IN TORONTO, EVEN THOUGH OVER NEXT 10 YEARS THEY REFUSED TO ‘ OFFICALLY ‘ RECOGNIZE THEM DUE TO PRESSURE FROM SOME OF THE NHL OWNERS / GOVERNORS WHO DID NOT WANT ANY WHA EXHIBIT(S) IN THE HALL, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED TODAY … WE SAVED ABOUT 50 DIFFERENT UNIFORMS, CONSISTING OF 2 OR 3 OR 4 FROM EACH DIFFERENT TEAM AS EXAMPLES WITH A LARGER NUMBER OF THE TOROS TOPS LIKE BINKLEY, BREWER, HENDERSON, MAHOVLICH, NAPIER, NEDOMANSKY, SELBY, SIMPSON AND SO ON.

    • Though Pittsbugh did not technically a ripoff the Stingers black and gold (they ripped off the Steelers and Pirates) the Stingers were first. The Penguins didn’t wear the colors until the middle of the 1979-80 serason.

  2. Great post. I grew up in Cincinnati and was a big fan of the Stingers. I always thought they were modeled after the Bruins. Their departure was one of my sadder childhood memories. They had some solid, established played like Plumb, Robbie Ftorek and Rick Dudley and young guys that would dominate in the NHL like Mark Messier and Mike Gartner. I got to see a 17 year old Wayne Gretzky play as a member of the Indianapolis Racers. Great memories. Look me up as I probably have some doubles you can have.

    • It does seem like an awful shame that the Stingers weren’t allowed to join the NHL with the Whalers, Jets, Nords & Oilers… But they would’ve have been able to hang on to most of those players anyway.

      • Yes it was. I’ve heard a couple of different stories about their demise. One was that they weren’t in a big enough or established hockey market when compared to the other four. The other is that their owners opted for the buyout rather than join the NHL. They would have held their own for sure. Goalie Mike Liut was a good player for St Louis in the early 80’s. I also enjoy see cards of the helmetless players.

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