Thanks to a pair of PWEs from Shoebox Legends, I was able to make some progress with a relatively new project of mine: the “Dead Parrot” Frankenset, a project featuring NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch).
I’ll run through the challengers in Chronological order…
The challenger for card # 138, representing the Atlanta Flames and 1972-73 Topps… Ron Harris (in an airbrushed Red Wings sweater).
Currently in slot #138, from 1976-77 Topps… The Kansas City Scouts’ team card
The verdict: Sorry, Ron Harris, but an airbrushed Flame doesn’t stand up to a team full of Scouts.
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
The challenger for Card #148, representing The Quebec Nordiques and 1992-93 Pro Set… Valeri Kamensky!
I wasn’t much of a hockey collector in the 1990’s, so this is the first 1992-93 Pro Set card I’ve ever held in my hand. It’s pretty nice, too bad things didn’t end well for Pro Set.
Currently in slot #148, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee… Doug Sulliman
The verdict: This is a tough one; new card set vs. a Whaler shown wearing full-length hockey pants. Even though Whalers would normally defeat the Nords, all things being equal, I think I have to go with the Pro Set card for now, and revisit this down the road.
THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!
The challenger for card #359, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1993-94 Parkhurst… Andrew Cassels!
Like with the previous challenger, this is the first card from this set I’ve ever owned… and it’s a nice set, from what I can see. Just a side note, the Whalers should never strayed from green as their primary color.
Slot #359 is currently unoccupied, so Cassels enters the FrankenSet unopposed.
The challenger for card #437…
Hold on, there’s a whistle from one of the linesmen, we’re going to have a stoppage of play…
Unfortunately my Dead Parrot Frankenset currently goes only to 396, so Claude Lapointe and this great goal celebration shot will have to wait and see if I ever expand the Dead Parrot binder.
In the meantime, this card will go into my general Hockey binder; given that the goal was against the rival Canadiens, I can just hear the roar echoing around Le Colisee…
The final card for today, challenging for slot #187, representing 2010-11 Pinnacle and…
…drum roll please…
THE ATLANTA THRASHERS, a team which is not represented in my Dead Parrot binder! The Thrashers played from 1999 to 2011, well after I stopped collecting hockey cards.
The challenger is Tobias “Toby” Enstrom, who played with the Thrashers/Jets franchise until last season, and went home to play in Sweden for this season.
Currently in slot #187, representing 1974-75 Topps and the Kansas City Scouts… Simon Nolet!
The Verdict: I was tempted to “Let the wookiee win” and replace an airbrushed Flyer with the first Thrasher to come my way… but there was another Thrasher card in the PWEs (and it’s numbered #188 so it would be this card’s “neighbor”), so for now I’m going to keep Nolet in the spot and revisit this later if the second Thrasher card doesn’t make it.
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED! (FOR NOW)
Thank you, Shane! This is the first of three posts on cards sent by the owner/operator of Shoebox Legends, and I will thank Shane each and every time.