Dead Parrot Frankenset for May 4th, 2020

This is the latest in a series on an ongoing project, a “Dead Parrot” Frankenset which features cards of NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch). The Frankenset consists of a binder containing 44 sheets and the goal is to have it filled with cards numbered from 1 to 396, with each slot filled with a card featuring a hockey team that has gone to meet its maker.

All of today’s challengers come from 1980/81 Topps or O-Pee-Chee hockey.  This was the year where Topps (but not OPC) used a scratch-off “Who Am I?” gimmick on their cards, and some of these still have residue scratch-off black crap on them.

The first challenger, representing 1972-73 Topps and the Winnipeg Jets, it’s Peter Sullivan!

Currently in slot #29, representing 1976/77 O-Pee-Chee WHA and the Cincinnati Stingers, it’s Dennis Sobchuk!

Sobchuk has already fought off a much more formidable challenger than this, and that isn’t changing today.


Next up is card #214 from 1980/81 Topps, representing the Hartford Whalers, it’s Tom Rowe!

Currently defending slot #214, representing 1975-76 O-Pee-Chee and the Atlanta Flames, it’s Barry Gibbs!

For starters, 1975 O-Pee-Chee > 1980 Topps…

…and Barry Gibbs, not to be confused with the Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb, features a better photo in terms of showing off the logo and the uniform. I didn’t stress too much over this one.


Our third card is challenging for slot #243 and represents the Winnipeg Jets… it’s Ron Wilson!

Currently in slot #243, representing 1990-91 Pro Set and the Quebec Nordiques… Joe Cirella!

I kinda like the 1980 Ron Wilson card and the way he’s just standing around after taking his left glove and helmet off, but I really have to go with the nice action shot on the Pro Set card.


Not a good day for the challengers, but here’s a new card going into an empty slot #233… Representing the Hartford Whalers, it’s Al Sims!  This is now the 7th card on page 26 of the Dead Parrot binder.

And also going into an empty slot is this next card that’s a little more banged up the others, but that’s outweighed by the fact that it’s an O-Pee-Chee… representing the Nordiques and going into slot #309, it’s Serge Bernier!  This is the 6th card on page 35 of the Dead Parrot binder.

Even though the OPC cards didn’t feature the scratch-off gimmick, the player’s name is still printed somewhat faintly as if it were originally under a scratch-off layer.  That (and the higher price that OPC brings in the USA) is the main thing keeping me from being a full-blown O-Pee-Chee Snob when it comes to 1980/81.

With these two new cards, I now have 315 out of a possible 396, which puts this project at 79.5% complete!

Seeing how today is May The 4th and one of the Dead Parrot series’ bigger fans is also a big Star Wars fan, I thought I’d include “The Saga Begins” by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. I recently read an article about ‘Weird Al’ which mentioned that not all of his fans realize that this song is not an original, but a parody of Don McLean’s “American Pie”, which was a huge huge hit in the early 1970’s.  If you don’t know the original song, ask anyone you know who lived through the 1970’s, I guarantee they know “American Pie”.

6 thoughts on “Dead Parrot Frankenset for May 4th, 2020

  1. The amazing thing about the Saga Begins is that he wrote it before the movies release. He based the lyrics off of potential spoilers and message board discussions.

    • I’ve been a Stingers “fan” since I was a kid, even though I’ve never seen them play, not even on TV. I just loved the logo and colors.

      Truth be told, “The Saga Begins” isn’t one of Al’s better songs, but it seemed appropriate.

  2. It happens that the final scene of last night’s episode of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist featured the cast singing “American Pie”. So some of the younglings who didn’t know the song may have caught it there.

    Actually, before Al’s song, a filker named Jere7my Thorpe wrote a version of “American Pie” telling the story of the original trilogy. I loved it to the point where I memorized it, and often sing it when going to see a new Star Wars movie or something. Lyrics are here:

  3. I don’t disagree with any of the challengers losing. That Sobchuk card is simply fantastic. That has to be close to “untouchable” status I’d imagine. Love these posts!

  4. As Annikin lost his innocence and turned to the dark side, so did the popular music that McLean was lamenting.

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