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 a card show I went to in January.
The first challenger for slot #85, representing 1975-76 Topps and the Atlanta Flames, it’s… the Atlanta Flames!
Team cards are awfully hard to beat as far as this project goes.
Currently in slot #85, representing 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Patrick Poulin!
Poulin completed a page just over two months ago, and while it’s a nice card, it can’t hold up against a team of Dead Parrots.
THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!
…and a complete Page 10 is upgraded in the process. Here’s how it looked about a month ago when it was last upgraded…
…and here’s what it looks like now:
Page 10 just keeps getting better.
Next up is card #92 from 1976/77 Topps, representing the Kansas City Scouts, it’s Chuck Arnason!
Chuck looks very happy, and why wouldn’t he be? He just completed Page 11!!!
Now that’s a nice page featuring four different WHA cards (the two in the bottom row are from from some fairly recent sets by “In The Game”).
Getting back to Chuck Arnason… I looked at his record and he may just be the Captain of any Dead Parrot team. Aside from some uninteresting teams like the Canadiens and the Penguins, he played for the Atlanta Flames, Kansas City Scouts, Colorado Rockies (who were, of course, the relocated Scouts), the Cleveland Barons and the Minnesota North Stars! Unfortunately his time with the Flames and Barons didn’t make it to cardboard, but it’s almost made up for by the fact that his 1978/79 O-Pee-Chee lists him with the North Stars and shows him in a Rockies uniform. I *must* get that card.
Our third card, representing slot #218, 1980/81 Topps and the Minnesota North Stars… It’s Glen Sharpley! And this goes right into an open slot on Page 25, so there’s no battle going on here. I like this card, it will put up a fight against any future challengers.
The next challenger happens to be from the same set and on the same page… Contending for slot #223 and representing 1980/81 Topps and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s goaltender Michel Dion!
If you’re wondering why there’s that big black oval on the card, this set came out of packs with a scratch-off “Who Am I?” quiz. No, the back of the card doesn’t include the player’s name.
Currently in that slot, representing 1990/91 Topps and the Winnipeg Jets, it’s goaltender Steph Beauregard!
As a card of Steph Beauregard, I’m sure there are better ones out there… but as a game shot that features two Winnipeg Jets logos, well…
This one is a tough choice, both are nice cards, but I think I like the Beauregard better. Feel free to talk me out of it.
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
Last battle for today is for slot #253… Representing 1975/76 Topps Hockey and the California Golden Seals, it’s Al MacAdam!
Currently in that slot, representing 1990/91 Pro Set and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Mario Marois!
I like Mario Marois from his time with the Rangers, but Page 29 already has 5.25 Nordiques on it, so it’s time for another upgrade.
Here’s the page as it was in October (when I was attempting to photograph pages rather than scanning them):
Here’s the page now:
If you had been wondering how a page could have “.25 of a Nordique” on it, it’s because of that card in the lower right that features the four teams which moved from the WHA to the NHL.
OK, so that’s two new additions to the binder, which means I’ve got 317 out of a possible 396 cards, and that puts this project at 80% complete! After a long while of slow progress, I’m happy that this is moving along better now.