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 are from the 1980-81 Topps Hockey set (the one with the annoying scratch-off “Who Am I?” game). To keep things from getting too repetitive, I made sure not to duplicate any of the teams in that 1980-81 set.
The first challenger for slot #178, representing the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Real Cloutier!
I have to admit, it makes me smile to see the boards not covered with ads.
There currently isn’t a card in slot #178, so this card goes right into the binder and leaves me one card short of completing the page. I need a card #’ed 179 to complete the page, and as luck would have it, a recent package I got from Shoebox Legends Shane has a card #’ed 179 in it, so I’m going to include that in the next Dead Parrot post.
Next up is card #237 representing the Minnesota North Stars, it’s Gary Sargent!
(If this card wins, I’m going to scratch more of the black crap off of this card)
Currently in the binder, representing the Minnesota North Stars and 1991-92 Topps Hockey, it’s Jon Casey!
Although you can’t see much of the glorious North Stars logo on Casey’s card, and the logo featured as part of the card design is the yucky 1990’s version of the North Stars logo, I feel that this is a better card and the Gary Sargent card isn’t quite interesting enough to dislodge it.
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
Our third card, representing slot #205 and the Winnipeg Jets it’s Pierre Hamel! This card hasn’t been scratched yet, but trust me, it’s Pierre Hamel.
Hamel played 69 games over four seasons… mostly with the Jets, but he played 5 games for the Maple Leafs as well. This is his rookie card.
Currently in slot #205, representing the Jets and 1982-83 Topps Hockey Album Stickers, it’s Morris Lukowich!
It’s hard to tell from a scan, but these hockey stickers are the same size as most 1980’s Topps stickers, a little bit smaller than 2″ x 3″.
These stickers I have in the Dead Parrot binder are mainly placeholders as far as I’m concerned, and I don’t think any of them have beaten a challenger yet… and while the Hamel card is nothing exciting, it still beats a sticker.
THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!
The next challenger, contending for slot #239 and representing the Colorado Rockies, it’s Rene Robert!
Aside from featuring the Colorado Rockies, a personal favorite Dead Parrot team, this card is also in nicer condition than any other 1980-81 card Topps Hockey I have… the scratch-off crap is flawless and I won’t think of scratching it off.
Currently in that slot, representing 1993-94 Upper Deck Hockey and the Quebec Nordiques… it’s Niklas Andersson!
The photo isn’t bad, but the design is pretty busy and you can’t see much of the Nordiques uniform… In other words, it’s nowhere nearly up to the task of defeating a Hockey Rockie!
THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!
Last card for today is #198, features Rick Ley of the Hartford Whalers, and goes straight into the binder because that particular pocket is empty!
I think I’m going to try to clean this card up a little…
OK, so that’s two new additions to the binder, which means I’ve got 319 out of a possible 396 cards. That puts this binder just shy of 81% full!
In previous posts I talked about the percentage of the binder being “complete”, but I decided to change the wording because the binder will fill up but the project will never truly be complete in my eyes.
I didn’t complete any pages this time around, so we still stand at 13 completed pages out of 44 total pages.