Dead Parrot Frankenset: October 2020 Edition

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.

Some, but not all of today’s challengers came to me in a package from Shane of the Shoebox Legends blog. I’ll highlight those as I go along.

One of the cards from Shane is this 1990-91 Score Hockey challenger for slot 229. Representing the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Mario Marois!

I remember Marois from when he broke into the NHL with the Rangers in the late 1970’s, and his name is fun to say (Mar-WHAH).  This is also a pretty nice photo, so this card is certainly a strong contender to make the binder.

Currently in slot #229, representing 1979-80 Topps and the NHL Colorado Rockies, it’s Jack Valiquette!

I love cards of the original Hockey Rockies, so despite my warm feelings about Marois, it’s not enough to evict Valiquette or 1979-80 Topps


This next card, challenging for slot 213, comes from a card show in January. Representing 1980-81 Topps Hockey (the set with the stupid scratch-off gimmick) and the NHL’s Rockies, it’s Rob Ramage!

I’ve already told you how I feel about the Rockies, the question is whether the Rockieness of the card is offset by the scratch-off puck.

Currently in slot 213, representing 1990-91 Topps Hockey and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Kevin Dineen!

There’s nothing special about this Dineen card, plus I’ve got plenty of 1990-91 Topps cards and Whalers, so I’m going with Ramage on this one.


Next up… competing for slot #255 and representing 1990-91 Bowman Hockey and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Peter Sidorkiewicz!  (I believe this one came from Shoebox Legends, but I’m not 100% positive now

Currently in slot 255, representing 1993-93 Upper Deck Hockey and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Joe Sakic!

I went back and forth on this one…  This card would change a nice complete page, and having the Bowman card would make it slightly less glossy than it currently is, plus that page is pretty heavy on the Nordiques.  After much deliberation, I decided to go with Sidorkiewicz.


Here is the updated page 29:

I know it’s a little samey-same now with 2 Bowman Whalers and 3 Pro Set Nordiques, but I will stick with my decision.


The next challenger, which also came from that January show, is a contender for for slot #321. Representing 1975-76 Topps and the Minnesota North Stars, it’s a team leaders card featuring Dennis Hextall and Bill Goldsworthy!

I like this card because it features the North Stars original logo and it’s fairly unique for the Dead Parrot project.

As it turns out, slot 321 is open, so this card goes straight into the binder!

Now entering the arena, fighting for slot 288, again from 1992-93 Upper Deck Hockey and representing the Whalers, it’s Andrew Cassels! (Seems like I’ve been through a lot of cards of Andrew Cassels).  This card is also from Shane.

Currently in slot #288, representing 1984-85 O-Pee-Chee and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Andre Savard!

At first I thought maybe I should go with Cassels since the Savard card could find a good home in my Photobombing Capitals binder… but then I realized that the Cassels card *also* has a Photobombing Capital, so regardless of which card wins, the loser becomes part of the Photobombing project.

Both cards are perfectly fine for this project, but Cassels isn’t quite up to the task of dislodging a card that’s already in the binder.


Last challenger for today has a story behind it.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently found a misplaced padded envelope which had been shipped from COMC late in 2018.   Among the cards in that shipment was one that I bought specifically to fill out a page in this Dead Parrot project… Page 23 had 8 cards in it and an empty pocket just waiting for a card #207 to put in it.

This 1992-93 Parkhurst card of the Winnepeg Jets’ Bob Essensa was purchased because it is card #207…

And so, two years after being bought for this very purpose, Card #207 goes into the slot and completes page 23!!!

That’s a pretty good mix of cards, and I’m happy to complete another page!  In case you were wondering, the Detroit Falcons played in the early 1930’s and would change their name to the Detroit Red Wings.

And so, to wrap up… that’s two new additions to the binder, which means I’ve got 323 out of a possible 396 cards.  That puts this binder at 81.6% full!

I completed one page which brings me to 15 completed pages out of 44 total pages… that’s 31.8%.

As always, a big thanks to “Shoebox Shane” for his tremendous help with this project!

13 thoughts on “Dead Parrot Frankenset: October 2020 Edition

  1. Looking good! I don’t think I’d disagree with any choice you made, except *maybe* that Kevin Dineen over the scratch-off Rockie just because that design has always irked me. Love the looks at the completed pages along the way, can’t wait to see this thing in its entirety when you finish it someday. I think I actually have a few other Dead Parrots set aside for you, I’ll have to take a look…

    • I would consider trying to replace some of these cards with the scratch-off still on them with the OPC equivalent, since Canada didn’t have to deal with that particular bit of nonsense… but I can’t bypass a Colorado Rockie just because of it

  2. I only collect dead teams and leagues for hockey…! I’ve managed to get all of the Topps Oakland Seals cards, for all of the years, and have now moved on to WHA sets. Also love those In The Game cards you scanned a few of; I have the Seals and need to work on the Barons….

    • When I started back into augmenting my childhood hockey collection, my original intent was to complete the sets I’d started in the 1970s, but I realized I got more joy out of getting a card of the Cleveland Barons or Kansas City Scouts than, say, Ken Dryden or Bobby Clarke… and I’ve never looked back.

  3. I really like the Rockies, Nordiques, North-stars & original Jets uniforms on the cards you have pictured. The Seals are classic before moving on to Cleveland & finally merging with the North-stars. Hockey cards for the Barons will be hard to find since they been in the NHL for 2 seasons.

    • Barons cards are like gold… For cards that show the actual uniforms without airbrushing, it’s pretty much just 1977-78… although the uniforms did show up in a few sets down the road, and there’s at least one 1979-80 OPC card that features a Cleveland Baron with a “NOW WITH…” disclaimer. :-)

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