Dead Parrot Frankenset: December 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.

First up, challenging for slot #16 and representing 1975-76 Topps and the Minnesota North Stars, it’s Blake Dunlop!

Currently in slot #16, representing 1982-83 Topps Album Stickers and the Quebec Nordiques it’s…


“1982 Stanley Cup Playoff Game Action”!

I’ve had these stickers since 1983, but they’re largely placeholders for this project.  In a very easy decision…


…and improves a completed page!  (Although you’ll have to take my word for it because I forgot to scan the “before” page).


This next card, challenging for slot 55, comes from a card show in January. Representing 1976-77 Topps Hockey and the Kansas City Scouts, it’s Denis Herron!

Oh, I love me some Kansas City Scouts!  There aren’t enough uniforms in pro sports which feature all three primary colors (It’s good enough for Superman, it should be good enough for a pro athlete!)

Currently in slot 55, representing 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Tom Webster!

I hate to bump a WHA card from the binder, but the photo on the Tom Webster card isn’t the greatest, and I’ve got plenty of Whalers and not a lot of Scouts.  Because of this…


Next up… competing for slot #143 and representing 1980-81 Topps Hockey and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Mike Rogers!


Currently in slot 143, representing 1979-80 Topps Hockey and the Atlanta Flames, it’s Phil Russell!

This isn’t a easy decision, but I like 1979-80 Topps over the scratched-off 1980-81 Topps, and I prefer Atlanta Flames cards because they’re less common than Whalers… Hopefully I won’t end up going too far and eliminating too many Whalers, but I don’t think I’m anywhere close to that yet.


The next card is a contender for for slot #190. Representing 1975-76 Topps and the California Golden Seals, it’s Gilles Meloche!

Any card with full goalie equipment stands a good chance of winning.

Already in slot 190, representing 1982-83 Topps Hockey Album Stickers and the Minnesota North Stars, it’s Neal Broten!

It’s funny that we’ve got two similar battles between 1975 and 1982 in the same post, but it works that way sometimes.

This one is easy peasy lemon squeezy.


Last challenger for today is going for slot #202… Representing 1976-77 Topps and the Atlanta Flames, it’s Curt Bennett!

Already in slot 202, representing 1979-80 Topps and the Winnipeg Jets, it’s Morris Lukowich!

Neither card is great at showing off the team’s uniforms, but I don’t think I’d get any arguments that the Curt Bennett card has a much better overall photo.

For the fourth time out of five in this post…


And so, to wrap up… There weren’t any new additions to the binder this time, which means I’m staying at 323 out of a possible 396 cards (81.6%) and 15 completed pages out of 44 total pages (31.8%).

8 thoughts on “Dead Parrot Frankenset: December 2020 Edition

  1. Love this latest batch! The only one I *might* disagree on, and I’m not even sure myself, is the last one. I think that Lukowich card has a “so bad it’s almost good” vibe to it, haha. The two goalie cards from franchises of the past are particularly amazing, glad to see both of those battled their way in. BTW, I don’t think you ever need to be concerned with eliminating too many Whalers, if you find yourself in that position I’ll send you another batch ;-)

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