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.
This is “Belated January” because it was originally intended for last week, but I couldn’t get my act together. Nobody would know any different if I called it “February”, but I’m trying to make myself feel obligated to now post an additional Dead Parrot post this month and call that one “February”.
For this post, all of the challengers come from Shoebox Legends and are all early-to-mid 1990s Hartford Whalers… it wasn’t completely intentional to get all 1990s Whaler-y, but I also didn’t stop it from happening.
First up, challenging for slot #32 and representing 1995-96 Panini NHL Album Stickers, it’s a foil Whalers logo!
Much to my excitement, there is no card in slot #32 AND this sticker completes Page 4!!!
…And it’s a pretty nice-looking page as well! In case you’re wondering, the 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA card of Robbie Ftorek lists him as “Now with Cincinnati Stingers” but shows him in a Phoenix Roadrunners uniform. The Roadrunners folded the previous season, which is how Ftorek ended up with the Stingers. BTW, I love how the two major hockey teams that have played in Phoenix are the Roadrunners and the Coyotes. Seems like the Coyotes should play their games in Acme Arena.
Before I go too far down the Looney Tunes rabbit hole, let’s move on to the next challenger.
Challenging for slot 534, representing 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey, it’s Bobby Holik (conveniently photographed in front of an Upper Deck ad)!
There’s a whistle on the play, though… This is card #534 and as of right now the Dead Parrot binder goes only up to #396. I’ve got a couple of extra pages in the binder for these “high numbers” if I ever decide to extend this project.
Next up… competing for slot #96 and representing 1991-92 Parkhurst, it’s Bobby Holik AGAIN!
Currently in slot #96, representing 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey and the Birmingham Bulls (or possibly the Toronto Toros, as the team moved prior to the 1976-77 season), it’s Peter Marrin!
Today isn’t Bobby Holik’s day because he’s still not getting into the main part of the Dead Parrot binder. A 1990s Whaler card has to be something special to beat out a Bulls/Toros card.
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
The fourth challenger, aiming for slot #297 and representing 1992-93 Pinnacle, is Eric Weinrich! For some reason, I’m always surprised at how many different 1990s hockey sets there were.
The defender, representing 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Wally Weir!
Neither card is particularly noteworthy, so I’ll just say that 1980s beats 1990s for this project… but since OPC sets are numbered by team, I might come back and revisit this matchup if the page this card is on ends up being overly Nordique-y.
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
Fifth challenger for today is going for slot #311… Representing 1995-96 Upper Deck, it’s Nelson Emerson!
Already in slot 372, representing 1990-91 Topps and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Ron Francis!
Whaler-on-Whaler action! I much prefer the green Whalers uniforms to the blue ones, and neither card is great, but Francis is hunched over and you can’t see the logo. For that reason alone I’m going with Nelson Emerson.
THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!
The last challenger for today is going for slot #372… Representing 1994-95 Upper Deck, it’s Jocelyn Lemiuex!
I’d never seen a 1994-95 UD Hockey card before this one… it’s not a bad-looking design (but it looks better in person where the silver foil doesn’t show up a black like in these scans).
As it turns out, there wasn’t a card in slot 372, so this one goes straight into the binder! It doesn’t update or complete a page, but it leaves a page with just one open slot to fill.
And so, to wrap up… Not counting the “high numbered” Upper Deck card, we added two cards to the binder and completed a page. That puts us at 325 out of a possible 396 cards (82.1%) and 16 completed pages out of 44 total pages (36.4%).
I’d better get started on the next post if I’m going to finish it before the end of the month.