Dead Parrot Frankenset: For June, A New Streamlined Format!

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.

I’m trying to be better about getting things done and getting posts out here on the blog, so I’m going to use a less-wordy format this time around.  It might stick.  It might not. Feedback is welcome.

The “challengers” in this post were all provided by Shoebox Legends, who has spent the last three months has been maintaining a presence on his YouTube Channel rather than his blog. Go check it out!

Card #20

The challenger: 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier Zarley Zalapski (Hartford Whalers)

Currently in the binder: 1977/78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Marc Tardif (Los Angeles Sharks and Quebec Nordiques)

The WHA card of Marc Tardif lists him with the Nordiques, but the uniform he’s shown wearing is for the Los Angeles Sharks, an original WHA team that lasted two seasons before moving to Detroit to become the Michigan Stags, then moved to Baltimore midway through that season in Detroit, and then folded at the end of the franchise’s third season. These Sharks appeared on damn few hockey cards. I like the Zalapski card, but it will take something special to dislodge this WHA card from the binder.


Card #50

The challenger: 1995-96 Leaf Frantisek Kucera (Whalers)

Currently in the binder: 1968-69 Topps Wayne Connelly (Minnesota North Stars)

Once again, the challenger is a pretty nice card, but nice enough to defeat a vintage North Stars card? Nah.


Card #76

The challenger: 1992-93 Upper Deck Kay Whitmore (Whalers)

This was an empty pocket in the binder, so Whitmore makes a lovely addition. This card did not complete a page, however.

Card #114

The challenger: 1988-89 O-Pee-Chee Ray Ferraro (Whalers)

This also was an empty pocket in the binder but like the previous card it does not complete a page.

Card #173

The challenger: 1995-96 Leaf Darren Turcotte (Whalers)

Currently in the binder: 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Willi Plett (North Stars)

These 1995-96 Leaf cards are pretty nice, but more importantly, the 1982-83 Plett card is particularly uninteresting.  Very little thought went into this competition.


…and this also updates Page 20. Here’s the before:

…and what it is now.

I’m happy with that change!

Card #198

The challenger: 1995-96 Leaf Steven Rice (Whalers)

Currently in the binder: 1980-81 Topps Rick Ley (Hartford Whalers)

I like the Leaf card with the glimpse of a Buffalo Sabres goalie in the background. I am not a fan of 1980-81 Topps Hockey with the dumbass scratch-off gimmick, regardless of whether the scratch-off coating is still there or not. Went back and forth a tiny bit on this, but decided in favor of Leaf.


Wrapping up…  We added two cards to the binder and updated a page.  I also did some inventory and found that I somehow missed 4 cards.  The current totals are 333 out of a possible 396 cards (84.1%) and 17 completed pages out of 44 total pages (38.6%).

5 thoughts on “Dead Parrot Frankenset: For June, A New Streamlined Format!

  1. I don’t blame you for keeping the Sharks/Nords card… That is a rather unique one.. I didn’t realize LA had a WHA team or that it was called the Sharks..

  2. I don’t notice much difference between the new format and the old one — and I like both! So I’d be fine whichever way you go for future posts.

    As for this round of cards, got to be happy about a “Chicken Parm” card (Ray Ferraro) making it into the binder. Also, Marc Tardif looks like he’s wondering how many more teams he’s going to have to play for.

  3. Don’t disagree with any of the selections, save maybe that last one. Then again though, that scratch-off design was so maddening and such a bad idea that I don’t even strongly disagree with that choice either. Glad I could hit two new numbers for ya! Continue to enjoy this project…

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