The Show’s In July, Not June? (Long Drawn-Out Sigh)

When the calendar turned over to June, it occurred to me that the three-times-a-year regional card show – the show which, despite the 2 hour drive, is the show closest to Shlabotsylvania – was coming up in a couple of weeks.  I started updating my “Show wantlist” MS Word document and thinking about which of my 379 goals I would focus on (379 is only a slight exaggeration)… and then it occurred to me to look at my wall calendar where I’d written the date down.

…and that’s when I realized the show is in July, not June.  (*siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh*).

To console myself, and to play a small role in getting me mentally focused on what I should be looking for when I get to the show, I started looking through folders containing scans of cards I never got around to posting, many of which were obtained at earlier instances of this same show.

The first two cards were from a dimebox, and both come from the 1979 TCMA “Baseball History” set, about which I know little (other than they’re cool).

Bill Virdon is a player/manager I collect because I latched on to him when he was the manager of the Yankees during a brief period when I was too young and naive to know I was supposed to hate the Yankees.

For many, many years my oldest card was a 1952 Topps Hank Thompson… For that reason alone, I have a certain fondness for Hank. It doesn’t hurt that he played most of his MLB career for the New York Giants (a family member was a Giants fan before they left for San Francisco)

This makes three Hank Thompson cards I own; the third is a Red Man Tobacco card. I’ve given thought towards making Hank Thompson something of a player collection, but it’s not like I don’t have enough goals and player collections as it is… We’ll see how I feel come July.

Upper Deck issued a few sets in Japan and I wanted to get at least one example for my collection. So Taguchi appeared in the Majors from 2002 to 2009 and this card was cheap on COMC, so I pulled the trigger on it.  By the way, these UD Victory cards are slightly smaller than standard-sized.

I love getting Japanese cards, although my Japanese collection doesn’t have much rhyme or reason to it.

Once upon a time this blog featured pairs of cards I called “Doppelgangers”, two cards from different companies which featured more or less the same moment on the field. This pair, a 1992 Leaf Preview card and the actual Leaf card, doesn’t meet the “different companies” criteria but it’s still pretty cool.

If I’m not mistaken, the Preview cards were inserted into 1992 Donruss factory sets in advance of the release of the Leaf set.

I’m not a fan of the Red Sox and I don’t chase down HOFers unless there’s a specific need, so I believe this is one of two Ted Williams cards I own.

…The other card being his manager card from the 1972 set. In both cases, I acquired them as part of a general quest to get as many cards from 1970 – 1972 Topps as my budget will allow.

Another back-burnered goal: 1976 Kellogg’s.

No real reason this got put on a back burner other than the usual… I ran into a small roadblock and my attention got diverted to the next big thing. Long-term focus is not one of my strong points.

I only have a couple of “Retro 1984” cards from 2018 Donruss, but they seem so well done that I may try to get more of them… even for teams and players I don’t collect.

Seriously, though, I think these are among the nicest baseball cards Panini has produced so far. The design, the gloss, the selection of photos which minimize the “photoshoppiness” of the cards while allowing you to actually see the player’s face. Just a good job by Panini.

I saw that there’s a new TV show coming this fall which stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and Freema Agyeman (“Martha Jones” from Doctor Who).

I saw a still featuring Ryan Eggold from the show, and my brain said “Oh, ‘Evil Tom’ is undercover as a doctor at hospital”. I can’t imagine what my reaction is going to be to Freema playing a role other than Martha, especially if she’s – gasp! – playing an American. Her IMDB page tells me she’s been in a number of TV series, including one called “Law And Order: UK” which, now that I’m aware of it, I’d kind of like to see.

OK, that’s enough random ramblings for today… The next post might actually have a theme to it.

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2018 TSR: Mistakes May Have Been Made…

Quick comment for anyone who’s new to The Shlabotnik Report… we’re about to “open a pack” of virtual baseball cards, some of my own design, others are a tribute to past sets.

So… I’m beginning to wonder if I screwed up in my post this past Friday where I selected the 3 Braves and Yankees who would represent their teams in a fictional card set which mirrors the 1964 Topps “Giants” set.  For the Braves I chose Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies…

…To which Mike Foltynewicz says “Leave me out of your stupid set’s checklist, willya?”

In an effort to make me look foolish, Foltynewicz has not given up more than a single earned run in each of his last five starts, including Friday night’s two-hit shutout of the Nationals. In that game Folty retired 20 Nats in a row, and over his last five starts he has an 0.56 ERA, 37 K’s and 17 hits allowed over 32 innings.

Hey, speaking of the Braves… Do you know which golfer recently qualified for the U.S. Seniors Open?  Why none other than Braves HOFer John Smoltz!

Among the players who Smoltz beat out was Football HOFer John Elway.

What can I say about the Orioles this year? Before the season started, some thought they had a chance at a wild card spot. Instead they currently have the worst record in the major leagues and are getting ready to trade off players who are in their walk year.

None of this is the fault of Jace Peterson, who was claimed on waivers in April and has been starting a number of games at third base, even though he’s played the majority of his Major League games at second.

While he’s struggling at the plate, I understand he plays a respectable third base. I don’t know firsthand because I have to admit I’ve watched very little of the Orioles lately.

By contrast, the Tigers started tearing things down last season, but they’ve won 4 straight and 8 out of 10 to get up to 2nd place in the admittedly mediocre AL Central.

Maybe the Orioles need a “Rally Goose”…

I couldn’t decide who to make my “Met of the Week” so I went with the guy who had the best stats for the week: Outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

This past week Nimmo batted .390 with 3 doubles, 3 homers, 6 runs, 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  I almost went with Amed Rosario;  he’ll probably be the Mets card next week unless somebody convinces me otherwise.

Time for the 1988 Tribute of the week, where I create the 30th anniversary insert set that Topps didn’t. This week’s subject is the Indians’ Jose Ramirez:

For the week, Ramirez batted .367 with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 9 runs and 6 RBI.

To finish things off with another “insert”…  It’s been a while since I included an sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps – “You’ll love ’em because U-KNOW-M” – in a pack.  Can you guess what Ludwig Von Drake, the Burgermeister Meisterburger, “Poppin’ Fresh” (aka the Pillsbury Doughboy) and Boris Badenov have in common?

All four were originally voiced by Paul Frees, who did an amazing amount of voice work and narration over his lifetime. The other day I was discussing the Don Knotts movie “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” with friends – when I was a kid it was in heavy rotation on the local channel’s weekday afternoon movie – and somehow Crusty The Crab from that movie evolved into a discussion of the man who gave voice to Crusty… Paul Frees. Among other roles of his were Santa Claus from “Frosty The Snowman”, John Lennon and George Harrison from the early 1960’s Beatles cartoon, Morocco Mole (sidekick to Secret Squirrel), Inspector Fenwick (“Dudley Do-Right”), Fred (“Super Chicken”), Ape (the original “George Of The Jungle”), Ben Grimm from the 1960’s Fantastic Four cartoon, the mega-computer Colossus from “Colossus: The Forbin Project” and the narrator of the classic ultra-low-budget 1970’s parody film “Hardware Wars”.

I understand that if you’re under a certain age (which I won’t guess at) you’re not going to know what I’m talking about, but trust me, it’s impressive.

Which 3 Yankees, Braves Would You Pick For A “1964 Topps Giants” Style Set?

This is the second part of a series, inspired by this SABR Baseball Card Committee post, in which I use the framework of the 1964 Topps Giant-Sized All-Stars set – commonly known as Topps Giants – to select three players to represent each Major League team, whether it means whittling down the list of candidates from the reigning World Champion Astros or finding three worthy candidates from the burn-it-to-the-ground-again Marlins.

As with the previous post, I’m working under the pretense of picking a checklist for a set which will be released in late summer, as the original set was. Ideally I’d be choosing players who will have garnered All-Star consideration, as well as players who we would be fairly confident would still be active, still considered stars and (as is becoming more important lately) not in the middle of a PED suspension when the theoretical set gets released.

I’m also picking these players more as they would be picked for a vintage set, one looking to draw in fans looking for their favorite players… not the 21st century strategy of appealing to the lottery mentality.

Last week I did the Astros and Dodgers; this week I’m going to work through the Braves and Yankees.  First, the Braves…

FREDDIE FREEMAN

Freeman has been a leader of the Braves in recent years and has consistently been among their top players for the past year or two.  He’s also among the team leaders in several statistical categories

ENDER INCIARTE

Inciarte was an All-Star last year, won a Gold Glove and lead the 2017 Braves in Runs and Triples. As of the time I’m writing this, he leads the league with 18 stolen bases.

I had some difficulty picking the third Brave, but I went with…

OZZIE ALBIES

Last year, Albies lead the team in several offensive categories while playing 2nd base.  This year he leads the team in runs and homers.

Strongly considered for a slot:
Nick Markakis – I was tempted to add the former Oriole to the checklist, and a case certainly can be made for him. He lead the team in a couple of offensive categories last year and he continues to be an offensive force this year.
Sean Newcomb – His stats for this season look good, but then I noticed that three of his five wins came against the Rays & Marlins. That took a bit of the wind out of the Newcomb sails.  (Update:  Yes, Newcomb beat the Nationals last night, but it was too late for this exercise)
Dansby Swanson – Former #1 overall draft pick who’s very good but not yet a star.
Other candidates: Ronald Acuna, Mike Foltynewicz, Kurt Suzuki, Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino

…AND NOW, MOVING ON TO THE YANKEES, STARTING (OF COURSE) WITH…

AARON JUDGE

Last year Judge was the Rookie Of The Year, an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger award and was Player of the Month in June and September. He’s become a central figure of the Yankees in a very short time and there’s no way you could leave him out of a set like this.

GIANCARLO STANTON

Last year’s National League MVP, Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Award winner is another Yankee who couldn’t be left out.

I’m still second-guessing the third choice, who is…

LUIS SEVERINO

Severino was an All-Star last year and his 2018 stats – 8-1 record, 2.31 ERA plus a shutout – made me think he was deserving of the third spot

Strongly considered for a slot:
Gary Sanchez – Just barely beaten out by Severino. Sanchez was a 2017 All-Star and Silver Slugger.
Dellin Betances – Also an All-Star last year
Didi Gregorius – Didi was the April Player of the Month and certainly deserves being in the discussion.

Other candidates: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Masahiro Tanaka

So what do you think? Did I screw up by not going with Gary Sanchez? Would you have gone with Nick Markakis or Ronald Acuna?  Make your arguments in the comments!

Four 1970’s Burger King Cards With Their Topps Counterparts

There was a bit of a conversation on Twitter regarding 1978 Burger King cards which act as a sort of ersatz “Update” for 1978 Topps, and that inspired me to get off my butt and share a couple of these cards, plus two more from 1979.

John Lowenstein came up with the Indians and spent the first 8 years of his career in Cleveland, which is what is reflected on his 1978 Topps card…

…Before being shipped off to Texas in a trade involving David Clyde and Willie Horton.  Lowenstein’s 1978 Burger King card (issued as part of a Rangers team set) reflects that.

Lowenstein would spend one year in Texas before being selected on waivers by the Orioles.  “Brother Low” would become a fan favorite and World Champion in Baltimore.

The Yankees signed Rich “Goose” Gossage as a free agent in November, 1977.. That was early enough for Topps to get their artists to do a head-to-toe job on Gossage’s Pirates uniform – aside from the fact that Gossage pitched for the Bucs in 1977, you can kinda tell from the pillbox-y shape of his Yankees cap.

Something which just occurred to me;  does the fact that his sleeves were airbrushed mean that the original photo features a gold undershirt?  You’d think that if the sleeves were black they’d just leave them as it is.

Anyway…

For the Burger King Yankees set, the airbrushed action photo is replaced by a real portrait.

Gossage would lead the league with 27 saves in 1978.

Moving forward a year, we have Doug Bird wearing a Royals uniform in the 1979 Topps set…

…But he was sold to the Phillies on April 3rd, 1979 and the 1979 Burger King Phillies set has him in an airbrushed Phillies cap.  It’s interesting that the BK sets were “put to bed” late enough to reflect an end-of-spring-training deal.

It’s a pretty decent airbrush job, as well… although the pinstripes are missing from the “home” uniform.

Finally, 1979 Topps team cards featured the managers in little round thumbnail portraits.

For the Burger King Phillies set, the team card was replaced by a card of manager Danny Ozark.

Interestingly enough, there was also a 1979 Burger King Yankees set, but that set did not include a solo card for manager Bob Lemon.  Instead, there was a team card which had the same front as the Topps team checklist card, but the back featured a list of Yankees team records instead of a checklist.

Pack Animal: 2018 Topps Major League Soccer

2018 Topps Major League Soccer packs hit stores last week, and since I was interested in the 1988 Topps Baseball throwback inserts, I bought two packs.  Since the two wrappers feature different players, I’m showing them both here.

To use the terminology of last year’s Allen & Ginter insert, these wrappers feature Soccer Dude, Soccer Dude, Soccer Dude and Soccer Dude.  While I enjoy watching soccer, I don’t follow any particular league and I only know a small handful of MLS players.  I’m not sure how many I can recognize without significant help.

Each pack is $1.99 each, which doesn’t seem too bad until you find there’s only 6 cards in each pack.  Kinda pricey for a league which is still working to establish its fan base, you’d think that the licensing fees for a non-top-four league would allow for a lower price point.  Of course, I’m probably missing some other major factor(s) involved.  Maybe the target audience will forgive a high price point because they’re happy just to have cards.  Maybe it’s the inserts;  I wouldn’t know because I didn’t get a damn one of ’em.

I tried to research the guy on this first card and was puzzled that I did not get any hits on “ANIBAL GOODY”… and then I realized that his last name is “GODOY”, but it’s hard to tell from the font Topps used.  My English-speaking brain interpreted it as ‘Goody’.

Anibal Godoy is a Panamanian Midfielder, but what I really want to focus on is the card design.  It’s similar to recent baseball sets in that it uses a dust/fog effect at the corners, but to illustrate my main complaint…  Quick! Which team does Godoy play for?  If you’re not familiar with MLS and don’t know the team logos, it’s hard to tell.

Here’s the back of Godoy’s card… he plays for the San Jose Earthquakes.

I guess I’m feeling a bit ornery because I’m going to complain about the card number.  They have this big ol’ box on the back to mirror the front, and they stick this relatively tiny card number in there.  Aside from legibility issues, the number looks ridiculously small in the space allotted.

Diego Rossi plays for Los Angeles FC, an expansion team which caught my attention because I really like their Art Deco logo.  Because it’s an expansion team, the entire uniform is photoshopped, which is fairly impressive because it seems to be a decent job.

I’m told that Diego Rossi is a promising young Uruguayan forward.

Here’s a team card for the Montreal Impact.  As with the baseball team cards, these team cards seem like checklist filler to me.

I’m going to wrap up with another player from LAFC; note anything off about this card? (BTW, Walker Zimmerman is a former first round draft pick who was acquired from FC Dallas.)

Yup, they forgot the logo and just have a black box.  Whoops.

Despite the snarky tone of this post, I *did* want to like these cards…  The snark comes largely from my disappointment.  The packs seem expensive for what I got (especially when I didn’t pull any inserts at all) and the design is kind of busy and unappealing.  I could see a fun, affordable set being a gateway to MLS for me, but this is not that set.

2018 TSR: Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

“And I’m on my way… I don’t know where I’m goin’, I’m on my way.  Takin’ my time, but I don’t know where…”

I never expected to do a series of cards featuring Jose Bautista, but when the Mets picked him up to fill in for some injured players I wanted to capture this moment in Mets history so that down the road I can say “Oh, I almost forgot that Joey Bats played for the Mets”.

Here’s some trivia for you… this is actually the *second* time that Bautista has been on the Mets roster, but the first time was for just a few minutes between trades, and by the time Bautista found out he’d been a Met he no longer was. Here’s the way it played out… in late 2003, the Orioles selected Bautista from the Pirates in the Rule V draft. He made it to early June before the Orioles gave up on him and the Devil Rays picked him up on waivers. A few weeks after that, the Royals purchased him from Tampa Bay. In late July the Royals traded him to the Mets, who flipped him to the Pirates in a trade that also involved Kris Benson and Ty Wigginton. It wasn’t until 2010 that Bautista broke out with the Blue Jays and the rest is history.

A couple of years ago, a young minor league pitcher named Aaron Nola impressed me in a game I went to, and now that he’s in the majors he’s a player I collect, if somewhat passively.

Last night he took a no-hitter into the 7th by retiring 18 straight batters.  He didn’t get the no-no, but he pitched the Phillies to a win over the Blue Jays, and now the Phillies have sole possession of first place, so that’s kind of a mixed bag for this Mets fan.

Dylan Bundy also pitched an impressive game recently, pitching a complete game two-hitter against the White Sox.

The fact that Bundy and teammates Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner (plus two other  pitchers) are all tied for the American League “lead” with 6 losses goes a long way towards giving you an idea of how big of a performance this was for the Orioles.  It’s been a long season at Camden Yards, and it doesn’t show many signs of improving.

Just when I say “This is the last guy I’m featuring who pitched in Japan last year”, I find another. Chris Martin came up through the Red Sox system, pitched one season for the Rockies and their AAA affiliate (and got on a 2014 Topps Update card), another for the Yankees and their AAA affiliate and then went to Japan to pitch for the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Over two seasons with the Fighters Martin made 92 appearances and rocked a 1.12 ERA and a 0.668 WHIP. The Rangers gave him a chance this year, and although a 4.00 ERA is nothing to write home about, some of his other numbers look pretty good to me.

The Brewers have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games, earning Craig Counsell the “Manager Card of the Week”.

As I write this the Brewers are in first place, 4 games up on the Cardinals and Pirates and 4.5 on the Cubs.


This week’s 1988 tribute is for Mike Trout, who many say is the best player in baseball.

One can also make the argument that Trout is the best player in the just-concluded week.  From Sunday to Saturday he went 8 for 17 with 3 doubles, 3 homers, 9 runs, 6 RBI and 10 walks.  He got on base for 2/3rd of his plate appearances!


A few weeks ago, something I saw in my internet wanderings told me that the WNBA’s Chicago Sky drafted Diamond DeShields with their first round pick, 3rd overall.

“Diamond DeShields?”, said I… “Gotta be related. GOTTA BE.

Sure enough, she’s the daughter of Delino L. DeShields (who played for five MLB teams from 1990 to 2002) and the sister of Delino D. DeShields (in his 4th year with the Texas Rangers).  Interestingly enough, all three of them were drafted in the first round; Delino the elder by the Expos in 1988 and Delino the younger by the Astros in 2010.


The subject line for this post was meant as a placeholder – the song was playing on the radio when I was looking for a subject line – but then I remembered that the video for Paul Simon’s “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” has cameos by Mickey Mantle and John Madden towards the end, so hey… gotta love that.  Oh, and the slam-dunking “nerd” is Spud Webb.

The video was made for a 1988 greatest hits compilation, 16 years after the song was originally released… in case you were wondering why a video for an early 1970’s song has Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts.

A Shoebox Legend PWE Of Baseball And “Dead Parrots”

So I’ve had a long week… Nobody cares about the details, but it’s just been a drawn-out, tiring week on a number of fronts.

What does matter within the scope of this blog is that when I came home at the end of the longest day of the week, I found a PWE in my mailbox from Shoebox Legends. Finding a PWE in your mailbox is always a good thing.

Aside from the usual fun mix of baseball and hockey, the PWE also contained the first new additions to my new Dead Parrot Frankenset, which I’ll leave for the end of this post.

First off was a 2018 Heritage card of Noah Syndergaard… I don’t know where the Mets would be in 2018 without Thor and Jacob deGrom… well, other than looking up even further at the Braves, Phils and Nats.

But that’s still better than can be said of the Orioles, who are reportedly listening to offers for Manny Machado… Like I always say, we stink with you, we can stink without you.

…But it makes one long for the days of the Ripkens. Here’s a new addition to my semi-passive Cal Ripken collection which stands at… um… somewhere in the hundreds. Don’t really know.

This is from the 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics set, one I’m not sure I’m familiar with.

I, for one, miss having cards with photos like this one of Bill Ripken with a big freakin’ telephoto lens.

For all the talk of 1989 Upper Deck being a “classic” set, I really prefer 1992 and 1993 UD… especially 1993.

I didn’t become an O’s fan until the mid-to-late 1990’s, so Earl Weaver was before my time in an Orioles sense, but I’ve been a baseball fan long enough to be familiar with him as a manager. This is from last year’s Archives set, BTW.

I’m mildly intrigued by the funky-looking stands behind Earl. I wonder if that’s a Spring Training ballpark… does anybody recognize that?

Update: CommishBob informs me that this is the long-time spring home of the Orioles, Miami Stadium. Thanks, Bob!

I miss Melvin Mora and his walk-up music (Celia Cruz’ “La Vida Es Un Carnaval”) and his quintuplets.

“Derek Jeter says…” I’ll tell you what Derek Jeter says, he says “How the hell did Alex Rodriguez come to have a more positive image than I do?”

That does it for the baseball, but there’s a couple of hockey cards to feature before we get to the Dead Parrots…

Joe Juneau was on the only prior Capitals team to make the Stanley Cup finals in 1998… it’s a pity that they had those awful blue black and bronze uniforms at the time… and it’s unfortunate that Juneau’s face is covered by the text on the protective coating.  Is it safe to remove that film 20 years later, or will it pull the rest of the card with it?

I find it interesting that the Capitals make it to the finals 20 years after the first time.  For the record, 20 years before they were swept by the Red Wings in the 1998 finals, the Capitals were at home after a 17-49-14 season.  They really sucked back then.

There was also a card for my casual chase of the 1978-79 Topps Hockey Set… Doug Jarvis is shown with Les Habitants, but he’ll always be a Capital in my heart.

The PWE also included several cards which are my first new additions to my Dead Parrot project;  For those who missed the earlier posts, this is a FrankenSet numbered from 1 to 396 of cards featuring hockey teams which are no more, which have ceased to be.

First up in slot #27 is a 1972-73 Topps Keith McCreary card which takes over an empty slot.

McCreary is shown in an airbrushed Penguins uniform, but the card identifies him with the Atlanta Flames.  He was taken from the Penguins in the expansion draft and would become the Flames’ first captain.  Interestingly enough, the Penguins had drafted McCreary from the Canadiens in the 1967 expansion draft.

And, in a quirk of card numbering, slot #25 in my Frankenset is already taken by a very-well-loved 1972-73 O-Pee-Chee card of McCreary in his Flames uni.

With McCreary taking the bottom two corners on the third page, I’m tempted to keep them in place… well, I’m thinking I’ll have to upgrade that OPC card.

Next up for card #55 is this awesome 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA card of New England Whaler Tom Webster

Webster is possibly best known these days for coaching the LA Kings for a couple of seasons, although he did also coach the Rangers briefly.

I have, on occasion, thought about completing the 1977-78 OPC WHA set because it’s small (66 cards) and largely affordable, but at this point I’m thinking I might just chase down most of the cards for this project… except, perhaps, for the Edmonton Oilers, the one WHA team which is *not* a ‘Dead Parrot’.

Webster did not go into the binder unopposed;  the slot was previously occupied by this 1981-82 Topps North Stars leaders card featuring Minnesota scoring leader Bobby Smith.

The combined might of the various North Stars leaders were not enough to keep them from being evicted from slot #55.

This next card becomes the shiniest Dead Parrot in my binder as the Nordiques’ Rene Corbet takes over an empty slot #97

This is from 1994/95 Topps Finest, and 1994/95 was the last season for the Nords before they moved to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche. Aside from the Nordiques and Avalanche, Corbet would also play for the Penguins and Calgary Flames.

Last up is #112, which features new addition Gordie Roberts from the 1980/81 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set. Unlike it’s Topps counterpart, OPC did not feature the asinine “scratch off” gimmick, so this card is unblemished by black scratch-off crap.

Gordie Roberts was born and raised in the Detroit area, so it’s not a surprise that he was named after Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. Roberts even got to play with Howe and his sons while all four of them were with the Whalers.

Gordie Roberts played a long time with the WHA Whalers and a number of NHL teams (including, obviously the NHL Hartford Whalers) and is in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. His brother Doug also played in the NHL for a number of years and also played with his brother on the New England Whalers… but unfortunately he was no longer on the team when the Howes came to New England. What a story that would’ve been, two families, five players on the same team!

So that wraps up this PWE… Thanks again to Shoebox Legends for the tremendous and well-timed PWE!

Oh, and before I leave I’m going to figure out where I stand on this Dead Parrot project — unofficial numbers because I rushed through counting cards as I was finishing this post. I’ve got 186 cards for 396 slots, which means I’m 46.9% of the way towards a full binder. Not too shabby considering I haven’t had a chance to actively seek out cards for this.