So here’s the deal… I picked up this 1990/91 Topps Hockey Factory set for three bucks last year…
…and ever since I’ve been toying with the idea of making it the basis for a hockey Frankenset.
(I was also thinking of creating a standard image to use with any Frankenset posts when inspiration struck in the form of 1960 Leaf)
In addition to the 1990/91 Topps Hockey set, I’ve also got a complete set of 1982/83 O-Pee-Chee hockey which I bought back in 1983 because Topps did not make a hockey set that year. I would also like to work more of that set back into my “active collection” rather than having it sit neglected in a box.
Then there are the other cards in my collection waiting for me to fish or cut bait, plus every now and then I end up with hockey cards through multi-sport repacks and the like.
Everythng points towards me doing a Frankenset… But the thing is, I wanted any Frankenset to have some sort of theme. Just doing a straight-out hockey Frankenset didn’t quite grab me.
Last week I had an idea of how I could take one of the ways I accumulate hockey cards and adapt it into a Frankenset… and that was quickly followed by “If I do that, I could also do this…”
I don’t know if I want to do one or the other or both, but I know I want to do something… So I’m going to float these ideas and welcome your input.
FIRST IDEA: PHOTOBOMBIN’ CAPITALS
I was an enthusiastic Washington Capitals fan from the late 1970’s until the mid 1990’s… and was a half-hearted fan from then until the NHL locked out an entire season and became dead to me. DEAD TO ME!!!!
One of the fun parts of collecting the Capitals came from how Topps frequently used a photographer based in the Capital Center, with the end result being that Caps got on a lot of cards where they aren’t the featured player. The Wayne Cashman card above is an example – that’s NHL iron man Doug Jarvis behind him. Here’s another example featuring Steve Shutt and Photobombin’ Capital Rick Green:
I really like this idea, but I also wonder how far I could get in filling out this Frankenset. The Caps didn’t exist until 1974 and I don’t think they really started “photobombing” until the 1975-76 set. Topps and O-Pee-Chee also started branching out further with their photographers in the 1980’s, so we’re talking about a limited number of cards.
Another major issue with this Frankenset is that the 1990 set has no pictures taken in Washington, not even the cards for the Caps. Most of the pictures seem to have been taken in New Jersey, Boston, New York (MSG or Nassau Coliseum), Philadelphia and Chicago.
On the other hand, it’s not like it’s unheard of to find Photobombing Capitals cards from the 1990’s…
So I’m not sure whether I should do this as a Frankenset or just continue doing it as I’ve been doing it – as a dedicated section of a hockey binder.
…But thinking about ways that I collect hockey cards lead me to the second idea…
SECOND IDEA: THE “DEAD PARROT” SET (This Team Is No More! It has ceased to be!)
The name I gave this set comes from Monty Python’s famous “Dead Parrot Sketch” where John Cleese goes on a long rant describing, in a wide variety of ways, how a parrot he’d just bought turned out to be quite dead.
I already chase after cards featuring the three short-lived NHL teams from when I was a kid: The Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Scouts.
Cards from these three teams wouldn’t be anywhere near enough for a Frankenset, so I would expand the list of teams to include all of the gone-to-meet-its-maker NHL teams from the 1967 expansion to the mid-90’s: the Atlanta Flames, California Golden Seals, Hartford Whalers — If you listen closely, you can hear a cheer coming from Shoebox Legends — Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques and the original Winnipeg Jets.
One major advantage of this idea over the Photobomb idea is that this set could include cards from before the mid-1970’s, and could also include team cards, league leaders, postseason cards and the like.
I could even include cards like this one from the 1994 Cardz “Muppets Take The Ice” set.
I gave some thought towards including the many pushing-up-the-daisies WHA teams – again, a semi-collection of mine – but I think I’d like to keep the WHA cards separate… at least initially.
GENERAL THOUGHTS ABOUT EITHER FRANKENSET
I’m thinking of excluding the three sets I collected as a kid: 1977/78, 1978/79 and 1979/80 because I’m working towards completing those (except for the way-out-of-my range Gretzky rookie from ’79/’80). I know I could get a second copy for the FrankenSet, but I’m not sure what I want to do with those.
As far as the size of the FrankenSets(s)… I would consider going up to 396, but 198 or 264 might be more realistic when you take the size of many hockey sets into account. 198 has an advantage over 264 in that it would fit into 9-pocket sheets without empty pockets… of course, I could also use a non-standard number like 270, 288 or 297.
As I said, I’m open to suggestions on any of this. I could do either of these, I could do both. I would also be open to other ideas for a theme.
I’d also like to hear from anyone who’s done a Frankenset based on card number… I’ve got a number of franksets going which are organized by player & team, but I’ve never done a “proper Frankenset” based on card number.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Potential Pitfalls? Encouragement? Let me know in the comments!