Dead Parrot Frankenset: Shoebox Edition, Part 5

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.

Almost all of the following candidates for the Dead Parrot binder were sent to me by renowned blogger and all-around good guy Shane of the Shoebox Legends blog. Shane sent a bunch of cards, and I’m slowly going through these.

Today we’re starting with a challenger for slot #97;  representing 1991-92 Score Canadian and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Todd Krygier!

Currently in slot #97, representing 1994/95 Topps Finest and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Rene Corbet!

The Krygier card is nothing special, but I’ve never been happy with that Finest Corbet (which, I have to admit, also came from Shoebox Shane).  To be honest, the Finest card sticks out like a sore thumb among all of the 1960’s and 1970’s cardboard, so I’m going with the Score Canadian card.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


Next up is card #260 from 1990-91 Bowman Hockey (the design will look familiar to Baseball collectors) and shows Brad Shaw of the Hartford Whalers.

It goes up against… Hey, it’s Todd Krygier again!  This time, the card is from 1990-91 Topps Hockey, which is very well represented in my binder because I bought a factory set for $3 at the beginning of this project.

The Challenger is a nicer card from a less-represented set so I don’t hesitate to declare that

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!

The card also goes into the completed 29th page of this project (cards 253 – 261), so I’ll share a photo of that page. I think it’s a nice-looking page, especially that 1979-80 Topps checklist for the four incoming WHA teams!

Again, I apologize for my poor photography skills, that’s something I need to work on for future posts.


Our third card is challenging for slot #232 and represents 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier and the Quebec Nordiques… It’s Gino Cavallini!  This is the first candidate from this set to come into my possession.

Currently in slot #232, representing 1990-91 Topps and the Hartford Whalers… Kay Whitmore!

Both cards are pretty decent, but Kay Whitmore has to fend off a defender from a new set which shows the team logo better.  Without getting too crazy, I welcome any replacements for 1990-91 Topps cards and so…

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!!!


Here’s a new card going into an empty slot… Representing the Hartford Whalers and 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Hockey (which thankfully does  not have the scratch-off nonsense of it’s Topps equivalent), it’s Mark Howe!

After adding Mark, Page 18 (cards 154 – 162) is just one card away from completion


Currently my Dead Parrot project goes up to card #396, but if/when the day comes that I expand that, I will be ready for #469 to be filled by this 1991-92 Pro Set card of Greg Paslawski!


Another new card… and I’m admittedly trying to wrap up my “Shoebox Legends” cards so I can move on to the next phase of this project (more on that at the end of the post)…

Representing 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee Premier and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Eric Weinrich!

Another nice-looking Whaler, and the 7th card in Page 7.


Challenging for slot #355, representing 1991-92 Score Canadian and the Hartford Whalers, it’s “Top Prospect” Chris Govedaris!

I was still actively following hockey in the early 1990’s and I didn’t remember Govedaris’ name, so I took a minute to look him up. He was indeed a prospect, having been drafted 11th overall in the 1988 draft… However he played just 33 games over four seasons.

Govedaris goes up against – UH-OH! – a high #’ed card from 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee. Representing the California Golden Seals, it’s Stan Weir!

Sorry, Chris Govedaris, you didn’t stand a chance in this one. 1990’s cards generally have an uphill battle against 1970’s Seals.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


One last battle to wrap up the Shoebox Legends cards… Challenging for slot #61 and representing 1992-93 Pro Set and the Hartford Whalers (and kinda sorta the New Jersey Devils, thanks to the “TRADED TO” line at the bottom)… it’s Bobby Holik!

Currently in slot #61, representing 1971-72 Topps and the California Golden Seals… it’s Ernie Hicke!

Like I said in the previous battle, it’s not in the cards (Eh? Eh?) for a 1990’s Whaler to beat a 1970’s Seal.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


As much as I’ve appreciated all the cards Shane has sent me to date, I’m excited to move on to the next phase… At a card show this past January I picked up over 70 “challengers” which range from 1972-73 Topps to 1980-81 Topps. There are some fun cards in this batch, so just like when Colin “Bomber” Harris faced himself in the wrestling ring (and I’m confident Shane will get this Monty Python reference), there should be fireworks a-plenty!!!

…and OF COURSE, I manage to find the a version of this sketch where the line is NOT “This is the first time that Colin ‘Bomber’ Harris has met himself so there should be fireworks a-plenty!”. Still, Graham Chapman’s physical humor is damned impressive.

Dead Parrot Frankenset: Shoebox Edition, Part 4

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.

Almost all of the following candidates for the Dead Parrot binder were sent to me by renowned blogger and all-around good guy Shane of the Shoebox Legends blog. Shane sent a bunch of cards, and I’m slowly going through these.

I’m going to start with a challenger for slot #80;  representing 1991-92 Pro Set and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Rob Brown (and an apology for the crooked scan, but I’m still too disorganized to be going back and rescanning these).

Currently in slot #80, representing 1981-82 Topps “West” (more on this in a bit) and the original Colorado Rockies, it’s Paul Gagne!

First off, let me explain the “West” part.  For this one season, Topps tried having different sets within the U.S.;  Cards # 1 – 66 were a national set, but cards # 67 – 132 came as either “East” or “West” cards… In the “East” packs, card #80 showed John Van Boxmeer of the Sabres.

So chosing between these two was difficult.  The Pro Set card is a nice action shot and nicely shows the Whalers logo, but I had actively collected 1981-82 Topps Hockey and the Rockies are one of the core teams of this Dead Parrot project.  On the other hand, this Paul Gagne card could easily move into into my “Photobombing Capitals” collection, leaving the slot open for the Rob Brown card.

I ultimately went with the Gagne, but I’m still not certain that it was the right decision.  You may feel free to plead on behalf of the loser in this case, but for now…

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Next up is card #85 from 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey, which shows Patrick Poulin of the Hartford Whalers.  This card automatically goes in the binder because that pocket is empty…

…and it also happens to be the final card needed to complete the 10th page of my binder!

Here’s that page, which has five Whalers, two North Stars cards, and cards representing the Rockies and Seals.  I’ll also mention that the card on the middle right is actually back-facing-forward, but that’s because I thought the back is better than the front.  That card, #87, is a prime candidate to be displaced.

I need to work on my photography skills, I’m not super happy with the way this one worked out… but you get the idea.


Our third card is challenging for slot #136 and represents 1981-82 O-Pee-Chee and the Hartford Whalers… It’s Mike Fidler!

Currently in slot #136, representing 1979-80 Topps and the Minnesota North Stars… it’s Gilles Meloche!

I love this card of Gilles Meloche and Dennis Maruk chatting on the ice; the two of them had been teammates with the California Golden Seals / Cleveland Barons, and after that team was merged with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978, Maruk got shipped off to Washington.

But here’s the thing about this card:  while it works well in the Dead Parrot project, it really should be one of the main cards in my other hockey project, the “Photobombing Capitals” project.. In this project I’m accumulating as many hockey cards as I can which feature players from another team, but have a “cameo appearance” by a Washington Capital… and this happened a lot in the 1970’s because one of the primary Topps photographers was based in the D.C. area.

So the upshot of this is that this challenger wouldn’t otherwise be up to the job of unseating this card, in this case I’ve been looking for an excuse to move the Meloche to the other project… and so…

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!!!


I’m going to wrap up with a battle of two challengers from different sources, both going for the same empty #194 slot.

Challenger #1, coming from Shoebox Legends, representing 1992-93 Score Canadian Hockey and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Mark Hunter!  This is the first card from 1992-93 Score that I’ve owned, and I have to admit it’s a pretty nice-looking card.  I also learned that there are two Score sets (Regular and Canadian) for this year with the same checklist but different designs and different photos.  That’s a Bowman level of confusion, if you ask me.

Challenger #2 is a card which could bring the Dead Parrot project into some new territory… coming from a nickel box at a local card show, representing 1991-92 ProSet hockey and… The Pittsburgh Penguins (whut?), it’s… Mario Lemiuex?!?

Oh, but it’s not really about Lemiuex or the Penguins, it’s all about that photobombing North Star (Mark Tinordi?) on the card. This one caught my eye while thumbing through that nickel box, and I couldn’t resist it.

A couple of months later I still can’t resist the Lemieux card and chose it for this slot.

CHALLENGER #2 IS VICTORIOUS!


I’ve got a lot of things going on right now, including trying to organize and streamline my collection, so I’m thinking that I’m going to make future Dead Parrot posts shorter so that I can feature them more frequently… And this is probably going to be the same for other ongoing series I have, with the likely exception of “The 1970’s: A-Z”, which I’m trying to keep to five cards/players a week so I can get through it in two years.

Dead Parrot Frankenset: Shoebox Edition, Part 3

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.

All of the following candidates for the Dead Parrot binder were sent to me by renowned blogger and all-around good guy Shane of the Shoebox Legends blog. Shane sent a bunch of cards, and I’m slowly going through these.

We’ll start off with a card to fill the empty pocket #4; representing the Hartford Whalers and 1991-92 Bowman Hockey, it’s Terry Yake!

One would think that filling up the first sheet in this FrankenSet project would be easy, but in older sets the first few cards often highlighted league leaders, playoff games or the reigning Stanley Cup champions (and needless to say, teams like the Canadiens and Bruins aren’t “Dead Parrots’).  Slots #2 and 9 remain empty in the sheet at the moment, but I’ve got a significant backlog of candidates so I may already have these cards in my “inbox”.


The first competition features a challenger for slot #73… Representing the Atlanta Thrashers and 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, it’s Bryan Little!

I didn’t know anything about Bryan Little, so I looked him up and found that he’s a rarity in this project because he’s an active player. He moved with the Thrashers to Winnipeg and is still with the Jets.

Currently in slot #73, representing the Kansas City Scouts *and* the Atlanta Flames (he’s wearing a Flames jersey after being taken from Atlanta in the expansion draft), as well as 1974-75 Topps Hockey, it’s Butch Deadmarsh!

I’ve got to say, this is a tough one for me. Yes, the Deadmarsh is vintage and represents two Dead Parrot teams… but it’s not the most exciting card and the only team logo is the little Scouts logo. Meanwhile, I have just a couple of Thrashers represented, so I think I have to go with Little.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


Here’s another card filling an empty pocket, this time it’s #66 and we’ve got Jacques Cloutier representing the Quebec Nordiques and 1992-93 Topps Hockey

I don’t have a lot of good on-ice goalie shots in this binder, and there’s absolutely no question about which team Cloutier is representing here, so this card is a welcome addition that should have some staying power.


We’re going to wrap up with a very unusual three-way battle. I’ve got two challengers for slot #74 and the challengers are the same player, the same team, the same YEAR, but two different sets. At first I thought that maybe both sets were similarly sized and both numbered by team (Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, etc.) but only the first challenger comes from a set which is numbered by team… meaning that this is pretty much just freaky-deaky coincidence.

The first challenger for slot #74, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1995-96 Skybox Emotion Hockey… it’s Andrew Cassels!

This is a nice card of Cassels, but not a great card for showing which team he’s on. I could use the back of the card, which has two more photos of Cassels, but I like the front much better.

The second challenger for slot #74, representing the Whalers and 1995-96 Topps Finest Hockey… it’s Andrew Cassels again!

Currently in slot #74, representing – you guessed it – the Hartford Whalers and 1985-86 Topps Hockey… it’s Mark Fusco!

Mark Fusco’s NHL career was already over by the time this card came out. He represented the USA in the 1984 Olympics, and played his college hockey at Harvard… I’m always a bit impressed by an athlete who went to an Ivy League school.

If you were to collect Fusco, there’s this card, the O-Pee-Chee equivalent and a team-issued Wendy’s/Junior Whalers card… and that is it.

1985-86 Topps is not the greatest hockey set around, but it’s also one that I like more than I should because it was the last honest attempt I made at collecting a hockey set through packs.

The challengers are decent cards, but not quite good enough to knock out the reigning champion, and so…

THE CHALLENGERS ARE DEFEATED!


This is normally where I’d run down how far I am in this project and how many cards of each team is represented… but I added some cards in between Dead Parrot posts (mainly from a wax box of ProSet) and I got pretty well disorganized.  The end result is that I’ve lost track of where I stand and I’m not going to bother figuring it out again until I have more hobby time than I do now.  Using my best guesstimating skills, this project is somewhere in the range of 70-75% complete… but you can ask any Project Manager I’ve worked with on how good my guesstimates are, and… well… Hey, look at the time!  I’ve got somewhere very important I need to be!

There’s no guesses about how much I appreciate these cards… Thank you, once again, to Shane from Shoebox Legends!

Dead Parrot Frankenset: Shoebox Edition, Part 2

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.

All of the following candidates for the Dead Parrot binder were sent to me by renowned blogger and all-around good guy Shane of the Shoebox Legends blog. Shane sent a bunch of cards, and I’m slowly going through these.

Because of a general bout of disorganization on my part, I’m going to make this post a fairly basic one. You probably won’t even notice, and I should take that to heart.

We’ll start off with a card to fill the empty pocket #102; representing the Winnipeg Jets and 1994/95 Topps Finest, it’s Alex Zhamnov! It’s unfortunate that the text on the protective coating goes right over Alex Zhamnov’s face, but I’m not sure that the layer can be safely removed after 25 years.  Has anybody tried that?


Here’s another new card for empty pocket #3:  1991-92 Bowman Kay Whitmore.  I wasn’t paying much attention to hockey cards in the 1990’s, so I’m occasionally surprised to find familiar designs like this Bowman done up for hockey.  From what I’ve seen, early 1990’s Bowman Hockey has somewhat more interesting photography than early 1990’s Bowman Baseball.

I didn’t remember Kay Whitmore so I looked up his Hockey Reference Page… He appeared in a handful of games in each of his first couple of seasons, was a regular in goal with the Whalers and Canucks from 1991 to 1994, got a single Vezina vote in 1992-93, and disappeared from the NHL for about 5 years before finishing his career with a handful of games for the Bruins and Flames.


The first competition features a challenger for slot #24… Representing the Hartford Whalers and 1995/96 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice, it’s Darren Turcotte!
Before I started this project, I didn’t realize there was Collector’s Choice Hockey, either.

Currently in slot #128, representing the WHA’s Cincinnati Stingers and 1977/78 O-Pee-Chee WHA,

As much as I’d like to include some Collector’s Choice in this project, my love for the Stingers’ logo (and the WHA in general) is too great to be dislodged by anything which doesn’t absolutely blow me away… THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Moving on to a competition for slot #149…  Representing 1995-96 Stadium Club and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Andrei Nikolishin! …Or if you want to go by Topps’ incorrect spelling, it’s Andrei “Nikolishen”!

Currently in slot #149, representing 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee and the Atlanta Flames… Curt Bennett!

Normally this matchup would be like the previous matchup… a 1990’s card, even one with an awesome team logo, wouldn’t stand much of a chance against a 1970’s card with an awesome team logo…  not to mention a 1970’s card that features actual *skating* rather than just standing around waiting for the stoppage of play to end.

…But this is an unusual situation.

If you looked at the one page in my Dead Parrot project, you’d say “Joe, you screwed up, there are two identical Curt Bennett cards in here!”, and that’s when I’d invite you to look at the backs of those two cards.

Y’see, one is a Topps card with card number 152 and the one in this particular competition is an O-Pee-Chee card with card number 149.  This project can get tricky at times.

As a result, I will proclaim that THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!

In the future, however, when I come across a challenger for #152, it won’t really be competing against Curt Bennett for that slot, it will be competing against Mr. “Nikolishen” in slot 149, because I have the option to put the new card in slot #152 and then restore the OPC #149 Bennett to *this* slot.

Isn’t this fun?

Moving on…


Challenging for slot #12, representing the Atlanta Thrashers and 2007/08 Upper Deck MVP, it’s Eric Perrin!

Currently in slot #12, representing the Minnesota North Stars and 1990/91 Topps, it’s Ulf Dahlen!

Even though the Perrin card isn’t wonderful, this is a fairly easy decision. I’ve only got a couple of Thrashers cards in my binder, and I’ve got way too many 1990/91 Topps in there… plus this isn’t a great shot, logo-wise, of Ulf Dahlen… but it does nicely highlight the stars running down his breezers.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


The final challenger for today is going for slot #204… Representing the Hartford Whalers and 1992-93 Upper Deck… Pat Verbeek!

Look down on the left just by Verbeek’s glove; the photographer caught Verbeek about to stop a flying puck with his glove.

Currently in slot #204, representing 1992-93 Topps Stickers and the Winnipeg Jets… Dale Hawerchuk!

These stickers are smaller than standard and have paper backing, so I’m generally happy to get some actual cards replacing them in the binder… plus the Verbeek photo is way better than Hawerchuk’s.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


OK, it’s time to tally up the numbers…

We had a net gain of 3 Whalers and 1 Thrasher, we lost an Atlanta Flame and a Minnesota North Star, and with a gain and a loss for the Winnipeg Jets it ends up being a wash for that team.  We also added 2 cards to the binder.

As of this post, I’ve got 276 cards out of 396, which brings this up to 69.7% complete.

The teams break down as follows:
Minnesota North Stars – 49
Winnipeg Jets – 46
New England/Hartford Whalers – 42
Quebec Nordiques – 41
Atlanta Flames – 20
Oakland/California (Golden) Seals – 20
Colorado Rockies – 17
Cincinnati Stingers – 13
Kansas City Scouts – 12
Cleveland Barons – 2
Atlanta Thrashers – 2

Misc. WHA – 11
Misc. NHL – 2

Complete Pages: 6 out of 44

Before I go, I want to thank Shane from Shoebox Legends once again… I really appreciate these cards, and the opportunity to broaden my hockey card horizons!

This Dead Parrot Post Has Been Underwritten By Shoebox Legends

(Please read the title in your best Public Radio voice)

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 also have one “overflow” page of cards numbered higher than 396, should I ever want to increase the number of official pages.

All of the following candidates for the Dead Parrot binder were sent to me by renowned blogger and all-around good guy Shane of Shoebox Legends. Shane sent a bunch of cards, so I should get at least another post or two out of what he sent me before I start diving into the wax box of 1990/91 Pro Set Series One Hockey I bought in April.

The first competition features a challenger for slot #128… Representing the Quebec Nordiques and 1993/94 Upper Deck SP… Owen Nolan!

Currently in slot #128, representing the Minnesota North Stars and 1982/83 Topps Hockey Album Stickers… Doug Sulliman!

There wasn’t a Topps Hockey Card set for the 1982/83 season, but there were album stickers, so at the time I bought a lot of those. I didn’t stick them in an album, though, I just put them in binders.  They don’t really work well in binders, being mini and sticker-y, and I generally welcome any opportunities to remove them from this binder.

The Challenger, Owen Nolan, is victorious!


For the second competition, challenging for slot #180, representing the Quebec Nordiques and 1992/93 Fleer Ultra… Mats Sundin!

I didn’t buy a lot of hockey cards after the mid-1980’s or so, and I still find it something of a novelty to run across things like Ultra Hockey. It’s one thing to know that other sports went through the same thing baseball did, it’s another to have an example in your hand.

Currently in slot #180, representing 1990/91 Topps Hockey and the Winnipeg Jets… it’s… um… a team card featuring an unnamed goalie (I’m going to guess Daniel Berthiaume)!

I’m kind of torn on this one.  The Fleer Ultra card is obviously a nicer card in general, but I do like the action shot on the Topps card… but I prefer vertical cards and I’ve got more Jets than Nords…  I’m going with Sundin, but I’m willing to reconsider and open to any arguments anyone would like to make one way or the other.

The challenger, Mats Sundin, is victorious… for now…


Challenging for slot #221, representing the Hartford Whalers (Dead Parrot), the Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim (Still around under a somewhat different name) and 1993/94 Fleer Ultra… it’s Terry Yake!

This card is technically a Mighty Ducks card, but as you can see, Yake is shown in a Whalers uniform. He was taken from Hartford with the 31st pick in the 1993 expansion draft.

Slot #221 is currently empty, so Yake slips right in.


Challenging for slot #8 and representing – kind of – the Hartford Whalers, 1991 Ultimate Hockey and… “Smokey’s”????

It’s Patrick Poulin!

I was wondering what the deal was with this card… I’d guessed that it was a Draft Picks set that hadn’t been licensed by the NHL, but why is this “Hartford” player wearing what appears to be a knockoff Washington Capitals uniform?  The back of the card is even more head-scratching…  It’s a little hard to see, but the not-Capitals jersey has a low-budget logo featuring a hockey stick and the name “Smokey’s”.

“Smokey’s”?  What the heck is “Smokey’s”?  I looked at the 90-card set on COMC and EVERYBODY IN THE SET IS WEARING “SMOKEY’S” UNIFORMS.  What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?

I searched on “1991 Ultimate Hockey Smokey’s” and one of the top hits was a 10-year old post from – you guessed it – Shoebox Legends.  The post suggests that 1991 Ultimate may well be the worst hockey set ever made, and from what I’ve seen I won’t argue the point.  Apparently “Smokey’s” was the name of a sportscard shop in Las Vegas;  from what I’ve seen through additional online searches, this hockey set wasn’t the worst crime perpetrated by the owners of “Smokey’s”.

ANYWAY… There is not a card currently holding down slot #8, so this card goes into the binder… probably as a placeholder.  When it eventually gets displaced by pretty much anything which is #8, then this “Ultimate” card will find a different place of (dis)honor in my collection.

Moving on…


Challenging for slot #21, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1995/96 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Hockey… it’s Andrei Nikolishin!

This fine action shot goes into the binder unopposed, and will take some doing to dislodge from that pocket.  For a brand that was supposed to be a second-tier product, Collector’s Choice had some pretty nice cards.  I miss it more than any other Upper Deck product.


In the competition for slot #174, representing the Minnesota North Stars and 1974/75 Topps… it’s Danny Grant!

Currently occupying slot #174, representing the Minnesota North Stars and 1982/83 O-Pee-Chee… It’s Gordie Roberts!

The Danny Grant card is not a great card, but it has two things going for it. First off, obviously, it’s from the 1970’s, which is always a good thing in my book. The other thing is that it puts a dent into a run of 1982/83 O-Pee-Chee Minnesota North Stars. Left to their own devices, OPC will number their cards by team, and that makes for some overly samey-same Dead Parrot pages.

The challenger, Danny Grant, is victorious!


Next up is slot #49; the challenger, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1994/95 Upper Deck SP… it’s Darren Turcotte!

Turcotte goes in unopposed… and completes a page!

Gotta say, this page brings a smile to my face, as it’s exactly the kind of thing I’d had in mind when I started this. Marty Howe and Craig Patrick… the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1990’s… six different teams… NHL and WHA… What more could one ask for?

This is the 6th page I’ve completed and, by coincidence, is the 6th page in the binder (cards # 46 – 54).


Slot #19 is up next… The Challenger, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1987/88 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Leaders… Doug Jarvis!

I didn’t know there was a Hockey Leaders “mini” set like this; it was done only that one year and only by OPC – there was no Topps version. Gonna have to work up a wantlist for this set…

Currently occupying slot #19, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1985/86 Topps… Mike Zuke!

This was a bit of a decision for me. Objectively the 1985/86 Topps Hockey card isn’t the greatest, and we’d be substituting an “In Action” Whaler for a bored-looking Whaler…but 1985/86 was the last time I’d attempted to build a hockey set through packs, so it ranks a little higher in my heart of hearts than it really deserves to. When all is said and done, I have to go with the action shot, the better player and the card that is the only one I own from that particular set.

The challenger, Doug Gilmour, is victorious!


The final competition is for slot #94; please welcome the challenger, representing the Quebec Nordiques and 1994/95 Upper Deck SP Hockey.. Joe Sakic!

Currently occupying slot #49, representing the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA and 1976/77 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey… Ron Plumb!

I love the Cincinnati Stingers logo and uniforms, and I said up front that anyone challenging a Stinger for a place in this binder was going to fight an uphill battle… and there’s nothing about that Sakic that puts him over the top.

The Challenger is defeated!


OK, it’s time to tally up the numbers…

Changes made which were not shown in this post:
I discovered I had a potential Dead Parrot card filed away elsewhere, so I remedied that and in the process added one Minnesota North Star and added one card to the overall total.

Changes made this post:
We had a net change of +3 Whalers, +2 Nordiques and -1 Winnipeg Jets, and added 4 cards to the binder… and we added a complete page!

As of this post, I’ve got 274 cards out of 396, which brings things up a couple of points to 69.2% complete.

The teams break down as follows:
Minnesota North Stars – 50
Winnipeg Jets – 46
Quebec Nordiques – 41
New England/Hartford Whalers – 39
Atlanta Flames – 21
Oakland/California (Golden) Seals – 20
Colorado Rockies – 17
Cincinnati Stingers – 13
Kansas City Scouts – 12
Cleveland Barons – 2
Atlanta Thrashers – 1

Misc. WHA – 11
Misc. NHL – 2

Complete Pages: 6 out of 44


Before I go, I want to thank Shane from Shoebox Legends once again! I really appreciate these cards, and the opportunity to broaden my hockey card horizons!

Dead Parrot FrankenSet for April, 2019

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 Franketset 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.

At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I’d do at least one of these posts each month, and I’m scrambling to get this one done during April (while ignoring the fact that I’d missed February).

I recently went to a regional card show and hoped to pick up some cards for this project;  It turned out to be a mixed bag, as I was only able to pick up one “challenger” as well as a cheap wax box of 1990/91 Pro Set Hockey, which you’ll be seeing in future Dead Parrot posts.

…And here is that Challenger for Card #31:  Representing 1971-72 Topps Hockey and the California Golden Seals (while surreptitiously wearing a Minnesota North Stars sweater)…. Tommy Williams!

I really like the original Seals logo; it’s a shame that the team went from this abstract seal to a generic wordmark as their logo.

Currently in slot #31, representing 1977/78 O-Pee-Chee WHA and the Birmingham Bulls of the World Hockey Association… Paul Henderson! (Plus a photobombing New England Whaler)

1977/78 OPC WHA is a small set (66 cards) but is proving hard to beat in Dead Parrot competitions. This is no exception and no contest… An in-game shot beats a generic head shot. THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


I went on a bit of a Hockey Rockies shopping spree on COMC a while ago, and that’s provided me with a number of cards I’ve been meaning to feature here. The first battle features an unusual 21st century battle for a slot.

Introducing our challenger for card #188; representing the NHL’s Colorado Rockies and 2006/07 Parkhurst Hockey (which was issued by Upper Deck)… Wilf Paiement!

That is one nice-looking card there… and proof that the three primary colors could be combined into a fairly gaudy 1970’s uniform.

Currently holding slot #188, representing 2010/11 Pinnacle and the Atlanta Thrashers… Ondrej Pavelec!

This is one of two Thrashers cards I received from Shoebox Legends, and you’re about to see why I mention this.

As a child of the 1970’s I don’t hesitate in giving #188 to Wilf Paiement, but this situation is complicated… If I let the Rockies card into the binder, then I would have no cards left to represent the Thrashers.

I did, however, anticipate this somewhat. In a prior post I tentatively allowed this Philadelphia Flyer masquerading as a Kansas City Scout into the binder (This card is from 1974/75 Topps, and the Scouts and Capitals were brand new expansion teams):

But Nolet staying in the binder was contingent on Pavelec being the Thrashers representative in my binder. Because Pavelec is being removed, I’m also revoking Nolet’s spot in the binder. Card #187 is going to become the Thrashers representative in the form of Tobias Enstrom…

…and Card #188 goes to Paiement!

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


What would be a better way to follow up two 21st Century Dead Parrots than to feature some Rockie-on-Rockie action?

Challenging for Card #82, representing the Colorado Rockies (even though the card says “CANUCKS”) and 1981/82 O-Pee-Chee… Ron Delorme (who looks all kinds of thrilled here).

Also representing the Colorado Rockies as well as 1981/82 TOPPS… Lanny McDonald!

1981/82 was an interesting season for Hockey cards: Topps issued cards in East and West regions that year. Cards #1 through 66 were the same, but cards 67 through 132 were different in the East packs than they were in the West packs. This Lanny McDonald card is technically “82 West”, but for Dead Parrot purposes I’m considering Topps East, Topps West and O-Pee-Chee to be three different sets issued in the same season.

O-Pee-Chee was numbered by team… Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, etc. McDonald is #77 in the O-Pee-Chee set, which has him numbered with the Colorado Rockies, but after a November, 1981 trade to Calgary, the OPC card shows him as a member of the Flames (but, in true OPC style, with the same Rockies photo).

Oh, and I should point out that Delorme was numbered as a member of the Rockies, which is why he’s not numbered near the end of the set with the other Vancouver cards.

I love cards showing Lanny McDonald with the Rockies, so I’ve to go with that card:
THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!
…But Ron Delorme will still get a spot in my favorite hockey cards.


For the final battle of this post… Challenging for card #315, representing the Colorado Rockies and 1978/79 O-Pee-Chee… Ron Andruff!

There was no card in slot #315, so Andruff goes in to the binder!


For this post – and hopefully for future posts, if I can stay on top of it – I’m going to include a statistical breakdown of my progress, as well as how many of each team I have.

As of this post, I’ve got 269 cards out of 396, which is 67.9% complete.

The teams break down as follows:
Minnesota North Stars – 49
Winnipeg Jets – 47
Quebec Nordiques – 38
New England/Hartford Whalers – 36
Atlanta Flames – 21
Oakland/California (Golden) Seals – 20
Colorado Rockies – 17
Cincinnati Stingers – 13
Kansas City Scouts – 12
Cleveland Barons – 2
Atlanta Thrashers – 1

Misc. WHA – 11
Misc. NHL – 2

Complete Pages: 5 out of 44

Dead Parrot FrankenSet: The Regrettable Repack Incident

I’ve got this 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).

Because I live in “The Land That Hockey Forgot”, I rarely have the opportunity to add to this project without relying on my trading buddies, buying through COMC or by going to regional card shows that involve a 4-5 hour round trip.

A couple of months ago I was in our local Target and I saw something I hadn’t seen in a couple of years:  A hockey repack.  It was one of those 10 packs for $12 repacks.  The top two packs were fairly recent Upper Deck packs – which, I should point out, are useless for this project because recent packs don’t have “Dead Parrot” teams.

My reasoning went this way:  Repacks often have 1980’s and 1990’s crap packs in them, and this is a rare situation where I *wanted* 1980’s and 1990’s crap packs.  I decided if nothing else, I would like to send a message to my friendly neighborhood Fairfield distributor that there is something of a market for Hockey cards in Shlabotsylvania.

So I bought it… and I’ll cut to the chase, I did regret it.  Six of the 10 packs were from the past five or so years, but I did get a few candidates for the Dead Parrot binder, so I’ll run through those here and get them out of the way.  All of the challengers came from 1990-91 Score Hockey and 1990-91 Pro Set Series 2 Hockey.

The challenger for card #46, representing 1990-91 Score and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Peter Sidorkiewicz!

It’s from the Overproduction Era, but it’s a decent enough card.

However…

Currently in slot #46, representing 1979-80 Topps and the Hartford Whalers, it’s Marty Howe!

Well, we’re off to a bad start for the repack.  There’s no way a 1990’s hockey card unseats one of the Howes wearing a WHA Whalers uniform and from one of my favorite all-time hockey sets.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Next up, the challenger for slot #54, representing 1990-91 Score and the Quebec Nordiques, it’s Brian Fogarty!

Slot #54 was empty, so this card goes straight into the binder.


The challenger for slot #120, representing 1990-91 Score and the Minnesota North Stars… it’s Mike Modano!

Slot #120 was empty, so this card also goes straight into the binder.


…And this is where I started to run into problems…

My Dead Parrot binder has 44 nine-pocket sheets for a total of 396 pockets. I’d settle on this number because I was starting the project largely with cards from 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee and 1990-91 Topps, both of which are 396 card sets. 396 also has the benefit of being divisible by nine so there wouldn’t be empty pockets when I was done.

When we get into the 1990’s, however, some of the sets started to get bigger than that. 1990-91 Score is 440 cards with the last 60 cards being Prospects and Draft Picks. In my repack, I got a few cards which are from Dead Parrot teams, but have card numbers higher than 396.

1990-91 Pro Set is an enormous 705 cards. They gave cards to HOFers, coaches, referees, linesmen even – I’m not kidding – “The Puck”; Yes, the final card of the set, card #705, is dedicated to an official NHL hockey puck (COMC amusingly has this listed as the puck’s rookie card).

Oh, and remember up top when I told you what was in my repack, the Pro Set packs in my repack were SERIES TWO. Everything in those Series 2 packs had a card number above 396.

*sigh*

So, combined with some other numbers-higher-than-396 cards I’d covered in prior posts, I decided that for the time being I’m just going to have “bonus pages” in my binder; they wouldn’t be set up like the rest of the binder, but would house the cards which would be candidates if I ever expand the size of my Dead Parrot FrankenSet.

And so, here are the latest cards entering the “Bonus Pages”:

1990-91 Score #405 Peter Lappin (Minnesota North Stars)

Nobody got rich off of Lappin’s rookie card;  he played six games with the North Stars and one for the San Jose Sharks.

1990-91 Score #419 Terry Yake (Hartford Whalers)

1990-91 Pro Set #505 Peter Taglianetti (Shown with the Minnesota North Stars but indicating a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins)

I’m sure the Penguins were just thrilled at how their logo got awkwardly bisected by that large “TRADED” notation in the top left.

1990-91 Pro Set #562 Phil Housley (Winnepeg Jets)

I don’t think that future posts are likely to feature many of these “bonus cards”, unless they came from a trading partner or were notable in other ways.


Much of the fun of these posts come from the head-to-head competition between cards, and since we only got one of those from this repack, I decided to dip into my folders of scanned images and pull out a couple of other matchups.

First off, the challenger for slot #61, representing 1984-85 Topps Hockey and the Hartford Whalers… Risto Siltanen!

Currently occupying slot #61, representing 1971-72 Topps Hockey and the California Golden Seals… Ernie Hicke!

This was a tough battle because I like both sets and I have more memories of Risto Siltanen than of Ernie Hicke, but I think when all is said and done I’ll have more Whalers than Seals, so I went with Hicke.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Next, challenging for slot #117, representing 1973-74 Topps and the Atlanta Flames… Bob Leiter!

Currently occupying slot #117, representing 1975-76 Topps and the Atlanta Flames… Jacques Richard!

Another tough call… Both Jacques Richard and 1975-76 Topps have more personal significance to me, but I can’t ignore that action shot.  I have to go with Bob Leiter.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


In our final matchup, challenging for slot #113 and representing the Minnesota North Stars (even though it’s technically a Pittsburgh Penguins card)… Bob Woytowich!

Currently occupying slot #113, representing 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee WHA and the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association… Rick Jodzio!

The Cowboys were the fourth incarnation of an original WHA franchise.  Originally slated to play in Miami, there were issues with the home ice and financing, and when the season started the team took the ice as the Philadelphia Blazers.  After one season in Philadelphia and then two more as the Vancouver Blazers, the team moved to Calgary and folded two years after that.

For commentary on this Woytowich/Jodzio matchup, let’s go over to Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, who are here with us in our studios.

Guys, should I go with the 1960’s North Star card over the unusual Calgary Cowboys card?

…Interesting.  Garth, do you have anything you’d like to add?

Well, that pretty much sums it up…. THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!

That’s all the time we have. Party on, Wayne!  Party on, Garth!

Dead Parrot FrankenSet: Shoebox Legends Edition, Part 2

This is the second post about the contributions that Shoebox Legends has made to my “Dead Parrot” Frankenset, a project featuring NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch).

My most profound apologies to “Shoebox Legends Shane” on this;  the prior post was over two months ago, and I got sidetracked by the holidays and other things… but mainly by my own lack of planning and poor time management skills (both of which I’m working on improving in 2019).

I’m going to run through the challengers in Chronological order…

The challenger for card # 36, representing the Indianapolis Racers (logo) and the New England Whalers (photo), as well as 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey… Rosaire Paiement

This card is from one of my favorite WHA sets, and is an excellent “Double Parrot”, as Paiement is listed as being with the Racers, but shown with the Whalers.

Currently in slot #36, another “Double Parrot” representing 1974-75 Topps, the Kansas City Scouts (logo) and the California Golden Seals (photo)… Gary Croteau

The verdict: Croteau was once a challenger, beating one of the “Muppets Take The Ice” cards… but an NHL headshot simply cannot beat a WHA action shot.

THE CHALLENGER, ROSAIRE PAIEMENT, IS VICTORIOUS!

Next… The challenger for card #71, representing the original Winnepeg Jets and 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee… Pat Elynuik.

Currently in slot #71, representing the original Winnepeg Jets and 1990-91 Topps… Hey, wait a minute!

The Verdict: Yep, the challenger and the current card are identical cards from Topps and O-Pee-Chee.  While it’s somewhat neat to have a bi-lingual OPC card in the binder, it’s not cool enough to unseat its twin and I like the placement of the “Topps” logo better than the placement of the “O-Pee-Chee” logo.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!

Third… the challenger for card #438… representing the Quebec Nordiques and 1993-94 Parkhurst… Valeri Kamensky!

There’s a whistle on the play!

This card would be an excellent addition, but right now the FrankenSet goes only up to card #396, so there’s no place for a card numbered 438. This one will get revisited if the Dead Parrot binder is ever expanded.

The fourth challenger, going for card #87, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1994-95 Fleer Ultra… Sean Burke!

There is no card in slot #87, so Burke goes in unopposed.

Quick note before I leave this card… This is the first card I have from this set, and every time I look at it, I think that the horizontal front looks like it should be the back. Just my two cents.

Today’s final challenger, going for slot #188 and representing 2010-11 Pinnacle and the Atlanta Thrashers… Ondrej Pavelec!

There current is no card in slot #188, so the Thrashers are now represented in my Dead Parrot binder! In case you didn’t know, the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg and are the current Jets.

I now have every “Dead Parrot” NHL team from the 1960’s forward represented. The WHA is an entirely different story, but I hope to get as many of those represented as I can.

Once again, a big thank you to Shoebox Legends for providing today’s challengers! Because I live in “The Land That Hockey Forgot”, I don’t get to add to my binder as often as I’d like… as a result, I appreciate the heck out of these cards.

Dead Parrot FrankenSet: Shoebox Lengends Edition, Part 1

Thanks to a pair of PWEs from Shoebox Legends, I was able to make some progress with a relatively new project of mine: the “Dead Parrot” Frankenset, a project featuring NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch).

I’ll run through the challengers in Chronological order…

The challenger for card # 138, representing the Atlanta Flames and 1972-73 Topps… Ron Harris (in an airbrushed Red Wings sweater).

Currently in slot #138, from 1976-77 Topps… The Kansas City Scouts’ team card

The verdict: Sorry, Ron Harris, but an airbrushed Flame doesn’t stand up to a team full of Scouts.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


The challenger for Card #148, representing The Quebec Nordiques and 1992-93 Pro Set… Valeri Kamensky!

I wasn’t much of a hockey collector in the 1990’s, so this is the first 1992-93 Pro Set card I’ve ever held in my hand. It’s pretty nice, too bad things didn’t end well for Pro Set.

Currently in slot #148, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee… Doug Sulliman

The verdict: This is a tough one; new card set vs. a Whaler shown wearing full-length hockey pants. Even though Whalers would normally defeat the Nords, all things being equal, I think I have to go with the Pro Set card for now, and revisit this down the road.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


The challenger for card #359, representing the Hartford Whalers and 1993-94 Parkhurst… Andrew Cassels!

Like with the previous challenger, this is the first card from this set I’ve ever owned… and it’s a nice set, from what I can see. Just a side note, the Whalers should never strayed from green as their primary color.

Slot #359 is currently unoccupied, so Cassels enters the FrankenSet unopposed.


The challenger for card #437…

Hold on, there’s a whistle from one of the linesmen, we’re going to have a stoppage of play…

Unfortunately my Dead Parrot Frankenset currently goes only to 396, so Claude Lapointe and this great goal celebration shot will have to wait and see if I ever expand the Dead Parrot binder.

In the meantime, this card will go into my general Hockey binder;  given that the goal was against the rival Canadiens, I can just hear the roar echoing around Le Colisee…


The final card for today, challenging for slot #187, representing 2010-11 Pinnacle and…

…drum roll please…

THE ATLANTA THRASHERS, a team which is not represented in my Dead Parrot binder!  The Thrashers played from 1999 to 2011, well after I stopped collecting hockey cards.

The challenger is Tobias “Toby” Enstrom, who played with the Thrashers/Jets franchise until last season, and went home to play in Sweden for this season.

Currently in slot #187, representing 1974-75 Topps and the Kansas City Scouts… Simon Nolet!

The Verdict: I was tempted to “Let the wookiee win” and replace an airbrushed Flyer with the first Thrasher to come my way… but there was another Thrasher card in the PWEs (and it’s numbered #188 so it would be this card’s “neighbor”), so for now I’m going to keep Nolet in the spot and revisit this later if the second Thrasher card doesn’t make it.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!  (FOR NOW)


Thank you, Shane! This is the first of three posts on cards sent by the owner/operator of Shoebox Legends, and I will thank Shane each and every time.

“Dead Parrot” Face-Off #2

I’ve written a couple of times about a new project of mine, the “Dead Parrot” Frankenset: a hockey Frankenset made of cards featuring NHL and WHA teams which are no more, which have ceased to be (as in the line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch). When I started the project, I’d filled as many slots as I could with cards I already owned, and then added a few cards I got from Shoebox Legends.

In July I was at a card show and one of the goals I set for myself was to get as many potential “Dead Parrot” cards as I could. It wasn’t quite as many as I had hoped for… Although the show I was at was a fairly large regional show, the vintage card dealers at this show generally don’t do hockey and the hockey card dealers generally don’t do vintage.

All was not lost, as some of the dealers who carried vintage cards of multiple sports came through for me… It wasn’t the mother lode I was hoping for, but it will do.

So here are the groundrules, such as they are. Since it’s a “Frankenset”, there’s one and only one slot for each potential card number from 1 to 396. Certain teams and players will generally get preference over others, although photo quality certainly plays a part. As with assembling a roster for a real sports team, there are always the “intangibles” to be considered.

And now, on with the face-offs!

The first one is unusual in that I don’t already have a card in slot #84, but I have two new cards which are both #84, so the two Challengers will battle for the empty slot.

The first challenger, representing the California Golden Seals (NHL, 1967 to 1976) as well as 1973-74 Topps… Reg Leach!

The second challenger, also representing the Seals (but in the earlier Oakland Seals incarnation), and representing 1969/70 Topps… Bill Hicke!

The Judgement: It’s Seal vs. Seal here, but this is going to come down to the uniform. There seems to be much less cardboard representation of the green & blue older uniform than the green and gold 1970’s uniform, plus the older uniform has a much cooler logo.

THE SECOND CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!

Before we move on, let’s check out the back of Bill Hicke’s card.  The bright colors and cartoon make it worthwhile.


Next… Currently in slot #62 and representing the Colorado Rockies (NHL, 1974 to 1982) as well as 1980/81 Topps…Lanny McDonald!

..and the challenger, representing the Atlanta Flames (NHL, 1972 to 1980) as well as 1975/76 Topps… Hilliard Graves!

The Judgement: This is a one-sided competition.  Rockies beat Flames, on-ice shots beat posed shots, Lanny McDonald played nearly twice as many NHL games as Hilliard Graves, and Lanny has that awesome mustache.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


And now, in slot #29, representing the New England Whalers (WHA, 1972 to 1979; NHL, 1979 to 1997) and 1977/78 O-Pee-Chee WHA… Tom Webster!

..and the Challenger, representing the Minnesota North Stars (NHL, 1967 to 1993) and 1971/72 Topps… Bill Goldsworthy!

The Judgement: Again, this isn’t much of a competition. I’ve already got plenty of North Stars in the Frankenset and the Webster features a much more interesting photo.

THE CHALLENGER IS DEFEATED!


Moving on to slot #93, representing the Minnesota North Stars and 1979/80 Topps… Glen Sharpley!

And the challenger, representing the California Golden Seals as well as 1971/72 Topps… Gary Jarrett!

The Judgement: I love 1979/80 Topps, and I would normally go with an action shot over a posed shot…  But that’s the Washington Capitals’ Dennis Maruk in the background, so I’ll gladly move the Glen Sharpley card over to my “Photobombing Capitals” project and award slot #93 to Gary Jarrett.

THE CHALLENGER IS VICTORIOUS!


The remaining three new cards don’t face any competition and go straight into the binder.

This 1974/75 Topps card of Butch Deadmarsh goes into slot #73 and is a double-dead parrot. The 1974/75 season was the first for the Kansas City Scouts, and Deadmarsh was drafted from the Atlanta Flames in the 2nd round of the expansion draft.

After 20 games with the Scouts, his contract was sold to the WHA’s Vancouver Blazers and he played a number of years with several WHA teams. Butch’s 25-year-younger cousin Adam Deadmarsh played in the NHL in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

This Minnesota North Stars team card is from 1975/76 Topps and stands a pretty good chance of fighting off any upcoming challengers for slot #89.

Finally, going into slot #79 is this 1971/72 Topps card of the North Stars’ Danny Grant.

Grant won the Calder Trophy in 1968/69 as the NHL Rookie of the Year. He arguably had his best season in 1974/75 with Detroit, scoring 87 points and making the all-star team.


Current “Dead Parrot” Frankenset status:
I added 4 new cards to the binder but completed no pages, so the update is…
Completion percentage: 60.8% (241/396)
# of complete pages: 5 out of 44


For no real reason I had decided that each Dead Parrot post would feature a favorite song by a Canadian artist.  This time around, the song is “Don Quixote” by Gordon Lightfoot.


One quick addendum… I noticed the other day that my local Target suddenly has hockey repacks, the 20 packs for $20 kind. I was very tempted to get one, partly for the fun of opening it, partly to let the card aisle vendor know that someone in my area would buy hockey repacks… but also for potential Dead Parrot cards.

Here’s the catch, though: Any packs after 2011 would be worthless for this project as those packs would contain nothing but teams which still exist (the last team to relocate was the Atlanta Thrashers; they moved to Winnipeg in 2011). Because of this, I would be counting on the fact that this hockey repack would have a lot of junk wax and largley be from the 1990’s and earlier. Has anyone bought one of these repacks for hockey?  Is there a lot of the 1990’s junk wax that I seek?  Disregarding the value that is generally lacking from repacks, would you think one of these 20-pack repacks might work out for me?