One of January's pick-ups was an eBay win that really excited me. I snagged a box of 720 assorted Hartford Whalers cards ranging from the late 80's to 1997, when the franchise was moved to Carolina. The lot includes every major brand, inserts and parallels, and there are no duplicates! I probably increased the size of my Hartford Whalers collection 10-fold for a mere $.99 (plus $11 shipping). At less than 2 cents a card this box is going to give me hours and hours of enjoyment as I sort through it. I'll be resuming my "Collecting Whalers" series of posts to show off some of the different sets as I organize and catalogue them. First up is 1994-95 Fleer:
#86 - Andrew Cassels
#87 - Andrei Nikolishin Rookie
#88 - Chris Pronger
#89 - Geoff Sanderson
#90 - Darren Turcotte
#91 - Pat Verbeek - Pat was traded to the New York Rangers but this still counts in my book. You could easily miss the "Traded to Rangers" notation at the bottom of the card, and he's with the rest of the Whalers in the set, which is sorted alphabetically by team.
I'm pretty sure this may be a complete team set as the players featured on cards 83 and 93 never suited up for the Whale. This is a very busy design, although surprisingly not too terrible looking. It's a perfect example of why I purchased the box, since I stopped collecting in 92-93 the first time I had never seen these cards before.