As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, one of the sets I decided to work on here in 2017 is the subset of WHA cards that were included in the high number series of the '72-73 O-Pee-Chee release. The Larry Cahan card that I posted that day was the fourth I'd shown here on the blog, but I actually have three more that I picked up a year or two ago and never got around to posting. Let's check them out!
The WHA gave Joe a chance to briefly revive his career, as he latched on with the Los Angeles Sharks for the league's inaugural '72-73 season. After that it was off to the Houston Aeros for '73-74, followed by one final season in the obscure North American Hockey League to wrap up his career. On a side note, how great is that LA Sharks logo?
Jim found immediate success at the WHA level, as he helped the Whalers win the league's championship that very first season, and would remain a star in the league throughout its 7-year existence. As one of the few cardboard representations of the lone championship that the New England Whalers/Hartford Whalers franchise would ever win, I've always treasured this one.
Not surprisingly, Gerry excelled over the three seasons plus that he spent with the Cleveland Crusaders. He was hands down one of the better goalies in the WHA, and was named all All-Star in each of those seasons. Eventually he'd depart from the Crusaders over a financial dispute with management and return to the Bruins, where he finished out his professional career.
Well, that's a wrap for today. There are just over 50 of these cards in total, and today's post brings me to 7. A long way to go still, but I look forward to it. Thanks for reading as always!
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