Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Roster - 1989-90 Topps

It seemed only appropriate that I start off this new blog with the very first hockey cards I collected as a kid, 1989-90 Topps (I collected the O-Pee-Chee set as well).  The 1989-90 Topps set contained just 198 cards, typical of the smaller Topps hockey sets of the era.  The Whalers were represented on 12 cards in the base set:

 #11 - Peter Sidorkiewicz

#20 - Kevin Dineen

#32 - Pat Verbeek

My first post here, and already the first instance of airbrushing, seems only fitting...

#46 - Dave Babych

#70 - Ray Ferraro

#91 - Brian Lawton

#97 - Mike Liut

#124 - John Anderson

#134 - Dave Tippett

#162 - Sylvain Cote

#175 - Ron Francis

#183 - Paul MacDermid

Included in packs of '89-90 Topps were the standard team sticker cards that were packaged in with many of the '80s Topps hockey sets.  The Whalers were not represented within the first 12 stickers, each of which depict one of the league's stars.  They do however, like all teams, have a team sticker in the set:

Team Stickers #25 - Hartford Whalers

So, that's a complete 1989-90 Topps Whalers team set, the first of many I'll be featuring here on Whalers Hockey Cards.  Eventually I hope to complete a Whalers master collection of every card from every year (excluding 1/1s, etc), but it's going to be a while if it ever happens at all.  In the meantime, if there's a particular team set you'd like to see leave me a comment!


  1. This is awesome. I'm glad you finally broke down and went for it with this page. There needs to be more individual team oriented pages out there I think. Especially ones done right by super-fans like yourself. And especially for teams that don't get the love like they should. I added this to my blogroll on my site. I hope you don't mind.

  2. Thanks DFG! I definitely appreciate the blogroll add. I'm glad at least one other person out there will be reading ;)

  3. where be the follow button?

    and I'm surprised I wasn't overwhelmed by 'Brass Bonanza' when I opened the page....

  4. Great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing some of the older and more obscure sets!

  5. Thanks guys! Captain, the only option I have for a Followers element is a Google+ Followers piece, which as giving me some trouble. I'm going to look at it some more over the weekend...

  6. The guy who stands out for me is John Anderson who was a highly successful head coach for the IHL-AHL Chicago Wolves. He led the team to championships twice in each league.

  7. Thanks actually touched on something that I hope to focus on here, it's amazing just how many former Whalers players have gone on to have successful careers as coaches or in other positions in the world of hockey...

  8. The follower function was shut down by Google/Blogger so that people could start using Google Plus...but it's still there. You have to open up the gadgets and do a search for it. It isn't readily available but it is still on there.

  9. Thanks for the tip DFG, I found the gadget and it has now been added!

  10. Looking forward to reading some Whale! Good idea and good luck.

  11. Every time I saw a post on your other blog about your love for the Whalers I immediately thought of this

    Congrats on the new blog.

  12. Thanks guys! Card Bored Collector, that is one of my all-time favorite movie scenes.


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