Today's post is my first Wanted Whalers post, which, as you've probably correctly assumed based on the title, means I'm missing some Whalers cards and need help tracking them down. This first post features a really obscure team-issued set, so I'm not expecting much luck, but if I'm going to build a master Whalers collection I'll need to find them someday...
From the 1982-83 season through the end of the franchise's time in Hartford, the team issued small sets each year (the only exception being the 1994-95 season, where the set was omitted for some reason). These sets were funded by a different local sponsor each year, and were a great chance for fans to get some "cards" of the lesser-known players that may have been overlooked by O-Pee-Chee (and most certainly were overlooked by Topps). I put the word cards in parentheses in that last sentence because many of the sets don't really resemble your standard trading card.
The '85-86 release that you see here features a card that is both taller and wider than your average trading card, in fact I sometimes see these referred to as postcards. You get a large, full-bleed photo, fairly high quality given the year these were released, and a small area at the bottom for the Junior Whalers and Wendy's to get some advertising. There's no mention of the player name on the front of the card, and some of these definitely aren't so obvious, especially all these years later!
There are 23 total cards in the '85-86 Wendy's Junior Whalers set. I've added the 20 I'm missing to my Whalers Want List over in the sidebar, if you ever stumble across any let me know!