#1 - John Anderson
The cards in this set are larger than a standard trading card, measuring just over 3 1/2" wide, and a hair over 8" tall. This was the size used throughout most of the '80s, certainly more familiar to me from my years of membership as a Junior Whaler. These team issued sets represent some of my absolute favorite Hartford Whalers cards. The photos are large, full color, and crisp. I'd say they look better than what Topps and O-Pee-Chee were putting out at the time in terms of quality. Very basic design along the bottom with the sponsors, Junor Whalers logo, and awesome hockey-playing whale. You'll notice there is no player name on the front.
#2 - Dave Babych
This particular year's set contained 21 cards. Since there are no card numbers, these are generally sorted alphabetically by last name and numbered that way for reference purposes.
#3 - Sylvain Cote
#4 - Kevin Dineen
Current head coach of the Florida Panthers...
#5 - Dean Evason
#6 - Ray Ferraro
A nice action shot on this one. Look at those dinged up, ad-free boards! And remember when people used to wear ties and jackets to sporting events?
#7 - Ron Francis
Team captain and the all-time greatest Hartford Whaler...
#8 - Stewart Gavin
#9 - Doug Jarvis
#10 - Scott Kleinendorst
You'll notice that while most of the cards feature full-bleed photos, on this one the blue border along the bottom extends all the way around the photo. I don't know this for a fact, but I believe this was done to designate the rookie cards in the set.
#11 - Randy Ladouceur
#12 - Paul Lawless
Here's an example of being able to get a card of a lesser-known player. As far as I know Paul was featured on just one trading card ever from a major release, 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee. Here we get a look at him a few years later.
#13 - Mike Liut
The large area for the photo is particularly nice on this Mike Liut card, my favorite photo in the set. The days of the brown pads and wooden sticks...
#14 - Paul MacDermid
#15 - Dana Murzyn
#16 - Joel Quenneville
Great old-school shot of your Stanley Cup champion head coach in Chicago, Joel Quenneville.
#17 - Torrie Robertson
Another little-known player. I believe Torrie has three major release cards, '85-86 O-Pee-Chee, '86-87 O-Pee-Chee, and '90-91 Pro Set, that's it!
#18 - Ulf Samuelsson
#19 - Dave Tippett
#20 - Sylvain Turgeon
#21 - Steve Weeks
There you have it, the complete 21-card set. As far as I recall, the only way these were distributed were as complete sets to Junior Whalers members via mail. The best part about my set is that I've also got the membership card that came along with them!
This set really gives me a feeling of nostalgia, and given how difficult these cards are to come by I'm grateful to have crossed it off the list. These bring us up to 116 unique Whalers cards and counting featured here so far...