Friday, April 25, 2014

74-75 OPC WHA Set Card by Card #25 - Danny Lawson

Danny Lawson fans all know that this is his rookie card. People who aren't fans, now know that fact too. Nothing new or groundbreaking with the front side of this card as it appears to look like many of the others in the set but the back holds something interesting. 

Here is the back side of the card and the first line struck me as being odd. "First drafted by the WHA's Miami Screaming Eagles". What? Miami had a WHA team? Well upon further review, there was intention for there to be a Miami team but because they couldn't get a stadium build etc, they ended up starting in Philadelphia instead of Miami.After one season in Philly, the franchise then moved to Vancouver for two seasons before finally going to Calgary where it met its death in 1977.

Danny Lawson was a fringe NHL player who played a few seasons in the NHL after having a solid junior career. Then he joined the WHA was an offensive star before ending his career at the age of 30. He tried a comeback or two but never could stick anywhere in North America and sadly he passed away at the young age of 61 due to cancer.  

5 comments:

  1. Danny was pretty much the best of the Cowboys. He's up there with Andre Lacroix as players who were dominant in the WHA and are all but forgotten outside of it.

    He has a 1970-71 Esso Stamp as a member of Detroit.

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  2. Ahh Andre Lacroix! I had no idea about the Esso stamp, that is pretty cool.

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  4. Just discovered your blog and found that you're well into one of my favorite all-time hockey sets. Looks like I've got some catching up to do.

    I'd heard of the Screaming Eagles, but only because I have (somewhere in my house) a "micro-press" book on phantom sports teams. I find it interesting that they would bother to put that on a card, because I would guess that even in 1974 hockey fans would've been saying "Huh? 'Screaming Eagles'?"

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