Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cards That Never Were: Michel Plasse 1971-72, 80-81 & 82-83

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual cards for players missed in various sets. I's a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts. More of my cards and thousands from others can be found in the Custom Baseball Cards Facebook group (and it's not just baseball cards, despite the group name).

Goalie Michel Plasse was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the first overall pick in the 1968 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut with one game for the St. Louis Blues in the 1970-71 season. He then went back to Montreal for two seasons. The Kansas City Scouts took him in the expansion draft, but traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins midway through the 1974-75 season. After the 1975-76 season, he went to the Colorado Rockies for four seasons, before finishing his career with the Quebec Nordiques for two seasons.

All told, he played in 298 games over his 11 seasons. He had a 3.79 goals against average and an .881 save percentage. He also became the first professional goalie to score a goal when he pulled that trick in a game in 1971 while playing for the Oklahoma City Blazers.

For his efforts, Topps/OPC gave him cards in their 1972-73 through 1979-80 sets and also 1981-82. That left out 1971-72, 1980-81 and 1982-83. Jeff, from the aforementioned FB group made the Rockies card. I took the picture for the first card from a different card posted in the FB group. When he only played one game for the Blues, finding any picture of him was a task. After a long hunt, Plasse's collection is now done.

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