Review: 1976-77 Quebec Nordiques Postcards

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At a glance:
– 1976-77 Quebec Nordiques
– 20 postcards
– Size: 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
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The Quebec Nordiques released a set of 20 postcards during the 1976-77 season, back when the team was still a part of the World Hockey Association. Like so many other team-issued postcard sets, this set is minimalist, with basic color photos on the front and scant information on the back. These postcards give us a good look back at a time when hair was long and helmets were few and far between.

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Marc Tardiff

Player Selection (5 out of 5)
The Nordiques’ best players from the 1976-77 roster are featured in this set. The team’s top two goaltenders, Richard Brodeur and Serge Aubry, are here. So are the 18 skaters that played in the most games for the team, such as captain Marc Tardiff and high-scoring winger Real Cloutier.

Front Design (4 out of 5)
1970s hockey postcards have their own unique — almost cliched — aesthetic, with a player emerging from a darkened background, hitting the brakes and spraying ice everywhere. That describes every card in this set except for the goalies, who are posed in front of their nets.  The drawback of the darkened backgrounds is that, while it looks cool, the player’s hair always tends to blend in with the black background. A facsimile autograph adorns the bottom. The design can get a bit old, but it gets the job done.

Stats & Info / Back Design (3 out of 5)
These are postcards, meant for mailing notes to your friends in other cities (remember that?), so there is not a lot of room for stats.

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Still, each card manages to squeeze in the players name, number, position, height, weight, birth date and birthplace.

Rating 4 out of 5

There are no Hall of Fame players or major superstars in this set, but if you like old time hockey or WHA artifacts, the 1976-77 Nordiques Postcards are a nice collectible piece of history.

BONUS
For your viewing pleasure, here is the entire 20 postcard set.

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Serge Aubry – Goaltender – #25

04_Paul_Baxter

Paul Baxter – Defense – #4

24_Jean_Bernier

Jean Berner – Defense – #24

21_Serge_Bernier

Serge Berner – Center – #21

11_Christian_Bordeleau

Christian Bordeleau – Center – #11

17_Paulin_Bordeleau

Paulin Bordeleau – Right Wing – #17

18_Andre_Bourdrais

Andre Bourdrais – Center – #18

15_Curt_Brackenbury

Curt Brackenbury – Right Wing – #15

01_Richard_Brodeur

Richard Brodeur – Goaltender – #1

09_Real_Cloutier

Real Cloutier – Right Wing – #9

14_Charles_Constantin

Charles Constantin – Left Wing – #9

07_Jim_Dorey

James (Jim) Dorey – Defense – #7

12_Bob_Fitchner

Robert (Bob)  Fitchner – Center – #12

16_Richard_Grenier

Richard Grenier – Left Wing – #16

22_Francois_Lacombe

Francois Lacombe – Defense – #22

10_Pierre_Roy

Pierre Roy – Defense – #10

19_Steve_Sutherland

Steve Sutherland – Left Wing – #19

08_Marc_Tardiff

Marc Tardiff – Left Wing – #8

03_Jean-Claude_Tremblay

Jean-Claude Tremblay – Defense – #3

02_Wally_Weir

Wally Weir – Defense – #2

 

Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

4 thoughts on “Review: 1976-77 Quebec Nordiques Postcards”

  1. Hey! hockey fans I have an idea we can use those postcards and send one to each NHL club and
    tell them we should have the Quebec team back in the NHL as an expansion team.
    Good idea eh! Hockey fans don’t worry I promise you they will not move. Also maybe they
    bring back the name and colors. What do you think? By the way it’s nice to see the past.

    1. Stars? Definitely. Superstars? Maybe in the WHA. Cloutier scored the third-most goals in WHA history, and he only played in four of the seven years the league existed. But he wasn’t the same player in the NHL, but that’s probably because the NHL poached most of the supporting players on the WHA teams.

      1. Yeah – I agree with you. That was more fake shock that I was expressing than anything else.
        But I think Brodeur was in goal for the Canucks when they went to the Finals back in the 80s – that’s gotta count for something.
        Anyways – I enjoyed reading your posts on the vintage stuff you don’t see everyday.

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