1976-77 O-Pee-Chee #37 — Wilf Paiement

76-77 OPC Paiement1Not one, but two, defunct teams here. Perhaps the only team to challenge the Cleveland Barons in terms of obscurity in professional American sports, the Kansas City Scouts lasted only two seasons, winning a total of 27 games. They were originally going to be called the Mohawks but the Blackhawks protested for obvious reasons and the franchise settled on Scouts instead.

After a poor inaugural season, the Scouts flirted with a playoff spot for the first three months of the 1975-76 seasons before 1-35-8 in their final 44 games before moving to Colorado and becoming the original Rockies and, eventually, the New Jersey Devils. The Scouts had busy looking uniforms with their red, blue, white, and yellow color scheme–look at those gloves!–and this card does a great job of showing off their sweater and logo.

Wilf Paiement was the team’s first draft pick, going second overall in the 1974 draft. He scored 40 goals twice and had a 39 goal season in the mid-eighties. He is also one of only two players not named Gretzky to wear number 99, doing so while with the Maple Leafs.

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