Here we have the inaugural edition of the Edmonton Trappers, who were brought to the city from Ogden, Utah.
Peter Pocklington, the owner of the Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL), purchased the Triple-A team and relocated it in time for the 1981 Pacific Coast League (PCL) season.
The Chicago White Sox affiliate went 62-74 that first year, well out of the playoff picture. The Trappers did, however, draw 187,501 fans to John Ducey Park, proving there was an appetite for high-calibre baseball in Alberta.
Edmonton had plenty of Major League Baseball (MLB) talent on its roster, but the team lacked true star power in its introductory campaign.
Who cares when you look this good though, right? Sporting lids that look like they could melt in the acid rain (it was a thing in the 1980s, you can look it up) and pin-striped uniforms that might just be the sharpest looking pyjamas you’ve ever seen, the Trappers had that Leo Chavalier look of a winner.
Of course, it’s only fitting that Red Rooster convenience stores – another classic staple of the ’80s – gave us this 24-card set. The photography is a step above Polaroid quality, and there is ample player information, including stats and interesting tidbits, on the back of each card. So, yes, I would love some Trappers baseball cards to go with my 14-ounce Slush Puppie.
Let’s rewind things, yet again, for another edition of In The Cards. Behold the Trappers in all their glory:
As always, thanks for looking through the cardboard collectibles with us! We invite you to leave a comment about the players and cards below.
The photos for this gallery are courtesy of the operator of the Twitter account @EDM_BASEBALLFAN. A tip of the cap to that Edmonton baseball booster for sharing pictures of his cards with us!
We are seeking to create an online digital archive of Alberta baseball card sets with our In The Cards series. If you have baseball cards you’d like to donate – or lend – to the cause, please email us at AlbertaDugoutStories@gmail.com with more information and to make arrangements.