Part Three, Grand Finale:
These next three turned out great...still stunned that I found any of them, let alone all three...
The first two had kits and old sewn-on penguin crests & the CCM was purchased from a board member blank with the same situation. I scanned in a photo of the logo and recreated it in Illustrator. Finally found someone that could screen print them down. Very fun project, and very satisfying to see through to completion.
1980-81 Sandow Away & Alternate (alternate is a little small, so it's the wife's...but still!):
1984-85 CCM that will be a Mario Rookie when I can get the chance to do it:
These next two are the most recent acquisitions...
1986-87 Home/Away Lemieux Cooper set:
And finally, 1987-88 Lemieux CCM airknit set:
The 87-88 set was a really fun, LONG project. I stumbled upon both of those on ebay maybe two years ago around Christmas a few weeks apart from the same seller. Even before that I already had a blank black one I bought from @thebiggoalie back in 2013 maybe. The ebay finds were incorrectly customized with twill kits and were a nightmare to strip and clean. While I did that, I did some research because I already knew there were game-worn auctions for the white so that was easy to replicate, but very little, if any info in the form of pictures or video for the black model from that season anywhere on the internet.
I spent months researching, because I knew there were 2 different letter/number font versions used that season. Early in the 1987 season and up through Feb of 88 the numbers were much thinner, and the shoulder numbers had white vinyl in the little loops of the 6s; to add to that, the "C" on the chest was a really unattractive, thin font as well. I just didn't like the look of it. I wanted the version that more closely matched the white one shown in the game-worn auction.
Between a photo, a magazine and some promotional items (LOL multiple Snickers ads) I found on ebay I was able to come to a pretty good conclusion that I had all the details to have our buddy @TMLFAN make up both kits. Wanting to be 100% confident though, I searched a little bit more for some video. Turns out I ended up finding a guy with an ENORMOUS collection of old hockey game recordings and he just happened to have the exact game that the black jersey was used for the first time with the font I wanted. Bought a DVD of the game from him and got these things completed. I've had so much fun between these two and the three early 80s jerseys up top. Couldn't wait to share with the group.