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BARONS WASTELAND

Cleveland flopped as an NHL host, but cards from the city’s short-lived team make for a great collecting challenge
DENNIS MARUK

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. With attendance lagging and the books bleeding red ink after the 1975-76 season, the Golden Seals pulled up stakes in California for sunnier opportunities … in Cleveland, Ohio. The largest city in the state at the time, and 10th most populous in the country, Cleveland had long been viewed as a likely NHL destination. It almost became home to the Montreal Canadiens in 1935 when the Habs were in dire financial straits, and on three occasions it was in the mix for an expansion franchise.

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