A good use of five dollars and why Carol Vadnais is a bad person

Alex Delvecchio - Champs minis on-card autograph

Alex was the first player I ever tried to get a career’s worth of cards from.

I don’t pick up a lot of game-used or autograph cards as I usually find them disappointing.  Nobody seems to know whether the artifacts are legitimate anymore, though I do trust in my event-used Anton Stralman patch card.  (Yes, Anton might have worn this at the grand opening of Bucky’s Car Wash and Live Bait Emporium in West Pig Knuckle, Ontario!)  I mean, you could fake this, but why?

I do trust that most autographs are probably signed by the person in question, or at least by someone they know, but the ones you can’t read aren’t that much fun.  I have a couple Wendel Clarks and while I love Wendel, his signature is a mess.

But I do like this – a lot.

This is one of the Champ’s mini autograph cards from last season.  They’re all hand-signed and the signatures of the old-timers look great – particularly since there isn’t a ton of space to work with.

Alex has long been a favourite of mine.  I came to this in a bit of a roundabout way.  I had a great uncle who was chased fairly hard by the Wings back in the late ’40s/early 1950s.  My great-grandparents wouldn’t let him sign because they felt it wasn’t an appropriate lifestyle for their youngest son.  He got a real job instead and became a senior hockey mainstay in BC.

As a kid, any tangential relationship to hockey was pure gold and I became fascinated with the 1950s Wings teams and particularly by this clean, quiet centre who spent 23 seasons feeding (mostly) Gordie Howe.  Before player collecting was really a thing, I made sure I got one of every card he had issued during his career.  When I saw this for $5, it was a no-brainer.

I also was playing with my fantastic box of ’79-80 (maybe the best purchase of last year) and happened across this:

Carol Vadnais - 1979-80 OPC

No grave misdeeds in evidence here….

Something prompted me to look at the back, more specifically the cartoon:

Carol Vadnais - 1979-80 OPC back

Well, then. Up yours, Carol.

Well, Carol, I never had a specific reason to dislike you before, but now I do.  😛

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One Response to A good use of five dollars and why Carol Vadnais is a bad person

  1. dave h says:

    I have eyed that Alex up a few times before 😉

    Nice grab!

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