Today is the 85th birthday of one of the best players to ever lace up a pair of skates, Gordie Howe! To celebrate, today's post features a Howe card, and represents one of the best new pieces to enter my hockey card collection so far in 2013.
When I was a youth hockey player back in the day, I was afforded the opportunity to meet Mr. Hockey at a card and memorabilia show in Connecticut. I even got a nice Red Wings puck signed by him, which I still have to this day. Since I got back into collecting in 2007, I've wanted an autographed card of Gordie to go with it. Prices are generally high though, as you'd expect for a Hall-of-Famer and one of the all-time legends of the game. If I was going to shell out $60+ for an autographed card, I wanted to really make it worth it. Recently I stumbled upon a card that fit the bill, and after some haggling back and forth with the seller this gem arrived in my mailbox:
Happy 85th Gordie!!!