Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
|Jacques Plante is relieved this Andy Bathgate shot was not head high|
This week’s TTM involved a little switcheroo. I wrote a letter to Andy Bathgate and mailed away a 06-07 Parkhurst card. Here is what the card looked like (minus the Upper Deck watermark):
However, to my surprise, Mr. Bathgate returned me a different card and in my opinion a much nicer card than the one I had sent.This card which he had autographed is from the 08-09 UD Masterpieces set. The set is comprised of 87 cards each designed to look like it was printed on canvas. This was the only season that UD created a Masterpieces Set for hockey and I wonder if it was because they weren't a big hit with collectors. Personally, even though I never collected any of these cards, I do find them visually appealing, but at nearly $90 a box for 64 cards including a max of 4 autographs, I don’t feel they are a good “value”.
In the end, Mr. Bathgate decided to improve my TTM request by sending me back an autographed 08-09 Masterpieces card which he signed in blue sharpie and included both his HOF year and number as a player. In all it was an amazing result from a great Hall of Fame player.
Andy Bathgate spent nearly 20 years in the NHL and averaged nearly a point a game during his career. To illustrate his skill and talent, Andy Bathgate’s lone Hart Trophy win was done in a year when the Rangers didn’t even make the playoffs! Andy led the Rangers in scoring for 8 straight seasons starting in the 1955-56 season. Andy’s final career numbers were 1069 games, 349 goals, 624 assists and 973 points which included two first and two second team all-star selections. The Hockey News recently reissued their top 100 players of all-time which were broken down by the best 20 in each position. Andy Bathgate finished in 13th spot for right wingers, just ahead of Pavel Bure.
For those of you who don’t know, Andy Bathgate is the man responsible for Jacques Plante needing to wear a goalie mask. Here is a video that shows Andy’s side of that historic story.