Wax Stain Wednesday is 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. WARNING: 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.So this has been a pretty bad summer for my autograph requests. I am not sure if summers are always this way, but it has been pretty crappy. Since my Patrick Roy arrived, I have received back three envelopes. The first one was from Ilya Kovalchuk, except he never saw it. I had mailed it c/o the New Jersey Devils and my cards were mailed back to me unsigned and it turns out this happens no matter which Devils player you mail to. So, if you want their autographs, you need to mail them at their home!
The second and third envelopes arrived last week on the same day. One was an undeliverable, which I have since resent with the correct address/zip code combination and the other was my Marcel Dionne request.
Now, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to send a request to him as like other players, he charges for his autograph. The cost was 10 bucks and I put a poll up on my website (whether I should pay for his autograph or not) a while back and the results were in favour of me sending the request. So I picked what I felt was the perfect card and then mailed out the request on July 28th and the card came back signed on Aug 12th. Almost worth the price for how quick Marcel is with his returns!
Marcel Dionne without a doubt is the greatest player to never win the Stanley Cup. In fact, he is also by default, the greatest player to never even play in a Stanley Cup Final. His career numbers are staggering, 1348 career games, 731 goals, 1040 assists and 1771 points. He also averaged nearly a point a game in the playoffs, but playing for a Kings team that had to suffer against 3 dynasties during Marcel’s playing years limited their post-season success. With this autograph, I now own the first and second overall picks in the 1971 Entry Draft. Another neat fact is Marcel’s much younger brother did make the NHL after Marcel retired and if you blinked you might have missed Gilbert Dionne’s NHL career. In all fairness, Gilbert did average 20 goals a year for his first 3 seasons and then disappeared into the minors.
The card I chose was special as it was a card created by OPC in 1992 as an “alternate” rookie card for Marcel Dionne. Here is what the original rookie card looked like (which I don’t own):
Then here is the Alternate OPC Marcel Dionne rookie from 1992 which I did own:
I am a big fan of the card and auto. Classy signature and the card design make it look retro, even though it came out during the mass production era of the 90’s.