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.We probably can all guess at who scored the most points in the 1980’s when it comes to the NHL. In fact, we can also probably guess who put up the most points in any decade as well. However, who has the second highest total in the 1980’s or the third highest decade total in NHL history? Well judging by today’s TTM topic I am sure you now know… Peter Stastny.
I am a huge fan of Peter and not just because he was a NJ Devil. Peter took the league by storm as an undrafted defector in 1980. He set a rookie record with 109 points and when joined by his brothers Marian and Anton they helped make the Quebec Nordiques a strong team in the early and mid 80’s. Unfortunately there were a few dynasties in the way of the Nordiques having Cup success during those years.
For once I actually own a Stastny rookie and I mailed one away to get autographed as well. Here is his O-Pee-Chee rookie:
This card guides in the 7.50 - 15 dollar range.
The card I mailed away was the Topps variation and it looks nearly identical to the OPC.
A nice and clean auto with his number 26 in blue sharpie. I have seen some autos include his HOF year, but he didn’t include it in this auto. This is an autograph I wanted for a very long time and he was kind enough to sign it and return it to me in less than 2 months. I mailed the Topps version because I wanted his auto on a rookie card and the Topps version only lists for about 4 bucks if he didn’t sign or it got lost I am not out too much money. One of the most important thing about autograph requesting through the mail is to never expect to see your card again. That way you are surprised when it arrives and you can live without it coming back. Personally I set a 10 buck limit, if the card is less than 10 bucks and I have extras or don’t mind losing it, I will mail it.
A few interesting facts about Peter Stastny:
- He has the second most career points for a Slovak-born NHL'er. First is Stan Mikita.
- Stastny was the first ever player to represent three different countries at three different international tournaments. He represented Czechoslovakia at four World Championships, the 1976 Canada Cup, and the 1980 Olympics. He represented Canada at the 1984 Canada Cup, and then represented Slovakia at the 1994 Olympics and 1995 World Championships.
- Finished with a career 1.27 points per game average, but was a -12 for his career.
- Peter and his brother Anton each own the record for most points in a road game with 8 points scored. Which also means they have the NHL record for most points in a game by two brothers with 16 points.
Well that is all for this week, here is hoping there is something arriving this week worth sharing next week!