Switching ink colour today, and I've got some autographs signed in a more standard colour.
And that still isn't enough for the #1 spot.
Even if he hadn't passed away last year, this would still be an amazing edition to my hockey collection. People remember the famous Gretzky to Lemieux goal during the 1987 Canada Cup, but you also have to remember that it was Hawerchuk that won the face-off to set up the rush down the ice. Dale played for a few teams over his NHL career, but if I had to choose a team to appear on an auto'ed card of his, it would be the maple leaf of Team Canada.
And as amazing as that was, this wasn't the big auto for this post.
In fact, this came from the very same break that I landed the Hawerchuk auto from, as well as the Messier from yesterday.
What's bigger than those two?
How can I hate any product that lands me my first autograph of The Great One? Even better, this one is a definite reference to the 1987 Canada Cup that I referenced above. How could I even consider myself a hockey collector without a Gretzky auto in my collection? As soon as this was pulled, I sent this off to get it encased, and am seriously considering having this whole thing framed, and put on display. It looks so beautiful in person, with the blue ink really popping against the sepia/white background.
And I'm still not done.
I still have to show off some multi-player cards, as well as some booklet cards. I still have even more Hall of Famers, as well as some cards that were probably wordier than expected.
There you have it!