Saturday, January 9, 2010

Brian Savage Autograph Card

I guess I could have waiting 9 more months before talking about this card... Mr. October. Sure, that title was originally bestowed upon New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson, who had a knack of delivering his best performances come playoff time, but the hockey world had one too: Brian Savage.

Savage had a knack for scoring three quarters of his goals in the first month and a half of play, and slumping for just about the rest of the year. He is also one of the rare athletes with balls big enough to negotiate a contract under false pretenses - and win; indeed, he signed a very lucrative deal with the Montréal Canadiens claiming: ''You know I'm a 30-goal scorer''... a feat he never achieved - not even once - in the NHL. In Montréal, he'd attained 26, 25 and 23 at that point (again, most of them coming early in the season), but never 30. And the most he'd score elsewhere would be... 12.

Apart from his nickname, Savage also has the dubious distinction of having been a first-line winger for the worst half-decade in Habs history.

Part of what I deem the worst card series of all time (more details here), Upper Deck's 1995-96 Be A Player series bearing no NHL team's logo anywhere, this is card #S138.

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