Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jeremy Roenick Autographed Card

Part 4 (of 7) of my trade with Kyle... today, one of the best American-born players of all time, Jeremy Roenick.

Roenick finished his career with 513 goals, 703 assist and 1216 points in 1363 regular-season NHL games (plus 23-69-122 in 154 playoff games) and 1463 penalty minutes. That's pretty much a point and a penalty minute per game, and he ranks 6th in assists among American-born players, and second in goals behind Mike Modano.

He has three 100-point seasons, two 50-goal ans two more 40-goal seasons under his belt to go with two silver medals (1991 Canada Cup and 2002 Olympics) and 9 All-Star Games, neither of which were enough for Patrick Roy to hear him with though, as Roy's then-two Stanley Cups were plugging his ears:

Is Roenick Hall Of Fame material? I don't know. He's certainly USA Hockey Hall Of Fame-worthy, but his lack of hardware and no Cup, combined with the fact that he was not a dominating player for any stretch: his 1992-93 season where he garnered 50 goals and 107 points in 84 games were 53 behind Mario Lemieux who had played in only 60 games; Adam Oates had garnered 97 assists alone that season, while two different players (Teemu Selanne and Alexander Mogilny) each had 76 goals. But if Mats Sundin can get in...

The card Kyle sent me is from Upper Deck's 2005-06 Series 2 set (card #334) and features him wearing the Los Angeles Kings' black and purple uniform:
It's signed in black sharpie (with what seems like an amalgam of the jersey numbers he has worn, 27 and 97) and has lived to tell the tale, with all four corner dinged (I don't mind that on my autos, I feel it gives them life). It's unclear if the autograph was initially acquired in person or by mail and by whom, but I've compared it to others and it is definitely legit. And a fine piece to add to my collection.

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