Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Luc Robitaille Jersey Card

In my lifetime, the player who best represents the Los Angeles Kings so far is Luc Robitaille; sure, Wayne Gretzky had more points in fewer games and hit many of his milestones in L.A., and sure the current crop have two Stanley Cups to their credit, but Robitaille, the 171st pick of the 1984 draft, retired as the left winger with the most goals in NHL history (668), and points too (1394). He's also the highest-scoring King with 577 goals, as he played 14 of his 19 NHL seasons over three stints with the team who retired his jersey number.

He won the Cup as a role player with the Detroit Red Wings and also suited up for the New York Rangers for two seasons and Pittsburgh Penguins for 46 games, but like Gretzkky and Marcel Dionne, he defined the Kings, who have also retired the numbers of Gretzky, Dionne, Dave Taylor and Rogatien Vachon.

They will also honour him with a statue outside the Staples Center next season. So it's great to have been able to pull this card from a pack of Upper Deck's 2013-14 Series 2 cards, featuring a black swatch that matches the black jersey he's wearing on the front of the card, which is the turn-of-the-millenium uniform that is still used at times:
I had tried writing and sending him cards in 2011 (care of the Kings) but have since learned he only signs at high-cost events ($100 and up), so I don't expect to see those six cards ever again, including a rookie card. It is always a risk I'm willing to take when sending anyway.

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