Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saku Koivu Autographed Card

Saku Koivu, the Montréal Canadiens' 10-year captain, as beloved for his intensity and constant effort as he was hated for not speaking French and having captained the worst decade in team history...

Here's a card from before those days, when he was just a top prospect, a local hero, having just scored 43 points in 47 games in Finland's professional league - for Classic's 1994-95 Hockey series.

Classic didn't have the rights to display NHL or NHLPA players, so instead they published cards from the minor leagues, the juniors, and international teams. It was a cheap way to get rookie cards before anyone else, but the market never really recognized the brand as being serious.

This autograph was taken by someone trustworthy at the Habs' pre-season jamboree in the mid-2000s.

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