Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rogatien Vachon: 5 Autographed Cards (Part 2)

(continued from the previous post)

As I mentioned before, he went from the Kings to the Detroit Red Wings, as can be attested by this card:
By then, he'd already won the 1976 Canada Cup and was voted Team Canada's MVP, as he played in every single game on a team that also included Gerry Cheevers and Glenn 'Chico' Resch, and a Vezina trophy (from his Habs days).

The card is from Topps' 1978-79 O-Pee-Chee set (card #20).

And he finished his storied career with two average seasons manning the nets for the Boston Bruins, as can be attested by this 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee card (card #23):
By then he's wearing a regular goalie helmet, has shorter hair, and looks a bit disgruntled.

After retiring, he went back to the Kings' organization in various functions, including serving as what is, to this day, the longest General Manager tenure in team history; he was even the one holding the position during the famous Wayne Gretzky trade with the Edmonton Oilers...

I sent Vachon these 5 cards on April 15th, 2012 in the midst of the Kings' Stanley Cup run, care of the team since he's one of their Royal Ambassadors. I got them all back, signed in blue sharpie, on July 24th, 2012.

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