Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rod Brind'Amour Autographed Card

In yet another post inspired by The Iron Lung's quest to showcase autographed cards from all of the NHL'S 1000-point guys comes this sweet Rod Brind'Amour in-person autographed card I'd forgotten about but found while unpacking cards while moving this summer.

It's card #84 from Upper Deck's 2006-07 SP Authentic set and sees him wearing the Carolina Hurricanes' pre-lockout (notice the absence of shoulder piping or NHL logo in the neck) red (away) jersey, with the captain's ''C''. Oddly enough, I got it signed in blue sharpie at a game between the 'Canes and the... Ottawa Senators, in Brind'Amour's birthplace of Ottawa, between 2007 and 2010. Ottawa is a two-hour drive or so from Montréal, so sometimes when I want to catch a game, I'm willing to travel and save almost 50% off ticket prices (the Bell Centre's prices are among the league's most-expensive).

My previous post about him was relatively complete in telling his tale, except I failed to mention he currently stood at #46 on the all-time NHL scoring list with 1,184 points (452 goals, 732 assists) in 1,484 games despite never scoring 40 goals or gathering 100 points, but with two Frank J. Selke trophies as the league's best defensive forward. Some wonder if that makes him Hall Of Fame worthy, I say the two Selkes and 2006 Stanley Cup speak in his favour and put him ahead of the likes of Mats Sundin (in this year) and Eric Lindros (hopefully never in), but he's far from a shoe-in.

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