Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jim Paek Autographed Card

The first Korean-born player drafted in the NHL (9th round, 170th overall, 1985), Jim Paek also became the first to suit up for a team (Pittsburgh Penguins) and to win a Stanley Cup, which he did in two straight seasons with the Pens. However, when it came to international play, he played for Team Canada in 1990-91...

After parts of four seasons with Pittsburgh, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings (for Tomas Sandstrom) in 1993-94, and signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators in the off-season, but only played 29 games with them. He then did the rounds in the IHL before plying his trade in England and Alaska.

I got him to sign this card in dark blue sharpie at a card show in Florida in the early 2000s.
It's from Topps' 1991-92 O-Pee-Chee set (card #437, the Top Prospect sub-set) and shows the rookie celebrating his first Cup win.

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