Got a little ahead of myself this week, so you're getting tomorrow's Signature Sundays post today instead!
With the 2014-15 NHL season now in full swing, it only seemed appropriate to return to my favorite hockey autographs from recent years for today's post. I've got a tandem of New York Rangers, both of them enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame!
Despite playing the majority of his career in the '60s and early '70s when there wasn't as much scoring in the game as there would be the couple of decades following, he still managed to rack up over 400 goals and over 1,000 career points (both of which are records for Rangers players). Rod was an All-Star many times over, and won the Masterson trophy during his career for his incredible comebacks from multiple serious back surgeries.
Gilbert was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, and was the first New York Ranger to have his number retired and hung from the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Lastly, Rod's card is short-printed in this set, so it's nice to have yet another SP auto in the books...
Howell stuck with the Rangers all the way through the late '60s before hopping around to a couple of other NHL franchises, and then ending his career in the WHA. He was actually the last guy to win the Norris Trophy before Bobby Orr's epic run. Like Rod Gilbert, his sweater is retired and hanging in the rafters at MSG.
Just a short hello - I was out of town for a few days, and then when I returned, I immediately had a doctor's appointment and a couple of necessary errands. I'm getting a qu...
Another great pair of autos. Rod Gilbert was a good looking man.
Just terrific cards, the both of them. Two of my favorite Rangers from back in the day.
Nice cards. Fantastic autographs. Always nice when you can "read" a players name in their signature.
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