Coming out with a big gun for the first Signature Sundays post of the year, and of the decade. Yes, it's one of the all-time great defensemen in NHL history, Bruins fan favorite and member of the hockey Hall of Fame, Ray Bourque!
Bourque won a Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, five Norris Trophies (awarded to the NHL's top defenseman, if you didn't know), and finished in second place for the Norris a further six times. Just let that sync in for a minute. If you ask Ray though I'm sure the one statistic that stands out above all others is the single Stanley Cup that he won at long last in the final game of his career, with the Colorado Avalanche.
As for the card, this is my latest in a small grouping of these '92-93 Fleer Ultra buyback autos that were included in the 2016-17 Fleer Showcase set from Upper Deck. The standard buybacks and these autographed ones were tough pulls, serial-numbered to just /25 each (tough to see the numbering along the lower left edge of the card, but this one's 11/25). A nice on-card autograph, and Ray did a great job keeping it within one of the lighter sections of an overall darker photograph.
Thanks as always for stopping by. I've got more content queued up for throughout the coming week, and another autograph ready to go for next Sunday, so swing on by any time. Until then!
That was a rush ... until it wasn't - Upon opening my first packs of 2023 Heritage on Saturday, I felt a little bad about the rant that I posted on everything that's become wrong with Herita...
Sweet Bourque. As a guy who loved collecting hockey cards in the 90's, his cards always seemed to be some of the most desired among defensemen. I personally couldn't afford many of his nicer inserts, but I picked up a few cool singles over the years when they were affordable.
That's a wonderful card!
You know, I definitely appreciate the '92-93 Ultra hockey set a lot more thanks to your posts that feature cards from the set -- and this autographed version doesn't hurt! Great pick-up for your collection, congratulations.
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