Wednesday, June 27, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #76 Steve Larmer

Taking on a big project like this takes patience, perseverance, and effort... and some cash too!

And if there is a player who knows a lot about perseverance and effort, it's Steve Larmer.

From 1982 to 1993, Larmer played in 884 consecutive games for the Chicago Blackhawks, an NHL record for most consecutive games played with the same team (3rd longest consecutive-games streak in NHL history). He may have broken the record but a contract dispute in 1994 ended his streak.

Larmer won the Calder Trophy as well as the Stanley Cup and was as consistent as they come. With 1,012 points (441 goals, 571 assists) in 1,006 games, he ranks 76th all-time in points.

Steve Larmer also represented my first small problem in this quest for hard-signed autographed cards of the 79 NHL'ers with 1,000+ points. From In The Game's 2006-07 International Ice, I already had a Larmer autograph in my collection. Unfortunately, it was a sticker auto. There weren't a lot of options on eBay but I managed to get this 2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions hard-signed auto and it was easy on the wallet. It's also interesting to note that his autograph has remained virtually unchanged in the 5 years between when these cards were produced.

Another interesting note is that Steve Larmer does not appear on his own rookie card. In a blunder by OPC in 1983-84, Steve Larmer appears on Steve Ludzik's card and Ludzik appears on Larmer's rookie card.

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