Saturday, September 15, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #55 Frank Mahovlich

'The Big M'

Although not terribly big by today's standards, at 6'1 and 205 lbs., Frank Mahovlich was a big man and a big scorer in the 1960's and 1970's for Toronto, Detroit, and Montreal.

And as I hit #55, Mahovlich is the first player to crack the 1,100 point mark as I count up the list. With 1,103 points (533 goals, 570 assists) in 1,181 games, Mahovlich won the Calder Trophy, won 6 Stanley Cups, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981, and was appointed a Senator by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien in 1998.

Interestingly, Frank Mahovlich dealt with depression for a lot of his life. For years, Mahovlich had to cope with this illness while in the public eye... a rare situation before the age of the internet and 1,000 channels on television.

From 2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures comes this hard-signed Frank Mahovlich autograph from the AKA Autographs subset which also contains his nickname. One of my favourite cards for years, this Mahovlich was pulled from a pack about 8 years ago. As a bonus, the card is also short-printed to /100.

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