Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #5 Marcel Dionne

The 1971 NHL Entry Draft was top heavy.

1st overall - Guy Lafleur
2nd overall - Marcel Dionne

Both were ridiculously skilled players from Quebec who made it to the Hockey Hall of Fame (Lafleur in 1988 and Dionne in 1992). But it was Marcel Dionne who became the 5th highest scorer in NHL history with 1,771 points (731 goals, 1,040 assists) in 1,348 games.

Dionne is third in the NHL for most 100+ point seasons. He had eight 100+ point seasons in his NHL career, only behind Wayne Gretzky's fourteen 100+ point seasons and Mario Lemieux's ten 100+ point seasons. He was also part of the famous Triple Crown line with Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor in Los Angeles.

A two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner, Dionne also won the Art Ross Trophy in 1979-80 by beating Wayne Gretzky (a tie broken by goals scored). He never tasted playoff success despite his scoring prowess and was unable to win a Stanley Cup.

Marcel Dionne does not get a lot of respect in the collecting world despite his scoring career totals. It isn't difficult to pick up a hard-signed autograph of his for under $10. However, the hard-signed auto in my collection is a little more desirable. From 2005-06 Upper Deck Trilogy comes this great Personal Scripts card featuring his signature along with the "2 Time Lady Byng Winner" inscription. The Personal Scripts subset (when done right) is one of my favourite autograph subsets.

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