Thursday, October 18, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #42 Bobby Clarke

Love him. Hate him. There really is no middle ground.

Bobby Clarke had a career that most players could only dream of. Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, Clarke scored 1,210 points (358 goals, 852 assists) in 1,144 games. A two-time Stanley Cup Champion and three-time winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP, Clarke was a Philadelphia Flyer for life.

A solid defensive player to compliment his offensive prowess, Clarke will also be remembered by many as the player who slashed Valeri Kharlamov's ankle (and broke it) during the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.

Three Bobby Clarke autographs are in my collection... all are from high-end products. From In The Game Superlative Volume I comes an auto/jersey silver version /50, from 2007-08 In The Game Ultimate 8th Edition comes an auto/jersey silver version /30, and from 2007-08 Upper Deck The Cup comes a Bobby Clarke autograph /50 from the Cup Enshrinements subset. Although most people still call him Bobby, it's interesting to note that he signs only Bob.

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