On March 15, 1989 The New York Rangers retired Eddie Giacomin’s number, the second player to receive that honor. Giacomin spent the first 10 seasons of his 13 year career with the Rangers and was their top all-time goalie when he left for the Detroit Red Wings, the only other team he played with before retiring.
The last certified on-card autograph I took out of contention was his 2011-12 Panini Private Signings EG1. It’s Giacomin as a Red Wing. Not interested. Beside, there was another option when it came to Panini Private Signings.
I said no to the 2011-12 Panini Private Signings EG1 but could have easily said yes to the alternate version, 2011-12 Panini Private Signings EG2. It is a cool photo of Giacomin and a strong candidate but not the card I selected.
Just like Gilbert, Giacomin was part of Fleer’s 2001-02 hockey version of Greats of the Game. Another cool photo from a solid release.
There was also 2010-11 Dominion Signatures, a release I really like, but he only signed three color parallels for a total of 61 cards. Currently there is a blue version #/10 floating around and available but the use of a black and white photo made me look at the other two certified on-card autographs left, both of them from Upper Deck’s Parkhurst line.
I tend to like retro feel for players of a different era and this card delivers that, along with the other attributes I look for in an autograph card. A nice sized photo and a clear area for a bold signature.
The back of the card is in line with earlier autograph cards. It’s plain and simple but it’s certified and that’s good enough for me.
Next time I’ll cover another Ranger goalie, Mike Richter.