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1974-75 OPC Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks Autographed Card Deceased GAI Certified
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1974-75 OPC Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks Autographed Card Deceased GAI Certified
Lot #534

Mikita’s Hall of Fame career began with his rookie season in Chicago during the 1959-60 season. He adjusted to the rugged original 6 style of play rather quickly, standing up admirably for himself as evidenced by his 119 PIMS in 67 games played. In 1960-61, Mikita and his Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup, a title that was the last one in franchise history for nearly 50 years. Mikita offered up 53 points and 100 PIMS in 66 regular season contests in this his sophomore season. His true emergence to super star status would come during that historic playoff run, as he led all playoff scorers in goals and helped Chicago to the Stanley Cup Championship.

Mikita was among the NHL’s most dominant players in the decade of the 1960’s. The 1961-62 season saw Mikita earn his first of six 1st Team NHL All Star Team selections at the center position. Stan would also earn two 2nd Team NHL All Star selections in the 1960’s. The 1960’s saw Stan capture 4 Art Ross Trophies as the NHL’s leading scorer, 2 Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player and 2 Lady Byng Trophies for the combination of sportsmanship and high ability. The Lady Byng Trophies were quite shocking to those who watched Mikita’s fierce tenacity in the first half of the decade, when he registered four seasons of triple digit PIMS totals. The 1966-67 season saw Mikita become the first player in league history to win the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng Trophies in the same season. Amazingly, Stan repeated this incredible feat the following season!

Stan would play his entire 22-year career in the Windy City. It spanned 1394 regular season games, during which time Mikita scored 541 goals, 926 assists and 1467 points. The majority of these totals were earned during an era where few equaled his incredible statistics. In 1976, Stan was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to Hockey in the United States. This 9-time NHL All Star was also a member of Team Canada during the historic 1972 Summit Series. When “Stosh” retired, he was among the NHL’s all-time leaders in goals, assists and points. The Hall of Fame was made to honor players such as Mikita and it did so in 1983 alongside longtime friend and Black Hawks teammate Bobby Hull. Sadly, Stan passed away this summer at the age of 78.

The card is beautiful and the signature is a 10. It is GAI certified.