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Guest commentary: Saluting a legend in Mike Modano by Chris Olds

By Russ Cohen

Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano looks like he is about to hang up his skates.

I know that he has a lot of fans in Dallas, Minnesota and around the NHL. He’s won a Stanley Cup, he’s been a six-time All-Star, and a solid NHL citizen for 20 years.

A lot of collectors like him because he’s one of the greatest American players of all-time as well. He’s played in 1,459 games, he has 557 goals and he has 92 game-winning goals which is more than Wayne Gretzky.

This soon-to-be 40 year old will leave an indelible mark in the hobby as being one of the most popular players of his era and for appearing on a boatload of cards as well.

He was the first overall pick in the 1988 draft, and he has been everything fans thought he would be.

Here are some key collectibles of his to look for:

— In 2007, Dallas hosted the NHL All-Star game and McFarlane Toys created a terrific figure of him. It shows him hoisting the Stanley Cup and is limited to just 3,000 copies.

— As far as jerseys go, take your pick. His Dallas Stars, Team USA, and Minnesota North Stars sweaters are pretty popular.

— Modano’s Upper Deck 2008-09 The Cup Limited Logos card has the perfect blend including his autograph and a piece of a game-used patch. The card is limited to 50 and some of them have a lot of colors and stitching.

— His 2007-08 ITG Superlative Fabrics first overall jersey is big, has a lot of color and it’s numbered to just nine copies.  (I personally would look for more of his cards numbered to 9.)

— Believe it or not, Modano’s Rookie Card is pretty reasonable because so many  were produced. Any of those cards from 1990 come in under $10 (ungraded).

The Michigan-born center is sure to have his number retired by the team someday, and if he plays his cards right, he might be a part owner of the franchise sometime soon.

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