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Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12th birthdate

Today's member is Allan Roy Edwards (March 12, 1937 – August 16, 1999)
Edwards played for ten teams in six pro leagues over a 17-year span, including the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL. He broke in with the Red Wings as a 30-year-old rookie in 1967-68 and won 68 games in his first four seasons before fracturing his skull during a 1971 game. He was named the Wings' MVP in 1969-70, beating out the legendary Gordie Howe. Edwards had planned on retiring after the 1970-71 season but was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He attended training camp and was the team's best goalie, but he opted to retire due to the after-effects of his head injury. Nonetheless, he got restless not playing and rejoined the Penguins partway through the season before promptly retiring again after just 15 games. The Red Wings reacquired Edward's rights before the 1972-73 season and he came out of retirement to post a league high six shutouts playing in 52 games for Detroit. He would retire for good at the age of 36 after dressing for four games in 1973-74.
When I did TTM autos in the 80's, I asked if they had any picture postcards or business cards. A lot of them did and sent back.

Here is an unsigned business card of Roy. From the faint postmark, it appears to be from 1987. Postage was $0.34 and the stamp is affixed upside down. It's these unique items I love having in my collection. How many of these do you think still exist? Maybe its a 1/1.

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