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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Roy signed goalie stick worth between $400-$1,200

Dear Babe: I have a Patrick Roy autographed stick. It’s a KOHO Revolution. I believe it’s a 500 series stick. It’s white with red and blue lettering. The signature is on the white blade. I won it in a raffle during the 1994 Rice Memorial Christmas Tournament in Burlington, Vt., while I was a manager of the Central Catholic High School hockey team out of Lawrence, Mass. There is no COA. I just trust that the tournament directors were on the up and up. Despite being a die-hard Bruins fan, I can appreciate what Patrick Roy meant to the sport of hockey.

– G.S., Nashua ...

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Dear Babe: I have a Patrick Roy autographed stick. It’s a KOHO Revolution. I believe it’s a 500 series stick. It’s white with red and blue lettering. The signature is on the white blade. I won it in a raffle during the 1994 Rice Memorial Christmas Tournament in Burlington, Vt., while I was a manager of the Central Catholic High School hockey team out of Lawrence, Mass. There is no COA. I just trust that the tournament directors were on the up and up. Despite being a die-hard Bruins fan, I can appreciate what Patrick Roy meant to the sport of hockey.

– G.S., Nashua

Want to start a debate – probably with no end – just ask die-hard NHL fans who the best goalie ever is. More than likely the debate will come down to Roy or Martin Brodeur.

We’ll leave the debate for another time. For now, suffice to say that Roy won four Stanley Cups – two with Montreal and two with Colorado. He’s a three-time Conn Smythe winner as the Stanley Cup MVP. He won the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie three times. Five times he captured the William H. Jennings award that goes to the goalie with the best goals against average. In a 19-year career, he won 551 games with 66 being shutouts. He added 151 wins and 23 shutouts in the playoffs.

Brodeur has played 19 seasons, but is coming back – if and when the NHL settles its latest labor dispute. He has 656 wins with 119 shutouts. He has the record for playoff shutouts with 24. He has 113 playoff wins. The Devils have won three Stanley Cups with Brodeur between the pipes. However, he has never won a Conn Smythe award. He does have four Vezina trophies and five William M. Jennings awards.

Now back to our regularly-scheduled answer.

“If it’s only autographed, $400 dollars, but if it was actually used in an NHL game, the value jumps to $1,200 dollars,” said Bill Campbell, a hockey expert and consignment director for Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com).

Dear Babe: I have a 1993 Florida Marlins opening day baseball. It says it is a limited edition of 12,500.

– H.S., Decatur, Ga.

The Marlins aren’t exactly a hot commodity among collectors despite having won two World Series in two decades as a franchise. They won it all in 1997 and 2003 thanks to making the playoffs as a wild card team. They’ve never won a National League pennant.

For starters, that large of a production run isn’t that limited. The ball is more of a novelty than a collectible – except to a die-hard Marlins fan. I’d say it is worth $5-$10.

Babe note

Ron Keurajian’s book, “Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs. A Reference Guide,” is now available. Keurajian, a Michigan commercial banker and attorney, has offered insights on readers’ items for a number of years.

The book features examples of authentic and forged signatures of Hall of Famers, including copies over a player’s years of signing. The promo bills it as a “definitive guide to authentication of Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs.”

“It was my goal to publish the most complete book on HOF autographs ever written in hopes it would benefit the collecting public,” Keurajian said.

He hopes the section on known forgeries, with illustrations, will allow most collectors to determine if what they have is the real deal.

The 248-page soft cover book has 754 photos. The price is $49.95 plus S&H. It’s available from www. Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and the publisher, www.mcfarlandpub.com.

Babe Waxpak is written by Bill Wagner. If you have a question for Babe Waxpak, include your full name and hometown, the card number, year and manufacturer or send a photocopy. Please do not send cards. The address is: Babe Waxpak, Box 492397, Redding CA 96049-2397 or email babewaxpak@charter.net.