I'm certainly a fan of Neal Broten, Dino Ciccarelli, Bobby Smith, Brian Bellows, Mike Modano, and all the big names from North Stars history. And I have my lower-profile personal favorites (Stewart Gavin, Dirk Graham, Marc Bureau). But, when push comes to shove, my all-time favorite North Stars player is still Basil McRae.
This is Basil's only rookie card -- he didn't have a card in the Topps set of the same year and design.
I was a big Tony McKegney fan. He was only a North Star for a couple of seasons, so there are certainly not a lot of cards out there depicting him in a Minnesota uniform. I'm bummes about the crease on the upper-right corner here. I'll have to replace that one of these days.
I knew I had these somewhere! While visiting my parents for Sunday dinner tonight, I found my 1985-86 and 1984-85 7-11 Fire Prevention North Stars team sets. The 1985-86 set, which is a standard-sized set, is in much better shape. There are a couple cards in it that have some light creases, but for the most part it's in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, the oversized 1984-85 set it in pretty rough condition. A lot of the cards in that one even have pin holes through the top from when seven-year-old me had them hanging on my bulletin board. I'll have to replace most, if not all the cards in that one.
Like many of the autographs I acquired as a kid, I obtained this one by writing to Basil and including a self-addressed, stamped envelope. I guess you never can tell whether or not the signature is authentic in those situations, but Basil wouldn't cheat a kid, would he?