When I started collecting again a little over a year ago, I asked myself what should be the main focus of my collection? With the hobby being incredibly orientated towards memorabilia and autographed cards, a lot of people seem to focus on getting as many of these as possible. Of course, some people prefer chasing rookies and would do anything to get the new superstars of tomorrow. Those were two possibilities I thought about, but when the time came to make a decision, I chose to collect Patrick Roy for many reasons; firstly he is and has always been my favorite athlete, secondly he influenced a whole generation of young Quebecers in becoming goaltenders being their inspiration, and finally he has a proven track record so no need to worry about wondering if the hype is going to die down, a phenomenon particularly common with rookies (remember Alexandre Daigle?).

Whilst some find him to be a controversial athlete because of his temper, there is no denying the fact that his conquest of the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 had a huge impact in Quebec. This is demonstrated by the increase of goalkeepers selected in the NHL entry draft in the years following his rise to the status of star. From 1993 to 1999, the average number of keepers selected from the LHJMQ was 6, in the 6 years prior to this the average was 2. Yes, Roy made it fashionable in the province to want to be the team’s goaltender, and his involvement with Francois Allaire in the improvement of the butterfly technique also had a huge impact on the style used in the NHL; gone are the days where the coach would yell at the goalie to stay up in the crease.

His impact on the game has also been recognized by the different card making companies, through the years there has been numerous Roy cards made, and I particularly enjoy finding out about new inserts set featuring St. Patrick. Here are a few of my favorite sets.

In the past year, I have been trying to get my hands on anything and everything Patrick Roy, and I came across an insert set from Donruss Ice Canadian 1997-1998 called Les Gardiens. Even though this is not the most valuable of my cards, I love this set because it features solely French Canadians goaltenders and to me it is a bit of a tribute to Roy and his influence on the game in Quebec. The 12 goaltenders included are Patrick Roy, Felix Potvin, Martin Brodeur, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Stephane Fiset, José Theodore, Jocelyn Thibault, Eric Fichaud, Patrick Lalime, Marcel Cousineau, Philippe De Rouville and Marc Denis. On each card, you can see the Fleur de Lys (Quebec’s emblem) in the background, this really makes for a truly unique and beautiful set.

More recently, in 2005-2006 the ITG Heroes and Prospect offering included the Measuring Up inserts which consisted of 20 double memorablia cards featuring Patrick Roy and 20 different young goalkeeping prospects. ITG has also come up with another great idea in 2006-2007 with the Roy vs. Brodeur insert set which comprises 10 cards featuring those two incredibly talented net minders.

Currently, if you do a search for Patrick Roy on beckett.com’s price guide, you get 4089 cards. I would love to get them all as this would be the ultimate tribute to this great of the game but try as I may I think my chances are rather slim. Some of these are both rare and highly sought after and if you combine these two conditions with the fact that I live in England, it makes for one huge challenge. That’s fine though, I am not afraid of a challenge and collecting is about the chase as much as it is about the completion. I love looking through other people’s tradelist or bucket and trying to see if they have one of the missing piece to my puzzle. If you have any of the pieces of this giant jigsaw please give me a shout on sportscardforum.com.