Jimmy Carson: The Other Side of the Deal

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Imagine the excitement Jimmy Carson’s scoring exploits would generate in the modern collecting world. Fresh off a monster 70-goal junior season with Verdun of the QMJHL, Carson roared into the NHL in 1986-87 as an 18-year-old rookie with the explosive Los Angeles Kings, scoring 37 goals and 79 points. Getty Images If Carson played today, those numbers would have collectors ripping packs of Upper Deck Series 1 hoping to pull a coveted Young Guns Rookie Card of the second overall pick. He would be a hobby sensation. But Carson was only warming up. The slick center morphed into a superstar…

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