Monday, November 17, 2014

Chris Chelios -
"Made in America" book signing

On Saturday, former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was at the Grand Rapids Griffins game signing copies of his new book, "Made in America." This was the second time in a week that I got to meet an NHL Hall of Famer, and most importantly I kept my eyes open and took a good photo. In case you're wondering why that's so exciting for me, here's what happened last time I attempted a photo with Mr. Chelios, in Syracuse after the Griffins won the Calder Cup in 2013.
Season ticket holders get in early for Griffins games, so my friend Aaron and I were first and second in line. I had been planning on buying this book anyways, so getting a copy and then getting it signed for only $10 more than what it's going for online was a no-brainer. Here's a look at the book as well as the signature and inscription inside:
This is also the first signed item I have from Chelios since he was inducted into the HOF, so it's also nice to have something with that additional inscription. With the three signed books I picked up the past couple weeks, I've got plenty to read this winter, and I plan on picking up Jordin Tootoo's autobiography as well.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ted Lindsay -
"7" Book Signing at Joe Louis Arena

Last Sunday I made the trip to Detroit for a Lions/Red Wings doubleheader. After an exciting Lions win in the final minute of play, we headed over to Joe Louis Arena to watch the Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning. We didn't get very far into the arena before we passed a table where Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay was doing a book signing. There was no line, I had cash on me and while I had passed up the opportunity before this time I decided to go for it. Mr. Lindsay is an incredibly friendly man and it was awesome to get to shake his hand a pose for a picture with him. 
The front cover of the book is signed in blue sharpie and personalized.
And here's a look at the back.
My dad got a picture with Mr. Lindsay and got his book signed too.

A few years back, I had gotten the Gordie Howe book "9" from the same publisher
signed at a game. It was twice the price, and Howe's 'handlers' were, well let's say not as friendly - no pics with, etc. On top of that Mr. Howe spelled my name wrong and I've never figured out what part of his inscription says:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Anthony Mantha -
2014-15 UD Team Canada Jersey Card

After the Grand Rapids Griffins' matinee game on Wednesday, I was able to get a few more cards signed by Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha. I absolutely love this game-used jersey card from Upper Deck's 2014-15 Team Canada release, and it looks even better signed! It sounds like Mantha will make his Griffins debut sometime within the next two weeks, which is great news. I have a few of his 2013-14 ITG Heroes and Prospects cards available on the trade page.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jordan Binnington

On Wednesday, we made another trip downtown to try to catch some of the Chicago Wolves players that we had missed out on the Friday before. It was not a very successful trip, but I did manage to get a couple cards signed by goaltender Jordan Binnington. A third round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2011, Binnington was 23-13-3 in the ECHL last season and is now getting a chance to showcase his talents at the AHL levele. He signed my 2012-13 ITG Between the Pipes card (above) as well as the jersey card shown below - the "Aspire" dual jersey card with Curtis Joseph. These cards show a prospect alongside one of the great goaltenders in that organization (like Jake Paterson and Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings). Now I just need to wait for CuJo to do a signing somewhere!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Teemu Pulkkinen -
2014-15 OPC Rookies

I was finally able to finish off the last one of the four Red Wings prospects I was looking for on 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee rookie cards, when Teemu Pulkkinen stopped and took a blue sharpie to these two cards after Wednesday's matinee game. Pulkkinen led the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) with 31 goals and 59 points last season, and he appeared in three games for Detroit. A fourth round pick in 2010, he's likely to see more time with the Red Wings soon. Take a look at the other players featured in this set:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Three Current Player NHL Cards Worth The Most

When it comes to any sports cards, most of the valuable choices are very old. It is true that cards become more and more rare the older they are, especially when trying to find them in great condition. However, there are a few cards out there of current players that are pretty valuable. 
Not only are they valuable by themselves, but getting an autograph on them is a lot more realistic since a person can try their luck at any game during the year. 
Here is a look at the 3 cards people should target of current players.

Alexander Ovechkin 2003-2004 SP Authentic
When it comes to dominant individual players, Ovechkin has been one of the best in the NHL for quite some time. Finding this card in a high grade signed can be worth around $2000. Obviously, since it is from his rookie year, it is going to be a little bit more valuable than other signed cards floating around.

Sidney Crosby 2005 SP Authentic
The reigning MVP also has a valuable rookie card. The card has a patch and an autograph, making it worth between $4000-$5000 on the open market.

Patrick Roy 1986-1987 Topps
Alright, so Roy is no longer a player in the NHL, but he is a coach. He also has a relatively recent rookie card that can be purchased for the right price. Hanging around at a game in Colorado might also allow a person to net an autographed version of the card to make it even more valuable.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chris Bruton

I had a chance to get this card of new Grand Rapids Griffins enforcer Chris Bruton signed before a game last week. An ITG Heroes and Prospects insert card, it pictures him as captain of the Memorial Cup winning (2008) Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. Undrafted, Bruton played three seasons of college hockey in Canada after juniors followed by two seasons with the Peoria Rivermen in the AHL. Last season he was part of the New York Islanders' organization and appeared in 41 games for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He's quickly on his way to being a fan favorite here, showing a willingness to drop the gloves as well as score an occasional goal.