Sunday, September 14, 2014

2012-13 ITG Heroes and Prospects
Class of 2013 3D cards

I posted an autographed Todd Bertuzzi card the other day, and now we'll take a look at the rest of the cards I brought home from the same seller. These 3D cards from ITG's 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects release were a hot commodity at first, and I've still seen many of them sell for a couple bucks or more. I was able to get each of these cards for the low price of 25 cents each!! Some of these players I will see in the AHL, the others will be sent TTM or up for trade. The Zach Nastasiuk shown above was my main reason for finding this seller, and I should have a chance to get this one signed when he returns to the Griffins at the end of this season or the start of the following one. Here's a look at the nine other cards:
Curtis Lazar (OTT), Josh Morrisey (WPG), Eric Comrie (WPG)
William Carrier (STL), Shea Theodore (ANH), Greg Chase (EDM)
Jamal Watson (undrafted), Brody Silk (undrafted), Matt Needham (undrafted)

These cards look pretty cool in person but don't scan well. I should see Carrier and Chase at some point, and I'll keep an eye on where Watson, Silk and Needham end up (I saw Needham's father Mike play for Kalamazoo in the IHL during the 1994-95 season). ITG has kept this design going for players in each year's draft class, so they appear to be going over well with fans too - I thought they were a steal at the price I got them for.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sean Johnson -
Chicago Fire (MLS) Goaltender In-Person Signing

About a week ago, I had the chance to meet Chicago Fire (MLS) goaltender Sean Johnson in person. A local store was having him in as a promotion, and we happened to be there shopping at the time. Since I had no notice ahead of time, I wasn't able to get any cards signed - so I settled for this promotional photo and a picture with him. Johnson has 46 wins in 126 appearances for the Fire, and he has appeared for the United States at three different levels including a 1-0 shutout of Costa Rica during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Todd Bertuzzi

When I grabbed a handful of cards from a seller on ebay last month, I also went through and looked at what autographed cards they had for sale. This Be a Player card of Todd Bertuzzi set me back less than $1.50, and adds another player to the Red Wings collection. For all the good times Bertuzzi had as a player, his involvement in the Steve Moore incident will forever cast a dark shadow on his career. A recent settlement in that case has Bertuzzi back in the news, as he continues to look for work for next season. In Detroit, he scored 59 goals in a little more than five seasons' time, but he has struggled to stay healthy and be effective the past two seasons.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Riley Sheahan -
2013-14 Grand Rapids Griffins Team Set

Mailed: 3/7/14
Received: 8/8/14

Last month brought one more great return for my almost-complete 2013-14 Grand Rapids Griffins team set, as center Riley Sheahan sent my card back signed in blue sharpie. Sheahan was a big part of the Griffins' 2013 Calder Cup championship run, and was off to a great start here last season before injuries saw him get a good look in Detroit. In 42 games, he scored nine goals and had 24 points. This summer the Red Wings signed him to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension, giving him a great chance to continue to impress in Detroit. Below are looks at some of my other items signed by Sheahan:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TTM: Devan Dubnyk

Mailed: 2/3/14
Received: 8/27/14

The 2013-14 season was a bit of a whirlwind for goaltender Devan Dubnyk. The former 2004 first-round pick remained with the Edmonton Oilers for the first half of the season, but was traded away to the Nashville Predators in January. He made two starts there and was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in March. The Canadiens sent him to the AHL, where I had a chance to meet him when he was in town playing with the Hamilton Bulldogs. I had already sent these three cards to Nashville, and I hadn't really expected to get them back. I got another copy of the All Goalies card signed in person so this one is up for trade, but it was awesome to get back the two Between the Pipes cards. This season, Dubnyk will be trying to earn the backup job behind Mike Smith with the Arizona Coyotes.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Joseph Fauria

What better way to kick off the 2014 Detroit Lions season than to showcase two new additions to my collection - 2013 Bowman Chrome and Panini Spectra autograph cards of tight end Joseph Fauria. The Chrome card is a refractor and is signed on card, while the Spectra is a sticker auto but I liked that it showed Fauria in Lions uniform. These are the first two football cards added to the collection in a couple years, and each one set me back only $1.25. Fauria quickly became a fan favorite last season with his post-touchdown celebrations, and overall reliability in the Red Zone. The Lions face the New York Giants tonight, and I'll be at Ford Field hoping to see Fauria get into the end zone!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

TTM: Tyler Bozak

Mailed: 8/10/13
Received: 8/17/14

This return from Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is a great addition to my 2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects set effort, my oldest and most successful project. I had tried Bozak once before in the AHL with no luck, and even though this return was only one of the two cards I sent and took a little over a year to get back, I'll take it. He used a thin black sharpie, and you have to strain a bit to tell that the card is signed based on where it was signed. After signing a five-year, $21 million deal with Toronto last summer, Bozak responded with career highs in goals (19) and points (49) last season.
After more than a month away, I'll be back for the next week or so with a handful of posts. I got a little burned out on this blog, ran out of new signatures to feature and have been working on the preparation to launch a new blog that will be a much bigger focus for me moving forward. Stay tuned for more, and as always thanks for stopping by! Hockey season is just over a month away!!