Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
posted some pictures of the four Red Wings prospects featured in 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee hockey. Last Friday before the Grand Rapids Griffins' first game of the season, I was able to get two of those cards signed. Defenseman Ryan Sproul signed his OPC rookie (above) as well as the retro parallel version. Last season Sproul became the 145th Griffins player to reach the NHL, and he'll likely get another chance to play for Detroit soon. I have a couple extras of the card on the left available for trade.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Last season was a memorable one for my Grand Rapids Griffins alumni project, as fourteen players made the jump from the AHL to the NHL. When the Red Wings begin the 2014-15 season tonight, one more player will be added - Andrej Nestrasil is set to become player #146 to be added to the list. A third-round pick in 2009, Nestrasil played two seasons in the QMJHL with the Victoriaville Tigres and one with the PEI Rocket before turning pro. His first two professional seasons were split between the Griffins and the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, but last season was when he really started to show some promise. The Czech winger had 16 goals and 36 points for the Griffins during the 2013-14 campaign (fifth on the team), and after a strong training camp and impressive pre-season (and an injury to Pavel Datsyuk) the path was clear for him to finally don the winged wheel during a regular season campaign. Pictured above is my signed card of Nestrasil from last season's team set, and the other four cards I have are pictured below.
2008-09 and 2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects
2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects Jersey Card
2010-11 ITG Heroes and Prospects "National Pride"
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I posted my TTM return from Hall of Famer Michel Goulet not that long ago, and let's just say I was surprised to see this one show up shortly after that one did. Mr. Goulet must be cleaning out his mailbox, as these cards found their way back to me 986 (!) days after I sent them. I now have a second signed copy of the 01-02 Fleer Greats of the Game card, as well as a 91-92 O-Pee-Chee card and a 92-93 Topps Season Highlight card commemorating his 500th NHL goal. All three look great signed in blue sharpie. If anyone's working on the GOTG set and wants to trade for this extra, let me know.