Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The returns for my Greats of the Game set effort haven't been rolling in much lately, but I did receive this great two card success from former New York Ranger Ulf Nilsson last month. Nilsson was a WHA star for the Winnipeg Jets, collecting 100 or more points in four consecutive seasons while playing with Bobby Hull and Kent Nilsson. He won the Avco Cup twice with the Jets, and had 169 points in 170 games for the Rangers over three seasons. He signed both of my cards in blue sharpie and they made it back to me from Sweden in about a month and a half.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This great three card return from young Winnipeg Jets center Alexander Burmistrov finally found its way back to me last week, and that's pretty awesome. I sent these cards to him near the end of the lockout, while he was playing in the AHL for the St. John's IceCaps, but they still got back to me after his season with the Jets ended. I had received a prior success from him for my 2009-10 Heroes and Prospects set, and now I have a great addition for my Score Rookie & Traded set as well. Burmistrov signed all three cards in blue sharpie, and added his jersey number (8).
Thursday, May 16, 2013
After a couple months of minimal returns, and an incredibly busy schedule thanks to working two jobs and having my AHL team in the playoffs, I'm finally back with a post! This three card return from former Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Neil Little took a while, but made it back here in an official Flyers envelope this week. I'm now down to 12 players on this quest, and should have another success up this week. Little played for the IHL incarnation of the Griffins during the 1998-99 season, and won 18 games. He would later play in two NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, and now works for the team as a scout. Little won two Calder Cups with the Philadelphia Phantoms, and signed my three cards in silver sharpie.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Every once in awhile, things line up perfectly. Former Detroit Tigers catcher Mickey Tettleton was doing a store appearance a few weekends ago, and it happened to be that he was at one of the stores I visit for my job (and the same store where I met Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in February). I left a few items to have a friend get signed, and came back to find my baseball and cards taken care of.
|1990 Donruss Diamond Kings #5, 1991 Topps #385, 1992 Donruss #85|
There wasn't too much of a line when I got back, so I took a quick lunch break, got my picture taken with Mr. Tettleton (above) and got a promo photo signed as well. Not a bad day at all!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
|2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns #226|
This Young Guns autograph from Minnesota Wild prospect Kristopher Foucault completes my trio of cards from current Houston Aeros players (see below). A fourth round pick in 2009, Foucault got in one game with the Wild last season and has almost 20 goals and 50 points in two AHL seasons. He signed my card in black sharpie and added his jersey number.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
|2010-11 Panini All Goalies #14|
I was thrilled to get this All Goalies return from Henrik Karlsson back, as I had tried him before through the Calgary Flames with no success. This time I found him in the AHL with the Rockford Ice Hogs, where he has spent most of his time since being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. The returns for this set have been almost non-existent lately, and it was nice to add one that looks this nice to the set!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
|2012-13 UD Young Guns #228|
This April Fool's Day return was no joke, as Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Cuma returned my Young guns card signed in fading black sharpie. Cuma was a first round pick in 2008 and saw one game of NHL action last season. He is another one of the players I met earlier this season before these cards showed up, just like Chay Genoway. Cuma is now in his third AHL season with the Houston Aeros.