Sunday, November 30, 2014

Anthony Mantha -
Signed First Goal Ticket

I had the chance to get a couple more items signed by Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha at last week's Grand Rapids Griffins season ticket holder party. The photo above shows him competing for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. I also had Mantha sign a game ticket from the Griffins' Nov. 15th game against the Texas Stars - his second game in the AHL and the one in which he scored his first professional goal. It's a neat keepsake and I can't imagine there are many of these in existence right now.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Andy Miele

I was pretty excited when the Red Wings signed Andy Miele to a two-way contract in the offseason, since it likely meant he would end up with the Grand Rapids Griffins. In three AHL seasons with the Portland Pirates, Miele had put up 54, 53 and 72 points. He appeared in 15 games for the Coyotes as well, and through 13 games with the Griffins he has scored six goals and has 12 points. At last week's season ticket holder party he signed the phot above for me, as well as the one below showing him winning the Hobey Baker Award in 2011.
This photo will go nicely with the one I got signed by fellow Hobey winner Kevin Porter, and I may try to add a few more players to that mini-collection yet.
Miele also signed four cards for me, including a 2011-12 ITG Heroes/Prospects,
a 2013 Upper Deck AHL, 2011-12 Upper Deck Young Guns
and a 2011-12 Artifacts that will go nicely with my signed Gus Nyquist and Brendan Smith rookies from the same set.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kevin Porter

The Grand Rapids Griffins held their season ticket holder party last Saturday, so my next handful of posts will feature some of the items I was able to get signed. One player I was really looking forward to seeing was former Michigan Wolverine Kevin Porter
who is in his first year with the Red Wings' organization. 
Porter signed the Red Wings photo shown above, as well as the three cards below - 
showing him with the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes.
I also got Porter on a puck, and this fantastic photo from when he won the 
Hobey Baker Award in 2008.

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!