Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mitch Callahan

On the heels of yesterday's post featuring Landon Ferraro's 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee rookie cards, today's post is a pair of signed rookie cards from Red Wings prospect Mitch Callahan. The former sixth round pick had his best season as a pro in 2013-14, as he scored 26 goals and had 44 points. He was called up for one game in Detroit, and gained quite a bit of internet fame when he tweeted out a bloody selfie after taking a puck to the face in a late-season Grand Rapids Griffins game. I have an extra of the card on the left available for trade.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Landon Ferraro

The Red Wings were fortunate to have four different players' rookie cards included in O-Pee-Chee's 2013-14 set. I've posted my signed copies of Ryan Sproul's cards, and today we take a look at Landon Ferraro's. After three seasons in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Landon finally got the call last season and appeared in four games with the Red Wings. He's back with the Griffins this season, and I'm pretty happy with the way these cards turned out signed in blue sharpie. I have a couple extras of the card on the left if anyone is interested in a trade.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Anthony Mantha

Top prospect Anthony Mantha will soon make his professional debut for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, and he is already in town while rehabbing from a fractured tibia he suffered during rookie camp. I finally got to meet Mantha on Friday at the Griffins game, and he was nice enough to sign four cards and a puck. Shown above are two cards from Upper Deck's Team Canada set, while below are two of Manthas 2013-14 ITG Heroes and Prospects cards. The Red Wings selected Mantha 20th overall in 2013, after a season that saw the young center lead the QMJHL with 50 goals. Last season was the one that put him on everyone's radar, as he scored 57 goals (120 points) during the regular season and 24 goals (38 points) in the playoffs. Both of those totals gave him an average of a goal per game, so the excitement in Detroit's organization is easy to understand. 
And here's a look at my puck:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Oct. 24, 2014

On Friday, Oct. 24 the Grand Rapids Griffins hosted the Lake Erie Monsters, AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. We didn't catch any of the Lake Erie players when they were in town two weeks prior, but we had incredibly good luck this week! I ended up leaving with all but one of the cards I brought signed, and with a pretty full team sheet as well. 
On the team sheet above, clockwise from top left:
Paul Carey (28), Sami Aittokallio (74), Bruno Gervais (27)
Markus Lauridsen (11), Andrew Aggozino (18)
Joey Hishon (38), Max Noreau (26), Samuel Henley (42)
Dennis Everberg, Daniel Maggio (44), Roman Will (34)
Mike Sgarbossa (43), Borna Rendulic (71), Karl Stollery (3)
Kenny Ryan (17), Calvin Pickard (31) and Michael Schumacher (24).
Assistant coach Randy Ladouceur signed four cards from his NHL time with the Hartford Whalers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Michael Sgarbossa signed three cards, including a 2013-14 Upper Deck AHL card
Goaltender Calvin Pickard, fresh back from time in Colorado, signed two cards including an Upper Deck AHL (I love these cards!)
Goalie Sami Aittokallio, who started Friday's game, signed an O-Pee-Chee RC
Defenseman Stefan Elliott signed a 2011-12 ITG Heroes/Prospects and an OPC card
Troy Bourke signed 2011-12 and 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects cards
Duncan Siemens signed his 2011-12 Heroes and Prospects card
Former Minnesota Wild prospect Max Noreau signed a couple 2010-11 Score Hot Rookies
Finally, I got Bruno Gervais on the team sheet above but didn't get my card signed.
Kevin was nice enough to give me this Heroes and Prospects card.

I also had some luck with a few Griffins players, so keep coming back this week to see what other cards I was able to get signed! Trade page will be updated (probably next weekend) to reflect recent additional cards from this season so far.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Austin Kubitza

Here's another addition to the baseball collection, and it's another pitching prospect from the Detroit Tigers organization. Austin Kubitza was a fourth round pick in the 2013 amateur draft and was really impressive at the A level last season. He was 10-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 140 strikeouts. Kevin was nice enough to get a Bowman Draft Picks card, a Chrome Refractor and a Blue Parallel (#/500) signed for me in blue sharpie.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jonathon Crawford

Since we're between hockey weekends, I thought I'd take a moment and share a handful of signed baseball cards from this summer. I didn't make it to many West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers A affiliate) this summer, but Kevin was kind enough to take a bunch of my cards and get them signed for me. First up is pitcher Jonathon Crawford, the Tigers' first round pick from the 2013 amateur draft. Crawford was 8-3 for the Whitecaps this season, with and ERA of 2.85 and 85 strikeouts. Pictured above are signed Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects, Bowman Chrome DP&P refractor and a silver parallel. All three look great signed in blue sharpie.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gordie Howe
"Mr. Hockey" signed book

About a month ago, I happened to catch a post on that Barnes and Noble was offering signed copies of Gordie Howe's new book, xxx. By the time I checked it out they had sold out, but another member posted last week that they had been restocked and were once again offering this amazing deal - for $20! I hopped on B&N and ordered one immediately, and anxiously waited until today when my book arrived (some members had ordered a signed copy and received an unsigned one instead, others had complained about the quality of Howe's declining signature). My copy arrived signed in blue on the second blank page at the front, and I have to say not only am I looking forward to reading this book, but I'm incredibly happy to have obtained a signed copy for such a low price.