Friday, November 30, 2012

TTM: Red Kelly

Sent: 11/9/12

Received: 1/30/12

A nice return from a former Red Wing and 1969 Hall of Famer. This is my second return from the 8 time champ. The first came in March which can be seen here and now I have this form my Fleer Greats set I might throw my other one up for trade.

I am glad to see that fleer made and old photo of Kelly on a new card look good and for Kelly to use Blue Sharpie which always looks the best on these cards.

Monday, November 26, 2012

TTM: Rick Kehoe

Sent: 11/9/12

Received: 11/26/12

Drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs 2nd round (#22 overall) 1971 NHL Amateur Draft

Rick Kehoe was a long time member of the Pittsburgh Penguins playing for them from 1974-1985 and coaching them from 1988-2003. Mostly a assistant coach in the 80's and 90's before becoming a head coach.  During his playing career he captured the Lady Byng Memorial trophy in 1981 though his bigger achievement would be as an assistant to the legendary Scotty Bowman for the 1991 & 1992 Stanley Cup with Mario Lemeiux and Jaromir Jagr.

Another nice return that helps out my Fleer Greats of the game set which is perfect when the former players use Blue Sharpie.

Friday, November 23, 2012

TTM: Martin St. Pierre

Sent: 11/12/12

Received: 11/21/12

This is a nice return from the current IceHogs Captain who has seen little NHL action with the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Over his short NHL time he has scored 3 goals put up 5 assists and tallied 8 points in 38 games. First starting in the Blackhawks organization with the Norfolk Admirals and then followed the move to Rockford in 2007 after the hawks changed affiliations. After 2010 the AHL said goodbye and headed to Europe in the 2010-11 season playing for 3 different teams including my favorite EC Salzburg Red Bulls and then came back to the states to play for the Blue Jackets affiliate Springfield Falcons.

This helps out a 2007 IceHogs team set that has 12/ 26 singed. But the set has some Stanley Cup Champions like Colin Fraser, Kris Versteeg, Dave Bolland, Bryan Bickell, Troy Brouwer, Jordan Hendry, and Niklas Hjalmarrsson.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TTM: Norm Ullman

Sent: 11/8/12

Received: 11/20/12

This was a pretty big return that I was very happy to get once Mr. Ullman added a NHL Alumni Picture and a 1993-94 Parkhurst retro Detroit Red Wings Card. I think Norm would of emjoy this years Winter Classic though not sure what Alumni team he would be on since he was bot A Detroit Red Wing and a Toronto Maple Leaf. I am glad to see cards from a set the Fleer Greats of the Game set getting checked off every time an auto from that set comes in the mail.

My whole goal is to complete the set having all the cards signed except for Terry Sawchuck, and Tim Horton(died before set was made), Bernie Geoffrion, and Gump Worsley. I actually found Rick Martin's autographed card on eBay with PSA/DNA certification. I currently at 18 compared to JonWayne at 32 total cards signed. Though I still have some cards in the mail and can easily get Hull, Mikita, and Tony Esposito in person once the season starts up again.

Mr. Ullman was so nice and generous to add this NHL Alumni photo.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

TTM: John Murray

Sent: 10/15/23


This is one of those rare autographs is not a hot prospect and he was never drated by an NHL team but it still makes this an important return for me and my ITG Between the Pipes sets. Mainly helping out with my 2007-08 which has as good 36 out of 60 and the second card makes the 10th autographed card for the 2006-07 set which will have some autographs but most of the goalies in the set are hard to find. This was an easier return because it stayed in state and was sent to the Quad City Mallards in Moline, Illinois.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TTM: Steve Shutt

Sent: 11/5/12

Received: 11/13/12

Drafted by Montreal Canadiens 1st round (4th overall) 1972 NHL Amateur Draft

A key player from the Legendary Montreal Canadiens team that won 5 Stanley Cups in the years of 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979. Having a extreme career high season in 1976–77 scoring 60 goals which was the most for a Left Wingers, until Luc Robitaille (63 in 1992-93) and Alex Ovechkin (65 in 2007-08) both broke it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Veteren's Day: Card and Masks tributes

With this holiday being a post office holiday too there will be no mail or cards for today so I wanted to show off some cool cards representing and saluting the Military.

First to show off is from my favorite player good ole Johnny Toews repping a cool Military digital camo warm up jersey. They have worn them every year for warmups right around now (being veteran's day) and then auctions them off for Vet's. They sell normal jersey's in the UC and online but those just have white logos instead of this colored logo.  (If you have the rink collection version let me know. I have this normal base version (1st card) Need the shiny foil version (2nd card) it's a scan of ebay.

The second Cards comes from Toews UND teamate and St. Louis Blue T.J. Oshie. Stretching out in a Blues military sweater. Which is a bit darker then the Blackhawks version. But still works well even though it would be cool to see these in a actual game and make gloves, pants, and socks with the same design. 

Now on to some tribute Masks 
First to start of would be Jason LaBarbra's Military mask. The overall digital camo paint detail is pretty sweet but the addition of former soldier and Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman is touching as a tribute to him and really special.

Friday, November 9, 2012

TTM: Phil Esposito

Sent: 4/5/12

Received: 11/9/12

This was a good return but I had sent this card and a old Parkhurst Tall Boys. Which to me that Tall boys was part of the Blackhawks team set that I was hoping to have signed but I am going to have to reach him 2 more times to get the Tall Boys card signed and a card from the Fleer Greats of the game set. But now this can't be traded or sold unless it is to someone named Kevin. In the end can't complain all the way because it's a very nice signature from a Bruins great.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TTM: Charlie Hodge

Sent: 10/15/12

Recieved: 11/7/12

Charlie Hodge was a very talented goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens but he did not match to the greats like Plante, Dryden, and Roy. Though he still does have an outstanding record with 6 Stanley Cups between the years of 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966 and 2 more as a scout with Pittsburgh in 1991 & 1992. He also has 2 Vezina Trophies (which is the award for most outstanding goaltender) in 1964 and 1966(Shared with Gump Worsley.)

For me this was a very solid return even though I was hoping to get an extra Molson card that others have got but you can't always be picky.

Monday, November 5, 2012

TTM: Eddie Lack

Sent: 10/18/12

Received: 11/5/12

Signed as a Free Agent by the Vancouver Canucks

A semi quick return from the "Lackness Monster" in under a month. This future star has proven that he will be a good backup in Vancouver to Cory Schneider once Roberto Luongo is Let goand most likely sent to Florida. Until then he is the main man in Chicago with the Wolves filling the pipes with his 6'5 frame. He also gets my vote for the sweetest pair of pads sticking to putting the main logo on his Brian's, Just take a look for yourself.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

TTM: Matthew Barnaby

Returned: 11/2/12

Drafted by Buffalo Sabres 4th round #83 overall 1992 NHL Entry Draft

Barnaby was known back in the day as a rough tough fighter always looking to pick scraps and a bit of a traveler playing for 7 teams. I most got to know him when he came to Chicago in 2005. After his long hockey career he became a broadcaster for the Buffalo Sabres and 2007 and then joined Barry Melrose in 2008 cover hockey analysis for ESPN but that would be the light side of his career. The dark side of his life was in May 2011 when he was arrested for Domestic Violence "Barnaby was accused of causing an estimated $300 in damage after kicking a garage door in an attempt to enter the suburban Buffalo home where his estranged wife and two children live"(Wikipedia). A few months later he was caught driving while intoxicated which hurt his career by being terminated by ESPN. He plead guilty and was forced to pay $1,500 in fines and serve 100 hours of community service.