Saturday, March 30, 2013

eBay: Between the Pipes Autographs

Well I haven't posted anything in a week or so and didn't recieve any ttm's this past week I though I did receive some autographs for my Betweeen the Pipes project. I actaully enjoy collecting the set and finding signed base cards, some are findable through ttm others like these come from either players in Europe or players who just didn't make it and retired from the game.

First 2 auto's from 2006-07 Between the Pipes set, (13/55 prospects signed) (23 out of 104 total signed but out of a possible 102. (Stefan Liv and Gump Worsley both have passed away.)

First is from Brent Krahn, a goalie who did see much NHL after being drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2000. I am considering him as a bust being drafted 9th overall and then being later sent to the Dallas Stars organization only to stay in the AHL and see no NHL time. 

Next is Brian Finley, who is another player who had trouble seeing success after being drafted by the Nashville Predators 6th overall in the 1999 NHL Draft. So this is another case of a high prospect that never came through as speculated, it's too bad because another player in the set is Pekka Rinne and he is HUGE for the Preds, but Finley actually got to see some NHL time with 2 games in Nashville (in 2002,2006) and then 2 games with the Boston Bruins (in 2007) but then decided to retire after falling to a group 6 free agent.

Now on to a more accomplished set, which has 40 out of 60 prospects signed and 46 out 100 in the set but out of a possible 98 (Terry Sawchuk and Gump Worsley have both passed)

First up is Tomas Popperle, Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005 in the 5th round (/. Luckily he didn't have much hype like current Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason (drafted in 2006 3rd round 69th overall/ rookie of the year) so he did have to come out to be a great goalie. But Popperle made his way into 2 games during the 2006-07 season playing 45 minutes and registering 1 Goal against. The next season he would stay with Syracuse (as pictured) until 2009 when he would be send down to Europe where he still plays today for Prague Lev of the KHL.

Next is the forgotten and unknown Parise, Son of JP and brother of Zach, Jordan plays a different position but still won't amount to his star younger brother Zach in Minnesota. He did accomplish something as he became North Dakota's All Time leader in Goals Against Average (2.14) and that was enough to impress the NHL scouts to get him signed to a contract in 2006 with coincidentally the New Jersey Devils. But from 2006-08 he would stay with the Lowell Devils in the AHL with Stephen Gionta and Mike Pandolfo while all 3 of them have brothers who were on the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Parise is still playing hockey today in Italy with HC Valpellice.

I enjoy having these cards in my collection and look forward to more of these autographs whether they be from letters sent in the mail (TTM) or by ebay these are a lot cooler than the certified sticker autographs. But hey if anybody has any signed cards based or certified stickers hit me up with offer because I woul be down to any deal on these exquisite hockey cards.  

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