Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Death of the Lazy Post

So as my views have been going down I have been trying hard here to make really well written posts so that I get more views on my TTM posts and hopefully more subscribers/followers.

Let's make some examples shall we,


My own cards from Score and Rockford sets

Drafted by Chicago in 2011 NHL Entry Draft/ 5th Round

Shaw has had a HUGE year so far scoring 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points in a total of 19 games. Most recently Shaw has been centering the Blackhawks 2nd line as Dave Bolland has been down with an upper body injury and has been a key player scoring 2 game winners this season. The first game winner was a shootout goal against Vancouver on February 19, and a lone goale to win 1-0 against the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets last Sunday.

This was a huge return from the Rockford IceHogs before the Lockout ended and has helped put 2 cards down for 2 team sets.


2nd Example (A VERY LAZY POST) Same player post

Image for Sal's autograph hockey. Copied to show laziness.
I really never heard of this guy so I will copy some information. (Never do this)

Andrew Shaw (born July 20, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.[1] He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (139th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

On January 5, 2012, Shaw got into his first-ever NHL fight on the second shift of his first NHL game. He needed stitches, but later returned to score the first goal of his NHL career on his first shot of his first game against Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers.[2][3]
On April 14, 2012 during the first round of the playoffs, Shaw was battling for the puck when Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was hit by Shaw. Shaw left the game with a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. On April 17, 2012, Shaw was suspended for 3 games.

So not my information and NOT EVEN MY OWN PICTURE. Very lazy and will Not been done EVER again.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day USA

I had a very successful Saturday collecting 2 Full sets and almost a 3rd missing 3 cards. But the overall main point was ro collect a full set and then a extra one in hopes to trade for a Full Canadian set. Also picked up some nice PC cards in the stores.

My first store, In Highland Park, actually had opened all the pack and put sets together for customers,maybe in hopes for a auto, but anyway it was nice to knock that off the list immeaditly. Then I went to to other stores and received 4 packs.

2 from AU Sports in Morton Grove. Really Nice place with a ton of cheap old cards.

Tickets and More in Glenview only gave me 1 pack for 2 people. The owner knows me and gives discounts but a younger A hole was working 

3 from Bleachers in Winnetka, I am a long time customer so I got 2 packs and my driver (..mother) got 1.

The hardest fins were Malkin, Ovechkin, and Leetch being the only cards missing from a 3rd set and last to get for the 2nd set.


The Full 16 Canadian Cards for a Full 16 USA cards. (Checklists and extra purchased card included)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

TTM: Gilles Gilbert

Sent: 1/29/13

Received:  2/15/13

Drafted by Minnesota North Stars 3rd round #25 overall 1969 NHL Amateur Draft

Playing for a couple teams Gillesd Gilbertis mostly known for his day in Boston as a Bruin where he had a tandem with Gerry Cheevers and later on ,when Cheevers left, went on to be their starting goaltender.

In 1973 Gilbert was Boston Bruins replacement as Gerry Cheevers went to the WHA. He managed to help the Boston Bruins to the finals against the Philadelphia Flyers and prevailed giving the  broad street bullies their first of 2 Stanley Cups.

(That's all I known from researching him)

Gilbert has a REALLY nice Solid signature  and I am very happy to welcome it into my Between the Pipes collection.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TTM: Wendel Clark

Sent: 12/24/12

Received: 1/11/13

Drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs 1st round  (#1 overall) 1985 NHL Entry Draft

A semi good return from yesterday, from former Maple Leaf to a restaurant business owner.

Though being a 1st overall draft pick I didn't really consider him being one, but still has played better than Patrik Stefan. Clark played for many teams but is mainly known for his stops in Toronto from 1985-1994, 1995-1998 after a stop in Quebec and New York, and finishing his career in the 1999-2000 season, after stops in Tampa, Detroit, and Chicago). Though he may be known for a bit of a fighter after throwing down with big guys like Bob Probert, Marty McSorley and other former Blackhawk Mike Peluso.

Some cool unknown facts about Mr. Clark is that hockey blood runs through in his family. He is first cousins with ESPN commentator Barry Melrose, and also cousins with former Red Wing Joey Kocur.

My Fleer Greats set is now at 41 out of 89 signed. Signed in BLACK Sharpie even though it looks like he went over his first signature or just started with  a fading Sharpie

Thanks, to this Blog (http://sortingbyteams.wordpress.com/)

I have found proof of Clark donning the Indian Sweater. (I am going to have to hunt this card down)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

TTM: Johnny Bower

Sent: 1/29/13

Received: 2/9/13


What can I say about the career of Johnny Bower? I never saw him play but I have read many stories and seen some pretty old clips to know that he was one Hell of a goalie and that was back in the day when the equipment was smaller/ less protective and masks had yet to be invented. So these guys had to face killer shots from guys like Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull.

 A Big return from a Legandary Hall Of Fame Goaltender Johnny Bower adding to 3 Between the Pipes Sets. It's also my second return form Bower my first being 2 years ago.

If anybody is wondering, here are this season's TTM Stats.

Sent: 65
Received: 33

Saturday, February 9, 2013

TTM: Bob McGill


Received: 2/8/13

2 cool cards singed by a former Blackhawk and a return under a month.

McGill is a NHL Journeyman who has seen 6 teams

Thursday, February 7, 2013

TTM: Barry Beck

Sent: 1/15/13

Received:  2/6/13

A pretty quick return coming from Hong Kong. It's the 2ndn card that I sent overseas but the 1st to come back. It will be the ONLY return from the continent of Asia.

Most players from this set played before my time and did not really know what they did as players unless they are household names like Hull, Mikita, Esposito, Lemieux, and Howe.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

TTM: Andy Moog

Sent: 12/12/12

Received: 2/2/13

Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1980 NHL Draft

This ttm helps out my 2006-07 and 2010-11 Between the Pipes sets. Though I love the 1992 Upper Deck Checklist card with the painting.


Andy Moog started his playing days in the minors while Eddie Mio and Ron Low were Edmonton's main goaltenders. Moog would later be called up when Mio or Low went do with an injury, but then a young 19 year old named Grant Fuhr would step up and start his Hall of Fame career.  In 1982 Oilers general manager and coach Glen Sather decided to go with the young duo of Moog and Fuhr and traded Low. Moog was given the starting job in the playoffs, and helped lead the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup Finals, though they were swept by the New York Islanders, who captured their fourth straight Stanley Cup. The next year Sather chose to go with Fuhr in the 1984 playoffs. Fuhr was injured in the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a rematch against the Islanders. Moog stepped in and led the Oilers to a series win. Fuhr continued to be the number one goalie for the subsequent seasons.

On the trading deadline of the 1987–88 season, Moog was traded to the Boston Bruins for Bill Ranford this was shortly after the 1988 Olympics. The Bruins also implemented a two-goalie system. Moog shared the duties with Reggie Lemelin. Lemelin was in goal for most of the action during the 1988 Cup run. The Bruins went to the 1988 Finals and lost to the Oilers. Moog was in goal for the series loss clinching game. Despite Lemelin initially starting in net during the 1989–90 playoffs, when the Bruins were on a streak to win the Presidents Trophy, Moog would gain the starting position. After a few games and performing heroics, Moog's team went all of the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Moog was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, who relocated to Dallas for the 1993–94 season. He backstopped them to a winning record to return the Stars to the playoffs where they reached the second round. In the 1996–97 NHL season, Moog helped Dallas to the Central Division title, but they were upset in the first round in seven games by the underdog Edmonton Oilers. During his time with the Stars, Moog often shared the workload of regular season games with Darcy Wakaluk and later Arturs Irbe.
With the Stars bringing in Ed Belfour, Moog signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens for the 1997–98 NHL season. Ironically while Moog had helped eliminate Montreal from the playoffs four times (once with the Oilers and three times with the Bruins), he backstopped the Habs to their first playoff series win since 1993. In the summer of 1998, Moog was offered a contract to play for the Vancouver Canucks, but he chose to retire and instead became the team's goaltending coach.

Fun photo: The Great one (Gretzky) wearing Moog's gear

Saturday, February 2, 2013

TTM: Guy Lafleur

Sent: 11/9/12

Received: 2/2/13

A big 2nd return from a Canadiens Hall of famer (class of 88)

Known as "The Flower"
Lafleur is the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history, notching 1,246 points (518 goals and 728 assists) in his 14 years with the Habs. He led the NHL in points in 1976, 1977, and 1978. He tied for a Montreal club record with Steve Shutt for goals in a season with 60 in 1977–78 and holds the franchise record for points in a season with 136 in 1976–77. Lafleur became the first player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons as a Hab. Lafleur was also the fastest player (at the time) to reach 1,000 points, doing so in only 720 games. That record has since been broken by Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and a few others.
He won three Art Ross Trophies (1976, 1977, 1978), two Hart Memorial Trophies (1977, 1978), three Lester B. Pearson Awards (1976, 1977, 1978), and one Conn Smythe Trophy (1977). He was a member of the Canadian team in the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cup tournaments, winning the Cup in 1976, and was the recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1977.
Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Along with Gordie Howe before him and Mario Lemieux after him, Lafleur is one of only three players to have returned to the NHL after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He still holds the record for the most career point and assist totals in Montreal Canadiens history, as well as the second-highest goal total behind Maurice "Rocket" Richard. Lafleur was the sixth Montreal Canadiens' player to have his sweater number retired.

This was mainly for my Fleer Greats set but it's a super huge addition to have the photo in my collection.