Thursday, January 30, 2014

A New PC: Here comes Corey

Cover to my Binder that I designed in Photoshop


So, As you might, or might not, know I have 2 Player Collections (PC's) going. The first is of my childhood idol Patrick Roy and that has amassed at least 300 cards. I am going to keep this collecting growing even with the card company's still making cards of him way past retirement.  

The second PC I have is for Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews, I am a HUGE fan of Toews and I like him a lot. It's just I am a goalie guy at heart and I was NEVER 100% satisfied with what the Blackhawks had in net and I didn't think Crawford would amount to much. So I will probably be holding off on Toews cards (not selling yet either) unless they become very cheap and locatable in card stores. 

Both PC's can be quite expensive with both players being very popular and collectible on today's market, and the prices for their memorabilia cards are way too high to collect. Also at the Card convention in the summer at Rosemont I found A LOT more Roy cards from dealers when most Toews cards felt non existant. 

After winning the Stanley Cup last season and signing a hefty 7 year contract, I think there is a lot of potential in Crawford and the collection of his cards. He's not a huge expensive player yet but his cards are in the median price range from $2.00-$5.00 for base & parallel and 15.00-$50.00 ranging in memorabilia. 

I will also be on the lookout for any if not ALL Antti Raanta Rookie cards that get produced in the upcoming year. 

All the links to my Photo Bucket are posted below







Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 National Hockey Card Day

So today is Hockey Day in Canada and Upper Deck, for the 3rd year in a row, has released free cards for the US and Canada. I bought some packs this year and got a good amount of cards but I did NOT complete my set. 

So if any fellow americans need the extra's I have or have extras that I need, let's get in touch and make some trades.

And to the Canadians out there, once I complete an extra set of the American set OR if you have an Canadian set you want to give away then comment or email me (kosimitz@comcast.net)

Key:
NEED
HAVE
EXTRA

National Hockey Card Day USA Checklist

1 Aleksander Barkov (NEED)
2 Alex Galchenyuk (Extra)
3 Beau Bennett
4 Charlie Coyle
5 Brock Nelson (NEED)
6 Filip Forsberg (EXTRA)
7 Petr Mrazek (3 Extras)
8 Seth Jones
9 Tomas Hertl (NEED)
10 Valeri Nichushkin (EXTRA)
11 David Backes (NEED)
12 Jonathan Quick (3 Extras)
13 Patrick Kane (NEED)
14 Phil Kessel
15 Zach Parise (NEED)
16 Bill Guerin (NEED)
17 Brett Hull
18 Doug Weight (NEED)
19 Mike Modano (NEED)
20 Tony Esposito (3 Extras)
21 Alex Galchenyuk, Seth Jones










Friday, January 17, 2014

Blackhawks Season Ticket Party (ALL Typos Fixed)

Every year for the past 5 years (except last year's lockout) the Chicago Blackhawks have hosted a Party for their Season Ticket holders at Navy Pier.
So this year's dates were on January 7th & 8th, I went on the 7th

The first player I went up to was backup goaltender Antti Raanta, and I have to say he is a pretty nice guy. I first saw Raanta earlier this year at the Training Camp but I had nothing for him to sign because there were no good photos at all of him. But I finally found a very cool photo of him and he actually thought it was a pretty cool photo too. I even got to take a photo with him. It's amazing how he started in Rockford this season and already showed that he is a solid goalie capable of being a starter especially when Crawford went down to injury for 10 games.
The man behind the mask



The next player I got to meet was Andrew "Scars" Shaw. I have always liked the way Shaw plays with grit and toughness. When he got hit in the face during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals that just made me like him even more. The photos that I had him signed were cool  Stanley Cup photos. 

3rd Person I met was Thor himself (Michael Kostka). Kostka's play doesn't stick out because he is not a major player and is sometimes scratched but when he plays he is really not that bad.


4th player to meet was Niklas Hjalmarrsson. His line was a decent size but still a quick wait. The photo I found online with all the Swedish players from last years team is pretty cool. I will have to find Kruger and Oduya this year and eventually find Victor Stalberg with Nashville.



Last but NOT least was former and current Blackhawk Micheal Handzus. I had a bunch of cards of him to choose from but it was better fitting to pick a Blackhawks card with him in the Blackhawks sweater, and even though it is from his 1st 8 games in several yearrs and there are really no curent cards of him in a Blackhawks sweater.
LOOK at that FLOW!

So in the end I did pretty well meeting and getting autographs from most of the players there just missing out on Toews, Hossa and Versteeg. Toews and Hossa obviously had massive lines that I would have wasted time in.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blackhawks Book: Part 4

Sorry I haven't been posting for awhile but I had a busy school year and been busy with  work and shoveling most of this winter break. BUT your wait has been worth it because this will be a huge post.
Bill White: White spent 10 season in the NHL playing with the Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings. In a total 604 NHL games played White tallied 265 points (50 Goals, 215 Assists). So he wasn't much of a goal scorer as another setup man. Which is still a very important role. 


Denis Savard: There is a lot that can be said about Denis Savard as he was a very good player back in the day. He wasn't the greatest Blackhawks player but #3 All-Time for the Franchise.
29th All-Time in points is not to shabby either plus being inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2000. 


Jack O'Callahan: Jack O'Callahan did not have a Huge NHL career but he will be mostly known for playing in the 1980 Olympics for the USA "Miracle on Ice" team that did the unthinkable and beat the Soviet Union. 

Jerry "King" Korab: Korab had a long NHL career lasting a total 17 seasons in the NHL. Having stints with Chicago, Buffalo, Vancouver, and the Los Angeles Kings. Over the 975 games he played, Korab racked up 455 Points (114 Goals, 341 Assists). Jerry seemed more like a penalty man spending 1,629 minutes in the sin bin.

Pat "Whitey" Stapleton: This is another autograph from a player to goes way back to the Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita days of Blackhawks Hockey. Over Stapleton's profesional career he amounted 337 points (43 Goals, 249 Assists) in 635 games, and doing it all with the Blackhawks. So he wasn't much of a goal scorer but a setup man to guys like Bobby and Stan.
Pierre Pilote: Pierre Pilote is a man who was very underrated in my opinion because you don't here that much about his career here in Chicago like you do with Hull and Mikita. Pilote may have been the Blackhawks GREATEST defensemen winning a Stanley Cup and 3 Norris Trophies earning his number 3 to hang in the rafters. Mush March and Chris Chelios are 2 players you could are who were also good.

Reg Kerr: Reg Kerr played 4 years in the NHL tallying a total of 160 points (66 Goals, 94 Assists) in 263 games.  

I am now at 16 and midway through this season so far, so that is not bad. There are at least 11/12 signers that are coming to the Blackhawks games that I could finish this season with a solid 28 Autographs in the book. Which would be a HUGE outstanding accomplishment.