Saturday, 22 November 2014

Landeskog Two-Pointer

I'm feeling a little under the weather tonight but I must push forward - move over bitches, I'm hell-bent right now on maintaining this blog and getting it back into shape. But seriously, anyone care to bet how long I'll go until I disappear once again into the abyss? I heard 2-3 weeks.
 
I picked up these next two signed cards up during the same purchase as the autographed Henrik Lundqvist 'Award Winners' card that I showcased yesterday. Again, I got them for a good deal considering.
 

 
Considering the fact that Gabriel Landeskog has a 0% success rate on sportscardforum.com (I personally have never seen a through the mail return from the guy either) and his private signing fee is a little on the high end of the spectrum, I felt good spending a little coin and nabbing these two cards for my set.
 
I like the addition of these 'Award Winners' cards into the set, along with the 'Season Highlight' cards - Panini really made an effort in capturing events of the 2011-12 NHL season on cardboard.
 
Like the Lundqvist autograph, I feel pretty confident that these Landeskog signatures are the real deal.  I'll know for sure when it returns from the PSA submission.

 
 
The 'First Goal' subset which has been honoring a players first NHL goal on cardboard for the past few years now, is another part of the 2012-13 Score Hockey set that I've been attempting to complete autographed. I initially had the impression that Nugent-Hopkins and Landeskog would be the hardest chase but now, two years into the hunt, I've been able to cross both names off!

I still have a Landeskog base card left to have signed until I can officially close the case.  I'm currently in the process of getting that done.

Friday, 21 November 2014

One Down Three To Go: Henrik Lundqvist Edition

Over the past 2 years or so I've basically stopped collecting per se.  I haven't been bothered to pick up a retail blaster, hobby box or even a rack pack from the local Target.

Actually that's a lie - I do recall picking up a shitload of 13/14 Score Hockey when it was first released; the other night I took some time to sit down and organize the stacks of abandoned cards and realized that I was pretty close to putting an entire set together.  I've gotten quite a few of them hard-signed as well, which makes for a good segue.

So what have I been doing over these past 2 years away from the blog?  Well, I've been really into collecting hockey autographs.  So much that I've been going full monty; working on collecting complete hard signed sets through the mail, in person, trading with other collectors and taking advantage of private signings on a few occasions.

Right now I've been working on a couple of sets; my main set has been the 2012-13 Score release.  I have collected about 362 out of 540 hard signed cards from the checklist - It has been a fun chase, frustrating and seemingly impossible.


When I first began this project there were a few cards from the checklist that I mentally circled as potentially, incredibly hard to have autographed.  One player being Henrik Lundqvist - a tough signer who plays for an organization that doesn't deliver their players fan mail and if that isn't bad enough, he has a total of 4 different cards in the set.

I landed this 'Award Winners' card signed by "the King" for a reasonable price; actually it was for a fraction of the price for his ink via any private signing.  The authenticity looks good to me but like any eBay purchase of an autograph, you can never be sure. 

This one is definitely gong to PSA headquarters in January to be authenticated for my collection.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Zdeno Chara Return

A nice through the mail return from an All-Star awaited me in the mailbox this morning.  It was a pleasant surprise as I had sent this out during the playoffs last season and had written off all the cards that I had sent out then.

2011-12 Panini Hockey Stickers #46 Zdeno Chara

I'm happy to add Chara to my Panini stickers signatures collection.  I'm personally not a fan of Chara nor do I dislike him, he's unarguably one of the elite blueliners in the game and a top pick in any fantasy draft.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Goalie Mask Food Issues

While sorting through my stack of boxes that I mentioned in a previous post, it came to me - I've always really liked food issued hockey stuff a lot more than I thought I did.

You don't see the NHL marketed on products as much nowadays as you would growing up during the 1980s through the 90s. Walking down a Kraft aisle at a grocery store was like taking a stroll through the Hockey Hall Of Fame.

I came across these neat Jell-O cards while picking through some stuff. I cut them out from packages of jelly mix nearly 25 years ago, I honestly can't believe I've been able to hold onto them for some long! But I can see why.

Released by Kraft Canada in 1995-96, these cards have been given the set title, 'Crease Keepers'. I thought they were pretty cool and highlight each goaltenders choice of mask during the 90s. Definitely a nice set for any goaltender or mask collector.




 

Soo what do you guys think?  What's your favorite mask design from the above 1995-96 food issues?

Personally I'm going to have to pick McLean's mask as my favorite from the group.  Flashiest would have to go to Lacher.  And well, Fiset and Kidd - they're all memorable during their era.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A Goalie Mask Post

While sorting through a couple of card boxes, I hauled out a few of the best goalie mask cards that I came across.  I was lookng for close ups, mid-game photography.  I think these first five cards are great starters.

1991-92 Upper Deck #137 Patrick Roy


1997-98 Upper Deck Collector's Choice
#208 Patrick Lalime

1997-98 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #56 Patrick Roy
 
1998-99 UD Choice #63 Ed Belfour
 
Lalime's debut mask artwork with the Penguins has been a personal favorite of mine. As a Penguins fan it was something to cheer about when Lalime was hot from his start, going on a 16 game unbeaten streak. I only recently learned that the penguin is breakng through an egg and not an ice iceberg as had originally throught for years.
 
Which is your favorite mask design from the above?  Belfour has icon mask status and so does Roy's Canadiens design largely due to his legacy in hockey as opposed to the actual artwork.  But maybe you'll disagree. 

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