Wednesday, March 30, 2011

VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV

Vladislav Namestnikov 3/3 4x6 photos signed in Black Sharpie

Address Used:  London Knights Junior Hockey Club
                        John Labatt Centre
                        99 Dundas Street

                        London, Ontario
                        N6A 6K1


Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 30, 2011

Total Time: 23 Days


Great success from a future NHLer! Vladislav was also nice enough to get a photo signed by Scott Harrington for me which I mistakenly sent to him. 

PHILLIP DANAULT

Phillip Danault  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Victoriaville Tigres
                         400 boul Jutras E
                         Victoriaville, QC G6P 0B8


Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 30, 2011

Total Time: 23 Days

DUNCAN SIEMENS

Duncan Siemens  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Silver Sharpie

Address Used:  Saskatoon Blades
                        201, 3515 Thatcher Avenue
                        Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7R 1C4

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 30, 2011

Total Time: 23 Days

SCOTT HARRINGTON

Scott Harrington 1/1 4x6 photos signed in  Silver Sharpie

Address Used:  London Knights Junior Hockey Club
                        John Labatt Centre
                        99 Dundas Street

                        London, Ontario
                        N6A 6K1


Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 30, 2011

Total Time: 23 Days


A very strange success today. I accidentally sent a Scott Harrington photo to his teammate Vladislav Namestnikov.  Vladislav was nice enough to sign his photos and also get Scott Harrington to sign the photo above which I accidentally sent. 2 successes in 1! Very happy to get these back from 2 future NHLers! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Red Deer Rebels
                         4847C 19 St
                         Red Deer, AB T4R 2N7


Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 29, 2011

Total Time: 22 Days


Extremely happy to get this one back from the projected #1 pick in this year's NHL Draft! It will be interested to see where Nugent-Hopkins ends up at Draft day. 

SEAN COUTURIER


Sean Couturier  3/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Drummondville Voltigeurs
                        300, rue Cockburn
                        Drummondville, QC J2C 4L6

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 29, 2011

Total Time: 22 Days

Very happy to get these back. At one time Couturier was ranked #1 amongst all skaters to go 1st Overall in the 2011 Draft. Very happy to get him and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back on the same day!

STUART PERCY

Stuart Percy  2/2 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
                         5500 Rose Cherry Place
                         Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 29, 2011

Total Time: 22 Days

SCOTT HARRINGTON

Scott Harrington  2/2 4x6 photos signed in  Blue Sharpie

Address Used:  London Knights Junior Hockey Club
                        John Labatt Centre
                        99 Dundas Street

                        London, Ontario
                        N6A 6K1

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 29, 2011

Total Time: 22 Days

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CHRISTOPHER GIBSON

Christopher Gibson  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Chicoutimi Sagueneens
                         643, rue Bégin
                        Chicoutimi, QC G7H 4N7


 
Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 22, 2011

Total Time: 15 Days

DAVID HONZIK


David Honzik  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Victoriaville Tigres
                         400 boul Jutras E
                         Victoriaville, QC G6P 0B8


Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 22, 2011

Total Time: 15 Days

DAVID MUSIL

David Musil  3/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Vancouver Giants
                         100 North Renfrew Street
                         Vancouver, BC
                         V5K 3N7

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 22, 2011

Total Time: 15 Days

Monday, March 21, 2011

LIAM LISTON

Liam Liston  3/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Brandon Wheat Kings
                        2 - 1175 18th Street
                        Brandon, Manitoba
                        R7A 7C5

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 21, 2011

Total Time: 14 Days 

REECE SCARLETT

Reece Scarlett  3/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Swift Current Broncos
                        P.O. Box 2345
                        Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada
                        S9H 4X6

Date Sent: March 7, 2011

Date Received: March 21, 2011

Total Time: 14 Days

KITCHENER RANGERS FAILURE

Today I received a package in the mail containing the photos I had sent to Gabriel Landeskog, Tobias Rieder, and Ryan Murphy along with a letter. Somehow I had missed the memo that the Kitchener Rangers Junior Hockey Club no longer allows their players to accept items to be signed for personal collections. The letter is posted above, but in case the photo is hard to read here's what it says:

"Thank you for your support of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club.  I have passed along your letters to Mr. Landeskog, Mr. Rieder and Mr. Murphy.  Due to our club policy, which is posted on our website http://www.kitchenerrangers.com/, under the Community tab, we do not accept items to be signed for personal collections.

Feel free to browse our online calendar for upcoming player autograph sessions, some of which are open to the public.

Thank you again for your kind words of encouragement,

Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

JEFF SKINNER

Jeff Skinner  1/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club
                         RBC Center
                         1400 Edwards Mill Road
                         Raleigh, NC, USA 27607

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: March 16, 2011

Total Time: 42 Days

After a long drought, I was so happy to look in the mailbox and find this one! Very happy to get an autographed photo back from Jeff Skinner who will probably win the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year this season.

Friday, March 11, 2011

CHRIS COOLEY - FANMAIL (http://chriscooley47.blogspot.com/2011/03/fan-mail.html)

My friend Mike who is also an autograph collector from Winnipeg shared this link with me earlier today from the Official Blog of Chris Cooley http://chriscooley47.blogspot.com/2011/03/fan-mail.html .  A very good read for any autograph collector:

I want to start out by thanking anyone who has ever spent the time to send fan mail my way. I now want to apologize to the fans who sent in mail between 2008 and now because you haven't gotten shit back. Luckily the mail is not lost and in a turn of great fortune, I found over 1000 letters packed into a box in my basement today! It takes a long ass time to read 1000 letters, but once I began there was no stopping. I swear I personally read every letter, signed every card and photo. I'm sure a bunch of people are going to be pretty damn surprised to get their letters back in the the mail.

Please consider if you've sent mail and moved in the last three years, I hope you left a return address. Also taken into consideration was the cost of stamps. When received in 2008, the price of mailing a regular letter was .42 cents, which has now went up .02 cents, but no worries, I have covered all return costs. I'm sure the postal employees will enjoy selling me thousands of 2 cent stamps.

Now I would love to share some of the ups, downs, insanity, genius, lunacy, happiness and fanatical excitement that I enjoyed for most of my day.
Again, thanks to everyone for sending me such kind and thoughtful packages. I swear after sorting through every letter there was not one serious negative message. Keep in mind that the mail was no more recent than 2009 so I may get murdered in the next batch.

- If there are any Costanza envelopes I'm going to be f@%ing pissed. Probably shouldn't have, but I licked about 300 return envelopes. I made it through the day so I think I'm good. The peel and stick envelopes are much better. Buy those.

- Quick apology to all the school extra credit letters. I should have written back to you guys. It's awesome that you choose me for a school project and really cool that you wrote to me. I'm sure a ton of time went into that. I'm also sure that I'm gonna miss the semester deadline on return.

- To Austins Big and Tall. Quit sending me 20% off cards. I don't shop there. I'm sure you have good stuff, but fortunately I fit into the last size in all department stores. 38/34 and XL usually works out just fine in Nordstroms.

- To all Real Estate agents. First of all I have an agent, she's awesome. I also have about four houses in the area. No chance am I going to buy the 7.5 million dollar house in your brochure, or any house for that matter. Real estate goes straight into the trash - I'm pretty sure and by pretty sure I mean 99.9% that no house will be sold through a mail in brochure to Redskins Park.

- Katie, would have loved to attend the princess party on 10/24/09.

- Huge thanks to Karen for the $25.00 check to my scholarship fund. I'm sorry I never got that cashed, but don't you worry any longer, I'll void it for you and make sure I donate $25.00 more this year. So thoughtful.

- Emmitt, I will call or at least text Jason Campbell and Santana tomorrow and tell them what's up for you. It's been a long time coming.

- All the thank you letters to me for our breast cancer charities were very nice. So amazing to hear all the stories of these women. Breast cancer is shit. Keep fighting.

- Inmate mail is almost always a first read. I don't know why I'm fascinated by inmate mail, but I think a lot of the guys are. I had a few of those letters and was a little surprised by the text being quite short. Thought they had more time on their hands.

- To all financial advisers. I am well aware the average career of a NFL player is 3.5 years. I'm also certain that I need to continue to save for my future. I've actually formulated a pretty solid financial plan so I won't be needing any more solicitation via my Redskins fan mail box.

- Miranda - Tell your dad what's up for me. It's awesome that he's been a fan for 20 years. Well, 22 years now.

-I would prefer not to receive religious materials. No bibles, no bible DVD's and for the love of god, no Book of Mormons! I have made a very informed decision on my beliefs and am comfortable with my style of life. I don't go throwing "Religulous" DVD's in your front door because you've been saved, so I would just expect the same.

- Received at less than 10 Flat Stanley cutouts. Pretty wild. Sorry guys, Stanley is a home body. He didn't get out for many pictures.

- I should have counted the football cards I signed. No less that 500. If you want cards signed don't send really cool ones. It's hard for me to part with the awesome cards.

- If you want blue sharpie on your autograph please send blue sharpie in the package. If I grab a black one and sit down with a couple hundred letters, I'm not getting up because Steve's collection requires blue. Just the facts.

- I literally could have attended 25 weddings across the country. Congrats to all the brides and grooms circa 2008. It's almost a certainty I would drank too much and embarrassed your family at the wedding. Everyone has seen the picks from my wedding, so it's probably for the best I didn't come. Although I probably won't attend, if you're having a wedding soon, please keep in mind that an invite is in my top 5 favorite fan mail items. I'll leave the address at the bottom. Wes, your football ticket invites were awesome, but tell your wife she looks like a slut in that Cowboys jersey.

- Listened to the CD from the band "Shitt." Not a huge fan of death metal so I can't give a formal opinion either way. Gotta say though, I was pretty pumped to open this package.

- There is no way so many fans have followed my career since I was at Utah State. It's a nice gesture, but lets be honest here, Utah State football isn't a huge draw for the vast majority of NFL fans.

- Professional football players getting naked photos in the mail is a myth. I could have sworn when I started receiving fan mail that I was going to be getting all kinds of nasty shit. Have never seen them. Not just in my box, I have never seen one lude photo. Ever.... Lame.

- William - It's awesome being a pro football player. I always dreamed of playing the game I love as a career and the benefits that go with it are unreal. I love playing for the Redskins.

- Jake - The last fish I caught was a trout. I have a boat and go out on the Potomac a ton, but am the most terrible bass fisherman of all time. I also have the worst fishing luck ever. Now I know everyone who has ever caught a fish is saying that they could take me to their special place and dominate fish, but don't buy into it. If you take me fishing we will catch less fish than you have ever before. Proven with more than 20 excellent fisherman. If you know anyone who has ever fished with me they will verify.

- Please write legibly. It's cute if I can tell you less than ten years old, but if you have such shitty hand-writing that you can't even read it yourself, then just type the letter. It's actually faster. And has spell check. (Which I usually don't use.)

- Thanks for all the Birthday and Holiday cards. My birthday is July 11. Feel free to send me a B-day card anytime. I also love the holiday cards. Nice of people. Family photos are a plus.

- Anyways, it was a ton of fun sharing just a couple of the fan mail topics that I find interesting back to all the fans. There is a ton more, so maybe I'll have to do this again in a couple weeks when I continue to get up to date on the rest of the letter. Thanks again to all the people who took the time to write. I know I'm a little sarcastic about some of the stuff, but it's an honor and a privilege to receive all the wonderful mail.

Finally I would like to end with a couple tips to fan mailing.

1. If you want an autograph it would be best to first include the item you want signed.

2. Include a stamped envelope. - And if you really know me include the extra couple cents, cause it may be that long before I get to it. I will never get an envelope, address and stamp it before sending it on its way home. I guess I'm a jerk.

3. I love receiving fan mail, but you gotta make it look different. I definitely go through the strangest looking letters first.

4. Mail to Chris Cooley at 21300 Redskin Park Drive Ashburn Va 20147. Or to avoid having to wait a year for a response, go to SportsBUZZ.com, sign up to follow me, and send me fan mail online.

BRETT CONNOLLY

Brett Connolly  3/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Prince George Cougars
                        #102 - 2187 Ospika Blvd S
                         Prince George BC V2N 6Z1

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: March 11, 2011

Total Time: 37 Days

Very happy to find these ones in my mailbox earlier today. Brett Connolly was the sixth overall pick selected in last year's NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. I would expect him to have a solid NHL career and fit into the Lightning roster nicely.  He was one of my favorite players to watch during the World Junior Hockey Tournament.

NICK FOLIGNO

Nick Foligno  4/4 cards signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  OTTAWA SENATORS HOCKEY CLUB
                         1000 PALLADIUM DRIVE
                         OTTAWA, ONTARIO
                         K2V 1A5

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: March 11, 2011

Total Time: 37 Days

SEMYON VARLAMOV

Semyon Varlamov  2/2 cards signed in  Blue Sharpie

Address Used:  Washington Capitals
                         627 North Glebe Rd
                         Suite 850
                         Arlington, VA 22203

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: March 11, 2011

Total Time: 37 Days

Quick turnaround from an up and coming NHL star goaltender! Very happy to add these ones to the collection.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ROYCE GRACIE

Not too sure of the exact dates I sent and received these autographs. Earlier tonight I checked the mailbox at my old place and was absolutely thrilled to receive these autographs from the UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie.  I recall sending these out sometime last summer. The envelope was postmarked from Torrence, CA. Thank you Mr. Gracie!

HARLEY RACE

Not sure of the exact dates that I sent or received these. Earlier tonight I went to check the mailbox at my old place and found that I had received 4 autographs from Mr. Harley Race.  Harley Race is the epitome of a professional wrestling legend. I recall sending these to Mr. Race c/o his home address in Missouri sometime in the Summer. Absolutely thrilled to have gotten these back!

BRAYDEN SCHENN

Brayden Schenn  3/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black and Silver Sharpie

Address Used:  Saskatoon Blades
                        201, 3515 Thatcher Avenue
                        Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7R 1C4

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: March 8, 2011

Total Time: 34 Days

Great success from a player who will definitely be playing full time in the NHL next season! Brayden Schenn was dominant during the past World Junior Hockey Championship. Happy to have received autographs from a future NHL star

HONKY TONK MAN

Got these ones signed last Friday at a CWE event at a local community centre in Winnipeg. "The Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All Time" signed 5 cards for me. Honky was surprised to see these cards as they are 25 years old. Next up is former WWE Superstar Gangrel who will be in town to wrestle for CWE on April 8th. If there's any wrestling collectors out there, I do accept 50/50s if you like me to get anything signed.

Monday, March 7, 2011

OUT IN THE MAILBOX

Going out in the morning will be:

Mark Scheifele c/o Barrie Colts
Duncan Siemens c/o Saskatoon Blades
Reece Scarlett c/o Swift Current Broncos
Ryan Strome c/o Niagara IceDogs
Xavier Ouellet c/o Montreal Juniors
Tobias Rieder c/o Kitchener Rangers
Matt Puempel c/o Peterborough Petes
Zack Phillips c/o Saint John Sea Dogs
Stuart Percy c/o Mississauga St. Michael's Majors

DALE HAWERCHUK

Dale Hawerchuk  2/2 cards signed in  Blue Sharpie

Address Used:  Barrie Colts Junior Hockey Ltd.
                        Barrie Molson Centre
                        555 Bayview Drive
                        Barrie, Ontario
                        Canada L4N 8Y2

Date Sent: February 16, 2011

Date Received: March 7, 2011

Total Time: 19 Days

Another great success!! Extremely happy to get an autograph from one of the top 3 Winnipeg Jets of all time! Dale Hawerchuk is now the head coach of the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Thank you Mr. Hawerchuk!

RENE BOURQUE

Rene Bourque  2/3 cards signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Calgary Flames
                        P.O. Box 1540 Stn. M.
                        Calgary, Alberta
                        T2P 3B9

Date Sent: February 15, 2011

Date Received: March 7, 2011

Total Time: 20 Days

Very happy to get this one back. I have become a big fan of Rene Bourque over the past few years. I didn't expect to get this back so fast. Very quick turnaround 20 days!

BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHS TTM

Right now many collectors are sending autograph requests to their favorite players c/o the team's Spring Training Address. Many collectors including myself will tell you that this is by far the best time to send out requests to baseball players. Unfortunately for me, I will not be sending out to anyone c/o Spring Training Addresses as I have been busy writing to this year's NHL Draft Class. If you haven't sent out your TTM autograph request, now is the time! I have included some autographs above of players I have gotten back from in past years. (Pat Neshek, Jeff Francis, Boof Bonser, and Chien Ming Wang). Pat Neshek is a huge sports autograph collector himself. I highly recommend checking out his website http://www.patneshek.com/ .

OUT IN THE MAILBOX

Today I have sent photos, a letter of request and a SASE to the following hockey players:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins c/o Red Deer Rebels
Nathan Beaulieu c/o Saint John Sea Dogs
Myles Bell c/o Regina Pats
Jordan Binnington c/o Owen Sound Attack
Daniel Catenacci c/o Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
Sean Couturier c/o Drummondville Voltigeurs
Phillip Danault c/o Victoriaville Tigres
Christopher Gibson c/o Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Dougie Hamilton c/o Niagara IceDogs
Scott Harrington c/o London Knights
David Honzik c/o Victoriaville Tigres
Jonathan Huberdeau c/o Saint John Sea Dogs
Boone Jenner c/o Oshawa Generals
Nicklas Jensen c/o Oshawa Generals
Tomas Jurco c/o Saint John Sea Dogs
Lucas Lessio c/o Oshawa Generals
Gabriel Landeskog c/o Kitchener Rangers
Liam Liston c/o Brandon Wheat Kings
Shane McColgan c/o Kelowna Rockets
Mark McNeill c/o Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan Murphy c/o Kitchener Rangers
David Musil c/o Vancouver Giants
Vladislav Namestnikov c/o London Knights

Friday, March 4, 2011

ALEXANDER BURMISTROV

Alexander Burmistrov  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Atlanta Thrashers
                        2300 Satellite Boulevard
                        Suite 200
                        Duluth, GA 30097

Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: March 4, 2011

Total Time: 24 Days

JOEY HISHON

Joey Hishon  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Owen Sound Attack
                        1900 3rd Avenue East
                        Owen Sound, ON N4K 2M6

Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: March 4, 2011

Total Time: 24 Days

Great success from the Top Prospect of the Colorado Avalanche. Joey Hishon was drafted 17th Overall in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Avalanche. Thank you very much Joey!

GUY LAFLEUR


Guy Lafleur  3/3 4x6 photos and card signed in  Blue Sharpie

Address Used:  Home Address

Date Sent: February 16, 2011

Date Received: March 4, 2011

Total Time: 16 Days

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