Monday, February 28, 2011

LOUIS LEBLANC

Louis LeBlanc  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Club De Hockey Junior Majeur de Montreal
                        1410, Rue Stanley
                        Montreal, QC H3A 1P8

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: February 28, 2011

Total Time: 26 Days

Received a few autographs back today from my favourite player from this year's Canadian World Junior team! Louis is an exciting player to watch. Louis LeBlanc was drafted 18th overall in the 2009 Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

BRANDON GORMLEY

Brandon Gormley  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Moncton Wildcats
                        100 Midland Drive
                        Dieppe, NB
                        E1A 6X4

Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: February 28, 2011

Total Time: 19 Days

Brandon Gormley was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2010 NHL Draft. Very happy to get this back!

FIGHTER AUTOGRAPHS

Here are a few autographs I have received in the mail from some pretty famous fighters.  When sending to fighters I usually send to the address provided to me on their website or I do some research and find out the gym they train at. In the past I have received autographed photos from Randy Couture, Nate Marquardt, and probably my best autograph success to date Manny Pacquiao. I sent Pacman 2 photos along with a letter of request and  a SASE to Wild Card Gym in California. I currently have those ones framed on my wall at home, but I'll try to take a picture a post them in the future. Some of the other fighter autographs I have received are pictured above (clockwise: Steve Molitor, Shane Carwin, Miguel Torres, and "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler).

MY TRIP TO THE FLEA MARKET

This past Saturday I paid a visit to the local flea market. From time to time I like checking out the flea market for all the great deals as well as to pick up some cards of players that I'd like to send to. This past Saturday one dealer at the flea market was having a 50% off sale. Growing up I was never really a big Steve Yzerman fan, but for some reason I always wanted to own his rookie card. Back in 1995 I was lucky enough to get Stevie Y to sign a card for me before a Detroit Red Wings vs. Winnipeg Jets game. He always tried to elude us autograph collectors by exiting the Arena through the ramp located in the back of the old barn, but when we were able to find him, he was always a willing signer. This past Saturday I was able to buy his O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card for $40. The card is a bit off-centered, but still in great shape.

Another card I picked up at the flea market was a 1970 Gene Lakusiak Winnipeg Blue Bombers card. I bought this card for $2.00. Mr. Lakusiak was my High School Phys Ed teacher and an all around great guy! I was happy to be able to purchase this card, especially for this cheap.

I also purchase 5 packs of 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 2. Each box contains 4 Young Guns, I pulled 3 of them! Not the greatest of rookies, but rookies nonetheless!

Because I had made a total $55.00 purchase, the dealer gave me a free pack of hockey cards from National Hockey Card Day which was 2 weeks ago. In the pack I pulled a Crosby, Subban, and Taylor Hall. Not a bad trip to the flea market in my opinion.

Friday, February 25, 2011

MARK PYSYK

Mark Pysyk  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

Address Used:  Edmonton Oil Kings
                        11230 - 110 Street
                                Edmonton, AB T5G 3H7


Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: February 25, 2011

Total Time: 17 Days

Another awesome success from a future NHL Star! Mark Pysyk was drafted 23rd overall in last year's draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

EMERSON ETEM

Emerson Etem  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black and Silver Sharpie

Address Used:  Medicine Hat Tigers
                        155 Ash Avenue SE
                        Medicine Hat, AB
                        T1A 3B1

Date Sent: February 2, 2011

Date Received: February 24, 2011

Total Time: 22 Days

Really happy to get this one back! Emerson Etem was drafted 29th overall last year by the Anaheim Ducks.  Emerson is from Long Beach, California. I would expect him to be a fan favorite when he becomes a Ducks regular in a few years. Thanks Emerson!

DYLAN MCILRATH

Dylan McIlrath  4/4 4x6 photos signed in  Silver Sharpie

Address Used:  MOOSE JAW WARRIORS
                         BOX 74
                        MOOSE JAW, SK SH6 4N7

Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: February 24, 2011

Total Time: 15 Days

Happy to get this one back from a fellow Winnipegger!  Dylan signed 4/4 4x6 photos for me in silver sharpie marker.  Dylan McIlrath was drafted 10th overall in last year's draft by the New York Rangers.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MARK VISENTIN

Mark Visentin  5/4 4x6 photos signed in  Black and Grey Sharpie

Address Used:  Niagara IceDogs
                         35 Queen Street
                         St Catharines, Ontario,
                         Canada L2R 5G4

Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: February 22, 2011

Total Time: 13 Days

Great success from the future goaltender of the Phoenix Coyotes. Mark Visentin signed my 4x6 photos in both Silver and Black sharpie. Mark was also kind enough to include an autographed team issued card of himself. Unfortunately the card and the photos were slightly creased in the mail, but I was still happy to receive autographs from a future NHL star goaltender.

ERIK KARLSSON

Erik Karlsson  2/3 4x6 photos signed in  Black Sharpie

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

Date Sent: February 9, 2011

Date Received: February 22, 2011

Total Time: 13 Days

Fast turnaround from a future star! Erik Karlsson was drafted 15th Overall in the 2008 NHL Draft! Another awesome success!

Monday, February 21, 2011

NASCAR/RACING AUTOGRAPHS

A friend of mine recently asked me if I had any Dale Earnhardt autographs. Unfortunately I don't have any autographs of Sr. or Jr., but  in the past I have had great success when requesting autographs from race car drivers. I found that most of them reply through their fan clubs or their contact addresses listed on their websites. In recent years I have had successes with Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and the from the drivers above (Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Bobby Allison). 

Friday, February 18, 2011

HAYLEY WICKENHEISER and DANIELLE GOYETTE IN-PERSON AUTOGRAPHS


Just got back from the Max Bell Arena at the University of Manitoba Campus where the Calgary Dinos coached by former Olympic Gold Medal winner Danielle Goyette and lead by arguably the greatest women's hockey player of all time Hayley Wickenheiser. The Manitoba Bisons defeated the Calgary Dinos 3-2 in overtime. After the game Coach Danielle Goyette signed 3/3 4x6 photos in Blue Sharpie. Coach Goyette was not in a very good mood needless to say. Hayley Wickenheiser signed 3/3 8x10 photos for us as well.  Hayley was absolutely wonderful and signed for everyone who waited. Awesome in-person successes from two of the greatest women hockey players of all time!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SPORTS LEGENDS AUTOGRAPHS THROUGH THE MAIL

Over the years I have received autographs from some legendary figures in sports. Here's a few I was lucky enough to receive (clockwise: Sparky Anderson, John Wooden, Elden Auker, and Howie Meeker)

SPORTS AUTOGRAPHS TTM THROUGHOUT THE YEARS....

Since I started this blog for the past week or so, I have been showing you a lot of my autograph hockey collection. There's no doubt that hockey is my favourite sport to collect, however I do have 1000 or so sports autographs I have obtained through the years in person and through the mail. Above is a few athletes who were kind enough to send me an autograph in the past few years. As always, I supplied a 4x6 photo, a written letter of request, and a self addressed stamped envelope from addresses provided to me by http://www.sportscollectors.net/. (clockwise: John Madden, Bobby Bowden, Chuck Bednarik, Danika Patrick, John McEnroe, and Nick Faldo personalized "To Clayden" should be "To Cayden" but it's a Nick Faldo autograph nonetheless and I was happy that he was kind enough to send me one)

OUT IN THE MAILBOX

Later today I will be sending out to the following players:

Mason Raymond - c/o Vancouver Canucks (3 cards)
Alexander Edler - c/o Vancouver Canucks (3 cards)
Jason Spezza - c/o Ottawa Senators (2 cards)
Dale Hawerchuk - c/o Barrie Colts (2 cards)
Guy Lafleur - c/o Home (2 cards, 1 photo)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MANITOBA MOOSE IN-PERSON AUTOGRAPHS



Just returned home from the Manitoba Moose game. The Moose lost 2-1 to the Toronto Marlies which is lead by Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri. In all honesty Kadri didn't look too impressive tonight.  After the game the Moose have a post game promotion called Moose Autograph Alley which is held in the concourse of the MTS Centre. Each game 2 players sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. Tonight Guillaume Desbiens and Mark Flood were the players appearing at Moose Autograph Alley,  Both players signed for my son and I. Over the years I have got to know a lot of the Moose players. I have to say that Guillaume Desbiens is one of the nicest guys I have encountered. He's a gracious signer and always willing to sign whatever you have. Mark Flood was really cool too. Both players were in great moods despite the loss. The rematch is tomorrow evening. Should be a good one!

OUT IN THE MAILBOX

Today I sent out autograph requests to the following:

Bret Hart - c/o Home Address (2 cards)
Brian Gionta - c/o Montreal Canadiens (2 cards)
Rene Bourque - c/o Calgary Flames (3 cards)

I'm going to try to do a bit of writing next week. I'm hoping to send letters and requests to each player from this year's CHL Prospect game.

QUINTON HOWDEN

Quinton Howden 3/3 4x6 photos signed in Silver Sharpie

Address Used:  Moose Jaw Warriors
                         Box 74
                        Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
                        SH6 4N7

Date Sent: January 26, 2011

Date Received: February 15, 2011

Total Time:  20 days

Quinton Howden was drafted 25th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  I sent Quinton 3 photos to the address listed above. Awesome success from a future NHL player!

Monday, February 14, 2011

CARLITO IN-PERSON SUCCESS

Last Friday former WWE Superstar Carlito was in town to wrestle for Canadian Wrestling's Elite. After the show Carlito greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for pictures with fans. Carlito was a very "cool" guy! He signed 3/3 cards in Blue Sharpie marker! Very cool success!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

SOME CANADA WORLD JUNIOR SUCCESSES FROM 2 YEARS AGO

Every year one of the things I look forward to is writing and sending autograph requests to players from the Canadian World Junior team as well as all the players that play in the CHL Prospects game. Two years ago I was lucky enough to receive about 90% of the requests I sent. Here are a few notables: John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, PK Subban, and Brayden Schenn. I sent each player 2 photos to their respective Junior clubs and received them back in less than a month. Over the next few weeks I will share some of my older successes (along with the successes I receive presently as well). I highly recommend sending to Junior players. As the cliche goes, "They're tomorrow's Stars of Today".

Friday, February 11, 2011

MAGNUS PAAJARVI 2010-11 SPX FINITE ROOKIE /249

Another pack pull today. I haven't heard too much about Magnus Paajarvi's in person or TTM autograph habits. Wouldn't mind getting this one signed.

MARIO LEMIEUX 2010-11 PANINI LIMITED GAME JERSEY CARD

Not a bad pull from a pack today. Mario Lemieux 2010-11 Panini Limited jersey card 20/99.  No way I'll ever be able to get this card signed, so if anyone is interested I am willing to trade. Right now I'm in dire need of U.S. Stamps......

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

AUSTIN WATSON

Today I received in the mail:

Austin Watson 2/2 4x6 Photos signed in Black Sharpie.



Address Used: Peterborough Petes
                       151 Lansdowne St. West
                       Peterborough, ON
                       K9J 1Y4

Date Sent:  January 26, 2011

Date Received: February 9, 2011

Total Time: 14 Days

Austin Watson was selected 18th Overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. I sent Austin 2 photos along with a SASE to the Peterborough Petes (OHL) address listed above.

OUT IN THE MAILBOX

Today I mailed cards and/or photos, along with a SASE to the following players to be autographed:

Jeff Skinner c/o Carolina Hurricanes
Nino Niederreiter c/o Portland Winterhawks
Alex Burmistrov c/o Atlanta Thrashers
Josh Bailey c/o New York Islanders
Oliver Ekman-Larsson c/o Phoenix Coyotes
Cam Fowler c/o Anaheim Ducks
Joey Hishon c/o Owen Sound Attack
Mark Pysyk c/o Edmonton Oil Kings
Brandom Gormley c/o Moncton Wildcats
Nick Foligno c/o Ottawa Senators
Erik Karlsson c/o Ottawa Senators
Dylan McIlrath c/o Moose Jaw Warriors

I started to really get back in the hobby about 2 weeks ago. I sent out requests to almost every NHL 1st Round Draft pick from the past 2 years. I will keep you posted as to what comes back.

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