Welcome to my obsession, this is my blog to showcase my sports memorabilia collection. All the autographs are 'in-person' which makes it more interesting! Some great NHL'ers are from our area and come 'home' in the spring. Feel free to use this site for reference for your autographs. I am not an expert but all my stuff is "in-person" so it can be a great reference point. And please drop me a comment!

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Jersey Updates Weston Dressler

Found the Rider jersey on Kijiji for cheap so finished the Weston Dressler jersey. My wife was going to take it but ended up wanting the new jersey with black on the arm instead of the retro. She has a Dressler signed #7 too so her's will have white on black.
The Ranger 99 jersey needs the other 9 and the nameplate to finish. That will make 3... I really like the Starter brand jerseys too, kinda cool looking.

Brayden Schenn ITG

Notice the number, cool eh? I was watching today to see if Dean Lombardi would pull the trigger on a deal to see Brayden head to Edmonton. TSN said he's tearing up the WHL with Hamilton, why not make them teammates? But I was happy to see him stay a King. Trading him would be like the Oilers trading Hall or Eberle.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Card Show Day, First of the Year...

Perhaps my fav of the group, $1.25!

A Jay Bo signed card, $1.50...


I have met him once and started collecting him, hat trick the other night too!

Perhaps the most interesting of the bunch.

This appears to be the Dallas crest, any thoughts?

You know me, ex-Flame...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lots, But No IP's

This one is on the trading block. Send me offers, Flames players!

We ended up getting free tickets to the Saskatoon Blades game last night and were heading in the the city so thought what the heck. The Blades were playing the Prince Albert Raiders, who sit in 7th spot in the WHL. Scott Hartnall is a Raider Alumni also so it's always fun to watch the 'DUB' Teams. The was no real chance for an autograph but after the game, the Blades always have a player profile who would come up and sign for people, last night was Duncan Siemans. The Blades will sell tickets for a game used jersey, I have come so close to Schenn's and Zahn's. I dropped $15 hoping I could get it signed after the game, missed it by 200 numbers...rats....I have a real interesting video of Lukas Sutter, son of Rich Sutter who was chirping another player prior to puck drop. Once a Sutter always a Sutter. Within a few minutes, the gloves were dropped and Sutter does what a Sutter does...He was like a pitbull on the ice. This is not his draft year but he will go to someone, either 2011 or 2012. My stash is from the mail two days ago. 4/4 from Brett Hull, sent a long time ago, actually gave up on them since I met him in Oct and got the puck and jersey signed. Schenn pic from the Blades game, $3, and the Panini cards from eBay. I had to get my hands on the Craig Conroy Heritage puck, signed before retirement. I will get the Schenn photo signed maybe TTM, here it would only take about 10 days if they're in town.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Joe Joe---> Got Him!

Well let's spill the beans about my last two weeks. I was playing in a rec hockey tournament two weeks ago. In the first 5 mins, I pushed some player and felt a pop in my right bicep. I knew I hurt it but played the rest on the game. By the end of the game, I could not shoot the puck 4 feet. I came off the ice and my bicep was bulged and off center. I showed my wife and she took me to the hospital. I tore my bicep just under my shoulder. I have all the tests they could do to find out no surgery, it's the John Elway tear. He won 2 Super Bowls with the same injury. It will take 3-4 months and I will get 90% of the strength back with time. It hurts like heck and I just have to deal with it. Here's the segway!
Today I had a doctor's apt with my arm and when I was finished I drove downtown to try and get Sakic. This is the same event we got Gretzky at last year. I was headed to the hotel and saw a white limo drive by me. Our city has 250, 000 people but that's Sakic, I know it. I turned around and headed to TCU. I was across the street when I saw Sakic walk into the building. I was about 20 secs late. I ran into the building but missed him. I ended up bumbing into Darian Durant in the waiting area. Only in Saskatchewan. I actually said to him, "Hi Darian, you've signed lots for me before so just wanted to say hi!" He laughed and shook my hand.
John Elway was the other speaker at the event but I was not really concerned but thought this has to be karma helping me out a little. I waited as the VIP's walked in with their jerseys and footballs. Hah, no one had silver sharpies, I had a pocket full...Evil laugh....
The emcee walked by and people, I recognized him but did not know his name. He's a sports comedian, name slips my mind! Found it...

Jim Ralph

I asked him if there was any chance to get Joe to sign. He said yah, he's a good guy, so just hang around. So I sat and waited. About 25 mins later, he came out and asked what I had. I said a Team Canada jersey and he said he would be right back and walked out the door. I knew what that meant. 20 secs later Joe Sakic walked out to head to the washroom just around the corner. I caught him and asked him for an autograph. He said, "Sure, get it ready and I'll be back." No shame when your after a future HOF'er. And no I would never enter for an autograph.LOL!
He signed for my on the '9' and I said I always thought of him when I use my snow blower. He laughed and said, "Oh thanks." I said "No for what not to do." He laughed and walked off. I said thanks so much and he said "No problem."
Kinda a dumb comment but hey, it was a long day. This may take priority to finish ahead of the Schenn Canada jersey.
No Elway but that's ok. But I left the funny part out.
I had a half hour to kill before my doc apt so I headed to the mall. I saw 2 guys with Rider jersey and my radar was spinning. I walked to Sport Chek and bought a football, they're here somewhere. There was a marathon radio event and 3 Riders were signing for people and taking pledges. Cool ball signed by Gene Makowsky, Jeremy O'Day, and Mike McCullough. And that's my story...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

No Sakic Yet, But Two Blades

Today brought a very interesting day. In the morning we had a visit from our local WHL Team, the Saskatoon Blades. A very strong team, currently top 5 in the CHL. Mike Green's junior team, yah they're pretty good. This is where Brayden Schenn was traded to at the deadline last month. The kids were hoping Schenn would be one of the players but we were treated with two top notch talents. Chris Collins and Darian Dziurzynski spoke to the kids about drugs and making healthy choices. Players from the WHL have traveled to BC to speak with drug addicts and take the message back to their communities. I managed to snag a couple of autographs as they were leaving the building and they were more than happy to sign a few pucks. Collins even asked if the Flyers were my favorite team, I laughed and showed the retro side of the puck and said that was all I could find. The Blades should make a run at the Memorial Cup this year, so we'll keep our fingers crossed. Now, we looked for Joe Sakic tonight with no luck. Will try again tomorrow night, wish me luck!