Friday, February 15, 2013

Pavel Datsyuk, From Russia With Love


Fan letter sent May 23, 2012.
3/3 Autographed cards returned February 14, 2013.

Sorry for the cheesy/gay sounding title but I just had to put it in there since I got the return on Valentine's Day.  Don't worry, I'm not that way...unless I find an opportunity to make someone laugh.  Datsyuk is probably one of my favorite players who never played for the Carolina Hurricanes, so getting this return was pretty awesome.  He has six goals and eight assists in 13 games so far this season.  Another one of Detroit's great late draft steals, as they got him 171st overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Datsyuk has 732 points in 745 career regular season games, and 94 points in 126 Stanley Cup Playoffs games.  Never mind he's a plus-213 for his career in the regular season and a plus-32 in the playoffs.

Jari Kurri

Retired player.  Purchased on eBay.  Currently serves as General Manager of the Finnish national team.  Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

A big part of the Edmonton Oilers five Stanley Cups, Jari Kurri scored 601 goals and recorded 1,398 total points in 1,251 regular season NHL games and 106 goals and 233 points in 200 Playoff games with the Oilers, Kings, Rangers, Ducks and Avalanche.  Kurri played for Jokerit of Finland's SM-liiga during the 1994-95 NHL lockout, regular season and playoffs, the team he played for before playing in the NHL.

Ted Lindsay

Retired player.  Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

Part of the Red Wings last Stanley Cup in 1955 before their 1997 return to glory, Lindsay won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings during his time with the team.  He also won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950, was GM of the Red Wings from 1977-80 and coached the Wings for 29 games in 1980.

Rod Brind'Amour?


Fan letter sent May 17, 2011.
2/2 autographed cards received September 8, 2012.

Sorry about not getting these up sooner.  I actually forgot to finish them after getting the returns.  I go to Hurricanes signings occasionally and usually get most of the players to autograph an item, but I started going too late to get Rod's autograph.  I honestly can't understand the logic behind his autograph, as he doesn't even put his number...if it is his autograph.  Could someone who might be familiar with his auto help me out here and tell me if it's real or not?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mike Richards

Currently with the Los Angeles Kings.
Fan letter sent 5/23/12.
3/3 autographed cards returned 1/24/13.

I sent this letter to Richards during the playoffs last season, I believe during their series against the Phoenix Coyotes.  As you can see I didn't have any Kings cards, and I still don't as I have not bought many cards in a while.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Guy Lafleur

Purchased on eBay.

Five Stanley Cups will certainly put your name in the history books, that is if three Art Ross Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy, two Hart Trophies and three Lester B. Pearson Trophies for being the MVP as voted on by the players won't by themselves.  But, poor Ted Lindsay, right after they come out with an award with his name all over, he has his own trophy broken at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.  I guess the people there don't care so much about hockey history as they would in Toronto.  Anyway Guy Lafleur is the guy on the card and his autograph; sorry about the tangent, but that reminds me, I forgot to get the Lindsay autograph up here on Blogger...I'll do that in the next week or so.

Lanny McDonald Autographed Card

Purchased on eBay.

Lanny McDonald had a 16-year NHL career during which he amassed 500 goals and 506 assists with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Calgary Flames.  The highlight of his career was obviously winning the Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary in Game 6 in Montreal, the final game of his career.  I never knew the New Jersey Devils had a 500-goal scorer in their history, it just never happened while they played in Meadowlands Arena (later Continental Airlines Arena and currently Izod Center) in East Rutherford, or while they have been in New Jersey at all.  I don't know what it is but it seems as though there have been so many past NHL greats who had superior signatures when you compare them to current NHL players.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Andy Bathgate Autographed Card

Bought on eBay.  Retired Player.  Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.  I bought this card on eBay for a couple of dollars a few days ago, as I haven't gotten many returns, nor have I sent out any letters lately.  973 points in 1069 NHL regular season games isn't bad to say the least for the 50's, 60's and early 70's.  One Stanley Cup with Toronto in 1964 and one Hart Trophy in 1959 with the Rangers.  More autographs coming in the next week or two.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Zdeno Chara

Fan letter sent December 19, 2010.

2/4 autographed cards received December 1, 2011.

One of my returns that I completely forgot about for some odd reason, Chara threw away two other Fleer cards, I guess so I couldn't trade them...which was my intention in sending more than one copy of a card...dangit!!!

Dylan Reese Jersey Card

Currently with the New York Islanders.

I honestly don't know when I got this card, because I just found it while looking through the current stack of cards that I want to get autographed.