Saturday, January 14, 2017

Classic Auctions Win = 70% Milestone Reached

All of these autographs come from a single lot I won from Classic Auctions. It was a bittersweet win because it wasn't the lot I had wanted, that was a signed 1940s minor league program that went for a few hundred dollars more than I could have afforded. It was also somewhat of a sentimental win for me. I've long drooled over Classic Auction's stuff but have never been in the market to bid. Finally working a career job, I have a little disposable income and this represents a new direction in my collection, chasing rarer vintage signatures. I actually won these for rather cheap, with the opening bid, or not much more than it. The lot I won included a few signed pictures and a few signed programs. The pictures were of the lot and it was difficult to identify exactly all the signatures I was buying. My trained eyes were able to identity more than a few nice ones and I judged it worth the asking price. Part of the fun in getting a lot of signatures like this for me is identifying all the autographs. I ended up with 22 new NHL autographs and 5 new WHA autographs. A nice haul. I also added dozens of autographs to my growing tradelists.

The grand total of unique NHL autographs now stands at 5,214 for 70% of everyone who's ever played in the NHL. When I started this collection over a decade ago I never would have thought I'd be able to get so far. I'm 25 so at this rate, and my love of collecting hasn't showed any sings of slowing, I should be able to make it close to the impossible 100% goal. I'm confident there's a few older guys from the 1920s who's signatures I'll never see, but if I stay with it I should be able to get the majority of the rare ones. My lifetime goal is to complete the collection enough to make it something the HHOF would take when I go. All my signatures must fit in a binder (organized by years of debut, then alphabetically) so although its quite large in terms of quantity, it only takes up one bookshelf and its a blast to flip through.

Starting with a 1967 Red Wings Vs Penguins program:
Red Wings Autographs:

For the collection:
Baz Bastien
It was a 1967 team photo that confirmed this autograph for me. I thought it might be Bastien but couldn't fill in the blanks as to why he would have signed the program until I saw him listed as the team's assistant GM. As a young goalie, Baz Bastien tended goal for 5 NHL games with the 1945/46 Toronto Maple Leafs. His career was cut short when a puck to the face caused him to lose an eye. From 1976 to 1983 he was General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, his career ending abruptly with his unfortunate death in a car accident at 63 years of age.

Roy Edwards
Roy Edwards spent a decade playing pro before the 1967 expansion draft gave him the big break he needed. Edwards was drafted by the Penguins in the expansion draft and then traded to the Red Wings shortly after. From 1967 to 1974 Edwards appeared between the pipes in 236 regular season games, mostly with Detroit but also playing with Pittsburgh. He's also notable for being the "goalie on hand" for the 1960 Chicago Blackhawks. Although he never played a game for the club, he got his name on the Stanley Cup, listed as "Allan R Edwards." He passed away in 1999 at 62. 

Jim Peters
I had tried writing to Peters a couple times at a couple different addresses but kept getting RTS. From 1964 to 1975 Peters played over 300 games in the NHL between the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings. His father, Jimmy Peters sr., also spent over a decade in the NHL.

Extras: Ted Hampson, Dean Prentice, Alex Delvecchio, Bill Gadsby, Bert Mashall, Norm Ullman, Doug Barkley, Sid Abel and Gary Bergman

Pittsburgh Penguins autographs:

For the collection:
Bill Speer
This was a rare signature I couldn't identify right away. Without another Speer autograph to refer to, I wasn't 100% sure it was him (he wasn't with the team all season) until I turned to the rosters. Filled in by hand, Speer had been added to the lineup by whoever had attended the game. That confirmed it for me and i'm now 100% its Speer. Had I any doubt at all, I would have added it to my small pile of questionable autographs that don't get added to my collection. Speer is most notable for helping the Boston Bruins win the 1970 Stanley Cup. The defenceman played over 100 games in both the NHL and WHA. Speer died in a snowmobile accident at only 46 in 1989.

Dunc McCallum
From 1965 to 1971 defenceman Dunc McCallum played 187 regular season games in the NHL. He made his NHL debut with the 1965/66 New York Rangers but only played 2 games for the club. The rest of McCallum's NHL career was spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He later spent two seasons in the WHA, playing for the Houston Aeros and Chicago Cougars. McCallum passed away in 1983 at only 43.

Bob Dillabough
From 1961 to 1970 Bob Dillabough played 300 career regular season+playoff games in the NHL. He was a member of the Red Wings, Bruins, Penguins and Oakland Seals. He also spent a season in the WHA, scoring 8 goals and 16 points in 72 games with the 1972/73 Cleveland Crusaders. Dillabough passed away in 1997 at only 55 after a hard life of uranium mining post hockey took its tole.

Extras: Red Sullivan, Andy Bathgate, Val Fonteyne, Ab McDonald, Leo Boivin, Hank Bassen, Paul Andrea, Ken Schinkel, Noel Price

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1973/74 WHA Alberta Oilers team signed sheet.
This page is a dream for an autograph collector like me. Autographs all are clear and well spaced.

For the collection:
Len Lunde
From 1958 to 1971 Len Lunde played well over 300 games in the NHL, dressing with the Red Wings, Blackhawks, North Stars and Canucks. He retired to coach the Finnish national team at the 1973 World Championships but returned to play a full season with the WHA's 1973/74 Oilers. Lunde passed away in 2010.

Brian McKenzie
Brian McKenzie scored 1 goal and 2 points in 6 career NHL games with the 1971/72 Pittsburgh Penguins. He later played 87 games in the WHA between the Edmonton Oilers and Indianapolis Racers. I was never able to find an address for McKenzie so I was especially happy to add this.

Chris Worthy
From 1968 to 1971 Chris Worthy played 26 NHL games with the Oakland and then California Seals. From 1973 to 1976 Worthy played 81 games in the WHA for the Edmonton Oilers. Worthy, who was born in England but raised in Canada, passed away in 2007 from cancer at 59.

Jim McCrimmon
Defenceman Jim McCrimmon played 2 career NHL games with the 1974/75 St. Louis Blues. From 1973 to 1975 McCrimmon was a member of the WHA's Edmonton Oilers. Additionally, he later played 5 more games in the WHA with the 1975/76 Calgary Cowboys.

Bob Fitchner
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1970, Bob Fitchner signed in the WHA with the Edmonton Oilers in 1973. From then until the league folded he played over 400 games in the WHA, scoring over 200 points. In the Rebel League he dressed with the Oilers, Racers and Nordiques, helping Quebec win the league championship in 1977.  Fitchner followed the Nords into the NHL, making his debut in the league almost a decade after he was drafted. From 1979 to 1981 he played 78 NHL games with Quebec, scoring 12 goals and 32 points. 


The next 5 get added to my WHA only autographs
Ian Wilkie
From 1972 to 1974 Ian Wilkie appeared in 33 regular season WHA games. He played for the New York Raiders, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. He had originally been drafted by the Montreal Canadiens but attended University after junior and only later signed in the WHA. He went back to University after hockey and had a very successful business career. 

Tom Gilmore
From 1972 to 1975 Tom Gilmore played over 200 games in the WHA, suiting up for the Los Angeles Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. He scored 48 goals and over 100 points over his WHA career. Gilmore was an undrafted University of Denver alumni when he signed with the LA Sharks. Tom's son, Patrick Gilmore, is a notable actor who had a recurring role on Stargate. 

Rusty Patenaude
From 1974 to 1977 Rusty Patenaude played five full seasons with the Alberta/Edmonton Oilers. In 1977/78 he played his last season of pro with the WHA's Indianapolis Racers. Patenaude, originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, scored 159 goals and 290 points in 431 regular season WHA games. His best season was a 42 goal year with the 1975/76 Oilers.

Roger Cote
 Defenceman Roger Cote spent over a decade in the AHL in the 1960s, but was never able to crack an NHL roster. The World Hockey Association gave him, and many more players, a new opportunity and from 1972 to 1974 he played 155 games with the Alberta/Edmonton Oilers.

Ron Climie
Ron Climie scored 98 goals and 204 points in 249 career regular season games in the WHA. He was a member of the Ottawa Nationals, Edmonton Oilers and New England Whalers. He scored a career high 38 goals with the 1973/74 Oilers, leading the team in scoring and representing them at his second WHA All-Star game. Climie was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1970 and spent a couple season's playing for the CHL affiliate, the Kansas City Blues, but was never able to crack the parent club's roster.

extras: Jim Harrison, Ross Perkins, Val Fonteyne, Al Hamilton, Steve Carlyle, Blair MacDonald, Ken Baird, Bob Falkenberg, Eddie Joyal, Doug Barrie, Bob Wall, Jack Norris

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1970/71 LA Kings Signed Sheet:
If you look closely, this one was much more difficult to cut up that the Oilers page. With some of the autographs so close together, I had to make some unfortunate sacrifices. Juha Widing's autograph was a painful one to cut though because he's long deceased and I needed his signature. I had to sacrifice it because it ran through the Flett and Mickey signatures. With Mickey's autograph being rarer than Widings, and me being a fan of Flett, it was the clear choice to keep the other two. My girlfriend saw me in agony over this, "well why can't you just keep them all?" she asks. Well, its because I'm too anal with my autographs. I have to be able to put it in its proper place (the proper year of debut binder, then organized alphabetically) so dual signatures just don't work.  

For the collection:
Bill Flett
Bill "Cowboy" Flett spent almost 2 decades playing pro hockey in the 1960s and 70s. He played nearly 700 regular season games in the NHL and almost 200 regular season games in the WHA. Flett's best season as a 43 goals season with the 1972/73 Philly Flyers and then in 1974 he won a Stanley Cup with the Flyers. Flett suffered from alcoholism for many years after hockey and died in 1999 at only 55 from liver failure.

Larry Mickey
From 1964 to 1975 Larry Mickey played 301 career regular season+playoff games in the NHL, dressing with the Blackhawks, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Kings, Flyers and Sabres. In 1967 Mickey's wife died in a car crash while he was driving, something that stuck with him for the rest of his life. He had a difficult time after his hockey career had ended and when his third wife left him, Mickey committed suicided at just 38.

Lucien Grenier
Lucien Grenier made his NHL debut in the playoffs with the 1969 Montreal Canadiens, playing 2 games. The Habs won the Stanley Cup but didn't choose to include Grenier's name on the trophy even though he qualified for the honor. From 1969 to 1972 Grenier played 150+ NHL games between the Habs and Los Angeles Kings. I've never seen a TTM success from Grenier so its a nice find.

Larry Cahan
Cahan might be best known for being involved in the NHL's only only on ice fatality, being one of the players who checked Bill Masterton in 1968, causing Masterton to his his head on the ice and later die. If was, of course and accident, but deeply affected Cahan. From 1954 to 1971 Larry Cahan played 665 career regular season games in the NHL and later spent a season in the WHA. Cahan passed away in 1992 at 58. 

Extras: Paul Curtis, Doug Robinson, Bob Berry, Bob Pulford, Gord Labossier, Mike Byers, Ed Shack,  Gilles Marotte, Dale Hoganson, Noel Price, Matt Ravlich, Jack Norris/Denis Dejordy

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For the collection:
Tommy Williams
I just needed 1 autograph from this sheet but it turned out to be a good one. A nice, clean autograph of Tommy Williams, who was for a long time the undisputed best American born player in the NHL. From 1961 to 1976 he played 663 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 161 goals and 430 points. He was a member of the Bruins, North Stars, Golden Seals, Capitals and the WHA's New England Whalers. Internationally, Williams won a Gold medal at the 1960 Olympics as a youngster with USA. His brother, Butch Williams, also played in the NHL. Unfortunately, Williams' personal life was marred by tragedy, his wife died a young woman, his son died in his young twenties and Williams himself passed away in 1992 at only 51. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981. 

Extras added to tradelist: JP Parise, Barry Gibbs, Lou Nanne, Claude Larose, Danny Grant, Bill Goldsworthy

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Minnesota North Stars team signed:

For the collection:
Steve Jensen
From 1975 to 1982 Steve Jensen played 438 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 113 goals and 221 points. He split that time between the Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings. Internationally, Jensen represented America at the 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1983 World Championships, 1976 Olympics and 1977 Canada Cup.

Jim Roberts (b. 1956)
This Jim Roberts played over 100 games in the NHL between 1976 and 1979, all with the Minnesota North Stars. He was claimed by Winnipeg in the 1979 expansion draft but never suited up for the Jets.
I also noticed that Jim Roberts' 1978/79 OPC hockey card has an error on the back, it features a signatures of the other Jim Roberts, you can clearly see the difference here and its and clearly matched to the other Jim Robert's autograph.

Extras added to tradelist: Pete LoPresti, Ales Pirus, Fred Barret, Charlie Burns, Tom Younghans, Tom Reid, Pierre Jarry

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Another multi-singed North Stars item:

Two for the collection:
Paul Shmyr
Paul Shmyre was a solid defenceman who, from 1968 to 1982, played 343 regular season games in the NHL and another 511 games in the WHA. In the NHL he was a member of the Blackhawks, Golden Seals, North Stars and Whalers. In the WHA he played for the Cleveland Crusaders, San Diego Mariners and Edmonton Oilers. In the Rebel League, Shmyre was a perennial top defender, being named to the league's All-Star teams in 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1979 and in 1976 was named the WHA's best defenceman. He was captain of the 1978/79 Edmonton Oilers, Wayne Gretzky's rookie team. When the league folded Shmyre was third all-time in WHA games played by any player. In the NHL, from 1979 to 1981 he was captain of the Minnesota North Stars, leading them a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1981. Internationally, he's also notable for being named to team Canada's 1974 Summit Series team. He passed away from cancer in 2004 at just 58.

Brad Maxwell
From 1977 to 1987 Brad Maxwell played over 600 games in the NHL. The defenceman was a member of the North Stars, Nordiques, Maples Leafs, Canucks and Rangers. He exploded for 73 points from the blueline with the 1983/84 North Stars and was named to the NHL's 1984 All-Star team. Internationally, Maxwell represented Canada at the 1978 and 1982 World Championships, bringing home a Bronze medal each time. I actually just sent a TTM request to Maxwell, but I'm happy to have this one for now.

Extras added to tradelist: Glen Sharpley, Tim Young, Fred Ahern, Gary Edwards, Louis Levasseur, Craig Hartsburg, Pierre Jarry

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The last couple I forgot to scan the pages before cutting them up, but they were both signed pages from Minnesota North Stars programs.

Dave Cressman
From 1974 to 1976 Dave Cressman played 85 games in the NHL for the Minnesota North Stars, scoring 6 goals and 14 points. He was drafted by the North Stars in 1970 but put his pro career on hold to attend the University of Guelph, not exactly a place known for its hockey development program, and he beat the odds to make it to the NHL anyway.

Pierre Jarry
Jarry is an impossible TTM signer so I was happy to get this. From 1971 to 1978 he played 344 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 88 goals and 205 points having suited up with the Rangers, Leafs, Wings and North Stars. He also spent part of the 1977/78 season in the WHA with the Edmonton Oilers.

Extras: Dean Talafous, Steve Jensen, Ernie Hicke, Glenn Sather, Bryan Hextall, Bill Hogaboam, Pete Lopresti, Lou Nanne, Mike Antonovich, Blake Dunlop, Tom Reid, Fred Barrett. And from the other: Dean Talafous, Ron Zanussi, Tom Younghans, Per-Olov Brasar, Brad Maxwell, Lou Nanne, Nick Beverley, Tim Young, Paul Harrison/Pete Lopresti, Kent-Erik Andersson, Steve Jensen, Alex Pirus, Glen Sharpley, Fred Barrett, Roland Eriksson, Jerry Engele, Pierre Jarry

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mail: 45 New Autos to Start 2017

Although this post is mostly of new guys, there's also some older gems. Messier and Jagr represent a few of the last modern day stars I needed. The reason I had waited so long to add them was because they have lots of signatures on the market, and they tend to demand a higher premium than some of the lesser stars. Therefore, there was never any urgency to acquire them until my wantlist got as small as it is now. Some hard to find Swedish SHL autographs featuring NHLers from a legitimate company card Cardset I found on a European site, coolcard.se, are cards I had my eyes on for some time. Most of the common autographs come from a COMC.com package via the Black Friday sales. 

Collection update: 45 new signatures makes a grand total 5,192 unique NHL signatures for 69% of everyone who's ever suited up in the league. 

Mark Messier
Mark Messier has one of hockey's most impressive resumes. The Hockey Hall of Fame was a 15 time NHL All-Star, 2 time Hart Trophy winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, 2 time Lester B. Pearson Award winner and 6 time Stanley Cup Champion. His 1,887 career NHL points is 3rd all-time and his 1,756 career NHL games is 2nd all-time to only Howe.

Jaromir Jagr
Jaromir Jagr recently jumped ahead of Messier for 2nd All-Time in NHL points with an astonishing 750+ goals and 1990+ career points. Its so much fun to see the 44 year old Jagr still racking up points in the NHL. I was finally able to acquire this old certified autograph at a very reasonable price during COMC's Black Friday sales. 

Peter Stastny
From 1980 to 1995 Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny scored 450 goals and 1239 points in 977 regular season NHL games. He won the Calder Trophy in 1981 and was a 6 time NHL All-Star. The Slovkian's brothers, Anton and Marian, also played in the NHL and Peter's son, Paul, currently plays for the St. Louis Blues.

Rejean Houle
Rejean Houle was drafted 1st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1969. He never became the star he was projected to be but Houle still went on to win 5 Stanley Cups with the Habs. From 1995 to 2000 he was General Manager of the Canadiens. 

Christoph Brandner
Austrian Christoph Brandner played 2 seasons in North America, making his NHL debut with the Minnesota Wild as a 28 year old rookie. He scored 4 goals and 9 points in 35 career NHL games with the 2003/04 Wild. He's notable for being the first Austrian to score a goal in the NHL.

Eric Beaudoin
From 2001 to 2004 Eric Beaudoin scored 3 goals and 11 points in 53 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers. He was originally drafted by the Lighting in 1998 but got traded to Florida in 2000.

Toni Dahlman
From 2001 to 2003 Toni Dahlman scored 1 goal and 2 points in 22 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. The Finnish forward has spent most of his career in Europe.

Richard Lintner
From 1999 to 2003 defenceman Richard Lintner played over 100 games in the NHL. He spent time with the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2002 he scored 8 points in 9 games Internationally and was named an All-Star as his native Slovakia captured their first ever Gold at the World Championships. That year he also played for Slovakia in the Olympics. 

Darryl Bootland
From 2003 to 2007 tough guy Darryl Bootland played 28 games in the NHL with Detroit, scoring a goal, assist and racking up 83 penalty minutes. He also played 4 NHL games with the 2007/08 New York Islanders. Originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2000, he never signed with the team and was later signed by the Red Wings as a free agent. His certified autographs are actually very tough to find because he only signed a limited number of cards for a couple high end releases for ITG. I paid a little more for this than I would have liked but I was tired of waiting for one to come up for auction.

Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon was drafted 1st overall by the Avalanche in 2013 and in 2014 he was awarded the Calder Trophy as NHL's rookie of the year. In a very short time his autographs have gone from unaffordable to very affordable as he's been overshadowed by recent rookie stars.

 Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux has scored well over 500 points in the NHL over a decade with the Philadelphia Flyers. Giroux has been captain of the Flyers since 2013. He's won Gold with Canada at the 2008 World Juniors, 2015 World Championships and 2016 World Cup.

Tobias Lindberg
Swedish forward Tobias Lindberg was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators but was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the deal that saw Phaneuf go to the Sens. Lindberg made his NHL debut with the Leafs, playing 6 games for the team during the 2015/16 season. As a junior, in 2015 Lindberg won a Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals.

Yanni Gourde
Undrafted forward Yanni Gourde has played a few games in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning after working his way up to an NHL contract from the ECHL to the AHL and ultimately the NHL. He played 2 games with the 2015/16 Lightning and has played a handful more with this season's team.

Alan Quine
Forward Alan Quine was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2011 but was never signed and got redrafted in 2013 by the New York Islanders. He made his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Islanders and has been on their NHL roster all year this season.

Petteri Lindbohm
Finnish defenceman Petteri Lindbohm made his NHL debut with the 2014/15 St. Louis Blues and has since played nearly 40 NHL games with the team. In 2013 he was captain of Finland's World Junior team.

Byron Froese 
Byron Froese was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 and later signed by the team but was unable to make it out of their AHL team. In 2015 the Leafs signed Froese as a free agent and in 2015/16 he made his NHL debut for Toronto, scoring 2 goals and 5 points in 56 games as a rookie.

Josh Archibald
Josh Archibald played 1 NHL game with the 2015/16 Pittsburgh Penguins. He was a 6th round pick from the 2011 draft who spent 3 years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His father, Jim Archibald, also played in the NHL.
Props to Josh for having a super clear autograph.

Alexandre Grenier
Forward Alexandre Grenier played 6 games in the NHL with the 2015/16 Vancouver Canucks. Grenier had an unusual path to the NHL. He was drafted by the Canucks in 2011 in the 3rd round but not signed by the club. Grenier went Austria for his first year of pro but finished the season in the ECHL. He then worked his way all the way up to an NHL contract.

Cedric Paquette
Quebec native Cedric Paquette has played over 150 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning since making his debut with the 2013/14 team.

Petr Mrazek
Czech goalie Petr Mrazek started his first pro season in 2012/13 in the ECHL, working his way up to the AHL and then NHL. Since then he's played well over 100 NHL games for Detroit. He was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the 5th round of the 2010 NHL draft. He recently represented the Czechs at the 2016 World Cup.

Linus Ullmark
Swedish goalie Linus Ullmark was drafted in the 6th round of 2012 NHL draft by the Sabres. He played 20 NHL games for Buffalo in his first season in North America, 2015/16. Internationally, in 2013/14 he won a bronze medal at the World Championship with Sweden.

Mike Condon
A Princeton University alumni, Mike Condon was signed by the Montreal Canadiens in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. With injuries to Carey Price, Condon ending up playing 55 games as an NHL rookie with 2015/16 Montreal Canadiens. Condon started the 2016/17 season with the Habs but was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He only appeared in 1 NHL game with the Pens before being traded to the Ottawa Senators, where he's appeared in 16 games so far this season. Internationally, Condon played 5 games at the 2016 World Championships with USA.

Mark Alt
Son of NFL player John Alt, Mark was drafted out of high school in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurrincanes. Alt opted for college and while With at the University of Minnesota, Mark Alt was traded from the Hurricanes to the Philadelphia Flyers. He's played 1 game in the NHL, with the 2014/15 Flyers.

Brett Kulak
Defenceman Brett Kulak was drafted in the fourth round by the Flames in 2012. He started his first year of pro hockey, 2014/15, in the ECHL and played himself up to the AHL. There, he continued his solid play and ended the season in the NHL with the Flames. He's spent most of this season in the NHL and has played over 20 games in the league so far. 

Chris Wideman
Chris Wideman scored 6 goals and 13 points in 64 games as an NHL rookie with the 2015/16 Ottawa Senators. He also scored 2 goals and 6 points in 10 games at the 2016 World Championships with Team USA.

Dylan DeMelo
Defenceman Dylan DeMelo was a 6th round draft pick by the Sharks in 2011. He made his NHL debut in 2015 and has already played over 50 NHL games with San Jose.

Jacob Trouba
Drafted 9th overall in 2012, defenceman Jacob Trouba has played well over 200 NHL with the Winnipeg Jets since making his NHL debut in 2013. In 2013 Trouba won Gold at the World Junior Championships and Bronze at the Mens World Championships with USA.

Mike McCarron
The Montreal Canadiens drafted Michael McCarron in the first round of the 2013 NHL draft. In 2015 The US born McCarron won the Memorial Cup as an Oshawa General. He's already played over 20 games in the NHL since making his debut with the 2015/16 Habs.

Viktor Svedberg
Svedberg came to North America in 2013 as an undrafted free agent and was signed by the Blackhawks. After a couple seasons in the AHL he made his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Hawks, playing 27 games in the NHL.

Justin Bailey
Justin Bailey made his NHL debut with the 2015/16 Buffalo Sabres and has played a total of 11 games for the club since then. His father, Carlton Bailey, was a pro football player who spent some time in the NFL.

Connor Brickley
The Florida Panthers drafted Connor Brickley 50th overall in 2010 and then he spent four seasons at the University of Vermont. Brickley played 23 NHL games with the 2015/16 Panthers. Prior to the start of this season he was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes but has yet to make their NHL roster.

Oscar Lindberg
Swedish forward Oscar Lindberg was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010 but was traded to the Rangers before ever coming to North America. In 2013 he helped Sweden win Gold at the World Championships. Since making his debut with the 2014/15 Rangers, Lindberg is entering his second season as a full time member of New York's NHL club. 

Hunter Shinkaruk
Hunter Shinkaruk was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL draft by the Canucks but only played 1 NHL game with the club before being dealt to the Flames in 2016. He's since played another 14 games in the NHL for Calgary, scoring 2 goals and 4 points.

Mattias Janmark
Originally drafted by the Red Wings, Mattias Janmark was traded to the Dallas Stars before ever playing with Detroit. Janmark spent a few seasons playing pro in his native Sweden and was a surprise producer in his first year of North America hockey, scoring 15 goals and 29 points in 73 games with the 2015/16 Stars as a rookie.

Jared McCann
Jared McCann was a first round pick by the Canucks in 2014. In 2015 he made the jump directly from the OHL to the NHL, playing 69 games as a rookie with the 2015/16 Canucks. In the summer of 2016 he was traded to the Panthers and so far has played nearly 20 NHL games for Florida.

Joe Morrow
Defenceman Joe Morrow was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was traded to the Dallas Stars in 2013 before ever playing for the Pens and then later in 2013 he was traded again, this time to the Boston Bruins. He made his NHL debut for the 2014/15 Bruins and has played over 60 NHL games for the club since. His father, Dave Morrow, was a pro hockey player who spent time in the WHA. 

Viktor Arvidsson
Swedish forward Viktor Avidsson was drafted in the 4th round by the Predators in 2014. In 2013 he had helped Sweden win Silver at the 2013 World Junior Championships. Since 2015 Arvidsson has played nearly 100 games in the NHL for Nashville.

Jacob de la Rose
Forward Jacob de la Rose has scored 4 goals and 7 points in 55 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. The Swede helped his country win Silver at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships. 

Bobby Farnham
Undrafted, Bobby Farnham was signed by the Pens after competing four seasons at Brown University. The tough guy has played 64 games in the NHL since 2014, scoring 8 goals and recording 121 penalty minutes.  

Domenic Pittis
From 1996 to 2004 Domenic Pittis played 86 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 5 goals and 16 points. Pittis dressed in the NHL for the Penguins, Sabres, Oilers and Predators.

Jean Savard
From 1977 to 1979 Jean Savard 41 games in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, who had drafted him 19th overall in 1977. He later played 1 additional game in the NHL with the 1979/80 Hartford Whalers.

Bob Murray
From 1975 to 1990 Bob Murray played over 1000 games in the NHL, all with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2007 he won a Stanley Cup as Senior VP of Hockey Ops with the Anaheim Ducks and since 2008 has been the team's General Manager.

Bill Burega
Bill Burega recorded 1 assist in 4 career NHL games with the 1955/56 Toronto Maple Leafs. I was thrilled to locate Burega as there aren't many Original 6 players left for me to send to.

Jeff McDill
Forward Jeff McDill played 1 game in the NHL with the 1976/77 Chicago Blackhawks. He later spent a couple years in the Rangers organizations but was never able to break out of the AHL. McDill passed away in 2012 at only 56. 

Ryan Wilson
From 2009 to 2015 defenceman Ryan Wilson played 230 regular season NHL games, all with the Colorado Avalanche. Wilson was never drafted and signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames, who traded him to Colorado before he was able to break out of Calgary's AHL squad. 

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The last couple autographs of this post, #46 and 47, fall outside of my NHL collection into my NHL backups only binder of autographs.

Sam Brittain
A University of Denver alumni, Sam Brittain appeared as a backup goalie in 6 NHL games with the 2014/15 Florida Panthers. Brittain was originally drafted by the Panthers in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL draft. 

Matt Hewitt
Early in the 2016/17 NHL season Matt Hewitt dressed as an emergency backup goalie with the Vancouver Canucks. He was going to school at the University of British Columbia at the time. This card comes from the time when he was still a legitimate NHL prospect playing for the Regina Pats.