Friday, October 5, 2018

Mail - Paul Newman

This mail post features 11 new NHL player autographs and 8 additional hockey related signatures.

The grand total of unique NHL player signatures is now at approximately 5,928 for 78% of everyone to ever play in the league. 

                              Howie Glover
From 1958 to 1969 Howie Glover scored 29 goals and 46 points in 144 career NHL games. He played with the Blackhawks, Red Wings, Rangers and Canadiens. His brother, Fred Glover, also played in the NHL. I think this was the third or fourth time I had tried writing to Howie, all sent to the same address. I'm persistent that way, trying every couple of years if I know the address is correct. This time a couple page handwritten note explaining my collection and why I collect seemed to have done the trick. Thanks Howie! There are very few living Original 6 players left for me to write to so getting a return like this is always extra special.

                             Peter Wallin
From 1980-1982 Swedish forward Peter Wallin posted 17 points in 52 regular season career NHL games with the New York Rangers. He also played 14 NHL playoff games with the Rangers in 1981.

                              Bob Attwell
From 1979 to 1981 Bob Attwell recorded 6 points in 22 career NHL games as a member of the Colorado Rockies. His father, Ron Attwell, also played in the NHL.

                          Mikhail Tatarinov
From 1990-1994 Russian defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov played 161 games in the NHL, dressing with the Capitals, Nordiques and Bruins. He was the first Soviet player to play in the NHL without defecting. He had been an international star with the USSR, being named best defenseman and winning gold at the 1990 World Championships. After retiring, he suffered from alcoholism, went to prison for murder and has pretty much fallen off the face of the earth since his release. Its hard enough to reach former players living in Russia who have remained in the public eye so I was happy to find a signed index card as I doubt I'll ever be able to send him a letter.

                  Magnus Svensson
Swedish defenseman Magnus Svensson played 46 NHL games between 1994 and 1996. Originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1987, he spent the majority of his career in Europe and didn't make his NHL debut until he was 31.

                    Kevin Miehm
From 1992 to 1994 Kevin Miehm played 22 regular season games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. He played pro hockey overseas until 2002. 

                   Sergei Klimovich
Russian forward Sergei Klimovich played 1 game in the NHL with the 1996/97 Chicago Blackhawks. He spent most of his career in Russia, playing pro there until 2011.

                      Keith Redmond
Keith Redmond played 12 NHL games with Wayne Gretzky's 1993/94 Los Angeles Kings.

                   Serge Roberge
Tough guy Serge Roberge recorded 24 penalty minutes in 9 career NHL games with the 1990/91 Quebec Nordiques. He continued playing pro hockey and dropping his gloves for a living until 2005. His brother, Mario, also played in the NHL.

                       Mike Heidt
Defenseman Mike Heidt played 6 NHL games with the 1983/84 Los Angeles Kings. He took his career to Europe and spent most of his life in Germany, gaining citizenship and representing his new country at the 1992 Olympics.

                   Peter Andersson
There have been 2 Peter Anderssons who have played in the NHL. This one was born in 1965 and played in the NHL from 1992-1994. Andersson scored 19 points in 47 career NHL games, suiting up with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers.

                            Paul Newman
I've had an autograph from most of the Slap Shot cast for some time. Newman was the big missing piece. I bought a signed magazine page (for a great deal because it was signed by another actor) that I was confident was authentic and used it to make this for my collection. Nancy Dowd is now the next big missing piece I need for the Slap Shot collection.

                   Katrina Bowden
I'll admit, I had no idea who Katrina Bowden was before going through this checklist. I've thrown a few opening bids on this card and finally won this one. She's an actress best known for her role on 30 Rock. 

                 Greg Wyshynski
No offense to sportswriter Greg Wyshynski, but I was amazed that he was included in this set. I was a big fan of Wyshynski when he wrote Puck Daddy for Yahoo but still, I can't imagine many people being thrilled pulling this autograph as one of their box hits. Admittedly, I've stopped visiting Puck Daddy since he's left and I haven't followed him to ESPN so I haven't read much from him lately. I also used to listen to Marek vs Wyshynski almost religiously but rarely do anymore. 

                 Audrina Patridge
As you can tell from this being the 3rd autograph from this "Fans of the Game" set, I've been trying to complete my wants thanks to a new "Pucks & Pop Culture" set I've been working on. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I like the idea but dislike the execution of this set. Not only is Patridge not pictured in any kind of hockey attire but there is no explanation of her hockey connection on the back of the card either. You have to use google to find out that she's a hockey fan. 

                   Mike "Doc" Emrick
This one goes into my "voice of the game" binder. Doc Emrick is certainly one of the most notable hockey 'voices' from the past couple of decades.

                        Rich Gosselin
I've been slowly trying to get autographs from all players who payed in the WHA but not the NHL during the 1970s. Many have proven difficult to track down. Rich Gosselin played 3 games with the 1978/79 Winnipeg Jets. As sometimes happens due to me poaching my images on the internet, the original index card I sent him had an image that wasn't him. However, he was nice enough to sign one of the protective index cards, which I used to make this with a proper image.

                                                      Pat Neshek
Pat Neshek is well known for being a fellow autograph collector and someone who will quickly sign anything you send him. I've read lots about him because I think its very cool that he's a collector, and has a huge autograph collection, but I never thought I'd have a reason to send him anything myself. I was reading a random article about his career when I stumbled upon a hockey mention. Did a little more research and sure enough, Neshek did play hockey growing up. I was happy to be able to make this card and send a request to him.

                                                         John Hiller
Along with Neshek, this goes into my hockey-baseball autograph collection. I scanned the front and the back of these particular cards so you could read the hockey connection and the reason I sent the card to be signed.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Mail featuring Garfield the Cat

A few through the mail returns here but most are very cheap purchases, less than the cost it would have taken me to buy a couple stamps and send to the player. A busy personal life has meant fewer requests being sent out than usual. I'm also at a point where I've sent to the majority of living players I need at least once so not many guys left to send letters to.

This post features 29 new NHL player autographs, raising the grand total to 5,917 unique signatures for 78% of everyone to ever play in the league.

Autographs 30-35 at the end of this post fall outside the NHL player collection but are very cool additions to my hockey collection, particularly Jim Davis. I grew up reading the Garfield comics so very cool to have the creator sign a very oddball Garfield hockey card.

                            Mike Dark
From 1986 to 1988 Mike Dark played 45 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues. The defenseman contributed 5 goals and 11 points. 

                          Jacques Richard
Jacques Richard was a junior sensation who showed flares of brilliance in the NHL but could never find consistency. He once scored 52 goals and 103 points in a single season with the 1980/81 Nordiques but just a couple years later he was out of the league. Richard later spent time in prison for trying to smuggle over a million dollars worth of cocaine into Canada and in 2002 died young in a car accident.

                   David McIntyre
A Colgate University alumni, David McIntyre was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2006. After a couple trades and much development, he went on to play 7 NHL games with the 2011/12 Minnesota Wild. He scored 1 goal and 2 points during his short time in the NHL. He's currently playing in Switzerland.

                 Fredrik Claesson
Since 2015 defenseman Fredrik Claesson has played over 100 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. Drafted by Ottawa in 2011, Claesson recently signed a contract with the New York Rangers. Internationally, he helped Sweden win Gold at the 2012 World Juniors.

                    Ryan Russell
Ryan Russell was drafted by the New York Rangers in 2005 but spent a few years in the minors before he got his only taste of the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Russell played 41 NHL games with the 2011/12 Blue Jackets. His twin brother, Kris, has gone on to have a much longer NHL career.

                   Yohann Auvitu
From 2016-2018 defenseman Yohann Auvitu played 58 NHL games between the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers. A rare NHL caliber player from France, Auvitu came to the Devils in 2016 as a 27 year old rookie.

               Mark Van Guilder
Undrafted forward Mark Van Guilder spent 4 years at Notre Dame before embarking on this professional hockey journey. Van Guilder spent years in the minors before making his NHL debut at age 29 with the 2013/14 Nashville Predators. Van Guilder played just 1 NHL game.

                  Sergei Kharin
Sergei Kharin came to the North America in 1990 as a seasoned professional. He played 7 NHL games with the 1990/91 Winnipeg Jets as a 27 year old rookie. He scored 5 points but it wasn't enough to keep him in the NHL but he's notable for being the first Soviet born player to play for the Jets. Kharin had represented the Soviet Union at the 1987 Canada Cup. Kharin NHL stint was short but he spent a decade playing pro in North America, even becoming a US citizen. 

                 Wade Campbell
Wade Campbell took the road less traveled to the NHL. He was signed by the Winnipeg Jets in 1982 after a couple of years at the University of Alberta. From 1982 to 1988 he played over 200 games in the NHL, dressing for the Jets and Boston Bruins.

                     Al Conroy
From 1991 to 1994 Al Conroy played 114 games in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. He won a Silver medal at the 1986 World Juniors with Canada and in 1987 he won the AHL's Calder Cup with the Rochester Americans.

                Glenn Mulvenna
Glenn Mulvenna played 1 NHL game with the 1991/92 Pittsburgh Penguins and 1 NHL game with the 1992/93 Philadelphia Flyers.

                  Mark Kachowski
From 1987 to 1990 Mark Kachowski played 64 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recorded 11 points and over 200 penalty minutes.

                 Jean-Marc Lanthier
From 1983 to 1988 Jean-Marc Lanthier scored 16 goals and 32 points in 105 career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks. Lanthier is also notable for being Mario Lemieux's linemate in junior with the Laval Voisins.

                    Eric Germain
Defenseman Eric Germain played 4 NHL games with the 1987/88 Los Angeles Kings. He recorded 1 point and a fight during his short NHL career.

                 Darcy Loewen
From 1989 to 1994 Darcy Loewen played 135 games in the NHL. He played for the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. He was a member of the inaugural Sens team. Internationally, he played for Canada's 1989 World Junior team, finishing the tournament 4th. 

                     Steve Ludzik
From 1981 to 1990 Steve Ludzik played 424 games in the NHL. He spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks but last played for the Buffalo Sabres. Starting in 1999, he was head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for 1 1/2 seasons. Sadly, Ludzik is currently battling Parkinson's disease.

                 Todd Charlesworth
I tried searching high and low for an address to send a card to Todd, even as far as sending him a Facebook message, which is always my last resort. Unfortunately he appears to have no interest in signing these days so I was happy to find this for about the cost of what it would have been to mail him one to sign myself. From 1983 to 1990 Charlesworth appeared in 93 NHL games. The defenseman spent the majority of that time with the Pittsburgh Penguins but did spend some time as a NY Ranger.

                Brian Chapman
Brian Chapman played 3 NHL games with the 1990/91 New York Islanders, recording no points but 29 penalty minutes. His NHL career wasn't long but he did have a lenghty professional hockey career in North America, playing in the IHL and AHL.

                   Josh Ho-Sang
Josh Ho-Sang was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL draft by the New York Islanders. Through 2 season of pro, he's scored 22 points in 43 NHL games with the Islanders.

          Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
A Swedish forward who attended Boston University, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson played 1 NHL game with the 2016/17 Bruins. He was drafted by Boston in the 2nd round of the 2015 NHL draft. Internationally, he represented his country at the 2016 World Juniors.

                 Ivan Barbashev
Russian forward Ivan Barbashev was drafted 33rd overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2014. He's scored 25 points in 83 NHL games with the Blues over two seasons. Internationally, he has a bronze and silver medal from representing Russia at the World Juniors in 2014 and 2015.

                    J.T. Compher
A University of Michigan alumni, J.T. Compher has played 90 NHL games over a couple seasons with the Colorado Avalanche. Internationally, he represented the United States at the 2016 and 2017 World Championships and in 2015 the World Junior Championships.

                                Conor Sheary
A UMass-Amherst alumni, Conor Sheary was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent. He helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 as a full time member of the team.

                       Jon Gillies
Jon Gillies has played a dozen games in the NHL with the Calgary Flames. He was an NCAA Goalie of the Year with Providence College and in 2013 won a Gold medal representing USA at the World Juniors.

                  Samuel Morin
The Philadelphia Flyers drafted Samuel Morin 11th overall in 2013. The defeseman has since played 3 NHL games with Philly. He remains a top prospect but has had injury problems recently. Internationally, he won Gold at the 2015 World Junior Championships with Canada.

                      Remi Elie
Remi Elie played his first full season of NHL hockey last year with the Dallas Stars. Through 90 NHL games he's scored 21 points as a left winger. 

                      Nick Paul
Nick Paul was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2013 and later traded to Ottawa in the deal that saw Jason Spezza go to Dallas. With Ottawa, Paul has scored 3 goals and 6 points in 36 NHL games.

                      Adrian Kempe
The LA Kings drafted Adrian Kempe in the first round of the 2014 NHL draft. He's played over 100 NHL games as has emerged as a solid contributor for the Kings. In 2018, he helped Sweden win Gold at the World Championships. Brother Mario Kempe has also played in the NHL.

                Mikhail Sergachev
Russian defenseman Mikhaiil Sergachev was drafted 9th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2016. He made his NHL debut with Montreal but was traded shortly after to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jonathan Drouin. Sergachev has emerged as quality offensive defender with the Lightning, scoring 40 points in 79 games with the 2017/18 NHL team.


                            Walter Gretzky
Big shout out to fellow collector Jason, who sent me this Walter Gretzky autograph looking for nothing in return because he knew I was looking for one. Walter doesn't sign via mail so I never had the opportunity to add one before. This completes my 'Gretzky' collection of signatures with Wayne, Brent and Keith. I used this imaged because I own and have read Walter's book a couple times. Great book and its what I'll remember him for instead of being Wayne's father.

                      Denis Morel
Denis Morel was an NHL referee from 1972 to 1994. He officiated over 1200 NHL games as well as a couple Stanley Cup finals. He wrote me back a great little note saying what a thrill it was for him to officiate the finals. 

                                               Ken Oberkfell
I only collect baseball autographs with a connection to hockey. As you can see here, Ken Oberkfell's connection is that he has a pretty cool hockey reference on the back of this baseball card.

                Chantal Sutherland
I've been making more of an effort lately to find the Fans of the Game NHL signed cards i don't have. When these were first released I couldn't justify the cost of them. I find some from this set rather difficult to find but the market has still cooled down significantly and now I've been able to add them at opening bid prices. I can say with certainty that this is the first horse jockey autograph I've ever owned. Apparently, Chantal Sutherland is the Danica Patrick of horse racing and is a big Leafs fan. 

            Raghib "Rocket" Ismail
In 1991, Rocket Ismail made headlines when the college football sensation signed a huge contract with the CFL instead of the NFL. The hype was so big that the hockey market even had to capitalize on it with a couple odd Rocket Ismail hockey cards. He never played the sport, just put on some gear and had some fun for publicity purposes. I'm happy that he signed this card for me as its a very interesting oddball.

                      Jim Davis
In 1992, Skybox released a 100 card Garfield trading card set. This was the only hockey card, featuring Gafield as goalie Garf Gruntsky. I picked it up because I thought it was an interesting oddball card. When I found out that Jim Davis signs through the mail, I thought it would be cool to get the Garfield creator to sign Garfield's only hockey card. I grew up reading Garfield so I really like this unique card that I can add to my hockey autographs.