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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

T.J. Kemp - Hockey

T.J. Kemp
c/o Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins
2 of 2
25 days

Signed as a free agent by the Penguins in 2008 after bouncing around the AHL for a few years.
Last Junior Team: Mercyhurst College
Not Ranked in Penguins System
No rating available

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Josh Tordjman - Hockey

Josh Tordjman
c/o San Antonio Rampage
6 of 4 signed 2 BTP, 2 custom 7th inning sketch cards, 2 index cards
24 days

Signed as a free agent in 2006 by the Phoenix Coyotes
Last Junior Club: Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Ranked as the 12th best Phoenix prospect and 2nd best goalie.
Rated: 7.0D

Daren Puppa - Hockey

Daren Puppa
c/o Parents House
7 of 6 including 1 signed index card
130 days

Drafted 4th round 74th overall by Buffalo in the 1983 draft
Last Junior club : Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Career Record 179-161-54
Played for Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs

Friday, December 26, 2008

More National Heroes

I came up with two more National Heroes cards. First up Captain Canada Thomas Hickey. The second one is the rearguatd that has NHL expirence with the St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo. Enjoy.

In the Spirit of Canada at the WJC

Today I was looking through my cards and I notice a card that I would like to make a custom of. It was the 2000 Upper Deck Vintage subset called National Heroes. I though I would make some cards of some of the guys who are on Canada's World Junior team and in the new 2008-09 Heroes and Prospects set that I will be sending to guys to sign. Any comments or critism is greatly appriciated. Look for more players to be added tonight.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Some Christmas Pack Breaks

In the stocking today their was three packs of this years McDonalds cards.
Here's what I got:

11 Toews
18 Zetterberg
20 Lidstrom
27 Koivu
30 DiPietro
37 Doan
42 Kariya
47 Kaberle

And my one insert

Profies Joe Thornton PRO10

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Daren Machesney - Hockey

Daren Machesney
c/o Hershey Bears
5 of 3 including 2 IC's
17 days
Drafted 5th round 143rd overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals
Last Junior Club: Brampton Battalion
Ranked as the 12th best prospect and 2 best goalie prospect in the Capitals system
Rating 6.5 C

Brett Hull - Hockey

Brett Hull
c/o Dallas Stars
12 of 12 I asked him to keep as many as he wanted but he signed them all
360 days
Drafted 6th round 117th overall in the 1984 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames
Last Junior Team: University of Minnesota - Duluth
Career Stats
Regular Season Playoffs
Games 1269 202
Goals 741 103
Assists 650 87
Points 1391 190
Won 2 Stanley Cups

Mark Katic - Hockey

Mark Katic
c/o Sarnia Sting
3 of 3
21 days

Drafted 3rd round 62nd overall in the 2007 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders
Current Junior Team: Sarnia Sting
Not in the Islanders top 20 prospects
Rating 6.5 D

Steve Mason - Hockey

Steve Mason
c/o Columbus Blue Jackets
2 of 4
20 days

Drafted 3rd round 69th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets
Last Junior Team: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Has played 17 NHL games this year 9-7-1
Ranked as the 4th best prospect and #1 goalie in the Columbus system
Ranking 7.5 C

Corey Crawford - Hockey

Corey Crawford
c/o Rockford Icehogs
5 of 5
32 days

Drafted 2nd round 52nd overall in the 2003 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks
Last Junior Team: Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Has played 7 NHL games
Ranked as the 12th best prospect in the Chicago system #1 goalie prospect
Rating 6.5 C

Jason LaBarbera - Hockey

Jason LaBarbera
c/o LA Kings
3 of 3
15 days

Drafted 3rd round 66th overall in 1998 by the New York Rangers
Last Junior Team: Spokane Chiefs

Career Stats
Games 98
Wins 34
Losses 42
OT Losses 8
Shootout Losses 4

Patrick Maroon - Hockey

Patrick Maroon
c/o Philadelphia Phantoms
5 of 3 also signed 2 IC's
27 days

Drafted in the 6th round 161st overall in the 2007 NHL draft by the Flyers
Last Junior Team: London Knights
Rated 10st best Flyers prospect
6.5 D

Matt Keetley - Hockey

Matt Keetley
c/o Quad City Flames
6 of 4 also signed 2 IC's
12 days

Drafted 5th round 158th overall 2005 by the Calgary Flames
Last Junior Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
Played 1 NHL game
Rated the 7th best prospect in the Calgary system and 2nd best goalie
Rating 6.5 B

Marek Schwarz - Hockey

Marek Schwarz
c/o Peoria Rivermen
3 of 3
31 days

Drafted 1st round 17th overall 2004 by the St. Louis Blues
Last Junior Team: Vancouver Giants
6 NHL games so far
Rated 11th best Blues prospect 2nd best goalie
Rating 7.0 C

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ted Lindsay - Hockey

Ted Lindsay is a Red Wings Legend. "Terrible Ted" as he was known played 17 seasons in the NHL from 1944-1965. He played 14 seasons with the Wings and 3 with the Blackhawks. He was part of "The Production Line" which was made up of Gordie Howe and Sid Abel and himself. He has 379 goals and 851 points in his career. Ted won 4 Stanley Cups and was selected to 9 All-Star games. He also won a Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals when he played junior hockey. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966 and his #7 hangs from the rafters at the Joe Louis Arena. Mr. Lindsay was kind enough to sign the 5 cards I sent him and also included a signed pamphelet from the Canada Stamp that he was featured on. He signed everything in 48 days. Thank you so much Ted you are truly a class act.

Codey Burki - Hockey

Codey Burki is a center for the Lake Erie Monsters. He was drafted in the 2nd round 59th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and had 74 goals and 181 points in 263 games. In the 2006 Top Prospect he had a game winning goal and an assist. He was named Team Orr's player of the game. So far Codey has struggled and has been up and down between the AHL and ECHL. He was so kind so sign 3 items for me, 2 Heroes and Propect cards and 1 2006 Draft card in 68 days. Thank you so much Codey and best of luck with your career.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Claude Giroux - Hockey

In today's mailbox was Claude Giroux a prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers. He now plays for the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL but formerly played for the Gatineau Olympic of the QMJHL. Claude scored 125 goals and over 300 points while playing in the Q. He was drafted by the Flyers in the 1st round 22nd overall in the 2006 draft after scoring 112 points in 63 games in his draft year. He was one of the most exposive players in the league and has 19 points in the AHL thus far this season. He made his NHL debut February 19, 2008 for the Flyers but has yet to score a point in the NHL. Claude was kind enough to sign 5 items for me 2 2007-08 H&P, 1 2006-07 H&P, 1 2008-09 Victory Rookie and 1 2006 draft card. Sadly the quality postal services managed to crease the Victory and the draft card. Thank you so much Claude and best of luck with your career.

John Negrin - Hockey

Yesterday I was able to acquire Calgary Flames prospect John Negrin's autograph. John plays defence for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. He has 3 goals and 16 assists this season so far. He has tripled his goal total from last year. He had 41 assists last season and the Calgray Flames saw enough potential to draft him in the 3rd round 70th overall in teh 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was able to represtent Canada in the World Under-18 Champioships where he got an assist on a game tying goal scored by Colton Gillies against the USA. John wass kind enough to sign 5 items for me, 2 ITG O Canada cards, 1 2007 Draft card and 2 blank index cards in 24 days. Thank so much John and best of luck.

Also a big congratulations to Cory Schneider who made his NHL debut November 29th. He lost the game 4-2 but had a strong showing against the Flames and displayed potential to become a good NHL g

On the Windsor Side

Skate with the Spits today which meant a lot of people waiting after the game so I didn't ask certain players as I could tell that they were pissed. Its understandable I wouldn't want 15 little kids grabbing me and yelling and screaming.

Here's how I did

Greg Nemisz 1/1 7th Inning card
Adam Walace 2/2 7th Inning and Tough Guys I also gave him a copy of each which he liked
Adam Henrique 3/3 1/1 2 Custom Team Set cards 1 Tix Card and 1 Draft 8x10
Andrew Engelage 2/2 Custom Team Set and tix card
Ron Soucie 2/2 Custom Team Set card and OHL ID team set
Rob Kwiet 1/1 Custom Team Set card
Eric Wellwood 1/1 Custom Team Set card
Harry Young 2/2 Custom Team Set card and OHL ID team set
Austin Watson 1/1 He changed his sig in a good way and his dad saw the card he signed and he wanted more of them and wanted to know where I got them and he was telling me where he sits and the next game he will be there so I could bring him some, which I will for sure.
Dale Mitchell 3/3 H&P 1 smudged its my 10, 11, 12 signed H&P of him.
Ryan Ellis 1/1 Magazine Cover
Justin Shugg 1/1 Tix Card
Conor O'Donnell 1/1 Game used Puck which he tossed to me after a game, Too bad the Silver Sharpie looks awful on it, I want to take it off and get it signed in blue.

On the Peterborogh Side

Here are my totals since the Petes side was packed with many family members of the players. The parents liked seeing the customs I made and always want to know where I get them. They usually make sure that Their son signs for me.

Coach Ken McRae 1/1 Index card
Tony Romano 3/3 2 7th Inning cards 1 Draft card
Sergei Korostin 2/2 1 7th Inning 1 Draft Card
Jason Missiaen 3/3 1 7th Inning 1 Draft Card 1 8x10 Man is he tall, he's 6'7" and I was talking to his dad who was only 5'10, he said he has no clue where the height comes from.
Zack Kassian 3/3 1 7th Inning 1 Tough Guys 1 8x10

Missed Yves Bastien, Ryan Daniels

A Win on Sunday

On Sunday I went down to Windsor Arena to see the Spitfires take on the Peterborough Petes in the second last game at The Barn. Petes star and hometown kid Zack Kassian came to town and had a great showing. He is said to be top 15 talent for this years draft. While he had a good game with a goal and a fight. His team played awful losing 5-2 to the Spitfires. There was 3 scraps in the game, first a very dissapointing bout between Kassian and Greenop when Kassian just went for the takedown. second round was up and coming fan favourite Adam Wallace vs. Jack Walchessen, where Wallace won after destroying him by landing a multitude of right hands. After the game I saw Jack and he had a golf ball size welt on his cheek. The last one was Harry Young versus Zach Harden, where Young got the win in this captain vs. captain bout. Harry was kicked out of the game for having tape on his hand though. It was a great game and nice to see Steve Gleeson get his first win at the old barn.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Graphing the Petes

Tomorrow I will be going down to the old barn to hound the Peterborough Petes. This will probably my last game graphing at Windsor Arena as they will be moving into the WFCU center on Dec 11. This will become uncharted territory, hopefully is will be as easy as Windsor Arena was. This year I prepared for the Petes by loading up on their goalie Trevor Cann, but about a month ago he was traded to the London Knights. They did aquire Sergei Korostin in the trade which was good. My goal is to get all 4 possible draft cards signed by the Petes along with two 8x10 and some other custom 7th Inning sketch cards. Also I will be going after the Spitfires but I always have way to much stuff for them. Maybe I will finally be able to aquire an autograph from the elusive Bob Boughner and Warren Rychel. It should be a madhouse for Zack Kassian as he will be coming to play in his hometown. Sadly the news came out today the New York Islanders first rounder Joshua Bailey will not be returning to Windsor this season :(

The Wantlist

1 - 8x10 of Zack Kassian in Team Canada Jersey
2 - 8x10 of Jason Missiaen in Habs Draft Portrait
3 - 8x10 of Adam Henrique in Devils Portrait and Spits puck which he flipped over the boards last season
4 - 8x10 of Richard Greenop in Spits jersey ( Amazing he's not fighting in it)
5 - Spits Salutes the Barn game puck of Conor O'Donnell which he gave to me after a game

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Cory Schneider TTM Success

Cory is a goalie for the Manitoba Moose and a prospect for the Vancouver Canucks. Cory played at Boston College and had an impressive career there and was selected to Hockey East's All-Rookie Team in 2005, he also has the Boston College single season shutout record with 8. He won 65 games in a BC sweater and was drafted in the 1st round 26 overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver. As of now he has won 31 games in the AHL and is currently called up by Vancouver though he has yet to play a game. He is a highly rated prospect for the Canucks. Cory was kind enough to sign 4 items including 2 Between the Pipes cards and 2 index cards that I used to protect the cards. It took 30 days to get back. Thank you so much Cory and best of luck.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Zach Boychuk TTM Success

Today's mailbox had the Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick and Lethbridge Hurricanes star Zach Boychuk. Zach played two games for Carolina before being sent down to his junior club. As of today Zach has scored over 100 goals in his 4 years in the WHL which is very impressive. Last year in 61 games Zach scored a career high 33 goals for a total of 72 points. This was good enough for Carolina to draft his with the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Zach has 16 points in 14 games so far and is on pace for another great season. Zach was kind enough to sign 6 items for me 2 Heroes and Prospects for my set, 1 O Canada card and 1 2008 Draft card for another set im building, he also signed 2 Index cards which I used to protect the cards I sent him. This took 28 days and I sent them to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Thank you very much Zach and best of luck with your career in hockey.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Linden Rowat TTM Success

Linden is the goalie for the Regina Pats of the WHL. He is a butterfly style goalie who is a good puck handler and is good at staying square to the shooters. Linden was runner up in the 2007-08 WHL goaltender of the year award. During his draft year he was 25-18-7 and it was enough for the Kings to draft him in the 4th round 124th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Linden posted a 33-15-6 record last year and is have a strong season so far being 9-3-2. Linden signed 4 items for me, 2 Between the Pipes cards, 1 picture card and a 2007 Draft card for my set in 14 days. Thank you very much Linden and best of luck.

Windsor vs Soo 11/23/2008

Went to see Windsor play the Soo Greyhounds. It wasn't really much of a game as Windsor absolutely destroyed the Soo 12-1. It was 4-0 after the first period and guys who usually rarely score lit the lamp. While Windsor was scoring a season high goals I was aquiring a season high for autographs. Jordan Nolan plays for the Soo and he is a former Spitfire, his dad Ted Nolan was in attendance and I asked him to sign my puck which he did and we talked for a bit about his sons in hockey. A really great guy.

Ted Nolan 1/1


Matt Caria 5/5 2 H&P 2 custom 7th inning sketch 1 pic card (said he's never signed the 7th inning cards before)
James Livingston 3/3 1 draft card, 1 7th inning, 1 pic card. He loved the 7th inning and asked if I could make him some which I will
Mike Stapleton 5/7 didn't signed the doubles
Denny Lambert 7/7 one of his assistants saw the cards and started to make fun of him. He has the biggest head I've ever seen.
Anthony Peluso 3/3 1 draft card 2 Tough guys cards
Jake Muzzin 1/1 Draft card His mom gave me a really dirty look for some reason?
Matt Lyall 1/1 pic card
Total 28


I missed most of the Windsor guys since Denny Lambert took forever to come out.

Andrei Loktionov 3/5 Got hurt and was hobbling in the hallway after the game. he didn't know what to do with the Kings parkhurst card (1 for krista)
Ryan Ellis 2/2 (1 for krista)
Greg Nemisz 2/2
Adam Wallace 2/2 He really likes the cards I make and is always asking me to make him some extras
Jesse Blacker 1/1
Dale Mitchell 4/4
Justin Shugg 1/1
Total 15

Today's Grand Total 44

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Jimmy Howard TTM Success

Jimmy started out his career playing for the U.S. National Development program which he than accepted a scholarship to the University of Maine. After winning Hockey East Rookie of the Year he was drafted in the 2nd round by he Detroit Red Wings 64th overall. He is the only goalie to face a penalty shot in his fist two NHL games. As of November 22, 2008 Jimmy has played 8 NHL games in a Red Wings uniform he as a record of 1-4 with a 2.56 GAA. Jimmy was nice enough to sign and personalize two cards for me through the Grand Rapids Griffins in 31 days. Thank you so much Jimmy!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ramon Hernandez - Baseball

Ramon Hernandez
c/o Baltimore Orioles
2 of 2 Personalized (Requested)
17 days

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bobby Witt - Baseball

Bobby Witt
c/o Home
3 of 3
25 days

4601 Winewood Ct
Colleyville, TX 76034-4887

Tadahito Iguchi - Baseball

Tadahito Iguchi
c/o San Diego Padres
1 of 2 Black Sharpie
24 Days

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Paul Ysebaert - Hockey

Paul Ysebaert
c/o Home (Postmarked from L8E 2R0 ( Stoney Creek, Ont)
3 of 3
15 days

Bruce Driver - Hockey

Bruce Driver
c/o Home
7 of 2 signed both protective index cards and the 3 cards I asked him to keep
112 days