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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hockey Night in Brantford 2016

Last night was the fifth annual Hockey Night in Brantford game. Proceeds will benefit the Arnold Anderson Sports Fund Charity, which promotes the physical, mental and social development of financially disadvantaged children by providing financial sports grants to eligible families. You can read the background in the Press Release here. This year they actually had posters printed up and a set roster of autograph signer.


Not a great job by me cropping this photo but you get the idea. In addition to this, I got some 4 x 6 photos signed that I brought.


Got this signed between periods. I was late getting there and when I walked in the door to the rink, Adam was standing there signing autographs.




Zac commented that he had never seen this Buffalo shot before.


Wished Brandon best of luck and hope he has a breakout season.


I always thought Laura was bigger than she actually is. I guess most times I've seen her, she's been in uniform and all those pads give an illusion of size.

They raised $72000 and everyone had a great time. Waiting for next year.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Didn't have to wait till next year




I recently won at a contest at P-Town Tom's blog Waiting 'til Next Year. He tailored the package to my team (Blue Jays). I knew it was going to be good when I saw this.



Something happened to the scan of the note Tom sent but it was the back that got my attention. I'd seen where he uses calendar pages for these notes. But that happened to be my birthdate. What a coincidence. The card at the top was one of the great cards I received. Here are the rest.






Great additions to my ever growing Blue Jays collection. Because of the postal situation, I asked Tom to hold off on sending the cards. After a week, I told Tom to send them as things were still up in the air. Lo and behold, he sent them on a Saturday and I received them on Thursday. I've had things take up to two weeks to make it up here in Canada. Thanks again Tom for the contest and understanding.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

"Cause I try and I try and I try and I try









Stealing Home at All Trade Bait All The Time had a 100,000 views contest and wonder of wonders, Mr. Randomizer selected me. I received my prize winnings on Wednesday of this week. Since I'm located in Canada, the package was tailored for Blue Jays. I'm glad as I'm slowly working on picking up these cards. Let's take a look at what I received..


2016 Topps Opening Day # 22 Roberto Osuna
    2016 Topps # 121 Roberto Osuna
      2016 Topps # 343 Drew Hutchison
2016 Topps # 182 Kevin Pillar
   2016Topps # 74 Troy Tulowitzki
     2016 Topps # 162 League Leaders
2016 Topps # 349 Ben Revere



2013 Topps  # 525 J.P. Arencibia
2014 Topps Update  FF-OV-Omar Visquel
2013 Topps  # 468 Anthony Gose



1986 Topps  # 386 Cecil Fielder RC
1988Topps  Tom Henke # 396
1990 Best Woody Williams # 210
2016 Topps Heritage Aaron Sanchez # 416


2015 Topps  Kendall Graveman # 14 RC
2015 Topps  Daniel Norris  # 217 RC
2015 Topps  Jose Bautista # 25
1993  Upper Deck  Todd Stottlemyer # 413
   


93/94 Pinnacle Nifty Fifty # 2
and
with my fantastic scanning skills in evidence, an upside down Toronto Maple Leafs pin.
In an earlier e-mail correspondence, it was noted I was a hockey fan and something would be sent to cover that.

Thanks again Stealing Home for the contest. I got Satisfaction out of this package.
Glad I didn't have Sticky Fingers when I opened it.



















































Sunday, May 1, 2016

90/91 Score Young Superstars # 18



# 18 Mathieu Schneider


Young--21 years old  

Superstar--an exceptional talent, widely recognized and eagerly sought after for their services

Regular season
GP 1289    G 223   A  520    Pts 743   PIM 1245

Playoffs
    GP 116        G  12   A  43    Pts. 55  PIM  155         

Drafted 3rd Rd 1987 NHL Entry Draft 44th overall by the Montreal Canadiens

Selected to All-Star Game 1996 2003

Won Stanley Cup with the 1993 Montreal Canadiens

Won World Cup with Team USA 1996

3 time Olympian 1998 2002 2006

On Feb 16, 2001, he became the first defenceman in NHL history to score against all 30
 teams. 
Traded 7 times, signed as  free agent 3 times and claimed 1 time in an expansion draft. A well travelled man.

Claim to Fame--All time leading Jewish scorer in NHL history.


Inducted to USHHOF 2015






Young 12/18       Superstar 5/18

Okay Score. You are doing a fairly decent job in picking "young" players. That shouldn't be too hard. On the "Superstar" side of things, you've proven that it's a little tougher. Maybe you'll pick up your game as we continue forward with the next 22 selections. Kind of like the NHL Draft.

As of this writing, Zistle has documented 301 different cards for the veteran.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

90/91 Score Young Superstars # 17



# 17 Kevin Stevens


Young--22 years old  

Superstar--an exceptional talent, widely recognized and eagerly sought after for their services

Regular season
GP 874    G 329   A  397   Pts 726   PIM 1470

Playoffs
 GP 103     G  46   A  60     Pts. 106   PIM  170

NHL second All-Star Team 1991, 1993
NHL first All-Star Team 1992
Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh Penguins 1991 1992





During game 7 of the 93 playoffs, he was knocked out after getting Rich Pilon's visor in his face and fell flat on his face breaking several bones. Even though he came back from this huge injury, his game was never the same. He also fell flat on his face off ice as well. During the 99/00 season, he was caught in a sleazy motel room with a prostitute, glass pipe and crack.He entered the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program to get clean. Another case of what if.

Young    11/17      Superstar     5/17  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Family Day Feb 15 2016


Yesterday was Family Day here in Ontario. It is celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is a day off with pay to spend time with your family and loved ones. It's also a day off between New Years and Easter, which is supposedly a long time. I'll take it. I used it mostly to rest up but I did make it to one event. It was a free Family Skate Day presented by RBC Canada. In Brantford, this year they brought in Tyler McGregor, a sledge hockey player with the bronze medal team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics. 


Here's Tyler holding that bronze medal. I'm always surprised to find out how heavy those things weigh. 





As a RBC Olympian, he had these postcards to autograph and give out. This event was held at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and there was a hockey tournament being played. From what I observed, there were a lot of kids getting his autograph on this as well as mini sticks and pucks. ( I didn't get either of those)




I did get these two custom index cards signed that I made sure had plenty of white space for his signature. 

He also had his sled ("sledge") there on display so you could see up close what it looked like. I should have taken a picture but neglected to do so. 

You can read his inspiring story here.

That was my Family Day 2016. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

90/91 Score Young Superstars # 16





# 16 Darren Turcotte



Young--22 years old  

Superstar--an exceptional talent, widely recognized and eagerly sought after for their services

Regular season
GP 635    G 195  A  216  Pts 411   PIM 301

Playoffs

GP 35     G  6   A  8    Pts. 14      PIM  12 

Selected by the New York Rangers in the 6th round (114th overall) in the 1986 Entry Draft)

Debuted on Oct 6th, 1988 playing left wing with centre Marcel Dionne and right winger Guy Lafleur. He was a pure goal scorer with a quick shot. Missed a lot of time due to various injuries including 13 games in 96/97. He puncture his eardrum with a cotton swab, affecting his balance.

Played in the 1991 All-Star Game.



Young      10/16         Superstar        5/16

Not a heck of a lot to say. Again, another not young, not superstar. He does get props from me as he did own some card stores during the "junk wax" era.