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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Artful Dodger

Greg, of Night Owl Cards, recently (wow, October) had the 10th anniversary of his blog and held a contest. I was fortunate enough to be able to qualify to enter the free card giveaway associated with this occasion. I had my eye on a certain card, and when my turn came to pick, it was still available.

2010 Topps Heritage CCR-RM
Clubhouse Collection Relic Russell Martin

I try to collect Toronto Blue Jays and Canadian MLB players. This fit the bill almost perfectly. Canadian, yes Toronto Blue Jay yes  Jan 11-no. Even though the card shows him with the Dodgers, he was a Jay and added to my collection. Now, he's back with the Dodgers. Well, don't have to add the standard OPC "Now with designation" 

And who is the Artful Dodger? Russell? or Greg?

Verryyy interesting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dollarama Repack

The First Noel Joel

On a cold winters night.,  I had to make a stop at Dollarama. After seeing the new hockey repack that 
Doug from Sportscards from the Dollar Store opened, I checked to see what they had. Lo and behold, there weren't any of  the 80 card repacks but a 40 card one that included one memorabilia card . 

I'm a sucker for jersey/autographed cards so into the basket it went.

And here they are in all their glory that shone round about them.

Your usual suspects, Score and Parkhurst.

Bowman and ProSet

A mix of newer stuff.

Upper Deck

The Artifacts was the card showing on the front. On the back was the Komarov card from Leafs Centennial set. I did need another one so I picked this pack.

And the star of  the pack

According to my records, this is the first Joel in my collection.

As expected, a bunch of junk wax era cards and a few Leafs for my collection. There went my $4.00 on a fun little rip.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Upstanding Comedy

Lat weekend went to Upstanding Comedy Tour and friends of ours were one of the opening acts for The Fidgets, the headline act on the tour. All the comedians on The Circuit provide clean family entertainment for the whole family. It was a fun time and was thoroughly entertaining.

So, since this is a hockey blog, you may be wondering what this has to do with hockey.


Our friends decided at the last minute to invite Brantford's Lord Mayor


Got to hang out with him a bit. He still draws the crowds as he posed for pictures and signed autographs for anyone who asked.

And since the Leafs weren't playing, all was good.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Wild Hockey Life

Not mine though. I'm talking about that wild and crazy guy Georg Festrunk  Miroslav Frycer.
I recently had the opportunity to review Lubos Brabec's book on him.

"My Wild Hockey Life"

I'll have to admit that, even being a Leafs fan, I didn't know a lot about Frycer.  He defected, played for the Nordiques and traded to Toronto. After that, played in Detroit and Edmonton, then fell off  the face of the earth. This is not your usual story but one "wild" life, both on and off the ice. I highly recommend this for Leafs and hockey fans everywhere.

So, in return for my reviewing the book, I received this autographed copy. First time obtaining an autograph by this method and BONUS, it's a Leaf. 


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Frank(ly), it's Bath(e) time

No, we're not going to talk about my personal hygiene. Another add to my autographed card collection.

80/81 OPC # 389 RC

My buddy waited 4 years for this return. I traded him two ProSet football base cards he wanted for this.. 
I don't think I took a bath on this transaction.

Fight Card

Friday, July 6, 2018

Oot and aboot--Waterford Edition

No, this isn't about Waterford crystal patterns or china place settings. Today let's visit another small town Ontario homage to one of their native sons. This is another sign that I drive by a lot and finally snapped a pic to share.

12 year vet Nelson Emerson and 2012 Stanley Cup Champ with the Los Angeles Kings in the player development department.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Oot and aboot--June 24 2018

Burford Ontario

I've always been meaning to take a shot of this sign Welcoming you to Burford. The New jersey Devil logo was on their for years. When I finally got around to taking the photo, it had been altered and the Anaheim Ducks logo adorns the sign. Welcome to small town Ontario as I was oot and aboot.