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Monday, December 30, 2013

The end is nigh

for 2013
a couple of things from Christmas

Stocking stuffer. Good eating for first thing in the morning.
13/14 Black Diamond--Rookie Gems Lucas Lessio and triple diamond Paul Coffey were the best.


13/14 UD1--Couple of Young Guns, Hockey Heroes ,Kovalchuk jersey card and Carey Price canvas.

Picked up 5 packs of 07/08 Series 2 @ $1.00 pack. Best was a Pierre-Marc Bouchard jersey card.
Received 2 more packs of cards from the Post cereal promotion. I've now got 3 of the 6.
Tomorrow is the last day to vote for me in the design a mask contest on Bernie Parent's site.
Signing off for the year. Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

VOTE: Stanley Cup 40th Anniversary Mask Contest

Hello readers, whether loyal or first timers. Entries have now been posted for the Design a Mask Contest. Entrants were supposed to DESIGN and PAINT a custom mask.
Bernie Parent wants YOU to vote for the custom goalie mask that best commemorates
the 40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers first Stanley Cup win!
The artist of the winning mask will win a personal meet & greet with Bernie Parent,
along with an autographed jersey and an authentic Sherwood goalie stick,
used by Mr. Parent in preparation for the Winter Classic Alumni game.
 All masks submitted to this contest will be donated to various
charitable events in which Mr. Parent is involved in.

Below is the link to vote for the mask contest.
Link has been posted on, Bernie's personal Twitter account , and Bernie's personal Facebook and Fan Page:
PLEASE NOTE: Votes will only count ONCE PER DAY and are closely monitored. If voting privileges are abused, those votes will be disqualified.
Voting will be closed as of Tuesday, December 31st (NEW YEARS EVE).
Link is live as of 9am today!
Having customs issues with the package coming to me across the border, I got a late start on the design and didn't get quite what I wanted. Hopefully I can win this contest but in the end, it will help a charity for Mr. Parent. Hopefully I can get some of my followers to vote for me at least once per day. I am entry NUMBER 13. There are some excellent entries so I'm going to try to win the popularity vote.
Thanks for reading and voting.

Monday, December 9, 2013

No mistaking what is in this envelope

It says Hockey Cards Inside.
Post cereals is running this promotion now.

Look for specially marked boxes of Post cereal to find PIN codes that you can be redeemed online for a free pack of 4 hockey cards! There are 6 different card sets to collect! (24 cards in total)
While you’re redeeming your PIN’s you will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip for 4 to the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup.
PIN codes can be redeemed until February 28, 2014.

Set 1
Set 2
Set 3
Set 4
Set 5
Set 6

I selected Set 3 with Connor McDavid.

For some reason, blogger won't let me smallen the images for sets 4-6. My daughter gave me the code and has another one on the way. Still trying to figure out which set I'll select. I'm thinking I should go on Facebook and/or Kijiji and asking people to send the codes to me if they aren't going to use them. Or I may go dumpster diving. At least the garbage should be frozen so easier to step through.

My sister picked this up for me from a friend of hers. Actually, both of my sisters kind of keep their eyes open for any sports related items.
Now I'll have to find someone who can read this so I now a little more about it.
The only thing I can understand is this Mark Recchi ad from his Flyers stint.

This looks like a team roster sheet. It has position, number and I'm guessing players name. It's all Greek to me.
I did get an offer on the Panini Beach Boys box I won. The woman was getting it for her boyfriend as they were both Beach Boy fans. Glad to make someone happy.
And my mask has been sent in to the Bernie Parent mask design contest. I'll post more info as the voting process begins. Here's a few pics

Prepped and ready to begin

Coming together

Other side

Will let you know when and where to vote Dec 18th.

And away we go.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Number 500 --NHL Alumni Tour Brantford 2013

The title says it all. This is my 500th post. It's going to be a long but hopefully fun read.
 I attended the NHL Alumni Tour in Brantford on Saturday night.

My wife was able to obtain a pair of VIP passes for the event. We were also scheduled to go to a turkey roll with a bunch of our friends. My wife still went so I was able to take another autograph hound with me.

At the turkey roll, my wife was able to pick up this. 2012 Special Edition Winter Classic double mini-net and shooter tutor set.
My friend was at the Leaf game against Nashville on Thursday and picked this poster schedule up for me.
Here's the program for the game that was in support of the Special Olympics.

The only signature I didn't get was guest coach Stan Jonathon.
Now, here's last nights haul.
Brantford's Lord Mayor and Ambassador of the NHL Alumni Team, Walter Gretzky. He signed throughout the game and multiples. I only asked for one but he kept asking to sign more for me. I got a few more and he got up and hugged me, saying he appreciated I wasn't too greedy. That's Wally for you.
Guest Referee, Dave Hutchison
I already had signed cards of him and wrote about it here.
I did a custom card but the print job smeared.
Mike Pelyk
I already had signed cards of him and wrote about it here.
I got this custom index card and autograph sheet given out at the gate.

Brent Gretzky
Others from my collection here
I got one more signed.
Rick Vaive
my earliest Vaive auto
Got this wire photo signed.
Bill Derlago
I have his cards signed which I'll post in the future.
So I got this custom photo signed
X 2
Dan Daoust
Again I have his cards signed but haven't posted as of yet.
I got this custom photo signed plus these wire photos.

While signing these, he was reminiscing along with Tom Fergus. He even asked Tom if he recognized the linesman in one of the shots.
Tom Fergus
I've already got a lot of his cards signed so opted for the wire photos.

Mark Napier
Needed the 84/85 OPC one for the set I'm working on. When signing it, he said it was bringing back bad memories. Signing the wire photo from when he was Buffalo elicited a more favourable comment.
Matthew Barnaby
Got these two cards signed. Told him I'd probably see him later in the season. He's playing for the Dundas Real McCoys in the Senior A loop
Mike Krushelnyski
Also needed the OPC 84/85 card. He graciously signed all the cards I brought and some wire photos. I have duplicates of most wire photos and ask the player if they would like one. He was the first to say yes and I provided him with a couple. He asked if I wanted it personalized. Of course, says I.

Mark LaForest
He signed this card and wire photo. He said looked like he was laying a beating on Sean Burke. He also took a few wire photo
Marty McSorley
He signed  a few cards for me and a wirephoto. We also talked about kids, mainly how his kids keep him hopping and how my grandkids do the same. He shook my hand and appreciated me coming out for the event.
I found out on the Law Enforcement Allstars team was  Kelli Corpse.
Drafted by Montreal Canadiens 
  round 2 #44 overall 1992 NHL Entry Draft


The VIP pass got you into the after party. Much easier to talk to the players and get autographs. It's a more relaxing atmosphere and you get to chat with most of them.
One thing with the wire photos is that you get a nice large signature.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (Woody Woodpecker Symphony)

Well, at least it feels like winter. I went to go pick up the mail and almost tripped over a box on the doorstep. Fed-Ex box just sitting there. It was the unopened box of 2013 Panini Beach Boys trading cards that I won. You can read info on it here.  Now I'm a fairweather Beach Boys fan and am ambivalent on opening this. So I'm going to offer this for $50.00 plus some help for shipping (depending on where you are). If not, I'll probably open it as a Christmas gift. With my luck, maybe there'll be a Brian Wilson autograph.

One of the things I do miss about working in downtown Toronto is the autograph opportunities (no, not Rob Ford). Today, my bud had the opportunity to get a signature from "Avatar/Maple Leaf Missile"  Milos Raonic.

And I'm still working on the mask. Pics to follow soon.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

When one door closes, another opens

How apropos that this quote is from Alexander Graham Bell, who lived a lot of his life right here in Brantford. I was entered in Nachos Grande contest and knocked out in the first round. The elimination rounds continue and you can read about it here.
So, I wasn't really looking for anything but opportunity knocked. Since I'm working from home now, I have more time free time (not really, the three hours I don't commute is taken up with other things). I was on Twitter one morning and saw this tweet

CALLING ALL SPORTS ARTISTS! Bernie Parent wants YOU to design and paint a custom goalie mask to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers first Stanley Cup win!

We will accept SERIOUS inquiries only by October 25th, 2013. The first 25 entries that will be accepted must send their name, address, and contact information to We will be sending you a full-size, Bernie Parent replica goalie mask, with one side left blank for you to expand on your artistic ideas.

It was the last day and they were still short a couple of entrants. Quick e-mail  and voila. I am a contestant. After the problems with CSBA and customs, I got my mask today with the accompanying letter.


Full sized replica mask
I post updates on my progress. I hope you check out the site Only the Lord saves more and vote for me (starting Dec 18th) if you deem my entry worthy. The winner gets  meet and greet with Bernie plus an autographed jersey and stick.
And the good news continues. I got an e-mail from Tracy at Panini. I left a comment and won an unopened box of 2013 The Beach Boys.  I'll post my box break unless someone wants to buy this from me. Looks like I'm gonna have Fun Fun Fun since I'm feeling good vibrations.

Panini America 2013 The Beach Boys Teaser (1)