It's also given me time to start on a project of potentially selling off some unsigned cards that I don't need on eBay and figuring out who I can send to TTM to get some of these signed. I've found enough signers to probably get out a couple thousand cards. The only limitations will be how much time I want to spend writing and how much money I can afford on postage.
And still, I've been able to add some new stuff to the collection. I got back a couple TTM, including Jarome Iginla (2/3, sent back the third unsigned, signed in thin-tip blue) and Eric Metcalf (4/4, signed in black). I also pulled a trade with a guy in Ontario, Mark. He got a few guys I need for my sets plus some other stuff I want for a few he needs for his various sets. The first half has arrived with more on the way; I'll be getting his stuff out soon as well.
I also got a bunch from Corey up in New York, including a few that will go to Arron. He's gotten a ton signed for me from the Atlantic League, including former Indians first baseman Ben Broussard and former NL ROY Dontrelle Willis.
And finally with March rolling in, I've had a chance to get back out on the 'graphing circuit. Through a floorball contact, I got free tickets to Saturday's Stars game, featuring the Mike Modano jersey number retirement. These tickets were tough to come by, selling upwards of $150 on StubHub and SeatGeek. Before the game, they were doing a
The rest of the time was tough-- a lot of guys skipped around signing so I didn't rack as much as I was hoping. However, I could have handled it much better, getting to the front of the walkway instead of the middle, or even skipping it and trying the players at the hotel. I did at least get Stewart Gavin (4/4 cards), Shawn Chambers (2/4), Guy Carbonneau (1/4), Jon Sim (3/3), Dave Reid (1/4), Gerald Diduck (1/4), Jamie Langenbrunner (2/4), and Jere Lehtinen (1/4). I also got a pic with Brent Severyn, one of the NHL's top fighters in the mid 90's. I was hoping to get pics with Basil McRae, Grant Marshall, and Shane Churla too, but I wasn't certain who was who. Most of these guys haven't played in 10-25 years and only getting a brief look at them on the video boards with a long delay in between due to their being asked to stop for interviews, photos, and signings along the way made it tough.
|Hangin' with Sevy. I resemble a mustachioed 12 year old girl.|
Today, Chris and I hit up the Stars practice, trying the alternate entrance out. Unfortunately not much luck was had. Before practice, only Tim Thomas signed. Nice guy though: coming out of his car I asked if he had time to sign my puck. He stopped, looked at his watch and said "Sure thing," taking my pen and signing. I asked if he could add "2x Vezina" to it, and he said "THAT I don't have time for." Jokingly of course: he added it and it came out pretty nice. Another great addition for the wall in my cubicle.
|Despite his political leanings, Thomas is pretty cool|
After the show we bolted back to the Stars' facility, missing a lot. We had originally planned on going to the main entrance but the crowd there was a bit much so we went to the back again. We missed out on a bunch once again. Chris went around front, getting Alex Goligoski, while I stayed at the back getting James Patrick on 4/4 cards. Thomas signed again on his way out; unfortunately my silver pen died on me, so it didn't turn out too good. I was hoping to send it up to Corey for his Vermont collection, but I'll likely get it redone before I do. I need to find a few Liquid Silver and Liquid Gold DecoColor pens.
TOTALS: 22 autographs IP, 6 autographs TTM, and several via trades (I'll count those later).