Saturday, January 14, 2017

TTM Returns: Week Ending 1-14-17

Here's a quick look at my TTM returns for the week ending January 14, 2017:

Tomas Vokoun

Justin Schultz

Steve Trout

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Whole Bunch of Autographed Cards

I had a great opportunity to participate in a "Fire Sale" for some in-person autographed cards on a Facebook group that I am a part of. Basically, a fire sale is where a seller will post individual images with very low prices, in order to get rid of extra stock, and earn some Paypal.

I ended up picking up quite a few cards, some from sets I am collecting, some from teams I like, and some just because they were so cheap.

As far as sets go, I picked up quite a few cards for the 2013-14 Score and 2014-15 Ultra sets that I am currently working on. It's great to get them in this way, because some of these players are not great TTM signers.

As far as Penguins go, there were only three for me to pick up. I had already gotten Paul Martin TTM, but didn't get Simon Despres or Beau Bennett while they were with the team. The three stars are all newer players, but still wanted to add them to my collection.

There were six cards from the Minnesota Wild. Matt Hackett was the only first-timer for me, as I have previously gotten the four other players either TTM or through public signings in the Minneapolis area.

He had tons of Arizona Coyotes, and I picked up what I could. The team doesn't hand over mail to them, so they are impossible TTM, but are a great in-person team. The past two years that I have gone down to the Phoenix area to visit family, I have gotten quite a few autographs from them in person after games.

These cards come from the 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Retro set. I'm not trying to complete this set by any means, but I think they look great signed, so I like to pick up what I can.

Likewise, I also like how all of these look signed, as well, especially the Rookie Profiles cards from 2013-14 Overtime. That large amount of open space is just perfect for an autograph.

Lastly, are a few cards I picked up, just because the prices were so low. At anywhere from $.50-$1 each, it's tough to turn down that kind of a deal.

Apart from the Score an Ultra set needs, all of these are available for trade, so if you need anything, son't hesitate to let me know!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

TTM Return from Aleksander Barkov

After traveling to Texas for a week and a half over Christmas, I expected to be flooded with TTM returns upon coming back home. Well, there was just one, but a pretty good one, from 2013 No. 2 overall draft pick and Florida Panthers star, Aleksander Barkov.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

TTM Returns: Week Ending 12-17-16

Here's a quick look at my TTM returns for the week ending December 17, 2016:

Sergei Gonchar

Mark Alt

Monday, December 12, 2016

Autograph Signing with Charlie Coyle and Marco Scandella

AME Sports recently held an autograph signing with Charlie Coyle and Marco Scandella of the Minnesota Wild. I was fortunate enough to be in the Twin Cities for the Neal Broten & Buzz Scneider signing a couple of weeks ago, but this one, I would have to sit out. Still, I never have to miss out completely, as AME is great with mail orders, so I was able to participate that way.

I have become a huge fan of Coyle from watching the Wild the last few years, and think he has the potential to become a major player in the NHL. I don't think he gets quite a lot of recognition across the league, but in the "State of Hockey," he has become a fan favorite, not only because of how good he is on the ice, but also because of how great he is with the fans.

I got two 8x10s of Coyle. One is taken from a moment during pre-game warmups a few years ago, when he waved hello to a young fan. The video of this, and the fan's reaction went viral, so I really wanted to get a photo of that moment signed. I asked fr gold ink, because I thought it would stand out better than blue or black, and it sometimes does, depending on how the light is hitting it.

I also got another 8x10 signed by Coyle, which I purchased from the AME. It really shows what I love about signed hockey photos when you see how much that blue in pops out of the photo when signed on the ice surface.

Lastly, I also got three cards signed. I had both Coyle and Scandella sign their Young Guns rookie cards, since I'm trying to accumulate as many of those and I can. I also had Scandella sign his 2010-11 Luxury Suite rookie card. I'm not collecting that set, I just thought it would look amazing when signed in blue. I was right.

That's it for this round. Between AME and FanHQ, both places have plenty of Minnesota Wild signings, so I'm sure there will be plenty more in the future.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TTM Returns: Week Ending 12-3-16

Here's a quick look at my TTM returns for the week ending December 3, 2016:

Mike Bielecki

Tom Brunansky

Markus Hannikainen