Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chris Phillips

Mailed on 10/26/09 and received 3/3 back on 10/31/09! Holy cow! 5 days from US to Canada then back to US! Very happy with these three beauties. Great looking signature on all three cards. Chris is a lifetime Senator which is cool to see this day in the NHL. Seems like guys bounce around every team these days so its a change to see a guy spending his whole career up to date with one team. Cards were mailed to the Senators.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Olaf Kolzig

Mailed on 10/20/09 and received 4/3 back on 10/30/09. Amazing success! This one was a major surprised and especially in such a short time period. Olaf had such a fantastic career and I'm glad to see him picking up the sharpie in his retirement. Beautiful looking signature on all of the cards! About as good as it gets with a success! Cards were mailed to Mr. Kolzig's home.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jake Dowell

Mailed on 10/18/09 and received 3/2 back on 10/29/09. Great stuff from a young stud. Jake Dowell is a tough customer on the ice and can also put the puck in the net. Jake Dowell along with a couple other young Hawks have been back and forth between Rockford and Chicago. I mailed this one to Chicago but it came back from Rockford. Glad Mr. Dowell took his mail with him on the journey. Jake has been great in the lineup, he is never afraid to stick up for his teammates and get his team going with a fight. He is also the Captain in Rockford so you know he has leadership skills. Very happy with these! Cards were mailed to the Hawks.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Mailed on 10/18/09 and received 4/2 back on 10/28/09. Great return from one of my favorite Blackhawks! Niklas Hjalmarsson is one of the best young d-men I've ever seen. You have to watch the Hawks to appreciate what Hjalmarsson does. He is so cool with the puck and never gets out hustled. He is so solid on the blue line. These autographs look amazing and I'm so happy. Cards were mailed to the Blackhawks.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blackhawks Hounding trip

This last week I shot over to the Blackhawks practice a couple days ago at Johnny's IceHouse in Chicago. This is the first year that the Hawks are practicing at Johnny's IceHouse so I had no idea how to get any autographs. I had trouble finding the practice facility so I got to the practice late. I only got to watch about 20 minutes of practice and players started to leave. I was frustrated and started to leave when I discovered the players all park in the parking garage. I grabbed the stuff I had in my car and was able to get a few autographs. I didn't have my normal supplies with me so these items where as good as I could do. More importantly I now know how to hound the Hawks. Here's my stuff.
John Madden signed picture
Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi signed towel given out at Home Opener
Patrick Kane signed calendar page

Friday, October 23, 2009

Derian Hatcher

Mailed on 5/29/09 and received 4/3 back on 10/23/09. Wow this one was certainly a surprise! I had previously mailed this one to a couple different places including the Flyers with no success. I finally got a working address and these cards are very sweet. A long time NHL'er and a great leader I'm so happy to add Mr. Hatcher to my collection. Cards were mailed to his home.

Mike Cammalleri

Mailed on 9/8/09 and received 3/3 back on 10/23/09. Awesome return from a great NHL'er. A pretty fast return from a star like Cammalleri as well. A new addition to the Canadiens, Mike brings his playing making and top notch goal scoring abilities to Canada. Not the prettiest looking signature but its always nice to get a player for Mr. Cammalleri's caliber. Cards were mailed to the Canadiens.

Rogie Vachon

Mailed on 8/31/09 and received 3/3 back on 10/23/09. Great looking signatures from a old-timer. I've tried to mail some out to some older players and Mr. Vachon was one of my first. I've got some other guys I would like to mail to as well. Its cool that there are new sets coming out featuring older players, it makes it easier to get cards and send them TTM. Very happy with these. Cards were mailed to his home.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Olli Jokinen

Mailed on 4/6/09 and received 1/2 back on 10/19/09. I can't totally remember if I mailed him one or two cards. I've mailed to Olli a few different times and I'm happy to finally track him down. I just mailed another one of to him and then this one comes rolling in a few days later. Oh well. Interesting looking signature for sure from Olli, but its always nice to get a signed card from a player of his caliber. Another card for my Victory set as well! Card was mailed to the Flames.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dirk Nowitzki

Mailed on 2/24/09 and received 1/1 back on 10/18/09. This is one of the two basketball returns I've ever mailed (the other was Jason Kidd which was quickly returned) Very nice looking card, beautiful blue sharpie on a clean card. Even though I'm not a huge basketball fan I do root for Dirk whenever I see him play. When you are 7 foot tall and can sink three's like nothing you are a pretty special athlete. Card was mailed to the Mavericks.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nik Antropov

Mailed on 9/8/09 and received 4/4 back on 10/9/09. Very happy with this one. I've tried Nik a few times over the last couple years and its nice to finally track him down. Great signatures happy he signed all 4! Cards were mailed to the Thrashers.

Bryan McCabe

Mailed on 7/23/09 and received 3/3 back on 10/9/09. Bryan has been a great d-man in the NHL for years and he is still playing at a high level. Legible signature, I thought they were fake until I saw some certified McCabe autographs that looked the same. Cards were mailed to his Agent.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Scott Hartnell

I don't even remember mailing this one but I got it back on 10/8/09. Great signature from a consistent signer TTM. This one came back with a .42c stamp on it so I guess its been out a while. Always nice to get a surprise, especially one you forgot you mailed haha. Card was mailed to the Flyers.

Slava Kozlov

Mailed on 4/13/09 and received 3/3 back on 10/8/09. Another great return from a current NHL guy! I've heard Kozlov is sometimes a sketchy signer so its nice to get him TTM. Great autograph he seems to take his time. Cards were mailed to the Thrashers.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Brian Rafalski

Mailed on 8/26/09 and received 4/4 back on 10/7/09. Sweet cards! I like these even though Brian Rafalski is a Red Wing haha. Nice to get such a great player. Cards were mailed to his agent.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Eric Weinrich

Mailed on 5/16/09 and received 6/6 back on 10/5/09. All of these cards look sweet I'm so happy with them. I usually don't like to send so many cards but I couldn't cut any of these cards out! It was nice of him to sign to many. Cards were mailed to his team in Portland.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Adam Hall

Mailed on 8/25/09 and received 1/1 back on 10/3/09. I saw lots of great success to Mr. Hall and I'm glad I was able to get one as well. Signed in pen but the pen looks ok. Cool that he personalizes. Card was mailed to his home.

Jonny Gomes

Mailed on 8/25/09 and received 2/2 back on 10/3/09. Sweet signatures from a big time homerun hitter. I really wanted the old Topps card signed and it looks great. The picture doesn't do it justice. Cards were mailed to the Reds.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sergei Berezin

Mailed on 6/18/09 and received 5/5 back on 10/1/09. Sweet looking cards! Beautiful blue signatures on all 5 of my cards. And a Hawk! Cards were mailed to Mr. Berezin's home.