Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Henrik Sedin

scan0023 by hockeyttmDate received: September 11, 2012
Total players responses: 510
Total 2012 responses: 113

Thanks to Kevin for the Flickr idea for posts!  It'll take some time to get used to, but I'm glad I'm back up and running.  So for today's blog, we have Henrik Sedin, obviously the Canucks captain.  I had recieved Henrik's autograph at a signing he did for EA Sports for the midnight launch of NHL 13.  He gladly signed this card for me and I'm happy I was able to meet him as I got this card scratched off my collection list!  Thanks Henrik!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 509
Total 2012 responses: 112

The final installment of my hounding session with the Edmonton Oilers.  I was so happy to have gotten Burnaby, BC native Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and is probably one of the harder players to get through TTM (I don't know if he'll sign TTM, but I've sent out a few and haven't received any returns as of yet!).  Ryan is one of the core players trying to help the Edmonton Oilers regain their Stanley Cup hopes.  Him, along with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz will be the core group, at least until the Oil can't afford them anymore.  

I really like this Crown Royal RNH autographed card.  It showed up so nicely and wasn't running like the Jordan Eberle cards previously written about.  Thanks for the autograph Ryan and good luck the rest of the season with the OKC Barons.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Taylor Hall

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 508
Total 2012 responses: 111

Another fantastic success from the 2010, 1st overall draft pick, Taylor Hall!  I was super stoked to have seen that he was willing to sign for the fans that were waiting for him.  It isn't every day that you get to meet and take pictures with one of the brightest prospects in the NHL.  

I managed to snag two signatures from Taylor himself, one on my Donruss Rated Rookies card, and on another Artifacts card.  Both were signed in a blue sharpie, and are clearly legible (unlike the previous Jordan Eberle cards).  I am happy that I was able to find cards which the autographed showed up well enough and not run.  

Thanks for the signing Taylor!  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jordan Eberle

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 507
Total 2012 responses: 110

A triple dose of Jordan Eberle!  I managed to snag Jordan for a few autographs (with the help of my girlfriend) on two separate occasions during the OKC Barons' stay in Abbotsford.  Jordan obviously doesn't need any type of introduction, as he is one of the most (in my opinion at least) exciting players on the Oilers' squad.  He was drafted 22nd overall in the 2008 draft and is definitely helping to lead the charge of the Edmonton franchise becoming what it once was.  He has also helped out with Team Canada, bringing gold to our country, back in 2008 and 2009.  

I particularly like the autograph on the Victory Rookie card, as that's the one that came out the best.  The Jordan Eberle autograph on the SP Authentic card didn't show up too well, due to the nature of the player on the card being a smooth surface.  The same issue was found on the Rookie Anthology card, as the portion he signed on looked like it ran.  Has anyone else happened to have encountered cards like these?  I generally put an eraser to a card like the Victory, to prevent the smooth finish from making the card run, but I wasn't totally sure if it would work on the SP Authentic or the Rookie Anthology cards.

Regardless, I'm quite happy with the autos from Jordan.  Thanks for being so fan friendly Jordan.  I guess since there were three cards, it deserved an extra long blog post!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Magnus Paajarvi

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 506
Total 2012 responses: 109

Next auto I managed to snag this trip was from Magnus Paajarvi.  He was drafted 10th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, but obviously with the lockout, he's currently playing for the Oklahoma City Barons.  He's been putting up, probably less than stellar point, but seems to be on the right track to success.  He'll definitely be shadowed by many of the Oil young guns who have entered into the system since he was drafted.  Magnus was definitely kind to sign these two cards for me.  Thanks for the sweet autos Magnus!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Colten Teubert

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 505
Total 2012 responses: 108

Yes! A nice jersey card signed in silver sharpie by tough guy Colten Teubert.  Meeting Colton in person, he seems like a fairly nice guy, but had a few words for the hounders that were looking for 5+ autographs of the same picture of him.  I also saw him on the ice later that evening and he looked scary.  Thanks for the signing Colten!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Teemu Hartikainen

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 504
Total 2012 responses: 107

Part 1 of my hounding session of the OKC Barons this past weekend.  I got Teemu Hartikainen of the Barons, whom was drafted in 2008, 163rd overall.  He is a Finnish player, currently working his way up to the NHL level.  Teemu had only played under 20 games per season in the NHL thus far.  Thanks for the signing Teemu.  He's a super friendly guy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ty Rimmer

Date sent: September 5, 2012
Date received: September 24, 2012
Total time: 19 days
Total players responses: 503
Total 2012 responses: 106

Ty Rimmer is currently the goaltender in the WHL for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  He was recently traded from the Tri-City Americans this past offseason.  Thanks for the autograph Ty.  Stay tuned for a hounding session I had over the weekend, one of my best yet!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Michael Cammalleri

Date sent: January 19, 2011
Date received: July 27, 2012
Total time: 555 days
Total players responses: 502
Total 2012 responses: 105

Wow, this has to be one of the longer returns I've had.  This was a nice return from Mike Cammalleri, the former and current member of the Calgary Flames.  He had played for a season with the Flames, back in the 08-09 season, then returned four years later in a trade for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd round draft pick.  Best of luck Mike! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Brett Ritchie

Date sent: March 21, 2012
Date received: July 30, 2012
Total time: 131 days
Total players responses: 501
Total 2012 responses: 104

I've been getting a decent amount of my Hero and Prospect cards back, which is great!  This time, this autograph is from Brett Ritchie, from the Sarnia Sting.  Brett was drafted by the Dallas Stars, and now currently plays for the Niagra Ice Dogs.  Thanks for the auto Brett!