Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AHL Addresses & NHL Addresses pages updated

I've updated the pages for AHL Addresses and NHL Addresses.

Apparently, my lists of team addys were out of date.

The Phoenix Coyotes are now the Arizona Coyotes, and it seems that they have a new mailing address. I've updated the address for the Montreal Canadiens, too -- thanks, Seb!

In the AHL, gone are the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Phantoms and Peoria Rivermen -- replaced with addresses for the Adirondack Flames, Leigh Valley Phantoms and Utica Comets. I also updated the team logos for the Syracuse Crunch and Iowa Stars.

Expect some updates coming to this site next week, as I'm working on other stuff right now that's taking up the majority of my time.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

John Tavares

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Currently with the New York Islanders.

Card pulled from a pack of 2012-13 Fleer Retro Hockey.

The good news is that this card has an autograph of superstar player John Tavares. Yay!

The bad news is that it is signed on a sticker. Boo!

Nonetheless, it is signed in blue Sharpie marker. Yay!

But that blue Sharpie marker blends in with Tavares' blue hockey pants. Boo!

At least the card has a retro design, based on the 1993-94 Fleer Ultra Set. Yay, I guess.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Brent Grieve

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Retired player.

Card given to me by a fellow collector.

Brent Grieve's NHL career did not last too long -- just 97 games spread out with the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. 76 of those games were with the 'Hawks. This card here is his rookie card, and is from the 1994-95 Leaf Hockey set.

A fellow collector that I sometimes trade with sent me a whole mess of cards (signed and unsigned) one day. Thanks, man!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nick Johnson

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Nick Johnson
2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 26
Percentage: 43%

Currently with the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Fan letter sent: January 4, 2014. 

Autographs received: June 3, 2014.

This is an interesting return. I sent Nick Johnson two cards -- his 2010-11 OPC rookie card and a 2012-13 OPC card -- but he sent back three cards. He also enclosed his 2010-11 Upper Deck Victory rookie card.

Making this return a bit more unique is that two different marker colors were used. The two Penguins cards are signed in blue Sharpie marker, while his Minnesota Wild card is signed in silver Sharpie marker.

Previously, Johnson signed two cards for me via TTM back in 2011

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tony Granato

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Tony Granato

1,977 days

 

round trip!



Retired player. Currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings.

Fan letter sent: December 29, 2008.

Autographs received: May 29, 2014.

This is it! This is now the LONGEST RETURN for an autograph request. I wrote to former NHL player Tony Granato at the end of 2008, when he was the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

Five years and five months later, I received my cards from him, all neatly signed in black Sharpie marker.

This beats the prior longest return record, which was set by Henrik Sedin (1,556 days) and then later J.S. Aubin  (1,716 days).

It was so long ago that I wrote  to Granato that I honestly forgot that I sent him a letter in the first place.

As you are probably aware, Tony is the older brother of Cammi Granato, one of the first women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They were both born in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and are considered hometown heroes for Chicago hockey fans. Needless to say, I am happy to finally get these cards back.

I always hoped that Tony would play for the Blackhawks during his playing career,  but that never came to be. He did enjoy a 13-year career in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. He also won the Masterton Trophy in 1997.

He's now an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. I might write to him again and see if a response takes 10 years this time.
 :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brian Bradley

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Brian Bradley

619 days

 

round trip!



Retired player.

Fan letter sent: September 4, 2012.

Autographs received: May 16, 2014.

Wow! This response from former NHLer Brian Bradley took almost two years.

Bradley enjoyed a 12-year career in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning.

He generously signed all five cards sent in black Sharpie marker. The 1993-94 Topps Stadium Club card (close up with white helmet) will replace a copy of that card that I got signed by him in the 1990s; the autograph got smudged because I didn't know about rubbing gloss off of the cards back then. Fortunately, this one came out much nicer.

Coincidentally, another longtime return hit my mailbox recently. Check back tomorrow to see who it was from.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Craig Anderson

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2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 25
Percentage: 41%

Currently with the Ottawa Senators.

Fan letter sent: January 21, 2014.

Autographs received: April 17, 2014.

Craig Anderson will return for a fifth season with the Ottawa Senators this fall. He has also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. He is from the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. He also hosts a

Anderson signed my card in black Sharpie marker. This is the fifth time I have successfully received autographed cards through the mail from him. The other times were in 2006 (the very first TTM success reported on this website), 2009, 2011 and 2012.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Jimmy Howard

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Jimmy Howard
2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 24
Percentage: 40%

Currently with the Detroit Red Wings.

Fan letter sent: December 30, 2013.

Autographs received: April 10, 2014.

Rock on! I got two cards back from Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. He signed both in black Sharpie marker.

This is the fourth time I have had success in writing to Howard. He also signed cards for me in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jonathan Zukiwsky

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Jonathan Zukiwsky

Retired player.

Card purchased at a show in March 2014.

Jonathan Zukiwsky was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1996, but never played in the NHL. He didn't play pro hockey at any level, either. After finishing his Major Junior career, Zukiwsky played four years of college hockey in Canada (full stats here).

This card, part of the Classic Visions Signings set from 1996-97, is neatly autographed in blue Sharpie marker. Look at how clear his signature is! You can actually see every letter in his name. I wish players today signed their names so clearly as this guy.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chris Allen

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Chris Allen

Retired player.

Card purchased at a show in March 2014.

Chris Allen was drafted by the Florida Panthers in 1996. He played a total of two games in the NHL -- both with the Panthers. He played pro hockey in the minors and in Europe until 2012. During the 1997-98 season, he won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the best defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League. (Full stats here.)

I found this card, signed in blue Sharpie marker, at a show for 50 cents. It is from the 1996-97 Classic Visions Signings set, which featured prospects from five different sports.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Eric Condra

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2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 23
Percentage: 38%

Currently with the Ottawa Senators.

Fan letter sent: January 21, 2014.

Autographs received: April 7, 2014.

Eric Condra will enter his fifth NHL season this fall. He signed my card in black Sharpie marker. Turnaround time was around 11 weeks.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mikael Samuelsson

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Mikael Samuelsson
2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 22
Percentage: 36%

Currently with the Detroit Red Wings.

Fan letter sent: December 27, 2013.

Autographs received: April 5, 2014.

Mikael Samuelsson has been around the NHL quite a bit during his pro career. He's played for the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, the Panthers again and the Red Wings for a second time as well.

Samuelsson autographed all four cards in blue Sharpie marker, adding his uniform number below each signature. He took good care to put the right number with each card, putting 26 on his Canucks and Panthers card, and 37 with his Red Wings card. Curiously, he also put 37 on his Rangers card, though the picture clearly shows him wearing 42. Apparently, Samuelsson wore 37 in his two years with the Rangers, so perhaps he wore 42 during a preseason game.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eric Nystrom

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Eric Nystrom
2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 21
Percentage: 35%

Currently with the Nashville Predators.

Fan letter sent: December 27, 2013. 

Autographs received: April 3, 2014.

Eric Nystrom is the son of ex-NHLer Bob Nystrom, who played 14 seasons with the New York Islanders. Eric was born in New York while his father played for the Islanders. He followed in his father's footsteps as a pro hockey player, breaking into the league with the Calgary Flames. He has also played with the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars, and is currently with the Nashville Predators.

Nystrom nicely signed all three cards sent in blue Sharpie marker.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ben Smith

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Ben Smith
2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 20
Percentage: 33%

Currently with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fan letter sent: December 30, 2013.

Autographs received: March 28, 2014.

Ben Smith played one regular season game for the Chicago Blackhawks during 2012-13. More importantly, he played one game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, filling in last-minute for an injured Marian Hossa.

The story goes that Smith, a "Black Ace" in the playoffs, had already left the rink to get dinner with his family when he was informed that he was going to be in the lineup. Once he got back, he had ten minutes to suit up. Smith's presence in that game was good enough to get his named on the Stanley Cup -- and be included in the commemorative Stanley Cup trading card set (lower right).

Smith signed all four cards sent in black Sharpie marker. He also put his uniform number next to his name -- 21 on the three IceHogs cards, and 28 on his Blackhawks card.

Turnaround time was just under three months.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Brett Sutter

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2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 19
Percentage: 31%

Currently with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).

Fan letter sent: January 21, 2014.

Autographs received: March 24, 2014.

Brett Sutter is the son of former NHL player and current L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter. He has split the past few seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes and their AHL club, the Charlotte Checkers.

Sutter signed his Champ's rookie card in black Sharpie marker.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Greg Bullock

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Greg Bullock

Retired player.

Card purchased at a show in March 2014.

Another one of my infamous "50 cent finds." Greg Bullock was never drafted by an NHL team, yet still managed to carve out a 15-year pro hockey career. He spent much of it in the AHL and in Europe.

This card is autographed in blue Sharpie marker and sloppily hand-numbered 60-something out of 225. Interestingly, it also has a stamp mark by the company in the lower right corner, causing an indentation on the card.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kaj Linna

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Kaj Linna

Retired player.

Card purchased at a show in March 2014.

Kaj Linna was an 8th round selection by the Ottawa Senators in 1995. He played four years with Boston University, and a season in the AHL with the Prince Edward Island Senators after he was drafted. He played two seasons in Sweden, then came back for an 11-game stint with the Milwaukee Admirals of the old IHL before retiring in 1999. (You can see his full career stats here.)

Anyway, I picked this card up at a show earlier this year for 50 cents. It is signed in blue Sharpie marker, and was part of the "Classic Five Sport" set.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Grant Clitsome

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2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 18
Percentage: 30%

Currently with the Winnipeg Jets.  

Fan letter sent: December 30, 2013.

Autographs received: March 24, 2014.

What is up with all the silver markers! If you've been following this blog lately, you may recall that the cards I received from Mikael Backlund and Richard Bachman were also signed i n silver Sharpie marker, much like this one from Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Richard Bachman

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2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 17
Percentage: 28%

Currently with the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL). 

Fan letter sent: January 11, 2014.

Autographs received: March 14, 2014.

I originally used an incorrect address for the Oklahoma City Barons, so my letter to netminder Richard Bachman initially came back to me RTS. I reattempted my autograph request, using the correct address this time, and was successful.

Bachman signed my card in silver Sharpie marker. I also received autographs from him via TTM in 2012.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Joe Thornton

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2013-14 TTM Stats
Letters sent: 60
Successes: 16
Percentage: 26%

Currently with the San Joe Sharks.

Fan letter sent: December 30, 2013.

Autographs received: February 26, 2014.

Less than two months was a super-fast return from superstar Joe Thornton. He signed my card in black Sharpie marker.

Thornton is great at replying to TTM autograph requests, but will only sign one card per request these days. Since I've started this blog, I received autographs from him an unprecedented six times -- in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and this one here in 2014.