Monday, July 22, 2013
Currently with Val Pusteria HC (Italy).
Fan letter sent: November 7, 2008.
Autographs received: July 20, 2013.
Last week, I thought my return from Henrik Sedin -- which took 1,556 days -- was the longest I would ever wait to get an autograph.
I was incorrect. It turns out that this return from former NHL goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin, received this past Saturday, would be the longest wait time for a response. It took 1,716 days -- which breaks down to four years, three months, one week and six days.
Aubin signed both of my cards in black Sharpie marker, but he signed the Upper Deck card (showing him with the Maple Leafs) on the back for some reason.
Aubin offered his apology on this little post-it note, which reads:
Hi! Didn't mean to not sign your cards...just found them in moving boxes! Best of luck!
When I wrote to Aubin in 2008, he was with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. He then spent the next three seasons playing in Germany, and last year in Italy. My return envelope was postmarked PITTSBURGH, so that must be where he resides in the off-season.
Again, let this be a lesson to us all to never say never.
Also, this post number 1,500 on Sal's Hockey Autographs!