Spearing the Whales

The 1990-91 Panini Hockey Sticker collection is a set that I've been working on having signed over the past few years. It's a project that I'm fully aware I'll never actually 100% complete but I love the stickers and most importantly, it has been a ton of fun hunting down.

I'm about 65 stickers sans-signature away from an entire hard autographed set - there's about 5-6 deceased players who I'm not even sure have ever signed a sticker before their passing, hence why I'm uncertain if this project is even possible to complete.

With a surprise return from Ray Ferraro this past week, I made it one step closer to any such end and completed the beloved Hartford Whalers team set.

I've written to Ray several times over the past few years with no luck. As I've seen other collectors receive returns from Ferraro during this span of time, I even began to think that the sticker was a particular item that he refused to sign! Persistence and patience are keys to this hobby.

Personal favorites from the group are Ron Francis and Peter Sidorkiewicz. Autograph-wise, I probably like the look of Sidorkiewicz the most; it's a nice full signature. I also like how Tomlak used a green sharpie which compliments the team colours he is pictured in.


Who I Am And Why I'm Here

Hello readers, welcome to my hockey card blog.

Lately I've found myself spending some of my downtime reading trading card blogs from all over the internet. I've begun to miss the ol' hobby and have been hankered to pick it back up again. I want to start all over to be exact and begin working with a clean slate.

My earliest memories of collecting cardboard stem from receiving a Champions Hockey Card Collectors Starter Kit (endorsed by Patrick Roy) at the age of 7 as an Easter gift. I was hooked - spending countless hours as a young boy organizing and trading with friends. It was the mid-'90s and it was all about the hockey card.

My all-time favorite player is Mario Lemieux, I've been a Pittsburgh Penguins fan since I can remember following the game. Unfortunately I can recall David Volek of the New York Islanders scoring an overtime goal in game seven to upset the Pens in '93 more clearly than their Stanley Cup celebrations from the previous 2 years.

As I got older, hockey cards took a backseat to many other things; I didn't collect and hardly thought about it, to be honest I stopped following the game in general.

I started to get back into the sport several years ago just like I did when I was 10 - maybe my passion has even gone a little deeper.

As far as set goals collecting-wise is concerned, I am not sure where I want to go with it right now. But getting over this first blog post hump will be a huge accomplishment (if you've ever had to write an introduction post, you know what I mean), that's for sure.

I'm not here with aspirations to become the #1 sports card blog in the blogosphere; I'm here to have fun, share my collection with others and meet new people who share the same interests.  Pretty simple really.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join me on my rediscovering of the hobby.