Saturday, January 29, 2011

Old Timers Treasures - Glenn Anderson

Another nice signature from a great hockey player. A 6 time Stanley Cup champion, born in my home city right here in Vancouver, BC; Glenn Anderson! After his stint in the DEL, he almost came back home to Vancouver to become a Canuck. Unfortunately, the Oilers picked him up on waivers and claimed the man who had won 5 Stanley Cups with them in the 80's. He was kinda washed up anyways. Overall, a fantastic player with some great stats. Now let's take a look at the signature:

GLENN ANDERSON
GP - 1129 / P - 1099

Wow, to think this guy signed a card for me! That's incredible! I don't remember seeing him play as I was too young. But, I always do my research on great players like this. Thanks Glenn!

Michael's Rating: 8.5

Enjoy the Superskills competition today!

GO NUCKS GO!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

TRADE + THE GOALIE PROJECT - Roberto Luongo (Part 4)

Yep, this is a double header. My very first internet trade leaded to me acquiring 3 more Luongo cards for my Goalie project. It feels good to get my first trade under the belt, although it was no "blockbuster" trade by any means.

Here's the rundown:
LOST: 19 base cards from the 2010-11 Score set
GAINED: 5 Canucks cards (1 RC)

I saw that Dave over at Wax Stain rookie was in need of a few cards to complete his 2010-11 Score set. I pulled the ones I had out of my collection and sent them his way for 5 cards that would get much more "face-time" in my collection. I'm very happy with the trade as the 5 cards he sent my way are valued at $15.50. Here's the first of the bunch.

2009-10 UD All World
Daniel Sedin

Not bad, the card rings in at about $5...but this wasn't the card I wanted the most. The card I had my eye on was this...

2010-11 Score Hot Rookies (Glossy)
Evan Oberg (RC)

Yes! After pulling 2 boxes worth of my favorite product so far this year and over 500 cards, I didn't come up with the only Hot Rookie Canuck. Of course, I finally got it in this deal. I make it a goal every year to try and collect the newest Canuck rookies they come out with each year (i.e - Shirokov, Oberg etc). I personally think Oberg should be playing as the 'Nucks 7th defense-man possibly their 6th. The coaching staff don't think so apparently, but that's why I'm not an NHL coach and they are. As for the Goalie project part of tis blog, here are the three Luongo's I picked up...

2007-08 Victory (Game Breaker and Stars on Ice)
2007-08 McDonald Season In Review

Some people aren't crazy about McDonald's cards but I don't mind them. In any which way, it's nice to add these three cards to the collection. I like the Stars on Ice card because of the Vintage uniform.

Here are the revised totals:
Alex Auld
Murray Bannerman
Martin Brochu
Richard Brodeur
Gary Bromley
Bruce Bullock
Sean Burke
Frank Caprice
Jacques Caron
Dan Cloutier
Ed Dyck
Ken Ellacott
Bob Essensa
Mike Fountain
Troy Gamble
George Gardner
John Garrett
Glen Hanlon
Johan Hedberg
Rick Heinz
Corey Hirsch
Charlie Hodge
Arturs Irbe
Jason LaBarbera
Ken Lockett
Roberto Luongo - 3/3 COMPLETE! 34 TOTAL
Drew MacIntyre
Cesare Maniago
Bob Mason
Dave McClelland
Steve McKichan
Kirk McLean
Rob McVicar
Alfie Michaud
Tyler Moss
Mika Noronen
Maxime Ouellet
Félix Potvin
Andrew Raycroft
Curt Ridley
Dany Sabourin
Curtis Sanford
Cory Schneider - 1/2 COMPLETE! 4 TOTAL!
Corey Schwab
Petr Skudra
Gary Smith
Garth Snow
Kevin Weekes
Steve Weeks
Kay Whitmore
Dunc Wilson
Wendell Young

GO NUCKS GO!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RUDY RUDY RUDY!!!

Lee Sweatt got true rookie treatment today. He's a 5' 9'', 195 pound defense-man; you don't see that much. As Luongo said in the post game though, "he's built like a little fire hydrant". In the dressing room before the game they chanted RUDY RUDY! They even did the old "hey Lee, lead us in the pre-game warm up" and then nobody followed him out on the ice. But there is a reason for me saying this because the Colorado College d-man scored his first NHL goal in his very first NHL game! It ended up being the game winning goal in the 2-1 win over Nashville! That's what hard work gets you, and I'm looking forward to seeing him play in the future!

P.S - I like him even more because he wore my favorite number (57)

GO NUCKS GO!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quicky...



Enough said...go for it!

THE GOALIE PROJECT - Cory Shneider (Part 1)

PHEW! After hours of studying and driving myself crazy for my final exams (I hate math), I have some time to calm down and blog a bit. Why not start with another segment of the goalie project (one that is not Luongo). Here is the rundown of my tiny Schneider collection.

Canucks Cards: 2 (2 doubles)
TOTAL: 4

Let me reiterate how my project works. One rookie, one card in a Canucks jersey, and one card from another team. But wait! In Cory's case, he has yet to play for another NHL team so this can be a 2 carder. Unfortunately, I have yet to acquire a Sneids rookie card. Here are the 2 cards I do have of the young Canuck goalie.

2010-11 Score

I'm starting to get very tired of seeing this card as I have 2 doubles of it so...let's move along. Plus his pads don't match, and I hate when goalies pads don't match!

2010-11 Panini Certified

I really like this card! This is one of the cards I got from a fellow blogger about a week ago. I've seen the Certified cards all over other peoples blogs and just looked at them as very mediocre. BUT! I really, really like this card! Once you actually see it in person it looks 10 times better! I like how organized and modern the cards look. So, looks like I'm saving up for a 2010-11 Certified Box Break next!

Here's the updated list:
Alex Auld
Murray Bannerman
Martin Brochu
Richard Brodeur
Gary Bromley
Bruce Bullock
Sean Burke
Frank Caprice
Jacques Caron
Dan Cloutier
Ed Dyck
Ken Ellacott
Bob Essensa
Mike Fountain
Troy Gamble
George Gardner
John Garrett
Glen Hanlon
Johan Hedberg
Rick Heinz
Corey Hirsch
Charlie Hodge
Arturs Irbe
Jason LaBarbera
Ken Lockett
Roberto Luongo - 3/3 COMPLETE! 31 TOTAL
Drew MacIntyre
Cesare Maniago
Bob Mason
Dave McClelland
Steve McKichan
Kirk McLean
Rob McVicar
Alfie Michaud
Tyler Moss
Mika Noronen
Maxime Ouellet
Félix Potvin
Andrew Raycroft
Curt Ridley
Dany Sabourin
Curtis Sanford
Cory Schneider - 1/2 COMPLETE! 4 TOTAL!
Corey Schwab
Petr Skudra
Gary Smith
Garth Snow
Kevin Weekes
Steve Weeks
Kay Whitmore
Dunc Wilson
Wendell Young


Two more quick notes...

1. Thanks to all the really cool people out there that are frequenting my blog. I'm up to 10 followers in 2 months! That's pretty sweet considering 2 months ago I was just wanting to try out this "blog thing". All I can say is thank you, and keep the followers coming!

2. There is a very cool contest over at puckjunk.blogspot.com and it is filling up fast. So get there and do your thing!

GO NUCKS GO!  

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Old Timers Treasures - Mark Napier

Round 7 of 10 is Mark Napier. There is one thing I really like about this card, take a guess...

MARK NAPIER
GP - 767 / P - 541

Well it should be a pretty easy guess. It's only thing that makes this card special; the signature. I really like the full name sig. It's not like other Legends signatures where its a 2cm up and down blob in black sharpie. It looks prominent and has some authority! Thanks Mr. Napier!

Michael's Rating - 7.5

GO NUCKS GO!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

THE GOALIE PROJECT - Roberto Luongo (Part 3)

If you haven't already read my thank you blog for the Random Act of Kindness of another fellow blogger, please scroll down just a bit to view it. But come back quick to check out the Luongo cards he sent me. I received 2 Luongo rookies cards to add to my former 1 (now he's not so lonely). Without further introduction...ta da


As you can see the two Islander cards are from Luongo's first year! But what I really like is the close up of Roberto's face and mask on the BTP card. All I can say is sweet! Can't wait to show the rest of the cards, this project is gonna look really cool when it's all said and done!

Here's an update:
Alex Auld
Murray Bannerman
Martin Brochu
Richard Brodeur
Gary Bromley
Bruce Bullock
Sean Burke
Frank Caprice
Jacques Caron
Dan Cloutier
Ed Dyck
Ken Ellacott
Bob Essensa
Mike Fountain
Troy Gamble
George Gardner
John Garrett
Glen Hanlon
Johan Hedberg
Rick Heinz
Corey Hirsch
Charlie Hodge
Arturs Irbe
Jason LaBarbera
Ken Lockett
Roberto Luongo - 3/3 COMPLETE! 31 TOTAL
Drew MacIntyre
Cesare Maniago
Bob Mason
Dave McClelland
Steve McKichan
Kirk McLean
Rob McVicar
Alfie Michaud
Tyler Moss
Mika Noronen
Maxime Ouellet
Félix Potvin
Andrew Raycroft
Curt Ridley
Dany Sabourin
Curtis Sanford
Cory Schneider
Corey Schwab
Petr Skudra
Gary Smith
Garth Snow
Kevin Weekes
Steve Weeks
Kay Whitmore
Dunc Wilson
Wendell Young


R.A.O.K - THANK YOU!

Today I came home to a package in the mail. I opened it up and was ecstatic to see 90 goalie cards for my Canucks Goalie Project!! They were kindly sent my way by a fellow hockey blogger! There were some great cards included; rookies, rare Canucks goalies, and even a card #/100! It was a great act and I'm very excited to add these to my collection. I'll get a Goalie Project (Part 3) to add the cards given to me! Most of all, the blogger taught me what collecting and making this blog is truly about. Collecting not to beat and brag about your cards, but instead to share and HELP others with accomplishments. Thanks Brett!!

GO NUCKS GO!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

SHI-RO-KOV

Pronounce that, ands remember it. Sergei Shirokov scored his first NHL goal yesterday against the Colorado Avalanche. Take a look...


This was his first game of the season filling in for an injured Alex Bolduc. He played 6 other NHL games last season and he looked weak, and uninspired. I love the way this young man played on Tuesday. Finished his checks, shot the puck well, bursted with speed on the fore-check. I think that's part of his cockiness, when he got called up he said "I'm gonna get one tonight". He's now riding a 13 game point streak (12 in AHL/1 NHL) and something like 26 points in his last 20 or some odd games. A great game for Sergei and certainly one he will never forget!

GO NUCKS GO!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Old Timers Treasures - Gaston Gingras

It's been awhile since my last Old Timers signature. I have 5 cards left and I'm very happy with the last 4 I'm going to show. Let's just get this one out of the way early...
  
GASTON GINGRAS
GP - 476 / P - 235

I can't say I know much about Gingras other than his stats. For a defense man a 0.5 points per game average isn't bad. Very lame signature though...faded...simple...bleh. But like I said, I have a few other neat sigs coming along the way. If anyone knows much about Gaston, don't hesitate to inform me with a comment. I would gladly send him your way!

Michael's Rating: 6.5

GO NUCKS GO!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

GOALIE PROJECT - Roberto Luongo (Part 2)

Time for part 2 of Lui cards. Here is where I break out all the stats and all the scans. Like I said before, I'm trying to collect at least 3 different cards from each Canucks goalie. A rookie, a card in a Canucks jersey, and a card in another jersey (if available). First let's get into the checklist cards...

Florida cards...
Canucks cards...


My Luongo cards add up to...
17 Canucks cards (1 double)
3 Checklists (2 doubles)
3 Florida cards
1 Rookie card
TOTALS: 27 (3 doubles)
FAVORITE CARD: The rookie 1999-00 SP Authentic RC ( I posted it last week or so)

Unfortunately, no signed or memorabilia cards. Most of these cards are pulls and very few are ones I bought. Not a bad bunch of cards.There is definitely going to be a part 3 of Luongo cards as I made a trade with a fellow blogger over at Wax Stained Rookie, that includes 3 more Luongo cards to add to the list!
Alex Auld
Murray Bannerman
Martin Brochu
Richard Brodeur
Gary Bromley
Bruce Bullock
Sean Burke
Frank Caprice
Jacques Caron
Dan Cloutier
Ed Dyck
Ken Ellacott
Bob Essensa
Mike Fountain
Troy Gamble
George Gardner
John Garrett
Glen Hanlon
Johan Hedberg
Rick Heinz
Corey Hirsch
Charlie Hodge
Arturs Irbe
Jason LaBarbera
Ken Lockett
Roberto Luongo - 3/3 COMPLETE! 27 TOTAL
Drew MacIntyre
Cesare Maniago
Bob Mason
Dave McClelland
Steve McKichan
Kirk McLean
Rob McVicar
Alfie Michaud
Tyler Moss
Mika Noronen
Maxime Ouellet
Félix Potvin
Andrew Raycroft
Curt Ridley
Dany Sabourin
Curtis Sanford
Cory Schneider
Corey Schwab
Petr Skudra
Gary Smith
Garth Snow
Kevin Weekes
Steve Weeks
Kay Whitmore
Dunc Wilson
Wendell Young

GO NUCKS GO!

Friday, January 14, 2011

KEN DRYDEN

As I promised I'm showcasing my fourth and final framed picture currently hanging on my wall. Unfortunately, unlike the other three this one is not signed. But I really like the design...


Like I said, the layout of this montage is great. Very classy, and sums up a great career! This was my dad's favorite goalie growing up and he thought it would be fitting to snag me this great piece on eBay. Let's take a look at the design. First of all the black background shows a really classy style. Ken Dryden is printed nicely at the top and at the bottom it shows all his best accomplishments. WOW! What a career! My favorite though is that famous pose. Really shows the atmosphere of old time hockey. Of course, there is his number popping out well against the black, very good contrast! Great piece IMO! 

GO NUCKS GO! 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

REMEMBER DAN CLOUTIER ?

Today I'm going to feature another signed picture, this time it's of Dan Cloutier. I know a lot of people wouldn't be impressed by this, but he was the first Canucks goalie I remember watching growing up, and he was my favorite. There were good memories, and some bad...in any which way here it is:


A closer look...


I got the chance to meet Clouts on another occasion (but thats for another day). What I like a lot about his sigs, is that it's very neat and tidy. I have four signatures of his and they are all well done, unlike Luongo's. That's three frames and one more Montreal Canadians one tomorrow! Thanks Clouts!

GO NUCKS GO!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

BINGO BANGO BONGO - ANOTHER LUONGO?

I'm gonna keep the proverbial ball rolling by showing another Luongo sig that is very similar to the one I showed yesterday. Here we are...


Another framed, signed, Luongo picture! But this time on a little smaller scale. Again, I love Roberto's mask and his pads are cooler than the ones he's currently wearing. I think this compliments the other Luongo one I showed yesterday because this one is of an action shot, and the other is just of Luongo and his greatness. Messy(er) signature than usual from him though. I'm really liking these pics and I'm going to showcase two more in the next few days! 

GO NUCKS GO!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

HOW DO YOU DO - BOBBY LU?

I thought I might show off what I now have hung in my room and what I have to say is my pride and joy as of late. Check it out...


The picture kind of takes away of how beautiful this signed photo of Luongo really is...before I go too much into it, take a closer look at the sig... 


SWEEEETTT!! My pops bought this for me awhile ago. I love everything about this thing, first off, I like the pads and mask Lui is sporting. I really dislike the mask he wears right now, and much prefer the johnny canuck mask. I'm also not a huge fan of the all white pads, and I like the blue "swooshes" better. All I can say is what a beauty! Thanks dad! 

GO NUCKS GO!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE GOALIE PROJECT - LUONGO (Part 1)

I've decided to start a new project that includes collecting at least one card from each Canucks goalie. My hopes are to get a rookie card, a card in a Canucks jersey, and maybe a card of him wearing a different teams jersey (if available). Since my computer only let one scan go through I'm going to show Roberto Luongo rookie card today.

ROBERTO LUONGO
1999-00 SP AUTHENTIC

This is the only RC of Luongo I own, and it's from the 1999-00 SP Authentic set which I have just recently completed (the base cards). I like the picture because it shows the side of Lui's pads and his mask staring you down. The scan does not compliment the card well, as I think this set looks really sharp!

Here is the list of all Canucks goalies...


Alex Auld
Murray Bannerman
Martin Brochu 
Richard Brodeur
Gary Bromley 
Bruce Bullock
Sean Burke 
Frank Caprice
Jacques Caron 
Dan Cloutier
Ed Dyck 
Ken Ellacott
Bob Essensa
Mike Fountain
Troy Gamble
George Gardner
John Garrett 
Glen Hanlon
Johan Hedberg
Rick Heinz 
Corey Hirsch
Charlie Hodge
Arturs Irbe
Jason LaBarbera
Ken Lockett
Roberto Luongo
Drew MacIntyre 
Cesare Maniago
Bob Mason
Dave McClelland 
Steve McKichan
Kirk McLean
Rob McVicar
Alfie Michaud
Tyler Moss 
Mika Noronen 
Maxime Ouellet 
Félix Potvin
Andrew Raycroft
Curt Ridley
Dany Sabourin
Curtis Sanford
Cory Schneider
Corey Schwab
Petr Skudra
Gary Smith 
Garth Snow
Kevin Weekes
Steve Weeks
Kay Whitmore
Dunc Wilson
Wendell Young

So there it is, once I get the rest of Luongo's cards up, I'll cross him off the list! Should be
exciting to collect!

GO NUCKS GO! 
  




Tuesday, January 4, 2011

THE CELEBRATION - OH WHERE HAS IT GONE?

I was going to scan a few cards noting some pretty cool celebrations, but if you scroll down a tiny bit you will be able to see why I cannot scan my hockey cards temporarily...moving on. I decided to Google one of my favorite celebration cards instead, its from the 2005-06 UD series...take a look:

MATT COOKE
2005-06 UD
(Hopefully there are no copyright infringements with this card, although I did give this site added publicity I guess). Anyways, this picture is of Matt Cooke and Trevor Linden celebrating a late goal against Minny in the 4th game of the round 2 of the 2003 NHL Playoffs (if I'm not mistaken). This goal was scored late in the 3rd period to send the game to OT, where in fact the Canucks won to take the series lead 3-1. Unfortunately, the Canucks did not win again in the playoffs as they dropped 3 straight to lose to the Wild in 7 games. Its brutal really. I like this card primarily because I know when the exact moment the photo was taken, and the simple elation on Cookies face. 

This wasn't the only reason I chose to throw this card out there. Its because I find SOME players NOT ALL, have shied away from jumping around and simply being ecstatic after a big goal. It's not that everybody doesn't do it, but i'm just saying I see less of it. Look at these older celebrations and tell me if you think this is true passion for the game.


THEO FLEURY

PAVEL BURE

MIKE FOLIGNO

TEEMU SELANNE

Pretty exciting celebrations, but not only is there a lack of passionate celebrations, but there seems to be a tearing down of planned celebrations (cough cough - Don Cherry). Why do people have to hate on having a good time. I understand that players should be modest but most of the time its done without intentions of being haughty. It just doesn't make sense to me...its not like we're the Iceland national soccer team...

ICELAND
Look, all I'm trying to say is as long as we're not making a mockery of ourselves...I say why not celebrate. It's great entertainment value, and it shows character. Cheers to the good ones!

OVIE

MARC SAVARD

DAVE "TIGER" WILLIAMS

GO NUCKS GO!