Thursday, November 5, 2015

Radim Vrbata TTM Success

Mailed:  1/29/2015
Received:  10/25/2015
Days:  269
c/o: Vancouver Canucks

Radim Vrbata has been a great addition to the Canucks.  He had 31 goals and 63 points last season, playing with the Sedins.  He has bounced around a bit during his career, so maybe he will stick around in Vancouver for a while.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Genevieve Lacasse IP

My daughter plays goal for our local rep team.  This summer, presented a huge opportunity for her right in our home town.  Fine Line Conditioning, is a hockey training company based out of Kingston, Ontario.  They ran a camp in Napanee, that was for female goalies only.  It was instructed by Kory Cooper(who is now a goalie consultant for the Ottawa Senators) and Genevieve Lacasse, who is the current goalie for the women's team Canada, and the Boston Blades.  She is an Olympic gold medal winning goalie, and you couldn't ask for a better role model for young female goalies.  At the end of the week, she signed autographs and posed with the kids with her gold medal.  I even tweeted out to her after my daughter won her first tournament.  I thanked her for the work she did with her in the summer.  She tweeted us back, congratulating my daughter.
Here are the cards she signed for us.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bryan Little TTM Success

Mailed:  10/5/2011
Received:  8/21/2015
Days:  1416
c/o: Winnipeg Jets

So this is 2 long outstanding returns I have gotten from the Jets recently.  I am not sure if its the team or the players.  This is by far the longest wait I have had for a return since I started back doing this.  Just shy of 4 years.  Its still pretty cool to add these to my collection.  I watched Bryan play alot while he was with the Barrie Colts and I was always impressed with his play back then.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Devin Setoguchi TTM Success

Mailed:  10/2/2013
Received:  6/26/2015
Days:  632
c/o: Winnipeg Jets

I have had very limited success in mailing the Winnipeg Jets.  This one took over 1.5 years to get back to me.  Devin played for the Calgary Flames last year, but ended up spending some time in Adirondack in the AHL.  I am not sure where he will be next season.  I suspect that he will have to play his way on an NHL team.

Quicken Loans 400 Michigan International Speedway

I attended the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.  My dad is better now after having quadruple bypass surgery last year, so I took him back to MIS as I had such an awesome time there last year.  We had the whole package for tickets this time.  Pit passes, driver intro passes, and tickets to the Arca, Xfinity and Cup series races.

Most of my autographs came during the Pre-race driver introduction pass that we bought.  Once the drivers were announced, some of them signed for the fans on their way to their cars.  I was pretty luck this year again, and I also got a bunch of autographs that I haven't gotten before.

Martin Truex Jr. signed a card for me.  He is having an awesome season so far, with a small race team.  He is already locked in for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Trevor Bayne signed card.  Trevor has moved over to the Roush team this year, but everyone seems to be struggling on that team.
David Gilliland signed race used shoe card.  I pulled this out of a box last year, so it was neat to get this signed.
Brad Keselowski signed card.  I don't mind "Bad Brad" too much.  I know he took some major flak last year for the incident with Jeff Gordon.  I love Jeff, but I gotta say, there was a hole there for Brad to take, and he took it.  I can't say as though I blame him.  It sucked that Jeff ended up wrecking out and losing any chance for the Cup, but it was Jeff's mistake.
Matt DiBenedetto signed card.  Matt drives for BK Racing, which I am throughly convinced that they are just happy in having their logo on a car.  They are never competitive, which is a shame.
Now for the holy grail for this weekend.  This was the last autograph that I got during the Driver intros.  As he was coming towards me, I was desperately fumbling through my pics trying to get the right one out.  I ended up just getting it out there as he got to me.  Anyway, I know there are plenty of people out there that would love to have this autograph.  There aren't any drivers more popular that Dale Earnhardt Jr., and I now have his autograph in my collection.
We watched qualifying from the pit area.  It is an awesome way to watch it.  You get to see what teams are doing out there between runs and see what they are doing to the cars to get a bit more speed out of them.  There are usually plenty of people down there, so autographs are few and far between.

I got Matt Kenseth to sign a card right after his qualifying run was over.
On our way out of the pit area, we spotted Carl Edwards signing autographs.  He literally signed for everyone that was in there, and then walked along a fence area and signed for everyone there, and even posing for some pictures.  Carl is a true class act.
I didn't have a card for J.J. Yeley, but since he was practically standing right beside me, I had him sign my pit pass.  He races for BK Racing as well.
Kasey Kahne had won the pole.  Jeff and him sorta got out of their cars at the same time, so when Jeff headed out of the pit area, everyone followed him.  I got him last year, so I figured I would take a shot at Kasey.  He came right towards me, so I just stayed where I was.  He grabbed my picture and signed it, and just after, he was completely mobbed.
I have said it before, and I will say it again.  Michigan International Speedway is the place to go.  I know they had some pissed off people due to the rain out, but I was ok with it.  They gave it their all that day, and honestly, coming back the next day would have been hell for us.  We would have had to watch the race, and then drive 7 hours home.  They do an amazing job at keeping the fan experience, the best that I have seen at any track.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Christopher Gibson TTM Success

Mailed:  12/31/2014
Received:  5/8/2015
Days:  128
c/o: Toronto Marlies

Gibson was born in Finland and played his junior hockey in Chicoutimi.  He had a very good regular season with the Marlies going 24-17-3.  Maybe the Leafs will look to bring him up next season.

David Legwand TTM Success

Mailed:  1/9/2015
Received:  5/3/2015
Days:  114
c/o: Ottawa Senators

I actually only mailed him the jersey card, so he included the extra card for me.  The Senators used him mostly as a 4th line guy this year, and only dressed him for 3 of the payoff games.  He has carved out a decent career and he should have a few more years left for a team that needs some leadership.  Maybe Edmonton should take note.

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