Monday, September 21, 2009

Senators IP

I went to the Senators vs Canadiens pre-season game on Saturday.  The Senators held an open practice in the morning so we thought we would get autographs after that.  Boy, were we wrong.  The security guards were being very nasty.  They told us that the team told them and the players that no one stops to sign autographs.  So, after being shutout there, we went on to try to get them after the game.  It was a chilly night in Ottawa and one by one, player's cars kept right on driving past the 15 fans waiting.  Only 4 players plus the coach stopped to sign for the fans.  Chris Phillips is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and he always stops for the fans.  I mean ALWAYS!  Shean Donovan also stops most of the time at least as I have gotten him a few times now.  Nick Foligno is another guy that literally always stops.  Ryan Shannon also stopped but I didn't have anything for him to sign.  These 3 guys should be commended for stopping and interacting with the fans for a few minutes.  The rest of the team just flew by without a second glance.  I have been hounding the Senators when I go to games(its a 2.5 hour drive)for about 11 years and I have never had this bad of luck.  I have never gotten less than 7 autographs before this night.  I don't know what is going on up there, but I hope they change it.  The Senators were far from selling out last year, so getting some fans deeply behind them might be a good idea.  Anyway, here is the photos of what I did get.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wayne Gretzky TTM Update

I mailed Wayne Gretzky a McFarlane base on March 11, 2009.  I mailed it to the Phoenix Coyotes with a return envelope and US stamps.  I had a success with him there when he first started there on a card so I thought I would give this a shot.  On Sept. 10, 2009, I got it back unsigned with a letter.  So, I guess Gretzky is no longer doing TTM stuff.  He used to autopen TTM items.  My card may be an autopen, I have no idea.  In my mind it is an auto, and I don't care really.  I did get him in person at the NHL draft 2 years ago in Ottawa.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Norm Ullman TTM Update

I mailed 3 cards to Norm Ullman on August 21 and received all 3 back signed on Sept. 1. Great response out of this hall of famer. He even added the HOF inscription. I really like the 01-02 Fleer Greats of the Game set. I think I now have about 20 autos or so from that set. It would be nice to complete the ones that are not deceased, but that includes Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr among others. Pipe dream I guess.

Lou Fontinato TTM Update

I mailed 2 cards to Lou Fontinato on August 21, and received 1/2 back on Sept. 1. He kept the one card, so I assume he may have needed it for his own collection. Happy to get another auto and in less than 2 weeks too.