It was a relatively quiet night. I think it was partially because of the lack of new hockey product released. About half the usual crowd showed up. But that's OK....any chance to talk shop is a good one.
My first trade brought to me a trio of Hawks. And three of probably the best known Chicagonians... Chicagoites.... Chicawgans.... players.
(Inducted in 1988)
This is probably the nicest Tony O auto I've seen. I love this set (as the Clark Gillies card in the project will attest). Strong and sharp, it's exactly what I wanted to add to the signature set.
And the photo.....c'mon. It's how I remember Esposito the best. That unique hunch, clean fibreglass mask and the big #35 on the sleeve. Simply awesome.
(Inducted in 2000)
What a tremendous talent. Overshadowed in the 80's by some guy named Wayne, Denis Savard carved his own path by being feisty, fierce and flashy.
The Savardian Spin-o-rama is something that still gets referenced to this day. I remember watching some of his goals than thinking "Who else could pull that off?" The answer - nobody.
I haven't really had the radar going on Savard autos, but I would think this one sits in the average pile. A little sloppy when holding it up against some of his contemporaries, but still a nice overall card.
Better than having a sig of his in a Habs jersey (no offence)....Denis will always be a Hawk to me.
(Inducted in 1983)
Yeah.....this is a big one.
Hull's auto is legendary. Instantly recognizable. A little oversaturated in the open market, but when it comes to adding his name to the project - I'm holding the doors wide open.
I really like the look and design of this card too. Just a great addition to the collection. Hull's purposeful penmanship just finishes the card off perfectly.
Huge - HUGE add.
(Inducted in 2005)
Now get along you guys.
Neely's induction into the Hall Of Fame I think opened the doors for a lot of other players getting consideration. Here's a player that had his career severely shortened by injury, never won a Cup but basically redefined the phrase "power forward".
Do I think he's worthy of being in the Hall? I'll leave that for another discussion. All I know is that his name is on my wantlist, there was a card available and I was able to make a trade for it.
And I like the card. The Trilogy Ice Scripts concept is one that I've focused on very little but always seems to be an eye-catcher to me. The auto is just a little streaky, but more than adequate.
And speaking of his signature, what a unique looking stroke. I've seen a lot of his cards with sticker autos on upside down. I can see how that might happen. Difficult to do with a hard signed offering....but I guess it could happen.
Four more for the pc which puts me a little closer to the halfway mark. Still plenty of momentum. I'm hoping that the struggle doesn't really hit until I'm well into the 80's. Fingers crossed.
Current Collection - 42 HOF Autos