Saturday, July 13, 2013


A two-day weekend!  YES!!!!!  It's finally here.

And what am I going to do with it?  Saturday I'm taking my nephew to a skateboarding demo featuring none other than Tony Hawk.  Fingers crossed for an auto (but I'm not holding my breath).  Should be a fun day just the two of us.

Golf on Sunday and some time hanging out with my niece (she's got fastpitch provincials this weekend....good luck kiddo!).

But I found this box just sitting on my doorstep when I got home tonight.  I knew it was coming, I just wish the ol' postman wouldn't have left it in such plain view.  I hate when that happens.  Thankfully, the content inside arrived unscathed.

I received an e-mail a couple weeks back from a collector who said he had a Linden item I might be interested in.  Linden?  Sure.  Thing is....he had literally a "Linden item".

This game-used glove from Trev's days with the Montreal Canadiens was too good to pass up - especially since I was able to trade for it.  Did I "overpay"?  I dunno.  But I figured what the heck.

The previous owner said he picked this up at a Montreal Canadiens equipment sale.  Most pro teams do it.  Once a year, they open their doors to the public and sell off some of the jerseys, sticks, skates, name it.

This glove was sitting in a bin full of "singles".  Meaning he only had the one.  No matching pair.

While that initially deterred me from acquiring it, I decided what the heck.

That Linden name screened on the glove flap sold me on it.  It looked cool and again - I traded for it.

It's got some neat wear and tear to it but at the same time, it seems very lightly used for a game-used glove.  Very little palm wear and some areas look almost new.

But what the heck.

As always, I'm part skeptic.  As soon as I got it, I started thinking "Is this legit?" or is it a fake.  Lots of indicators say that it's the real deal.  But the thumb has me concerned.  It's got what looks to be a sewing defect.  I don't know if that's normal, but again...would this glove be used in a game?

As well, I searched as many Linden photos as I could find with him in the red and blue.  Not once did I find an exact model match.

Close.  Real close on a lot of pics.  But nothing that is a perfect match.

So did I get duped?  Maybe.  But I don't think that somebody would go out of their way to trade a single game-used glove just to rip me off.  And it's not the first time I've taken a flyer on something.  At the end of the day - I like it.

Then again, I am a sucker.

But what the heck.  I think it looks cool.  And now I have yet another fun story to tell.


  1. 'lightly used' hey? From what I've heard about his time in Montreal, he may have worn that every single game and not got a mark on it...



  2. Hey-ohhhhhhhhhhh!

    Good one.

    Sad, but true.

  3. In cases like this, trust your instincts. Photo matches help, as do team letters of authenticity. Still, it's a nice glove that would work quite well as an item to get signed.

  4. Glad you like it!! Very happy to help out a fellow collector!!

  5. Well that looks a little familiar. If this is what I'm thinking of, the guy messaged me on Clouts'n'chara about it, but we couldn't come to a deal. I gave him a link to here and looks like it worked! Excellent pick-up!