Tuesday, March 5, 2019

HHOF AUTOS - Two New And An Upgrade

When I started my hard-signed HHOF auto project a few years back, I knew that the element of 'trading only' would make this a fun challenge.  These days it's so easy to just click a few buttons and purchase your way to a collection or head to the store, bust a few boxes and walk away with a handful of cards.  But the art of the trade is something that is sorely lacking in this hobby.  It's hard these days though...most transactions happen online and there are few outlets available to make successful one-on-one transactions.

But I'm very fortunate to have a couple of shops in my city that run trade nights.  And while I tend to bring the same ol' stuff, there's always a chance that I will walk away with something new - without having to drop a ton of coin.  And I did just that last month.

Rod Gilbert
(Inducted in 1982)

A perfect addition to my collection.  Great card set, solid signature, and a guy that doesn't really command top dollar.  This was an easy one to trade for.

Obtaining this card has made me want to take a look at the variety of my cards.  I like that I have a good mixture of product types and that there are no real stretches of redundancy.

Let's keep that up.

Found some interesting info when I was researching Rod.  I had no idea that he broke his back just as he was being called up from junior to play with the Rangers.  Tripped over some debris thrown onto the ice and fell into the boards.  Doctors took a bone from his leg to bind three vertebras in his back.  And this was back in the 60's.  That's nuts.

As well, I noticed he was putting up a point-a-game stats right up until his abrupt retirement.  Seems he had a bit of a dispute with then GM John Ferguson.  Pretty much killed his career.

Sergei Fedorov
(Inducted in 2015)

Boy either my camera sucks or my computer monitor needs a reset.  This card looks blue - and it's not.  But let's look beyond my lack of proper editing on the pic.  Another offering that is unique to the collection.  Cool autograph.  Maybe could've been a bit better photo....but I'm not picky.  I managed to get rid of stuff I don't want for something I do.

Gotta say that's a win in my book.

It's so weird seeing guys inducted into the HOF that I followed from day one.  Makes me feel old.

The one thing this card makes me aware of (and you'll see it in my next offering) is that I'd like to consider getting the players in a jersey that best represents them.

Like this one.  When I hear the name Pat LaFontaine, I think New York Islanders.  I think epic long overtime.  To me he is linked to the Long Island jersey forever.  This card replaces the one I had in my collection for some time.

It's a nice card and all, good signature, great card design, but he's not Buffalo to me.

Just like Fedorov isn't a Duck.  I know I'll be upgrading that one down the road.  I can sense it now.

But for now, it's one step closer to the goal.

Current Collection - 80 HOF Autos


  1. Nice additions to your HHOF autograph collection. If you'd like to trade that Lafontaine Private Signings for another HHOF auto let me know. Maybe we can work something out. Comment here or look for me on Twitter. @477marcbruins

    1. Sounds like a plan Marc. I’ve followed you on Twitter. Throw me a DM and we can chat.


  2. A. Man... those Greats of the Game autographs are truly one of the nicest autograph products around.

    B. This post made me realize that I don't own a Fedorov autograph yet. Come to think of it... I don't remember him signing for many products.

    C. Since I didn't really get into hockey until the early 90's... Lafontaine will always be a Sabre in my eyes.

    1. I can totally see how many would see him as a Sabre. Some of his best single season stats had come in Buffalo. I’m going out on a limb and saying I’m a little older than you. Ha ha.

  3. First, Marc is a great guy to trade with so good luck! Secondly, what a great trio! I'm particularly fond/jealous of that Fedorov card. He was perhaps my favorite player for much of the '90s and (at least to me) it seems he doesn't have a ton of autographs out there. Nice work!

  4. Nice additions! All of them are pretty good looking signatures too.