OT: Autographs Thread

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    My birthday order from COMC came today (after I just ordered it on Friday) so I'll show off, in alphabetical order, what I got for about $130:

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    Sebastian Aho

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    Riley Barber

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    Marcel Dionne

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    Jack Eichel

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    Phil Esposito

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    Sami Kapanen (these foil cards were definitely NOT made for photographing or scanning)

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    Erik Karlsson #'d to 49

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    Kucherov

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    Nolan Patrick #'d to 25

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    Marty St Louis

    Have to upload the rest in a new post...
     
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    Mark Stone

    Surprisingly Patrick was the most expensive at about $25 and he and Kucherov were the only ones that cost over $20 (Stone was only $5 and St Louis and Dionne were about $8 or $9 each). For an additional $10 or so I also picked up a couple jersey cards and some nice looking O-Pee-Chee Platinum cards, all of which cost under $5 each:
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    (The Sanheim and Ovi cards in the last picture are serial numbered)

    In all I'm really happy with what I bought at the price I got them for and I'd much rather spend $140 on a bunch of cards I actually want than buy a box or two or three for the same price and wind up with mostly a bunch of junk. And I 100% recommend COMC if you're looking for single trading cards of any kind.
     
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    Three today, including one I thought was long gone

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    Johan Hedberg c/o San Jose Sharks in 24 days

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    Aleksander Barkov c/o Florida Panthers. Not gonna do the math but I sent it out in September (I think the 10th?) and I thought this one was a goner.

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    Paul Carey c/o Providence Bruins in 30 days. Another former Bear. It's a little bent as you may be able to see.

    Also, shoutout to @Magua, @Defect and @gertbfrobe16 for actually keeping up with this, lol.
     
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    Paul Stastny, c/o Vegas Golden Knights. I sent it back in September and wasn't expecting it back at this point so I don't have a day count.
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    Also, time to vent. This is how the envelope arrived at my house, half of it gone. The mailman brought it to the door because of its condition. I'm realllllly lucky the card wasn't damaged at all. I feel pretty comfortable assigning the blame to the USPS and not Paul.

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    I'm just amazed it found you with only your first name on the envelope!
     
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    looks like it got caught in the sorting machinery. the automation they have now probably allowed them to trace your address, from their tracking system.
     
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    I've heard of other collectors having their mail damaged before, but this is the first time it's ever happened to me in seven years of collecting autographs this way.

    Just glad (and kinda surprised) nothing happened to the card itself.
     
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    Nicolas Hague, c/o Chicago Wolves in 37 days

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    I sent to Brannstrom the same day but I'm definitely not expecting that one back, lol.
     
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    Shawn Thornton, c/o Florida Panthers in 32 days
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    Wyatte Wylie, c/o Everett Silvertips in 38 days (it's signed and personalized, just hard to see because it's ballpoint pen on a dark image)
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    He also included a signed card of his own, but my phone's being a little ***** right now and it's not letting me upload that picture.
     
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    Every year the Hershey Bears do a cancer fundraising charity event at a local sports bar chain called Arooga's. I've gotten to meet a handful of future NHLers this way, namely Jakub Vrana, Nate Schmidt, Madison Bowey, and Australian hero Nathan Walker.

    Tonight I met defensemen Connor Hobbs (#7) and Colby Williams (#25). They signed and personalized some pictures for me and I got a picture, which I am providing but generously blacking my face out for your benefit. (And yes, I donated.)

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    It's close to the end of the season and I've gotten most of what I've sent out since the new year back, so this thread might not be active much. I sent out a last batch of letters yesterday and today, including to a couple prospects on the Phantoms, so that'll probably be it for the season. I may try some celebrities in the off season but I'm not 100% sure yet. I'm definitely sending to Rick DiPietro, who works for ESPN radio and signs pretty reliably, at some point, lol.
     
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    LAVI, c/o Preds in exactly six weeks.

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    Was almost worried I wouldn't get this one back, because the contents of my letter were very heavy on his time with the Flyers and I wasn't 100% sure how that breakup went. But I'm glad he did sign and that I have it now.
     
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    NAK, c/o Phantoms

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    David Kase, c/o Phantoms

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    Taylor Leier, c/o Rochester Americans

    All three were sent out last Wednesday, making it a quick 10 day return for each of them.

    This makes me 5 for 5 in requests sent to the Phantoms this season (Hart, Myers, Bunnaman, Kase, NAK). Four of them came back in two weeks or less and Bunnaman only took about a month. With that success rate I'll be sure to send to any other Flyers prospects who wind up in Allentown in the coming years.
     
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    Got an opened and empty envelope back postmarked from St Louis today. Parayko is the only Blue I sent to this year so I'm guessing it was him. I'm not sure whether he just sent back the empty envelope or whether he signed the card and it fell out of the envelope on the way back. Pretty disappointing either way.
     
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    aw man that sucks. maybe you could send another, as they are still playing, and you might get it back this time. ask him to tape the envelope shut.
     
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    Yeah, I'm guessing he just didn't seal it tight enough. Parayko is a pretty reliable signer, and if he didn't wanna sign, I assume he'd probably just toss my card and letter in the trash instead of taking the time to mail back an empty envelope. I'll probably try him again but not until next season at this point. Either that or just buy his autograph, it's not too expensive on COMC, ha.
     
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    Bruce Boudreau, c/o Minnesota Wild. I don't remember how many days it's been but I sent it in mid February sometime.

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    He signed it in silver over Chris Bourque's legs (in the Bears' promotional Caps jersey on the right of the picture). I thought he sent it back unsigned at first until I looked harder (it's a lot harder to see out of the light).

    For the record, I sent somewhere between 6 and 8 requests to the Wild this season and have now gotten all but one of them back. That's enough for me to mark them down as one of the better signing teams in the league.
     
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    What do you do with these? Do you keep them in portfolios and card binders or is your house or man cave plastered with autographs?
     
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    They're all kept in sleeves in a binder
     
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    Harry Zolnierczyk
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    34 days

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