Being a primary goalie collector, I've always been fascinated by the position and the athletes who perform at the highest levels of competition to put their unique skillsets on display every night to stop pucks that come their way.
That being said, I am also a huge hockey fan. And have a always had a soft spot for those players who can change the game in a heartbeat. Sidney Crosby is one of those players.
Ever since he made his NHL Debut during the 2005-06 season, you just knew he was a special talent that the league had never seen before. He is by far one of my favourite players in the league today, and I've always wanted to add a Crosby autograph to my collection, among many other NHL greats that have entered the league.
For years I have wanted to add a Crosby auto to the collection, and knowing that I won't be starting a master PC of Crosby anytime soon, I knew I had to be selective in my process. I have put it off for years. When Crosby's value was high, low, or somewhere in between, I just could never pull the tigger on one. Not to mention some of Crosby's autographed cards can go for big money. Compared to other players I collect, I never searched very much, just sort of testing the waters and eyeing down some cards I liked, seeing how much they sold for, etc. There were options out there, but these cards eventually passed me by and probably found great homes in other peoples collections. So it's not all bad, but I knew one day I had to add one of these cards to my own collection.
Fast forward to the 2017 Spring Expo in Toronto, Ontario (Which, if you've never been, I would seriously recommend it). I made the decision to make my way down the to International Centre to see if I could add anything to my general goalie collection, or maybe add some new Enroth's to the PC? No luck there (though I did find some cool doubles, though), but I also manage to finally snag another autograph of ...(you guessed it) Sidney Crosby.
I forget the dealer who dealt my this card. But I paid a really nice price for this hard-signed autograph, and buying it in person meant that I didn't have to deal with fees, shipping, exchange rate, etc. This made me very excited.
I present to you my first ever Crosby Autograph to enter my collection:
I really love everything about this card. The design it awesome (and makes me wish Upper Deck Sweet Shot was still around), plus the autograph is perfect. Not to mention that Sidney Crosby has one of the most recognizable signatures in the league.
I was happy to finally cross this off this list after I came back from the Expo that year. A Wayne Gretzky autograph is another piece I would love to add to my non-goalie collection (along with a Graded Rookie Card, too). Those will probably have to wait awhile. But I'm happy how my collection has been coming along all these years!
Have a auto/card from your collection you'd like to share or talk about? Feel free to use the comment section below. I hope you enoyed my blog post for this week!
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Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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