As a fellow Hockey Moderator on SportsCardForum, I've had the pleasure of knowing about Sean's legendary Bill Ranford collection, along with his All-Time Edmonton Oilers Collection, for many years now.
As a goalie collector myself, hearing about Sean's new Ranford pickups was always something I quickly resonated with and I was stoked to feature him on my blog this afternoon.
Who/What Do you collect?
Bill Ranford: (everything)
Why Did you start collecting this Player/Set/Team?
Bill Ranford: I think like most kids in 1987, at that time I would have identified my favorite player as Wayne Gretzky. That changed in 1988. For a while I considered Mark Messier to be my favorite, but that was short lived too. After that? I moved onto Bill Ranford. The 1990 Stanley Cup is the first NHL playoffs I have a good memory of (I was 10 at the time). I was an Edmonton Oilers fan, and my favorite player needed to be an Oiler. Ranford was a star in the league, and fun to watch. By 1994 he was really the only big star still left from the 1990 team, and even a lot of the "transition stars" (I'll call them that. The big names they got for their dynasty pieces) like Damphousse & Nicholls were gone.
What's your favourite Cards or Item(s) in your Collection?
I have so many nice ones (In the Ranford PC). I've been using a Decades 90s MegaPatch card that has the Oil Drop from his jersey as my avatar for years. It's definitely a top 5 card for me. My Made-To-Order that includes a Ranford Patch, and a Vezina Leg Pad would probably be the co #1. I've got a triple autograph of Ranford, Gretzky, and Messier, it would be the other co #1.
What's On Your Current Wantlist? Are there any ‘White Whales’ you’d like to add one day?
1998-99 MVP Super Script #188 Bill Ranford /25. It's the only card made of Bill Ranford, while he was still an active NHLer, that I don't own. I would love to add another Shield card, or a "Property of" style stick card. They exist, but I've never had the chance to pick them up. Additionally I'd like to pick up these cards. That would make my collection "complete" through the end of the 2014-15 season (I put complete in quotes, because it doesn't include 1/1s):
Contact Info: How can other collectors reach out to you?
You can find me on both SportsCardForum & Hobby Insider, as 30ranfordfan. I have the same username on both eBay & COMC as well. My Email address is: email@example.com
Sean's Bill Ranford Card Gallery
Pieces From Sean's All-Time Edmonton Oilers Collection
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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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