As a fellow card blogger, Brett's attention to detail about how he chooses to express himself in this hobby has always interested me. I've really enjoyed not only seeing, but reading about his new pickups for his collection over the years.
I just knew Brett was going to be all hands on deck when I approached him about featuring his personal collection on my blog and he did not disappoint. Brett not only has a way with words, but a way of player collecting, too. I'll let his passionate card collection pave the way from here on out with his impressive collections featuring Trevor Linden, goalie masks, and more!
I hope you enjoy my newest edition of Collectors Corner!
The Trevor Linden Collection
My name is Brett Miles. I've been a die-hard hockey card collector for most of my life. I'm born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and work in Media and Production for the new pro soccer franchise in this city, Cavalry FC as well as the world-class equestrian facility Spruce Meadows.
What/Who Do You Collect?
I am a long-time (call me die-hard) Trevor Linden player collector. It is the main pillar of my hobby world. I also PC baseball's Oscar Gamble, am slowly (like it might take me the rest of my life) building an ungraded Parkhurst 51/52 set and chase hard-signed autographs of HHOF players.
Why Did You Start Collecting The Player/Set/Team?
Trevor Linden has always been my favourite player...from the moment he was drafted into the NHL - and even earlier than that. I spent a couple years growing up in Medicine Hat and my family knew his family. It was so cool to see someone I knew (barely knew him...but still) make it into the NHL. He was an exciting player on a team I loved to watch growing up. As time went on, I started to appreciate Linden more for what he was doing off the ice. He is a selfless person who is always doing more than his part to help those in need. These days, I am proud to say I enjoy the work he's done off the ice more than the resume he built on it.
What’s Your Favourite Card or Items In Your Collections?
The Oscar Gamble '76 Topps Traded is tops on my list (it even trumps all my Linden cards...for real). I keep two copies of it in my wallet. One was chewed up years ago when I accidentally washed my wallet...the other is the replacement.
What's On Your Current Wantlist? Are there any ‘White Whales’ you’d like to add one day?
Are there cards on my wantlist? You bet....I'm a completist. So pretty much anything I don't already have. He's got over 2300 cards...and while I have a good chunk of them, there are a lot left to chase - especially cardboard from the past 2-3 years. There are a lot of low-numbered parallels these days. I don't chase them like I used to, but I search multiple times a day...looking for that one item that I can go after.
What do you love the most about collecting?
I love the fact that most of my cards have a story. A story in how I acquired it or a story in the people who were a part of it. A perfect example of this would be the birth of my Trevor Linden collection.
What's the most oddball piece in my collection?
I love the fact that there are a lot of people who know I collect Trevor Linden. Sometimes it works against me when you see the price tags on some of the cards, but there was a trip to the local card show that garnered me a unique one-of-a-kind item.
What would I love to accomplish with regards to sportscards?
I consider myself a creative person. I like thinking outside the box and am constantly inspired by what I see others out there build, create and accomplish. From written articles to custom cards, podcasts to documentaries - I would love to pursue it all.....ah, but time is the enemy on that one.
Contact: How Can Other Collectors Reach You?
I'm on Twitter - @bamlinden and @OscarGamblesFro and Instagram - @bamlinden and I do have a blog, 'My Hockey Card Obsession' but have found that I don't post much at this time. I still deeply enjoy this hobby - am fortunate that I live in a city that has multiple trade night options, card shows and good people to chat with...but I have found that I'm not in as much of a sprint at this time as I used to be. It's one of the things I love most about sportscard collecting - I call the shots. I get to determine how I want to approach this hobby, how much I spend, what I chase, how aggressive (or passive) I want to be at any time....it's great. If there ever comes a time where I feel the hobby is in control of me - I'll be hanging it up...but I don't see that ever happening. There's more than enough stuff out there to keep me occupied.
I think we can all agree that Brett's passion for his collections knows no limits!
If you want to get in contact with me about getting YOUR COLLECTION featured on my blog, feel free to leave a comment on this post below, fill out a contact form on my Contact Page, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch very soon. :)
Some Highlights from Brett's various Card Collections...
Trevor Linden Gallery
Some Hockey Hall Of Fame Autographs
Goalie Mask Cards (Because who isn't a sucker for a good goalie mask?)
Vintage Hockey Cards: Parkhurst 1951-52
Baseball: Oscar Gamble
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.
Daniel & Henrik Sedin
Arturs Irbe (2)
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