I wanted to point out for anyone that may not have seen it that one of my all-time favorite blogs, Puck Junk, is giving away free Panini stickers! What collector doesn't like getting free stuff in the mail? All you have to do is become a follower of the blog and post a quick comment listing your top 3 favorite teams, and you'll receive a package containing a team sticker and a few individual player stickers as well.
While you're there I would highly recommend reading through the backlog of posts if you've never been on the site. It's an absolutely awesome site focusing on all things hockey. The posts run the gamut from vintage cards to video games and other oddball items. There is a ton of great stuff there, whether you're a die-hard NHL fan or someone who couldn't even name 5 teams, I'm sure there is something that will interest you. Sal, who runs the site, is as nice a guy as you'll meet in the blogging community and has become one of my favorite trading partners as well.
Since Sal is a Blackhawks fan, this post is also the perfect chance for me to show off this gem, a 1962-63 Topps Murray Balfour I recently picked up. Murray's been battered, creased and stained over the years, but it's the oldest hockey card I own and a welcome piece in my collection.
Newest Card Show Pickups - It's a little difficult to concentrate on cards and such these days given the fact that this country has gone to hell in a handbasket but I'm gonna give it...