Sunday, September 22, 2013

Signature Sundays - New York Nicks

Yes, we're going back to the Panini Classics Signatures well again for Signature Sundays.  Today we've got a pair of "New York Nicks"...

First is Nick Kypreos, who was known mostly as an enforcer during his NHL career.  You can tell by the man's signature what his proudest accomplishment was at the NHL level, and that was winning the Stanley Cup with New York in 1994.  True, he played in just three playoff games that year (registering 0 points, 2 PIM and a -1), but he still got to experience being on a team that won it all.  Nick was pretty lucky in that he was dealt from my favorite team, the Hartford Whalers, to the Rangers during that 1993-94 season.  Had he stayed with Hartford he would have finished 6th in the Northeast Division and missed the playoffs entirely.


Joining Kypreos today is Nick Fotiu.  Also known for his ability to throw his weight around, Fotiu was a fan favorite in New York due in part to the fact that he was a local boy (Staten Island).  Like Kypreos, he spent some time with the Whalers.  In fact, he began his professional career with the New England Whalers of the WHA, and would play for the Hartford Whalers as well.

I like that Panini mentions his ventures in boxing on the card back.

Two Nicks, both of whom played for the Rangers, both of whom played for the Whalers, and both of whom knew how to throw down the gloves.  This pair brings me up to an even 30 autographs from this excellent set...

2 comments:

Dave H said...

You are doing very well with these. Ever tempted to try your luck with a box? The price in the secondary market certainly doesn't entice me to take a gamble, but how about you?

shoeboxlegends said...

Just can't bring myself to shell out $100+ for the 6 guaranteed autos, when I can get 10-15 autos on the secondary market for around the same price. Plus, at this point it's a numbers game, where I already have 30 autos and counting odds are I'd pull at least 2-3 from a box that I already have.

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