This week I've got a trio of hard signed autographs to show from the 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures set. All three guys are inducted, though their names may not come to mind when the average fan thinks Hall of Fame.
As time has passed everyone seems to remember the stronger personalities from that '88-89 Calgary team, guys like Al MacInnis, Doug Gilmour, Lanny McDonald and Joe Nieuwendyk, but it was Mullen who led the team in regular season scoring with a career-best 110 points! He was one of only 9 players in the NHL to top the 100-point plateau that season. In the playoffs Joe stepped up his game and paced the entire league with 16 goals during the Cup run.
Fast forward a couple of seasons and Mullen found himself an integral part of back-to-back championship Pittsburgh Penguin teams. Joe was the first American-born player to reach both the 500 goal and 1,000 point mark in the NHL, pretty much cementing his status as a USA Hockey legend.
Unexpected cards from friends and even people I don't know! - Well, I must know them from somewhere, I just don't know who they are. I got a PWE this week that did not have a name on the return address, so I don't kno...