The Joy of a Completed Insert Set - 2002 Topps Hobby Masters - Since 2006, in addition to the Topps Flagship base sets, I have been collecting most of the insert sets as well. I little while back I decided to fill som...
Monday, October 26, 2015
Perpetually Behind - Shlabotnik Delivers Edition
Joe's PWEs are always a welcome reprieve from the bills and other detritus that generally fills up my mailbox (like the Spanish-language magazines that my wife receives in the mail simply because of our last name; is that some form of racial/name profiling?).
This latest envelope did not disappoint, as it delivered numerous cards off of my Zistle want list, like the classic 1994 Topps Roger Clemens that lead off this post. I don't know how I never managed to track down a copy of this, but I sure am glad Joe had an extra.
I don't know much about Kenny Mansally, but apparently "Kenny" was an Americanized nickname that was dropped a couple of years ago, and he now goes by his birthname of Abdoulie. I never saw him play, judging by what I've read and his stats he was a mediocre forward at the MLS level. New England eventually cut him, and he signed with Real Salt Lake.
During his time at the helm, there was of course some controversy, most notably his decision to trade star center Joe Thornton. With that trade now a decade in the rear view mirror at this point, does it really look so bad? I know the players the Bruins got back turned out to be insignificant, and I know Thornton is a point-scoring machine...in the regular season. But how many Cups have the Sharks won? Hell, how many playoff series have they won?
I'll choose to remember the more positive aspects of O'Connell's time controlling the team, like the fact that the team drafted both Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci during his tenure (and could afford to keep them both around long-term without Thornton's contract on the books).
Alright, I'm going to stop here before this turns into a long, drawn out Bruins post that few people care to read. Thanks for the cards Joe, they are much appreciated and were a great motivator to get me posting again here...