Sunday, February 19, 2017

Signature Sundays - Tim Thomas!

Every so often when I have a few minutes to kill with my iPad, I'll search the trading card section on eBay for 'Autograph', sort by Ending Soonest and see if there's any low-hanging fruit to be plucked at the last moment. Doing so last weekend led me to one of my more satisfying cheap autograph buys in quite some time:

Sweet card, huh?  For a Bruins fan it doesn't get much better than this, as Tim Thomas' 2010-11 season when Boston won The Cup was one of the most dominating end-to-end goaltending performances I've ever seen with my own eyes.

I don't recall ever having seen these "Collision Course" autos before, but the card is wonderfully bright and vibrant, and features a nice, large on-card autograph.  I love that it depicts a play from the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, and that it was signed by Thomas just weeks or months after the Bruins won their lone championship of my lifetime.

Here's the back, serial-numbered to /100 as you can see, and you get a nice description letting you know that the photograph is from Game 3 of the 2011 Cup Finals.  To me, this one carries a little extra significance as my wife and I were married in 2011, and were actually on our honeymoon over in France the day this game was played (no, I couldn't watch the game over there but I recorded it and was home in time to catch the end of the series in real-time).

I know Tim Thomas isn't exactly a HOFer, but for a couple of years there he was one of the elite goalies in the league.  I'm surprised that it took me so long, but I'm happy to finally add his autograph to my hockey card collection, especially for the bargain basement price of $3.26 plus shipping!


Kin Kinsley said...

That's definitely a steal!

Hackenbush said...

Whoa. Low hanging fruit but awfully sweet!

Marc said...

Awesome pick up. I have the same Thomas auto. Just different serial numbering. Wish the front of the card didn't have Sedin's head chopped off. It's nice when you get a card and can pinpoint the exact moment the event occurred. There's also a non autograph base and gold version numbered to 25. Easy enough to complete rainbow if you so desire.

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