Recently I sent a holiday care package of sorts to my friend Dave H over at Wax Stain Rookie. He really loved the package apparently, because the return bubble mailer he sent down here to the States absolutely blew me away! I think Dave is one of my most loyal readers, at least based on the frequency of his comments, so he really has a good understanding of what I enjoy about the hobby. Each and every card was thoughtful and hit on a collecting interest of mine.
a couple of yellows previously, and this time it was an awesome Denis Savard red parallel. The red border really jives with the Blackhawks sweater to make a great looking card.
my other Taylor auto. Just like with my first, Dave does not disappoint on the penmanship front. Players of today, please take note that this is how you should sign an autograph (no, I'm not delusional enough to think that an NHL player will ever read this post, but I can rant, can't I?).
Pentti is a very interesting guy, having moved to Canada from Finland at age 6. He actually began his career with the Bruins, strangely appearing in just 3 total games (all in the playoffs) over his first two seasons before he was dealt to the Rangers. In his first season in New York, he captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year in the NHL! He was dealt back to the Bruins shortly thereafter, but unfortunately suffered a nasty eye injury in the '52-53 season which quite literally derailed and ended his NHL career.
Making this card even more special to me is the fact that Dave H was actually born in the same town that Pentti lived in. In fact, Dave delivered papers for the Fort William Times-Journal while Lund was a sports reporter/photographer there! Pentti even lived in the same building as Dave's grandmother during his retirement. This added personal connection that Dave has with Pentti Lund is just the icing on the cake when it comes to this amazing card and this amazing trade package.
Dave...thank you, thank you, thank you! I truly appreciate your generosity in sharing such a cool card with so much personal meaning, as well as the awesome trade package overall! Just another example that our hobby is shared by some of the most generous people you'll ever meet...
Set-completion, Canadian-style - Happy Canada Day to my north-of-the-border readers! It's tradition around here to try to acknowledge this day -- since I practically live in Canada acco...