Sunday, January 12, 2020

Signature Sundays - Calle Johansson

We're back this week with another autographed card from the set that started it all for me on the hockey side of the house, 1989-90 Topps/O-Pee-Chee!

I have both the '89-90 Topps and O-Pee-Chee complete sets these days (they're cheap enough and easy to find), plus my original binder of childhood cards as well.  Since this was before the days of tough-to-find hits and inserts, I'd pretty much collected these two releases as much as anyone could.  A while back I got to thinking though, and as a new way to enjoy these sets all over again I've been picking up some autographed cards here and there.

This "Super Break Certified" Calle Johansson is my latest example, at $2.50 with free shipping courtesy of eBay.  While he may be a name that modern fans of the game don't instantly recognize (unless they happen to collect junk-wax-era hockey cards), Calle carved out a lengthy 17-year career manning the blue line at the NHL level.  He may never have been the top defenseman on a Capitals team that had some great ones over the years (Scott Stevens, Rod Langway, Al Iafrate to name just a few), but he was an integral part of the team for a decade and a half nonetheless.  They don't keep you around that long unless you're providing real value.

Man, these card backs take me back!  Calle was a Valentine's Day baby, meaning my buddy Douglas of Sportscards from the Dollar Store collects him as part of his shared birthday collection.

A nice signature from Calle here in bold, blue marker.  Very pleased to add this one to my slowly growing collection of these '89-90 autographs.

For the first time I tallied these up earlier this morning, and I'm now up to 17 autographed 1989-90 hockey cards in my small sub-collection.  For those who are curious, I've started a Google Photos album to keep track of them as I (hopefully) get more over time.  You can see the current set of 17 here.

Have you ever started a collection of autographed cards from a particular set?  If so I'd love to hear about your experience in the comments.  Thanks as always for stopping by, and enjoy your Sunday!


Fuji said...

I've built autographed sets before, but they were of the pack pulled variety. I do have a bunch of 1986 Topps baseball cards I've collected that were obtained by people (either TTM or IP... or I guess possibly forged). I just like the way that design looks with an autograph.

The only 89/90 OPC hockey card that I have signed is my PSA/DNA slabbed Sakic rookie. It's pretty much the centerpiece to my Sakic PC (which I still haven't shown off on my website or blog). Maybe one of these days.

gregory said...

Pretty nice group of 17 cards there!

I've only got a dozen or so autographed cards in my entire collection, but a few of them are from the 2012-13 Panini Classics hockey set, so I guess that counts.

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