Right before Christmas, I got the contents of a trade I made with Kyle from Beware the Hockey Card Closet. I sent him a bunch of hits from various hockey boxes I busted earlier this year, and in return, I got a few cool items to add to my Penguins collection.
The first is a dual jersey card of Marc-Andre Fleury and Jordan Staal from 2009-10 SP Game Used Edition, numbered 23/100. I like when they actually take advantage of the fact that there are TWO swatches on the card, by including two different colors. Something they could have taken a hint of for this year's Black Diamond, but that's a rant for another day.
I also got something that I did not have, an autograph of former Penguin Ryan Malone. He was with the team for their 2008 Stanley Cup appearance, but signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning the following off-season. Unfortunately for him, the very next season, he was watching his former team win the Cup. Malone actually has history with the team, as his father, Greg, once played for the Penguins.
I also got two autographs from 2010-11 Certified, of Nick Johnson (242/250) and Eric Tangradi (385/899). Johnson is now playing for the Phoenix Coyotes, but Tangradi is still wearing the black and gold, splitting time between the pro club and their AHL affiliate.
The last of the autographs were IPs of Marc-Andre Fleury and Chris Kunitz. I've got a few Fleurys already, but I love the look of his signature, and this marks my first auto of Kunitz in a Penguins sweater.
Lastly, Kyle also included two base cards. Luckily for me, with as many Crosbys as I do have, he managed to get me one that I was still in need of, from 2008-09 Be A Player.
(NOTE: I discovered after posting this that the Neal is autoraphed, as well. He signed the black marker right on the black pants, so it was difficult to see at first. It actually shows up pretty decently on the scan.)
Thanks for the trade!