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Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Few Random Cards from Ebay

I picked up a few cheapies on Ebay, which started, of course, with me finding one card I liked and then clicking the dreaded "See Seller's Other Items" link. So I ended up getting my one card, plus a few others that I may or may not ever do anything with.

The card I went after was this John LeClair dual jersey card from 2005-06 SPX. LeClair came to the Penguins as a result of the 2004 NHL lockout. With a salary cap now in place, teams were forced to rearrange their teams and cut loose some players with high salaries,a nd as a result, the Philadelphia Flyers cut tied with their long-time alternate captain. LeClair signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in 2005, and was productive during the 2005-06 season, getting 22 goals and 29 assists in 73 games, but his production slipped greatly the following season, prompting the Penguins to release him after 21 games. He won his only Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993 and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

I also picked up an autographed card of Chris Phillips from 2006-07 Beehive. Phillips, so far, has been a lifer with the Ottawa Senators, making his NHL debut with the team during the 1997-98 season. His best season came in 2006-07, when he played in all 82 games, scoring 8 goals and 18 assists, with a +36 rating.

My last hockey card of the group came in the form of a Nick Bonino autographed card from 2010-11 Luxury Suite. The card is numbered 306/499, and more importantly, the autograph is on-card. Bonino was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL entry draft, but was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in 2009. During the last season, Bonino, split time between the Ducks and their AHL affiliate, Syracuse Crunch, but spent 50 games with the pro team, scoring 5 goals and 13 assists in 50 games.

Lastly, I picked up a Rookie Review jersey card of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford from 2011 Prestige. Bradford was the first overall selection in the 2010 NFL entry draft, and immediately took on the role of starting QB for the struggling franchise. During his rookie year, Bradford set the NFL record for completions by a rookie, which helped him with the Offensive Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, Bradford won the Heisman trophy in 2008, beating out Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow.

If anyone's interested in trading for any of these, I'm keeping the LeClair, but the other three are up for trade. So, let me know what you think.

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