Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lighter load

Even without looking at a calendar or team schedule, it's easy to know when the NHL season is winding down. It's the time when you start to run out of items other than cards to get signed.

Today's adventure with the Atlanta Thrashers, limited by work to only a gametime session, is a good example. Other than cherry-picking one signature for the Thrashers team stick, I carried only a nearly full book of cards for Atlanta.

And, yes, it came in handy, as the Thrashers added another two dozen autographed cards to the collection. Among those signing:

Top row: Colby Armstrong, Tobias Enstrom and Eric Boulton;
Middle row: Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg and Slava Kozlov; and
Bottom row: Bryan Little, Eric Perrin and Todd White.

All told, we added another 43 autographs to the collection.

The other highlights of the day:

~ Captain Ilya Kovalchuk providing the prize for April's season-closing Win this Autograph contest;
~ Rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian signing two cards and the work-in-progress Thrashers team stick;
~ Nathan Oystrick, another rookie defenseman, signing off on a card trade to complete the Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 Young Guns set;
~ Colin starting a mini goalies-only stick; and
~ Sixteen players signing a Dali-esque team sheet.

If you have the time, and hopefully you do, feel free to check out the Thrashers gallery.

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