Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.Just recently, I received autographs from two former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both cards which I had picked up at the local swap meet were mailed away to Ron Ellis and Norm Ullman - and they both came back to me in less than a month.
The beauty part of all this is that Norm Ullman was kind enough to include an autographed photo in addition to the card that I mailed away to him.
A great looking autograph which includes his Hall of Fame year and the number 9 which he wore during his time with the Maple Leafs.
Ron Ellis had a very strong NHL career as well. Ron scored 20+ goals 11 times in his 16 season career which included a brief 3 year retirement at the height of his career. Ron would finish his career with 332 goals, 640 points in 1034 games all with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ron is currently a director with the Hockey Hall of Fame and also is a part-time public speaker. Ron travels speaking about mental health which is something I see as being extremely important to society. As someone who was diagnosed with clinical depression, Ron found the strength to overcome his illness and uses his celebrity to help spread the word about mental illness. I see this as being both brave and important as I, like many others, have family members who struggle with mental illness and the stigma that is attached to it sometimes is as debilitating as the illness itself. Having people like Ron Ellis educating the public about getting tested and treatment for these illnesses is a message that we all need to hear!
Ron’s auto is done with a blue sharpie that includes the number 6 which he wore for most of his career.