Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wax Stain Rookie: Nail Yakupov

Wax Stain Wednesday is 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. WARNING: 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.
I still never get tired of receiving autographs in the mail. There just seems to be something fun and exciting about getting something that was made just for you. My most recent one was lots of fun, and certainly is a return I won’t forget anytime soon! 

Nail Yakupov is currently the consenus choice for 1st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and he was kind enough to sign an autograph for me. As I write this, he is leading the OHL in scoring with 34 points in 16 games and is the reigning CHL Rookie of the Year. This kid is going to be something special and I am very happy that I had a chance to write him before he was pro and possibly doesn't have the time to read letters and sign autographs. 

Rather than sing Yakupov praises for what would be the third time on this website, lets get down to what made this return so much fun!

The autograph: 

The auto unfortunately was done with a dying sharpie (he's probably been doing a lot of these lately), but Nail was cool enough to write “good luck” on the card and I love when players personalize their autos or leave messages because I don’t plan on selling them, so these little messages or touches makes these cards “1 of a kind” and that much more special. In addition to his name and message, he also includes his number “10” in his auto.

The artwork:

What made this return super fun was seeing this envelope in the mailbox. With no return address on the envelope, I wasn’t sure at first who would mail back my card with a picture drawn on the envelope, but then my thoughts went straight to Yakupov. What a fun thing for a player to do! I have kept the envelope which I don’t often do, but clearly this is something that is cool and unusual and I hope he continues to do stuff like that for his fans because this fan appreciated it! Another awesome return, here is hoping more of the young superstars I have written decide to sign an auto or two for me. 

Next week, I will share an auto I received from a player who has won a WJHC, a Canada Cup, an Olympic gold medal and is a player I believe is Hall of Fame worthy.


21 comments:

  1. That is pretty awesome, great way to gain even more fans.

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  2. This guy is going to be the next big NHL superstar. That card will be worth a lot one day.

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  3. Shitty that his sharpie was fading. Still great auto

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  4. 34 points in 16 games....Sounds like the next Crosby

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  5. Best Prospect in hockey. But let's not start comparing him to anyone. Let him just be Nail.
    What a name:)

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  6. I wonder how much that auto will be worth one day. I love the gamble with young players. You just never know what they will turn out to be.

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