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.Bill Guerin. I mailed away my letter and his rookie card along with two dollars for return postage in the hopes he would sign it for me. I honestly don’t remember how long it took to get back to me, but after a few months it arrived and I couldn’t believe it. He held and signed that card which I still treasure to this day. His best years were still ahead of him at the time, and I predicted he would be a dominant force in the NHL. My only regret is his finest NHL seasons weren’t with NJ, but I can say his performance (3 points all assists) in the Cup clinching game in 95 will always be my favourite game of his.
Here's Guerin's rookie:
Each autograph that I did receive was greatly appreciated and I can’t thank the players enough for taking the time to read the letter and sign an autograph for a fan, and when players like Hrudey or Lund take the time to include a response it just goes to show that they care about their fans!
One of my favourite returns which I shared on my website before Wax Stain Wednesdays began was when Ken Dryden signed a card for me. What makes this one special is not just that he sent me an autograph in a special House of Commons folder. But the fact that Ken Dryden autos are relatively rare! There aren’t many hockey cards you can pull from a pack that will have his autograph. He tends to just sign autos in person or through the mail. In addition, he doesn’t always sign people’s cards through the mail either. I have read people who have been unsuccessful when writing him with an autograph request. As a result, I feel a little lucky to have been fortunate enough to get a return from him. In addition, I really appreciated that the card was also personalized.
So with one year in the books, I certainly hope to double my letter output this year and the goal will be 140 letters which if I keep up my 50-60% return rate, that would mean another 70-84 different players autographs.
I can always hope!