Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wax Stain Rookie: Keith Yandle

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.
Keith Yandle is a defenseman that I have been a fan of for a number of years now. He was a superstar in the only season he played in the QMJHL for the Moncton Wildcasts which helped launch him into the NHL. In his one year in the CHL, he won the QMJHL top defenseman award, the top defensive player award and made the QMJHL First All-Star team. A year after putting up 84 points in 66 games in the Q, he was playing for the Phoenix Coyotes. It would be two seasons of bouncing between the AHL and NHL before he was a permanent fixture in the lineup, but since 2009-10, Yandle has consistently been one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL. 

In 2009-10 Yandle finished with 41 points which was good enough for 23rd among defensemen in the NHL. That might not seem like a huge accomplishment, but remember he was playing for the Coyotes and 41 points ranked him 4th on the team in scoring. In 2010-11 Yandle’s production jumped up to 59 points which ranked him 3rd in the NHL and earned him his first trip to the NHL All-Star Game.

Even this season, he has managed to maintain a strong offensive showing with 41 points through 74 games on a team that is in the bottom third of NHL scoring. That total currently has him 12th among NHL D-men and 4th on his team in scoring. Yandle was also invited this season to participate in his second All-Star Game.

Defensively, Yandle is no slouch either. He has been a plus when it comes to +/- each of the last 3 seasons with his highest being +16 in 09/10 and he does this while averaging 22-24 minutes a game on most nights. It is no wonder that the 'Yotes locked up Yandle for 5 years-$26.25M as he has been a hidden gem in the desert and a big part of the Coyotes success on the ice.

As valuable as Yandle is to the Coyotes on the ice, when it comes to his hockey cards they are pretty affordable. His most expensive rookie card sells for about 40 bucks and most of his rookies can be bought in the $1-8 dollar range.
This is his UD Young Guns rookie from 2006-07 and it is worth about 6-8 bucks.

Here is another “rookie” card of his. This one isn’t considered a true rookie card as it is part of an insert set. But I really like the card and wanted to share it as well. This card books for about 5 dollars on the high end and 2 dollars on the low end.

The Autographs 
This first auto is from last year’s Score set. Many collectors who collected in the early 90’s would recognize this design. I was a pretty big fan of this set and the cards are very affordable. If you want a good deal for your money, try building this set. Packs offer lots of great auto inserts as well! 
This is the other card I sent to get autographed. It is from the 09-10 Upper Deck set and in both cases Keith signed with a blue sharpie. Each auto is very readable and both were signed with his number 3. The return time on these autos was about 8 months which in my opinion was totally worth the wait. One cool fact is that I sent these to an address in Massachusetts and the cards came back post-marked from the Phoenix area! These cards have done more travelling than I have in the last year.


  1. Love that that Score card.
    Flashback to my old set in the good old 90's

    Do they still make Pro Set cards?
    I had a few sets of those.

  2. Yandle was always a guy I would draft in my fantasy pool but he went in the 6th round this year. Way too early.
    Oh well next year.

  3. Hey Mike,

    No ProSet didn't survive past the 92/93 Season. They produced a really nice Series 1 set that year, but Series 2 never saw the light of day as they filed for bankruptcy.

    Some sets like Score, Fleer, Parkhurst, O-Pee-Chee and Donruss have been relicensed by Upper Deck, Panini and In The Game over the years, but no one ever felt like bringing back Pro Set. I think it might have to do with the name being far too tarnished from its first incarnation.

    One neat fact, In The Game which produces some really nice cards is owned by Dr. Brian Price. Dr. Price had helped Pro Set license the Parkhurst brand in the early 90's and arguably helped Pro Set create some of the nicest hockey cards in the early 90's (91/92 and 92/93 Parkhurst). It was a shame he couldn't help save their flagship brand too.


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