Welcome to my Virtual Autographed Hockey Card Collection!
Cards In Collection: 7,143 | Cards Currently On Exhibit: 2,269 | Estimated Days To Completion: 542 Days
2016 In Review
After making significant acquisitions to my autograph collection between 2012-2014 (adding 1,747 new autographed cards and 547 new players during that time), the last two years have been a bit of a breather. In 2015 and 2016 combined I've added just 216 new autographs and 78 new players. The reasons for the decline are twofold. It's reflective my success in those previous years at substantially decreasing my want lists and completing a number of sets. There are also now fewer new autographed cards released on the market.
When Upper Deck signed exclusive licenses with Hockey Canada in 2013, and the NHL, NHLPA and American Hockey League in 2014, that spelled the end for hockey products from rivals Panini and In The Game. UD produces the highest-quality cards and I look forward to their releases, but Panini and ITG served particular niches, and I especially appreciated their focus on retired and obscure players.
Also contributing to my lack of collecting vigor in recent months is my long-planned relocation from the US back to Canada. With much of my collection in storage this past year, and my attentions focused on moving a whole household across an international border, hockey card purchases have been fewer and further between, and through-the-mail trades negligible. Once I get settled in Edmonton in early January, I anticipate a big uptick in both those departments, especially since I'll be on the right side of the border with most hockey fans!
Still, despite these challenges that diverted my attentions and reduced my acquisitions, I managed to make a few substantial additions to my collection this last year.
Starting in 2014, I turned my attention to completing the Upper Deck SP Authentic Future Watch subsets, having at best 25 percent of 581 different cards released over the previous 12 years (not including parallels). Today all years from 2001-02 through 2012-13 are now complete and available to view in the galleries. That final card for 2012-13 was 217 Reilly Smith, a redemption that took almost three years from the June 2013 product release date to be fulfilled. SPA FW for 2013-14 is complete save for two unfulfilled redemption cards which are two-and-a-half years and counting. I've recently started in on both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 sets, which add another 120 Future Watch autographs to the mix, and they will be my main collecting project in the coming year.
My lengthy 2004-05 In The Game Franchises efforts are getting ever closer to completion. Having already completed the Canadian and Update waves in 2015, I picking up the Glenn Hall - St. Louis card this year putting me one card away from finishing the US West wave (Phil Esposito - Chicago). I still remain four cards away from the US East wave (Phil Esposito - Boston; Phil Esposito - New York; Rod Gilbert; and Brad Park - New York). With ITG's liquidation in 2016, they released the last of their in-house stock from various sets in a "The Final Vault" series, with these cards receiving a special "Vault" stamp. From this release I've picked up the New York Park and the Boston Esposito, but I'd still like to find unstamped versions and close out these sets.
When Upper Deck released their Edmonton Oilers Collection in 2013-14, the Franchise Ink autographs were seeded in various levels of rarity, A through G, with the A autograph ratio 1 in 3,041 packs, and the G autograph ratio 1 in 6 packs. (With only 10 packs per box, those A's are a one in 300 box pull!) Picking up Marty McSorley, Dustin Penner and Bill Ranford earlier this year, I've now got all the players seeded D through G, and a couple of the C levels. The remaining 12 autographs will be a challenge, but part of the fun of this hobby is the thrill of the hunt!
About the Project
Back in late 2012, when I told my wife Lynn that my next web project was to create a virtual collection for my autographed hockey cards, her reaction was (to my surprise, I will admit) one of great joy and tremendous support. "Finally! You'll be getting rid of all those binders and boxes filled with cards that have been cluttering up my house!" Rarely had I seen her so pleased that it just seemed unnecessarily cruel to let my real plans intrude on what to her was the arrival of a long hoped for moment. We are sufficiently removed from that conversation that I can now say "Unfortunately, my love, that isn't exactly my plan."
Rather, this site is intended as the solution to a vexing problem. When part of the fun of collecting is sharing your treasures with fellow collectors, how do you accomplish that when you live hundreds of miles away from the nearest people whom might care? The obvious answer (the internet, of course!) brings forth a host of new puzzles and challenges in terms of site construction, formatting, and layout. And hence, this is the humble beginnings of a multi-year project to place my 7,143 card (and still growing!) certified autographed hockey card collection out on display.
The initial phase will see the scanning of my complete collection and the creation of galleries organized by card set. Later phases will see the development of individual player and team galleries. Various other themed exhibits may emerge from time to time. Given the size and scope of this effort, as well as the fact my collection continues to grow and evolve, I don't have any hard timelines for completion. Instead this site will likely be a continual work-in-progress, and it is my hope that each time you visit you'll see something new.
So now for the words that will break my wife's heart: All the cards displayed on this site are part of my personal permanent collection, and none of the images have been clipped or borrowed from other sites. Moreover, none of these
specific cards have been posted here for sale or trade, as I do not intend for this virtual collection to replace my physical one. (That said, I have doubles of many of these cards to trade to fill the gaps in my collection, and please don't hesitate to email me
if you would like to swap trade and want lists.)
With that, don't let me delay your tour any longer. It is my hope you'll enjoy viewing my collection as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.
Notice: The hockey-related portions of this not-for-profit, non-commercial fan web site are unaffiliated with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club; the National Hockey League (NHL) and its member teams; the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and its member players; and their trading card company licensees. The collectables-related portions of this not-for-profit, non-commercial fan website are unaffiliated with the respective entities. Any trademarks and images from these entities that have been used herein for editorial purposes remain the exclusive property of the original rights holders. All other elements of this web site, including but not limited to site design and content, are copyright 1993-2016 Matthew S. McCallum, all rights reserved.