Friday, August 6, 2010

Rod Brind'Amour

Sent: 7/28/10
Received: 8/5/10
Time: 8 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 1, 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 2, 1991-92 Score Rookie & Traded
Item Received: 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 1, 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 2, 1991-92 Score Rookie & Traded.  All signed in black Sharpie.

I'm going for it.  And then some.  Sort of.  I found myself accumulating a few autographs on 1991-92 Score hockey cards and really liked how they looked.  I decided that this is the first major set I'm going to try collecting.  The problem is, there are some variations in the set and I had to decide how hardcore I wanted to go.  The U.S. version is a single series, 440 card set with purple borders.  The design is the same, but the color scheme and player selection is different on the Canadian version.  The Canadian set was issued in two different 330 card series, for 660 total cards.  The series one cards featured red borders and series two has light blue borders.  Most of the pictures remain the same for the cards that are produced in both the American and Canadian version, but some are different.  In addition, the Canadian sets were issues in both full English versions and bilingual (English and French) versions.  (The fronts of the cards are identical, but the text on the back of the cards is in both languages.)  Finally, there was an American produced 110 card "Rookie & Traded" set which features completely different photos from either the Canadian or standard American versions and has dark green borders.  Got it?  Anyway, I decided to ditch the ugly purple-bordered U.S. base set.  I purchased a factory sealed Canadian Bilingual set for dirt cheap on eBay (there don't seem to be any factory sealed Canadian English sets around) and an American Rookie & Traded set for even cheaper.  Let the games begin.

Rod Brind'Amour has three cards in the set that I'm trying to complete.  He is also one of the finest leaders the NHL has seen over the last two decades.  The longtime Carolina Hurricanes captain started with the St. Louis Blues and became a star with the Philadelphia Flyers before becoming a Stanley Cup-winning legend in Carolina.  He also signed and returned three cards in just eight days.  Absolutely awesome.  Thanks, Rod!

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