Friday, September 23, 2011
Time: 234 Days
Address: c/o Minnesota Wild
Item Sent: 1990-91 Pro Set, 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 1, 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 2, 1991-92 Score Rookie & Traded
Item Received: 1990-91 Pro Set, 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 1, 1991-92 Score Canadian Series 2, 1991-92 Score Rookie & Traded. All signed in black Sharpie.
I was very pleasantly surprised but somewhat baffled on September 22, when I received four different returns from four different players who I wrote to care of the Minnesota Wild last season. All were signed in black sharpie, and all nine signatures included a uniform number. At first I was suspicious that they may be ghost signed, but after checking signatures against other examples, I am absolutely positive they are all authentic. The three active players I received from on Thursday are all still with the team. The odd return was from Dave Barr. The former Detroit Red Wings star was an assistant coach for the Wild over the two previous seasons, but was not retained this year after head coach Todd Richards was dismissed. Barr found a job as an assistant for the New Jersey Devils, which makes the fact that this return was postmarked from St. Paul especially curious. If I had to guess, there must have been a pile of outgoing mail left over at the end of last season, and somehow there was nobody at the Xcel Center to drop it in a mailbox between April and now. Strange, for sure, but I'm grateful to get these back!