On a night where both his former team (St. Louis Blues) and his present team (Ottawa Senators) are both playing tie-breaking playoff games, it was great to receive these 3 Ben Bishop cards this morning, signed in black sharpie with his jersey number (30) tagged at the end. I sent him these with a fan letter, care of the Senators, exactly a month ago, on March 15th.
Bishop grew up in St. Louis, so it was only natural for the Blues to pick him in the third round of the 2005 draft with the 85th overall pick, and the tallest goalie to ever play in the NHL did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, at training camp before this season, he was the best Blues goalie on the ice; unfortunately, he was also the only one with a two-way contract, and he was sent to the AHL's Peoria Rivermen, whose jersey can be seen below:
That card is from In The Game's 2010-11 Between The Pipes set (card #49, the Future Stars sub-set) - the actual card has much brighter shades of blue and yellow, although it doesn't make it any prettier... the damn Rbk piping leading to the underarms still makes me cringe...
(continued in the next post)