Monday, July 16, 2012

Shawn Horcoff Swatch Card


A year and a half later, here's another post about Shawn Horcoff, the fearless Edmonton Oilers' captain, featuring the new/retro white jersey - a fifth different ''special'' card of him, after the 4 autographed cards in the previous post.

While some may find his 2011-12 statistics disappointing, including the back of this 2011-12 Titanium card (#14 in the set from Panini):


But it bears to remember he posted 20 points in his first 27 games before all the Oilers' future stars started falling to injuries and the team fell in the standings.

This ''young man'' (I can call him that because he was born 3 days after me) still has it in him to lead this team to success, by leading by example first and foremost, but also for his shut-down ability. Now that Ryan Smyth is back in the fold for two more seasons, the team has two of these team-grown give-it-all leaders, and that's awesome - provided they don't steal too much powerplay time from the kids.

But here's what bothers me with this set: they made it a point to release it ''during'' the 2011-12 season, but they talk about that very season on the back of the card. I don't know - mid-season fake stats don't do it for me, at all. Also, ''the enclosed game-worn material is guaranteed by Panini America, Inc.''... is it so hard to specify which piece of cloth it's from? (it feels like a sock)

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