Sunday, January 26, 2014

Jake Deadmarsh Autograph Card

A seventh-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks (164th overall in 1996), Jake Deadmarsh didn't have the most impressive junior career, even for a defenseman, with 2 goals, 12 assists (14 points) and 159 penalty minutes in 95 games over 4 seasons with three different teams in the WHL.

This card, from Signature Rookies' 1995-96 Draft Day insert set of autographed cards (card #9 in the set) found in a re-packaged box and ''limited'' to 4500 (it's card #572 in that line), shows him wearing the Seattle Thunderbirds' blue (away) uniform, though their logo has been airbrushed out for copyrights issues:


If you're curious, here's what their logo looks like (yes, it's pretty much a copy of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks...)


The Thunderbirds have been steady providers of professional hockey talent through the years, though, counting among their alumni such players as Glenn Anderson and Ken Daneyko (back when the team was called the Seattle Breakers), Glen Goodall, Petr Nedved, Patrick Marleau, Brooks Laich, Jan Hrdina, Shawn Chambers, Brent Fedyk, Wade Flaherty, Jon Klemm, Chris Osgood, Mark Parrish, Oleg Saprykin, Cory Sarich, Corey Schwab, and Brendan Witt.

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