Thursday, November 18, 2010

James Wyman Autograph Card

James Wyman is a 24-year old rookie who played 3 games for the Montréal Canadiens in 2009-10 and is currently with their AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. He is currently listed on each AHL stat sheet as ''J.T. Wyman'' and has 2 goals and 4 assists (for 6 points) in 15 games so far.

The Habs' 4th-round pick in 2004 (100th overall) has rarely been a point-per-game player at any level past high school; as a matter of fact, the only time it happened was in 2007-08, in his fourth year playing for the  Dartmouth Big Green of the ECAC, when he went 15-15-30 in 29 games as a senior. Chances are this right-handed right winger will be a checker if and when he makes it to the NHL - and not a grinder, seeing as the season he had the most penalty minutes was 20 (yes, 20 minutes), in 2006-07. Last year, in Hamilton, he went 17-20-37 in 76 games with 12 PIMs.

That being said, this is a beautiful foil-tinted rookie card from Panini's 2010-11 Certified set; it consists of the regular card (#202 in the set), on which they put a sticker that Wyman signed in blue sharpie, which I think is a terrific idea - it saves collectors the trouble of getting the same card autographed and keeps the set's cost low because the company doesn't have to issue a small-print run of each player who signs. It's limited-edition-numbered 202/799 - which I'm not entirely sure if it means Wyman himself signed 799 of these (wouldn't make much sense) or if there are 799 total autographed cards inserted in packs (which I'm willing to believe).

I really like this card because it could be the only one he'll ever get. Ten years from now, this card will help me remember he actually suited up for 3 games last season. And who knows? Maybe with hard work, dedication and a bit of luck, he could become a reliable NHLer some day. Also, the player standing behind him in the picture is none other than Ryan O'Byrne, whom the Habs traded to the Colorado Avalanche last week for prospect Michael Bournival.

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