Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Michael Ryder Autographed Card

How to go from ''hero'' to ''despised'' in Montréal in two easy steps:
1. stop giving it your all
2. leave as a free agent and sign with a bitter rival

This is the third time I've featured Ryder, now of the Boston Bruins, here; I'd previously done it once in a solo jersey card, and once on a dual card (with Phil Kessel). This card is from Upper Deck's 2005-06 Victory set, the Game Breakers insert sub-set (card #GB24).

When Ryder's dad was in town, they'd always eat breakfast together at the same restaurant. If you left them alone during the meal, he'd gladly sign for you afterwards as he was leaving the premises. This blue sharpie Aztec-like signature happened on one of those mornings. He added his jersey number, 73, at the tail end of the unique signature.

I have to admit he looked great in the Montréal Canadiens' bleu-blanc-rouge, though.

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