Saturday, December 15, 2012

3 Mason Raymond Autographed Cards

Sorry for the long pause between posts, I just got out of the hospital after a 2-week stay, during which I received two Vancouver Canucks TTMs, the first one being of Mason Raymond.

Raymond has always been a little controversial, first opting out of the 2004 draft because he felt he was ranked too low, only to get drafted in the second round in 2005, by the Canucks, who liked his speed but felt he had to bulk up, which led to his moving from a low Junior league in Alberta to the WCHA's University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, where he amassed 74 points in 79 games over two seasons.

In his third season in Vancouver, he managed a 25-goal, 53-point season, which may have put unreasonable expectations on his frail shoulders, which have led to fan disappointment during his last two seasons, a 39-point outing in 70 games in 2010-11, and a 10-goal, 20-point season last year, in 50 games. The team doesn't seem to know what line to use him on anymore, and patience seems to be wearing thin on all sides. But he has good speed, and has found the back of the net 70 times so far in the NHL, so perhaps a boost of confidence in another town would do him good.

I sent him these 3 cards, each depicting him in the Canucks' blue and green home uniform I dislike so much, on April 2nd, 2012, and got them back during my hospitalization, which lasted from November 30th until December 13th, 2012. He signed them all in black sharpie, adding his number (21), sometimes more clearly than others.

Here are the cards, first from Panini's 2010-11 Donruss (card #196):

Also from Panini, this time the 2011-12 Score set (card #444):

And finally, card #189 in Upper Deck's 2011-12 Victory set:

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