Sunday, February 14, 2016

Kelly Buchberger Autograph Card

Roughly a year and a half ago, I posted about a terrific return from Kelly Buchberger, mostly featuring cards of his wearing the Edmonton Oilers' classic uniform; since then, in my Oilers Numbers Project as in all of my other personal collections projects, I have decided to also list the teams' captains of whom I have autographed cards.

Buchberger served as captain from the time the title was stripped from Shayne Corson (mostly for his off-ice behaviour) until the Atlanta Thrashers selected him in the 1999 expansion draft.

Here is Buchberger wearing the "C", in the Oilers' turn-of-the-millennium uniform (darker blue, bright orange replaced with rusty light brown, simple lines on the arms, traditional "hockey" shoulder design replaced with "oilman" patch):
It's the autographed insert silver version of card #201 from In The Game's 1998-99 Be A Player set, which he signed on-card in thin black sharpie.

After a few seasons as an assistant coach with the team, he was re-assigned to the player personnel staff last summer as part of the team's general overhaul.

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