Friday, April 15, 2016

T.J. Brodie: 2 Autographed Cards

I got two tremendous returns in the mail today, and it was a toss-up as to which one I was going to feature first. And one of the two wearers of a #7 uniform who was sent two cards on November 10th, 2016 (for a 157-day return) won.

Remember when I featured T.J. Brodie back in February and counted him as #66 in my Flames Numbers Project? Well, he can now also represent #7:
Brodie finished 18th in the NHL for defensemen with 45 points (6 goals and 39 assists), but unlike his teammate and captain Mark Giordano who finished 6th with 56 points (21 goals and 35 assists) but was a -5, #7 was a +4 on a Calgary Flames team that not only failed to make the playoffs, but did so largely due to poor goaltending.

He'll likely get a few Norris votes for his efforts, probably falling somewhere between 10th and 15th in the league.

As I usually do, I sent him a pair of cards showing him wearing different Flames uniforms; here he is sporting their red (home) uniform, on card #71 from Panini's 2013-14 Score collection:
And here is is in their white (away) jersey, on card #53 from Upper Deck's 2015-16 MVP set:
He signed both of them in black sharpie, with his number (7) tagged at the end. I had Calgary making the playoffs this year, originally, but if they can add a goalie like Frederik Andersen or Andrei Vasilevskiy this summer, they'll surely be a part of the post-season picture next year.

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