I'll actually be cover two teams within this post: all-time greats and my favorite San Jose Sharks. But before I begin, here are the guidelines I've set for myself:
#1: All autographs will be on-card.
#2: All autographs will either be pack-pulled or PSA/DNA certified.
#3: Roster will consist of a left wing, a center, a right wing, two defensemen, a goalie, and seven reserves.
As with the tradition of my other All Autograph Teams, these cards are based on autographs I currently have in my collection. I used internet rankings to help decide my All-Time Greats, while the San Jose Sharks consisted more of personal favorites.
Enough writing, let's check out my teams...
ATG Starting Left Wing: Gordie Howe
2000 Upper Deck Hawaii Autograph #GH
Howe is listed as a right winger, but since he's ambidextrous I figured he'd be able to make the transition to left wing.
Sharks Starting Left Wing: Jeff Friesen
1998-99 ITG BAP Autograph #267
There was a time when Jeff Friesen was my favorite San Jose Shark. Guys like Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau have since supplanted him, but he'll always have a special place in my collection.
ATG Starting Left Wing: Wayne Gretzky
1996-97 SPx Tribute Auto #GS1
He's not called The Great One for nothing.
Sharks Starting Center: Patrick Marleau
1996-97 Upper Deck #384
Marleau spent his first nineteen seasons in San Jose and is hands down my all-time favorite Shark.
ATG Starting Right Wing: Mario Lemieux
1996-97 Donruss Canadian Ice Lemieux Scrapbook Autograph #NNO
Couldn't think of a better way to complete the top line than with Super Mario. Can you imagine facing off against Gretzky, Lemieux, and Howe during their prime?
Sharks Starting Right Wing: Devin Setoguchi
2007-08 OPC Premier Silver Spectrum #117
Setoguchi is one of only a handful of NHL players who are part Japanese... and the only guy to suit up for the Sharks. When it comes to choosing favorites, he's right under Patty.
ATG Starting Defensemen #1: Bobby Orr
2014-15 UD Trilogy Signature Pucks #SP-BO
I never watched him play, but I've read enough to know he's regarded as the greatest defenseman in NHL history.
Sharks Starting Defenseman #1: Marc-Edouard Vlasic
2006-07 SP Authentic #202
Pickles is definitely a fan favorite here in San Jose. He's consistently been one of their best defensemen for the past decade and hopefully he'll continue to anchor the top defensive pairing here until he decides to hang up his skates.
ATG Starting Defenseman #2: Ray Bourque
1990-00 UD Century Legends Epic Signatures #RB
Some lists have Doug Harvey ranked as the second best defenseman. Others have Bourque. I don't own Harvey's signature, so the debate is over.
Sharks Starting Defenseman #2: Brad Stuart
2000-01 Topps Stars Autograph #A-BSt
Kenny's Blog Bat Around has been a blessing in disguise. Sure it's given me the opportunity to share some cool signatures with my readers. But it's also pointed out some serious gaps in my collection.
Brad Stuart was a solid defenseman for the Sharks and was one of the players traded away to acquire Joe Thornton. But he's only sitting here as my #2 defenseman, because I don't have signed cards of Douglas Murray or Brent Burns.
ATG Starting Goalie: Dominik Hasek
1998-99 Topps Autographs #A8
I looked at several goalie rankings and Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, and Dominik Hasek popped up in the top 5 on almost every list.
Ultimately, I chose Hasek to be my starter because he won the Vezina Trophy six times in an eight year stretch and has the highest save percentage in NHL history.
Sharks Starting Goalie: Evgeni Nabokov
2005-06 Ultimate Collection Signatures #US-NA
There are mixed feelings about Nabby among Sharks fans. Some say he was one of the reasons the Sharks could never get over the hump. I personally feel that he was one of the key reasons the Sharks made the playoffs 9 out of the 10 years he was with the team.
ATG Reserves: Maurice Richard, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Niklas Lidstrom, Paul Coffey, Patrick Roy, and Martin Brodeur
1997-98 Pinnacle Beehive Autographs #61
2007-08 UD Sweet Shot Signature Shots Puck Signings #SSP-SC
1999-00 Stadium Club Lone Star Signatures #LS1
2007-08 UD Sweet Shot Ice Signings #SSR-NL
1997-98 Pinnacle BAP Autograph #12
1995-96 Upper Deck BAP #S197
2002-03 Upper Deck Game Jersey Auto #MB
Sharks Reserves: Logan Couture, Owen Nolan, Jeff Odgers, Joe Pavelski, Mike Ricci, Joe Thornton, and Arturs Irbe
2012-13 Panini Limited Monikers #M-LC
2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures #113
2013-14 ITG Decades Autograph #A-JO
2013-14 Ultimate Collection Signatures #US-AI
Well that wraps up possibly the final hockey post you'll see on this blog until October.
Congratulations Las Vegas Knights' fans! And thanks again to Kenny over at Torren' Up Cards for inspiring this Blog Bat... I mean Skate Around.
Here is today's contest question of the day...
Do you have a favorite all-time favorite hockey player? Favorite hockey team?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!