HOCKEY CARD COLLECTING

About me ... very briefly

My name is Robert Lindberg. I am a hockey card and autograph collector
living in Stockholm, Sweden. 

T
here are three teams that makes my heart pound a littler harder:
Djurgårdens IF, Huddinge Hockey and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Plus Tre Kronor, of course, the Swedish national team.


The Djurgården team celebrates the Swedish Championship triumph in 2001.
Recognize #32, the goalie to the left? Yes, that's Mikael Tellqvist. The guy at the back,
in the middle? Daniel Tjärnqvist, who scored the clinching goal. And #17 and #7 to
the right of the trophy? Mathias Tjärnqvist and Niklas Kronwall. The guy with all
the medals around his neck is team captain Charles Berglund. 

 

This is what I am collecting

I tend to start new ventures all the time but right now I think I have enough on my hands to keep me occupied for a while.

These are my main collections:

  • One Rookie card of every Swedish player with NHL experience. If he has no recognized RC I want any other card or even a sticker. 
    An Autograph card, and a Game-Used card of every Swedish player with NHL experience - if available. 
  • Trying to get a card of every player that ever played for Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL or the Stanley Cup. Check link Players I collect for more information about this collection. 
  • Trying to get a card or sticker of every player that ever played for Djurgarden in the Swedish Elite League. Missing only one: Mikael Westling. Not counting the ones that never appeared on any card or sticker.
  • Select cards of certain players. Check my wantlist for cards needed. 
  • The occational set. 

Personal autographs

I like to spice up my collection. That's why I try to get personal autographs. Some I manage to get when there are events in the Stockholm area, some by seeking up the player. I also use the mail. I have four main collections, read about those below.

1. My aim is to get one personal autograph from every Swedish player that has appeared in the NHL/Stanley Cup. Latest addition is Robert Hägg.  

Here is a pick of what I have:


Anders Hedberg, Roland Eriksson and Kent-Erik Andersson

Anders Steen, Peter Helander and Mikael Lindholm

Björn Melin, Mathias Tjärnqvist and Tommy Westlund

2. I am trying to get a personal autograph from everyone that has played for Djurgården in the Swedish Elite League since the league was formed in 1975. 
That's 303 players in all, up to and including the disastrous 2011/12 season. 

Here are a few of the boys: 


Joakim Lundberg, Tommy Mörth, Peder Nilsson

Joakim Musakka, Bo Larsson, Tord Nänsén

Mikael Magnusson, Folke Totte Bengtsson, Håkan Dahllöf


Bosse Berglund, Anders Huusko, Martin Linse


Per-Anton Lundström, David Schneider, Fredrik Lovén


Håkan Eriksson, Anders Kallur, Åke Eksell


3. My latest venture ... Since 1987 Tre Kronor have won seven World Championships and two Olympic Gold medals. I am trying to get a personal autograph from everyone of those Gold medalists, one autograph for every Gold medal.  
Missing still are ...
1987 World Championships (2 missing): Tommy Albelin, Peter Andersson.
1991 World Championships (0): FINISHED Dec 2nd 2011.
1992 World Championships (0): FINISHED May 15th 2012.
1994 Olympic Games (0): 
FINISHED Dec 2nd 2011.
1998 World Championships (0): FINISHED April 10 2015.
2006 Olympic Games (0): FINISHED May 15th 2012.
2006 World Championships (0): FINISHED August 7th 2013.
2013 World Championships (0). FINISHED June 22 2016.
2017 World Championships (11 missing): Jonas Brodin, Alexander Edler, Joel Eriksson Ek, Dennis Everberg, Philip Holm, William Karlsson, Oscar Lindberg, Joel Lundqvist, Joakim Nordström, William Nylander, Linus Omark.

A few of my early through-the-mail successes:

  KENNY JÖNSSON. Sent request c/o the Islanders on Dec. 25th 2002, received 2-of-2 signed May 5th 2003.

  HAKAN LOOB. Sent request c/o Färjestad on Sep. 26th 2002, rec'd 2-of-2 signed Oct. 2nd, only six days later.

 KJELL SAMUELSSON, sent request c/o the Philadelphia Phantoms on Nov. 6th 2004,
received 2-of-2 signed Nov. 29th. 23 days turn-around between Sweden and the U.S. 

  JOSE THEODORE.
Sent request c/o Djurgården while Jose was playing in Sweden, mailed Feb. 22th 2005, rec'd 2-of-2 signed March 31st.

 

4. I'd like to get as many autographs as possible from players inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame! Before leaving for a fortnight's vacation in July 2005 I sent out requests to five Canadian Hall Of Famers. When I returned home I was overjoyed to find I had received signed cards from all of them. Sweden-Canada-Sweden in two weeks. I was pleasantly surprised. Here's the lot, from left to right, Jean Beliveau, Glenn Hall, Red Kelly, Marcel Pronovost, Norm Ullman:

The first HOF:er in my binder was Wayne Gretzky, I mailed out two cards on September 15, 2004, found them in my mailbox January 25, 2005. Most likely signed by autopen, but still ...

I have since received autographs from other HOF:ers. I usually send two cards and have had great luck so far: Jean Beliveau (took 18 days), Emile Butch Bouchard (20 days, he added a third!), Johnny Bower (11 days), Bobby Clarke (16 days), Paul Coffey (3 cards, 20 days), Alex Delvecchio (33 days), Dick Duff (10 days, added a signed photo of postcard size), Fern Flaman (9 days), Bob Gainey (traded for), Eddie Giacomin (11 days, personalized), Glenn Hall (20 days, added a signed postcard), Dale Hawerchuk (9 days), GORDIE HOWE (20 days), Harry Howell (15 days, personalized and added a signed postcard), Dave Keon (19 days), Elmer Lach (traded for), Igor Larionov (signed two in person September 2007), Ted Lindsay (30 days), Al MacInnis (18 days), Cam Neely (20 days), Henri Richard (traded for), Larry Robinson (45 days), Patrick Roy (did not sign the cards I had enclosed, sent two signed over-sized card from his Avalanche days, took 3 months), Serge Savard (31 days), Darryl Sittler (24 days, personalized), Gump Worsley (24 days).
Yvon Cournoyer was a miss, got the cards back with a note that his autographs can be purchased through an agent.
But nobody beats Guy Lafleur. 
I mailed three cards on a Monday, received all three signed the following Monday, 7 days turnover Sweden-Canada-Sweden! And he had added two more cards, both signed. What a Guy!
 

September 30, 2008 I was lucky to catch Mario Lemieux, in Stockholm with the Penguins. He gave me one great autograph.

Most recent addition to the collection is Vladislav Tretiak who signed in person, Stockholm May 10 2012 (scan at the bottom of this page).

Finally and naturally, I have Börje Salming autographs, six in all, signed on different occations.

World Championships 2012

Chasing the Swedes, this is what I got ... A couple of bonus autographs at the end :-) 
And the one signing on white cardboard paper was coach Per Mårts.