Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dave Chyzowski

(1971 - )

Birth Name: David B. Chyzowski

Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada

NHL player and junior league executive, best known for his time with the New York Islanders. He is currently the director of sales and marketing for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League.

Juniors:

Left Winger (LW):

- Kamloops Blazers (1987-1989) (Western Hockey League)

Minors:

Left Winger (LW):

- Springfield Indians (1989) (American Hockey League)
- Capital City Islanders (1990; 1991-1993) (American Hockey League)
- Salt Lake Golden Eagles (1993-1994) (International Hockey League)
- Kalamazoo Wings (1994) (International Hockey League)
- Adirondack Red Wings (1995-1996) (American Hockey League)
- Indianapolis Ice (1996-1997) (International Hockey League)
- Orlando Solar Bears (1997) (International Hockey League)
- San Antonio Dragons (1997) (International Hockey League)
- Kansas City Blades (1997-2000) (International Hockey League)

NHL:

Left Winger (LW):

- New York Islanders (1989-1991; 1992; 1993; 1994)
- Chicago Blackhawks (1997)

Foreign:

Left Winger (LW):

- Augsburger Panther (2000-2001) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- München Barons (2001) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- Schwenninger ERC Wild Wings (2001-2003) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- Graz 99ers (2003-2004) (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga - Austria)
- Vienna Capitals (2004-2005) (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga - Austria)
- EHC Black Wings Linz (2005-2007) (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga - Austria)
- Austrian Hockey League Champion (2005)

International:

Team Canada:

Left Winger (LW):

- 1990 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Finland - Gold Medal)
- Team Captain (1990)

Executive:

- Kamloops Blazers (Director of Sales & Marketing) (2008-present) (Western Hockey League)
- St. Clair Group Trophy (2013) (Marketing/Public Relations)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Kamloops Blazers. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 11/21/15
Received: 1/21/17

Dan Majerle

(1965 - )

Birth Name: Daniel Lewis Majerle

Birthplace: Traverse City, MI, USA

NBA player and coach, broadcaster, restaurateur and collegiate coach, best known for his time with the Phoenix Suns. He is currently the head basketball coach at Grand Canyon University.

NCAA:

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- Central Michigan Chippewas (1984-1988)
- 1 Time MAC Champion
- 3 Time First-Team All-MAC
- USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1988)
- CMU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1998
- #44 retired by Central Michigan Chippewas

NBA:

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- Phoenix Suns (1988-1995; 2001-2002)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (1995-1996)
- Miami Heat (1996-2001)
- 1 Time Western Conference Champion
- 3 Time All-Star
- 2 Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor Class of 2003
- #9 retired by Phoenix Suns

International:

Team USA:

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- 1988 Summer Olympics (Seoul - Bronze Medal)
- 1994 FIBA World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)

Coaching:

- Phoenix Suns (Assistant Coach) (2008-2013)
- Grand Canyon Antelopes (Head Coach) (2013-present) (NCAA)

Other Awards & Honors:

- NBA Shooting Stars Champion (2005)
- Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2006

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Paradise Valley, AZ. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 1/7/17
Received: 1/21/17

Friday, January 20, 2017

Jocelyn Thibault

(1975 - )

Birth Name: Joseph Regis Jocelyn Thibault

Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada

NHL player and junior league executive, best known for his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is currently the General Manager of the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Juniors:

Goaltender (G):

- Laurentides (1990-1991) (Quebec Amateur Athletic Association)
- Trois-Rivières Draveurs (1991-1992) (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
- Sherbrooke Faucons (1992-1993; 1994) (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
- 1 Time QMJHL First All-Star Team
- QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1992)
- 2 Time Robert Lebel Trophy (1992-1993) (QMJHL Best Team GAA)
- Marcel Robert Trophy (1993) (QMJHL Most Scholastic Player)
- Michel Brière Memorial Trophy (1993) (QMJHL MVP)
- Shell Cup - Defensive (1993) (QMJHL Defensive Player of the Year)

Minors:

Goaltender (G):

- Cornwall Aces (1993) (American Hockey League)

NHL:

Goaltender (G):

- Quebec Nordiques (1993-1995)
- Colorado Avalanche (1995)
- Montreal Canadiens (1995-1998)
- Chicago Blackhawks (1998-2004)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (2005-2007)
- Buffalo Sabres (2007)
- 1 Time NHL All-Star Game

Executive:

- Sherbrooke Phoenix (2012-present) (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

Sent a letter, return envelope, trading card and $1 for return postage care of his residence in Saint-Denis-De-Brompton, QC. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 11/17/16
Received: 1/20/17

Virgil Carter

(1945 - )

Birth Name: Virgil R. Carter

Birthplace: Annabella, UT, USA

NFL player, best known for his time with the Cincinnati Bengals.

NCAA:

Quarterback (QB):

- BYU Cougars (1964-1966)
- 1 Time Academic All-American
- 1 Time WAC Champion

NFL:

Quarterback (QB):

- Chicago Bears (1968-1969; 1976)
- Cincinnati Bengals (1970-1972)
- San Diego Chargers (1975)

World Football League:

Quarterback (QB):

- Chicago Fire (1974)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his service box in Victorville, CA. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 1/10/17
Received: 1/20/17

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Colin Montgomerie, OBE

(1963 - )

Birth Name: Colin Stuart Montgomerie

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Professional golfer, currently on the European Tour, Champions Tour and European Senior Tour.

NCAA:

- Houston Baptist Huskies (1984-1987)
- 2 Time All-American
- 3 Time All-TAAC
- 1 Time TAAC Individual Champion
- TAAC Player of the Year (1985)
- HBU Sports Hall of Honor Class of 1997

Amateur Career:

- Scottish Stroke Play Championship Champion (1985)
- Scottish Amateur Championship Champion (1987)

Career:

- Turned Professional: 1987
- Current Tour(s): European Tour (joined 1988), Champions Tour (joined 2013), European Senior Tour (joined 2013)
- Professional Wins: 50

Number of Wins by Tour:

- European Tour: 31 (4th All Time)
- Asian Tour: 2
- PGA Tour Champions: 4
- European Senior Tour: 8
- Other: 8

Best Results in Major Championships:

- Masters Tournament: T8 (1998)
- U.S. Open: 2nd/T2 (1994, 1997, 2006)
- The Open Championship: 2nd (2005)
- PGA Championship: 2nd (1995)

International:

Team Great Britain & Ireland:

- 2 Time Eisenhower Trophy (1984, 1986)
- 2 Time Walker Cup (1985, 1987)
- 1 Time St. Andrews Trophy (1986)
- 1 Time St. Andrews Trophy Champion (1986)

Team Scotland:

- 10 Time Alfred Dunhill Cup (1988, 1991-1998, 2000)
- 10 Time World Cup (1988, 1991-1993, 1997-1999, 2006-2008)
- 1 Time Alfred Dunhill Cup Champion (1995)
- 1 Time World Cup Individual Champion (1997)
- 1 Time World Cup Team Champion (2007)

Team Europe:

- 1 Time Four Tours World Championship (1991)
- 9 Time Ryder Cup (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010)
- 1 Time Four Tours World Championship Champion (1991)
- 5 Time Ryder Cup Champion (1995, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2010)
- 1 Time Ryder Cup Non-Playing Captain (2010)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year (1988) (PGA European Tour)
- 8 Time European Tour Order of Merit (1993-1999, 2005)
- 4 Time European Tour Player of the Year (1995-1997, 1999)
- Order of the British Empire (OBE) (2005)
- World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2013
- 2 Time European Senior Tour Order of Merit (2014-2015)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his agency in Chiswick, England. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 10/22/16
Received: 1/18/17

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Larry Johnson (Football - Running Back)

(1979 - )

Birth Name: Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr.

Birthplace: Pomfret, MD, USA

NFL player, best known for his time with the Kansas City Chiefs. He holds the NFL single-season record for most rushing attempts at 416.

NCAA:

Running Back (RB):

- Penn State Nittany Lions (1999-2002)
- 1 Time Alamo Bowl Champion
- 1 Time Capital One Bowl
- 1 Time Unanimous All-American
- 1 Time First-Team All-Big Ten
- Doak Walker Award (2002) (Top Collegiate Running Back)
- Jim Brown Award (2002) (Touchdown Club of Columbus Best Running Back)
- Maxwell Award (2002) (College Football Player of the Year)
- Walter Camp Award (2002) (College Football Player of the Year)

NFL:

Running Back (RB):

- Kansas City Chiefs (2003-2009)
- Cincinnati Bengals (2009)
- Washington Redskins (2010)
- Miami Dolphins (2011)
- 2 Time Pro Bowl
- 2 Time All-Pro
- AFC Rushing Leader (2005)
- 2 Time Derrick Thomas Award (2005-2006) (Kansas City Chiefs MVP)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Delaware, OH. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 10/17/16
Received: 1/17/17

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jonathan Stewart

(1987 - )

Birth Name: Jonathan Creon Stewart

Birthplace: Fort Lewis, WA, USA

NFL player. He is currently the starting running back for the Carolina Panthers. He was ranked #86 on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 list.

NCAA:

Running Back (RB):

- Oregon Ducks (2005-2007)
- 1 Time Sun Bowl Champion
- 1 Time Holiday Bowl
- 1 Time Las Vegas Bowl
- 1 Time First-Team All-Pac-10
- 1 Time Second Team All-Pac-10
- NCAA Kick Return Touchdowns Leader (2005)
- Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2005)
- NCAA Kick Return Yards Leader (2006)
- Pac-10 Rushing Leader (2007)
- Sun Bowl MVP (2007)

NFL:

Running Back (RB):

- Carolina Panthers (2008-present)
- 1 Time NFC Champion
- 1 Time Pro Bowl
- 1 Time Second-Team All-Pro

Other Awards & Honors:

- Parade High School All-American Team (2004)
- USA Today All-USA Team (2004)
- Washington Gatorade Player of the Year (2004)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Carolina Panthers. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 9/10/16
Received: 1/14/17