Sunday, June 5, 2011

TTM Success: Arturs Irbe

There's definitely been a lack of posts around here lately, mostly because I haven't made any additions to any of my collection projects, but also because of a few side projects I'm working on. Hopefully I'll be able to get them up and running soon and be able to share them.

Anyway, it seems like it's been forever since any of my TTM requests have come back, so it was a nice surprise to see one of my SASE's in the mailbox the other day.

This one adds three cards of another goalie to my growing TTM collection. I sent these three cards to Arturs Irbe c/o the Washington Capitals, where Irbe is a goalie coach, back in July of 2010, so this one took almost a year to get back to me.

Here's the first one, from 1993-94 Topps Premier, featuring Irbe with the Sharks, where he spent his first five NHL seasons.

Here's the second one, from 1997-98 Score, featuring Irbe with the Canucks, where he only appeared for one season playing 41 games.

Finally, here's the third one, from 2001-02 Topps, featuring Irbe with the Hurricanes, where he would finish his NHL career playing 10 games in 2003-04.

This was a good success, one goalie, three different teams, too bad I didn't have one featuring him with the Stars, oh well. I also really like the fact that Arturs switched up the number according to what he was wearing in the photo on each card.

Here's a cool Irbe tribute video I found on YouTube. Check it out.


  1. I love that he changes his number as well...clearly a sign he pays attention to what he is signing!

  2. That is exciting news to hear! I wrote to Irbe this past October, so I hope that maybe he'll get around to my letter too!

  3. He'll have more time to answer mail now, since they announced he's not coming back to the Caps. Spending more time with the family according to the local sports talk station.

  4. What is the address for his home