We all have regrets in life. Sometimes it’s no one’s fault but our own; sometimes fate just has a funny sense of humor. It could be a job we took that quickly turned sour; it could be that person you woke up next to the morning after a night on the town, celebrating your team winning the Stanley Cup. Or it could be great hit in a pack of cards that lights up your face…until you read the name.
In honor of the Brooklyn Hipsters New York Islanders — not only for moving on up like Gorge and Wheezy to some pretty sweet new digs, but also sliding out from under the financial cloud that was a tremendous bust of a contract — I wanted to share a heartbreaker of a card I pulled from a pack of 2005 06 SP Authentic Hockey a few years ago.
I’m pretty sure I’d paid a premium for this old pack of cards and opened it in the shop to see if I got a hit. I flipped through a few commons and sure enough there was a really, really nice card! My eyes lit up, my heart picked up in pace; maybe there was even a little tremble in my hands. A low stamped number, an autograph, and a really sweet piece of jersey (maybe the “N” in “New York”, or from his name?), I even liked the color of the bronze foil!! Jackpo…ohhhh. That guy.
While he had a pretty bad laceration on his forearm that hindered his play shortly thereafter, Yashin was bought out by the Islanders in 2007. But they still had to pay him until 2015 while he made bank in the KHL, leading the scoring with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and reaching the championship only to lose the last game.
I’m sure this was absolutely grating for all of the Islander fans paying attention at the time. I’m sure “Yashin” was a considered a four-letter word that you didn’t say during mass on Sundays up on Long Island. I’m not an islanders fan, but as a Hurricanes’ fan I can certainly sympathize these days *cough, Semin, cough*. When I pulled this card and saw what it was, I only wish I could have asked the store clerk for my money back on the pack, much like the way the New York Islanders probably wished they could have asked Gary Bettman for a mulligan on that contract.
I wish I could have tossed this card back into the sea. But I’m stuck with it and the memory of the $10 I probably paid for the pack. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Have you ever had a disappointed pull? Sure you have! Let us know in the comments.
Jim Howard is a Carolina Hurricanes fan and reformed baseball card collector who is trying to keep the hockey collection from becoming overwhelming. And while he wishes he could give Crosby the business with his mitt, he is in fact NOT the goalie for the Red Wings. ■