Hello Sports Fans and welcome to another installment of, “Why God, Why Would You Give Me THIS Pack of Cards?” A few months ago I celebrated my birthday by buying too many hobby boxes of hockey cards because…
A) it’s fun, and
B) it’s my birthday and my wife can’t say anything. (Love you, honey!)
Plus that gives me plenty of fodder to write blog posts about!
One of the boxes I got was Panini’s 2012-13 Rookie Anthology, and when I buy hobby boxes, I play the numbers: what’s the price versus how many (and how good) are the hits!
It’s simple math but I’ll spell it out in different terms. You could throw down $20 for that CD of Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits! And you know it’s packed with awesome tunes like Mandy, and Copacabana, and that song about writing songs…it’s pretty much gold! But $20, that’s a lot of clams for 15 songs (Hey, he’s gotta save something for Greatest Hits 4, right?) So you look in the dust bin and find a cassette of Wang Chung’s Greatest Hits for 99 cents! Wang Chung had TWO good songs — that’s less than 50 cents per awesome song! Your mom’s Cavalier still has its tape deck after all; it’s hipster-relevant! So, that’s why I buy those Wang Chung Hobby Boxes.
Where were we…Oh right, Panini’s Rookie Anthology ’12-13. According to the box, you get “One Rookie Treasure Autograph Jersey Per Box.” And my draw from this box was THIS card of a hot up and comer named (drum roll, please)…
Shawn Hunwick of the Columbus Blue Jackets! Autographed, signed, numbers and dual swatched, it’s a pretty nice looking, thick card! I haven’t heard of him but he’s a CBJ and a rookie, so he might just be marinating in the minors until Side Show Bobrovsky needs a break. The back of the card reads:
“He may be the NHL’s shortest goalie since Darren Pang, but there are plenty of shooters who’ll tell you not to overlook Hunwick. A fierce battler blessed with great technique, he walked on with Michigan in 2007. Four years later, he guided the Wolverines to the NCAA Final. Hunwick is one to watch.”
Wow, glowing review; this kid must be the real deal! I wonder how he’s doing these days? TO WIKIPEDIA!!!
“He played in one National Hockey League (NHL) game…Hunwick made his NHL debut, coming on to replace Mason for the final 2:33, in a 7-3 home victory over the New York Islanders on April 7, 2012.”
If your team is up 7-3, you could probably finish the game with an open net and still skate away with a win. Other professional career highlights include (another drum roll, please…..) retiring in 2013. He played about 15 more games in the minors in between.
Let’s look at some numbers since I like price shopping for value so much. He played two minutes and thirty three seconds in the NHL. Remember how I said this was a numbered card? It’s numbered 018 of 699. This guy had to sign his name for these cards SIX HUNDRED AND WAYNE GRETZKY TIMES!!! I will guarantee that it took him longer to sign his name on them than it took for his entire NHL career! Don’t believe me? Try it! Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Finished? Of course you’re not, because you’re lazy like me!
But not Shawn Hunwick; he busted his hump to go from obscurity, clawed through the NCAA, and got up to playing 2:33 more minutes that you and I will ever see in the NHL.
So you know what? Shawn deserves some love! Bring his name up in conversation anytime you can this week and make people remember who this guy is:
“Hey man, sorry I’m running late, but I’ll be there in less time that Shawn Hunwick spent on the ice.”
Or, “Wow, that was the longest Ramones song I’ve ever heard. Epic, but still not as long or as epic as Shawn Hunwick’s NHL career.”
Or even, “Honey, I really like you, but Shawn Hunwick time on ice lasted longer than you did last night and I think we should see other people.”
Hopefully with all of your valiant efforts, this card will have a little value when I try to sell it next week.
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. ■