Collector Of The Month

Collector of the Month

JANUARY

John

My name is John Fita and I live in Kitchener, Ontario. My favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs and favourite players are Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin, to current day Matthews, Marner, and Tavares.

Who / What Do You Collect?

I collect all Maple Leafs players, and Rookie cards and autos of star players. Particularly focus on Young guns, Future Watch Autos, SPA/SPX and black diamond in autographs or limited series. Enjoy finding rare, unique cards or sets such as Gretzky rare Nelson 9 card set or the 1994 Tall Boys 204 master set of the 64/65 Parkies. Recently collecting many of the unique cards from Ken Reid’s book on Hockey card stories.

Why Did You Start Collecting That Player / Set / Team?

When I was five, I received from my uncle for Christmas a box of OPC wax hockey cards—the ones with a stick of pink bubble gum in each pack. There were enough cards to complete my first set, (69/70). Through my childhood years, I collected, traded, and gamed for the cards I needed to complete each years set. My prized card was the 1979 Gretzky rookie card. The cards were stored in grocery bags for each year.
In my teens, I one day came home to realize that my mom had thrown out one of the large bags storing the first 5 years of cards (1970-75). Classic story but true. Devastated, I swore that it would never happen again. Luckily Gretzky was saved
I continued to collect until the 90’s, when  disinterest set in with the flooding of the hockey card market. Re-entering the hobby a few years ago, my initial purpose was to collect my favourite cards from the early 1970’s that were thrown out. My collection has since grown, including all the Maple Leaf rookies from the mid 1960s to present day, and additionally, star player rookie cards from the mid 60s to present day. Also, Leafs team sets from the past three decades, along with auto rookie cards of admired players such as Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, McDavid, and many others.

What's Your Favourite Item?

– Gretzky Rookie card.
– Dave Keon rookie card
– Tall boys master set
– Doug Gilmore limited lithograph by Antonio Piacente.
– Father and Son 2016 Family Tree dual autos of the Guerrero’s.
– Signed pucks of random players from the 70’s from teams that don’t exist such as Bryan Little from the Thrashers, Brian Bellows from the North Stars, Dale Hunter from the Nordiques, Al Macadam from the Cleveland Barons, Gary Simmons from the Golden Seals, Steve Tambellini from the Rockies and many more.

What's On Your Current Wantlist?

Looking to complete my Leafs 16/17 Centennial set. Specifically these remaining autos;

Auston Matthews
Red Kelly
Doug Gilmore
Mitch Marner
Grant Fuhr

Contact Info

CNC/breakers name – Fita4leafs
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Want to be showcased in one of our monthly newsletters?

Here’s your chance to a part of it. We will be choosing a new collector each month to showcase their collection in our newsletter.  There will be a brief bio about the collector, pictures of some of their collection and what they are currently looking for.

 

Email us at [email protected] with the following information.

Pictures of Collection

o Please send us at least 5-6 pictures of your favourite cards, memorabilia or anything else that is part of your collection.

o Not all photos will be used for the newsletter

o Please no inappropriate photos

o Please make sure the photos are clear so members can see what is in your collection

Questions to Answer for the Bio

What / Who Do You Collect?

Include the names, teams or sets you are currently collecting. If you have only specific years or specific subsets you collect, mention it here. If you only collect memorabilia, mention what kind and if you only look for specific styles.

Why Did You Start Collecting That Player / Set / Team ?

What made you start collecting the player/team/set or memorabilia? Was there a childhood memory that made you want to collect or was there a person in your life that got you collecting them?

What’s Your Favourite Item?

Do you have a favourite card or piece of memorabilia that you are very proud of? Mention it here and include how you found it and why it’s your favourite piece.

What’s On Your Current Wantlist?

Do you have a current card that you really need to finish a set or a memorabilia piece that you have been trying to find for years? Mention what you are looking for so other collectors can help you find them.

Contact Info

Include your email address so fellow collectors can reach you in case they have something that you need.