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Introduction

My name is Willem Nettinga from Ontario, Canada. My favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs, and my favourite player is Henrik Zetterberg.

What/Who Do You Collect?

I have a small Leafs collection and a fairly substantial Zetterberg pc. I currently own 26 Zetterberg cards that are serial numbered 1/1 (not including printing plates). I also have 35 jersey numbered cards (ex. 40/100) amongst many others.

The reason I collect Henrik Zetterberg is because of Zetterberg’s play on the ice, and charitable endeavours off of it, have led me to respect him both as a hockey player and a person. I think it would be hard to find a classier person in the NHL today.

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

In 2008, when Detroit won the Stanley Cup, I was 14 years old. Like many Canadians, I went into that final series watching Sidney Crosby in his first Stanley Cup Finals. What really caught my eye though was the performance of Henrik Zetterberg. At times he would shut down Crosby, and ultimately win the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. From that point on I was a Zetterberg fan.

Coincidentally, I started collecting hockey cards the next year in 2008-09. The first set I put together was 08-09 Victory. I loved it because every pack had an insert or a rookie card. Of course, it holds little value, but that’s not what entry level products are for. It was fun to open and got me started on the path of collecting. I then put together the base sets for 08-09 UD Series 1 and 2 by opening blaster boxes and sorting cards until I had completed the set. I’d soon start buying jersey cards on eBay and my collection just progressed from there. Now I mainly focus on high-end cards, not for their monetary value, but for the fun, you can have to chase them down and acquiring them.

What’s Your Favourite Item?

My favourite cards are my 2002-03 Zetterberg Young Guns Exclusives. I have two copies of this card; both are one of a kind. One is jersey numbered 15/75. The other is Beckett graded pristine 10 (highest graded, population 1).

Another favourite of mine is the 16-17 Leaf Ultimate One-Timer Jumbo Memorabilia. The game-used World Cup of Hockey patch looks absolutely amazing. This was purchased on eBay, as were the YG Exclusives.

My favourite non Henrik Zetterberg card is an Auston Matthews Maple Leaf Marks autograph. I pulled this card myself from a hobby box of Centennial I ordered from CloutsnChara!

What’s On Your Current Wantlist?

o 11/12 Panini Prime Captain’s Cloth 2/2
o 13/14 Panini Prime Captain’s Cloth 1/2
o Zetterberg Masterpiece Portraits Card (Hand painted/signed by the artist)
o Anything Henrik Zetterberg: Amazing Patches, Jerseys, Numbered Cards (40/###) & 1/1’s.

Contact Info

Email: willem.nettinga@outlook.com
CnC Username: WNett27

Introduction

My name is Aaron from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been collecting hockey cards since I was 12 years old, and my favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs and my favourite player is Jhonas Enroth. Thanks for the feature in your newsletter, CnC!

What/Who Do You Collect?

Great question! I’ve always been a big fan of the goalies, and have always tried to pick up cards of goalies I liked to watch on TV. The largest collection I have is of former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, which I have been working on since 2010-2011.

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

I started collecting Enroth because, as a smaller goaltender myself, I have always appreciated Jhonas’ ability to play at the highest level of hockey for a long time. His technical ability on the ice is something I’ve enjoyed watching for many years now, and continue to do so today. I remember watching his first NHL win many years ago against the Maple Leafs and just being amazed the whole game at how he handled himself in the net.

Ever since then I wanted to try and collect as many cards as I could of the Swedish goaltender. By my count, as I write this, I currently have over 300 Enroth cards in my collection (Along with 28 1/1’s).

What’s Your Favourite Item?

Oh man, what a tough question. It’s so hard to pick just one thing. As I mentioned earlier, there are 28 1/1’s currently in my collection. Any of those could be considered my favourite just by their scarcity alone, to be honest. Along the way, there have also been many non-1/1’s that have great stories to tell, which make them some of my favourite cards to date. However, if I had to choose just one card, I would say my favourite piece would have to be the 09-10 Upper Deck Ice Premiere Auto Patch /10. The card from top to bottom is just beautiful I think. Plus it took me quite a few years after the initial release to land one of them. I eventually found a collector who hoarded a huge number of Ice Premiere’s from 2009-10 and was somehow able to wrestle one out of his collection.

What’s On Your Current Wantlist?

Haha, if it’s an Enroth card that I don’t have (and it’s a lot of them), then it’s on the want list. There are many cards that still have not found its way into my collection yet, so the chase will have to keep on going. If I were to summarize some of my top wants that I would love to acquire, they would be listed as followed:

o 2009-10 Artifacts Black Rookie #179 Jhonas Enroth /5
o 2010-11 ITG BTP Masked Men Gold #MM-26 Jhonas Enroth /10
o 2010-11 Score French Backs #95 Jhonas Enroth
o 2011-12 Prime Premier Game Patches #38 Jhonas Enroth /3
o 2014-14 Upper Deck MVP Gold Script #80 Jhonas Enroth /100
o Any 1/1 card, Printing Plates, Show, Expo, Vault Stamp, Proof Cards, etc.

Contact Info

CnC Username: Creasecollector

That is also the same username I use across many different hobby sites online. You can also visit my collection website creasecollector.weebly.com to view my entire Jhonas Enroth collection, look at my complete want list, and contact me through there as well. If you or someone you know has an Enroth card you think I would be interested, please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you!