Think about it for a minute… who is the most difficult person in your life to buy for? I will bet that it’s your dad and that makes shopping for Father’s Day a bit of a challenge. I want to change all of that.
Not only do I want you to find the perfect – and unique – gift for dear old Dad or Granddad, I also want you and your family to have fun doing it. You can even bring Dad along for the fun and let him pick out his own gift.
This Saturday, June 3rd we are hosting our first annual Sports Day event, a pre-Father’s Day shopping extravaganza, at Vintage Sports Images in North Vancouver. There will be fabulous food from local establishments in the parking lot, a baseball hitting competition and tips from BC's Softball Team Gold Medalist Lauren Taylor in the store (yes, there’s a batting cage in here!), a Great Goalie Giveaway shooting competition (see if you can beat Ken Dryden), a Floorball+ hockey skills clinic from Greg Beaudin and Pavel Barber (in our parking lot), beautiful unique canvases, rare sports prizes and so much more.
We are proud to be donating 10% of the proceeds from sales during this event to the Canadian Mental Health Association (North and West Vancouver).
Gifts for Dad are now 10% off in-store, until Father’s Day… but you don’t have to tell him that. We have NHL images, NFL images, MLB images, NBA images, PGA images – we even have boxing images, signed NHL jerseys and many other sports memorabilia items available for sale.
The Vintage Sports Images gallery is currently showing our full Father’s Day Collection, which includes a range of rare sports memorabilia that will make any sports fan giddy. We offer you (or Dad) the chance to own never-before-seen images of such greats as Jackie Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Ted Lindsay, Bart Starr, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Muhammad Ali. These rare prints are available for purchase as a canvas or framed prints, just in time to buy that special father figure in your life a present that will be enjoyed for many years.
We have a ton of cool Leafs stuff – from a signed Dave Keon jersey and game-used pucks turned into bottle openers to small canvasses and wooden signs for under $100! We have a lot of Bobby Orr and Bruins memorabilia – signed jerseys and prints. We have great Habs stuff, including the great Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur. We have the Red Wings with the great Steve Yzerman and Terry Sawchuck, the Chicago Blackhawks including “The Golden Jet” – Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito. Of course we have Gretzky and Messier and the Oilers. We have a Canucks game-used stick bottle opener and a Bure signed jersey. Check out our Flyers prints of Bobby Clarke and Eric Lindros. We have a Minnesota North Stars image starring the great Gump Worsley – who has his own fanbase!
We have a great goalie collection (Ken Dryden, Gary Smith, Glen Hall, Tony O, Gumper, Parent, Sawchuck…).
We are also featuring the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Pittsburg Steelers and San Francisco 49ers.
We have prints of baseball greats Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle. We have memorabilia from the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Is anyone a Jays and Mariners fan? We have prints and memorabilia such as cufflinks, watches, bat bottle openers and classic wooden signs. And we can’t forget about the Cubs, SF Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cardinals, Expos, Tigers, Orioles and Indians – yes we have stuff from them too.
We hope to see you here for the event June 3rd 2017. We’re going to have a blast!
For event updates and schedules, or to share the event with friends, check out our Facebook event page.
Below is another Chris Mizzoni blog post on LeBron James and Michael Jordan. I will bet that Chris is watching some sporting event at this very moment… This sports junkie really knows his stuff.
Since the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, LeBron James has taken his team to the Eastern Conference Finals for an amazing, seven straight seasons. In fact, James has led his Miami Heat and Cavaliers to six consecutive NBA Finals and may do the same this season to make it a lucky seven finals in a row. Even the great Michael Jordan could only take his Chicago Bulls to five straight Conference Finals before his first retirement in 1993.
Coincidentally, MJ is the only player to have more total playoff points in his career than LeBron. After two rounds of the 2017 playoffs, James sits with 5,847 points over 207 career playoff games. Jordan is first with 5,987 in 179 games. James should pass “His Airness” by the end of the next round.
Interestingly, this season, LeBron James is 32 and has a shot at winning his fourth NBA Championship. If he accomplishes this, he will match Michael Jordan, who won his fourth title with the Bulls in 1996, at age 32. What makes Jordan so special though is the fact that he also helped the Chicago Bulls to the next two titles in ’97 and ’98, bringing his total to six Championships, as well as six Finals MVP Awards. James is currently tied for second most all-time with three Finals MVPs. His chase to equal another of Air Jordan’s records could very well continue with another title this season.What do you think? When it’s all said and done and LeBron retires (hopefully many, many years from now), who will we say was the best NBA player of all time?
Chris Mizzoni is at it again. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, this guy knows his stuff! Below is his blog post on how he figured out the year and the players in this Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings scrum.
Great work Chris!
It’s time to identify another unique Vintage Sports Images old hockey photo. This one came to me as is, with no information whatsoever. Luckily, this one was fairly easy to narrow down to a specific season.
The Vancouver Canucks began playing in the NHL in the 1970/71 season; this was also the last NHL season (for a while) for Gordie Howe. Gordie is seen in the middle of this melee, so the photo is from the 1970/71 campaign. The game was obviously in Detroit, what with the Red Wings logo on the ice on the right side of the photo.
Another way to help pinpoint an old Canucks photo is by looking for the "V" on the sleeve stripe. Thanks to the great NHL Uniform Database website, we know that Vancouver had this style of jersey for only their first two seasons of existence. Below is a close-up of one of the Canucks in the photo.
Using the Society for International Hockey Research website, it's easy to identify most of the players in the historical image:
- Detroit – #15 Rene Leclerc, #12 Tom Miller, #9 Gordie Howe, #11 Don Luce, #16 Ron Harris and #5 Serge Lajeunesse
- Vancouver – #9 Ed Hatoum, #15 Rosaire Paiement, #5 Darryl Sly, (helmeted) Wayne Maki, #16 Ted Taylor, #12 Mike Corrigan and #3 Pat Quinn
This game was most likely from March 25, 1971, at Detroit Olympia – as Detroit’s #12, Tom Miller, had been acquired from the New York Rangers on February 2nd of that year. This is the only #12 listed on Detroit's roster for the entire season. The Red Wings won this game 4-3.
Move forward in time to another debacle for the Canucks: April 29, 2017 and the NHL Draft Lottery. For Canucks fans, this day was a huge disappointment. Even though this year's crop of players isn't as strong as recent drafts (there isn't a definite number one like Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid), as a favourite to get a top-two pick, the Canucks dropped to fifth overall.
The talk in Detroit isn't fairing much better. Although it looked like the Red Wings would most likely secure the seventh pick, they ended up falling to ninth. Only time will tell which team will "win" at this year's NHL Draft. In lieu of selecting a Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier, the Canucks will have to dig a bit deeper to fill their needs at the centre position.
Chris Mizzoni is a good friend of mine, works with Vintage Sports Images, and really knows his stuff. Below is a blog post on the Blue Jays and their amazing comeback to make the post season in 1989.
This season’s Toronto Blue Jays are a disappointment, to say the very least. After reaching the post season in each of the last two years, another playoff appearance was expected in 2017. However, as of this writing, that seems like an extreme long shot. Through April, after 25 games, the Jays have won only 8. There is, however, some precedence for the Blue Jays to turn it around and make a push for the playoffs. It happened in 1989, after a similar start to the season.
Formed in 1977, the Jays first made the playoffs in 1985 (back when finishing first in your division was the only way – there were no wildcard spots). In 1987 and 1988, they finished each season two games behind the leader – and then came 1989. Under manager Jimy Williams, the Jays got out of the gates to a pathetic 12-24 record. The low point was a Sunday afternoon game, on May 14, that turned out to be a 13-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. It also proved to be the last Jays game managed by Jimy Williams, as he was replaced by Cito Gaston soon after the game.
Gaston had been Toronto’s hitting instructor since 1982, before reluctantly assuming the manager’s responsibilities. Despite their 12-24 record, the Jays sat only six games behind A.L. East leaders, Boston and Cleveland. Gaston immediately led them to five wins in his first six games.
On Sunday, June 4, Toronto won a game in Boston that may have been the turning point of the season. They were behind by a score of 10-0 entering the 7th inning, but tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on a grand slam by catcher Ernie Whitt. The Jays won the game on a two-run homerun in the 12th inning by rookie Junior Felix to cap the improbable comeback. The win raised Gaston’s record to 11-7, but the Jays had still slipped to eight games behind the suddenly hot Baltimore Orioles.
The very next day, June 5, the Blue Jays opened the brand new SkyDome (a game I attended). Although they lost the first two games at the state-of-the-art facility, buoyed by 48,000 fans every night, the Jays finally climbed back to the .500 mark on June 23. After going 12-24 under Williams, they had now gone 24-12 under Gaston.
It took the Jays until the very last day of August to finally reach first place; a 5-1 win over the White Sox lifted them to a 72-62 mark and they tied with Baltimore for top spot. At this point, they were in the midst of a 22-5 run that pretty much locked up the division title. Toronto ended up winning the American League East by two games over Baltimore and would lose to the powerhouse Oakland A’s in the A.L. Championship Series.
So, as the current Blue Jays sit, mired in the poorest start in franchise history, can they replicate the comeback of 1989? A few large factors are much different now than they were 28 years ago. Firstly, the Jays do not have a brand new stadium to move into, midway through the year. I firmly believe this helped to turn around their fortunes. After starting the year 7-10 at Exhibition Stadium, the Jays went 39-25 at SkyDome. Secondly, the deficit the Jays have this time around is larger. As of May 1, Toronto sits 8.5 games behind division-leading New York. The one saving grace may be the Wild Card spot, which did not exist those many years ago. The Blue Jays sit 6 games out of the second Wild Card – the exact same amount they were out of first, in 1989. Could they possibly do it again?