Welcome to the March edition of Collector’s Corner. Hopefully you’ve had fun meeting some players and getting their autographs. March is providing us with a couple unique autograph opportunities.

March 9th, former Boston Bruins defenseman and 4-time All-star (where he recorded one of the fastest slap shots ever at 105.2 mph) Al Iafrate will be making a rare appearance at the Cardboard Promotions Big Sports Card and Memorabilia Show. It is being held at the Holiday Inn, located at 31 Hampshire Street in Mansfield, MA. He’ll be signing from 10:30am-12:30pm and autographs are $10 for one, $8 for each additional one. Iafrate will sign one free inscription per item. This is definitely worth the visit.

Sunday, March 16th will be a busy day for Bruins fans trying to score some autographed memorabilia. First, two time Stanley Cup winner (1970 and 1972) Don Marcotte will be signing from 10am-12pm at the VB Cardshow which is located at 462 Broadway in Methuen, MA. Tickets are $12 an autograph.

Current Bruins players Brad Marchand, Dougie Hamilton, and Dennis Seidenberg will be signing autographs from 3-5pm at Lombardo’s at 6 Billings Street in Randolph, MA. Marchand is ranging anywhere from $50-$70 depending on the item. Hamilton is $50-$90 depending on what you want signed and Seidenberg is $40-$60 depending on the item. If you want all three players, you can buy either a “Special Regular Offer” for $125 or a “Special Premium Offer” for $200. Usually the lower end priced items are flat objects like an 8×10 photo or a puck and the higher priced or premium price refers to sticks, photos larger than 8×10, helmets, equipment, or any other odd ball item.

Make sure to get a certificate of authenticity with each of your autographs and if the venue is offering a hologram to put on your signed item, that’s a great investment to add that additional authenticity security. Most venues allow you to take a photo with the player, but make sure you ask beforehand. And as always, happy hunting…

Heath Whelan: born and raised in the Boston area, Heath has been a fan of hockey, especially the Bruins, ever since he learned how to skate. He has been collecting hockey memorabilia and collectibles for as long as he can remember and his favorite player of all time is Ray Bourque.

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