Highlighting the curious, the obscure and the best of Columbus Blue Jackets NHL memorabilia

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The inaugural Blue Jackets wives cookbook

Reader John shares with us perhaps the most unique piece of memorabilia from the Columbus Blue Jackets' inaugural season:
This is Volume I and it was sold during the inaugural season. (Maybe someone can help with this?)
The CBJ foundation teamed with Max and Erma's to sell this cookbook for $30 in their restaurants and, I guess, at games. It has a stiff back cover which folds to let the book stand up, as seen in the photos. There are tabs for the different sections: Foundation, Recipes, Scrapbook and Your Team. Of interest are the ingredients for 'ownership' and the note about the foundation and their goal to grow youth hockey in Columbus. As we see now, youth hockey and leagues are present where little to none existed before. 
I can't say if this is the first thing the CBJ foundation put out to raise funds, but it is certainly among the earliest.
More photos follow...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Civil War-era kepi

Reader (and Dark Blue Jacket blog contributor) Gallos shares a unique piece of Columbus Blue Jackets-themed headwear...

This is a super nice kepi made by Fall Creek Sutlery. Took me awhile to get the size right. My kids bought this for me for my birthday, so the agreement is that this doesn't get tossed for a hat trick unless its in the playoffs. I'll probably grab my pins though. 
I like this hat a lot. I've seen another guy who has the cannons on the front, which I did for a bit, but it just didn't work for me. It wasn't easy getting them on the top. It took a bit of brute force. 
So apologies to Matt Calvert for not tossing it. Get that hat trick in the playoffs against Detroit, and it goes. 
I got most of the pins at the Blueline, but I was in the local carryout last summer and the crossed sticks pin was on sale for like, $2. So I grabbed the two remaining. Though I think the broken twig gives it a battle scarred look.
Too cool.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Serge Aubin-signed puck

Yet another classic Columbus Blue Jacket autograph courtesy of reader Rhonda...a vintage CBJ logo puck signed by Serge Aubin:

Nothing beats the silver sharpie!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The "Brassacek" jersey

On the eve of the Columbus Blue Jackets 2011-2012 opener, reader (and Dark Blue Jacket contributor) Gallos offers this one-of-a-kind entry in the Pucks 'n' Stuff sweepstakes:

This is my 'Brassacek' jersey...made immortal in this Puck Daddy post.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fully mental Blue Jackets stuff

Reader Greg (of Full Mental Jackets, and the gracious host of the first two CannonFests) offers up a couple finely obscure Columbus Blue Jackets items for your viewing pleasure...
The first is my personal Blue Jackets Santa. To be quite honest, he and I are not on the best terms right now (for obvious reasons). Still, I will submit another list this year at Christmas and hope that maybe I have been a good little boy. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Kris Russell sweater, plus a little more

Reader Dannielle shares a few pieces from her treasure trove of Columbus Blue Jackets memorabilia:

The jersey:
Kris Russell #2 jersey, I had it lettered by the Blue Line in September of 2008. Approximately one month before he was sent to Syracuse and returned a changed (numbered) man.