Here's another player Québec fans especially got to like and know of late - first from his junior days for the Val d'Or Foreurs, then through his terrific play in two consecutive Stanley Cup Finals for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Indeed, Kristopher Letang's future looks very promising.
This nice card is #146 in In The Game's 2005-06 Heroes And Prospects set, once again a very pretty one - and the first one to include both John Tavares and Evgeni Malkin. This set had AHLers on the verge of NHL success, junior players and international futures stars who had played in either the World Juniors or World Championships - a great way to see future stars in different (and, at times, simply bizarre) uniforms. I like the Foreurs' jersey in this one, reminiscent of the old Minnesota North Stars uniforms, a team that is missed.
This card was taken from a pack, sent to Letang, care of the Foreurs, by mail - and returned by mail as well. I also like that the card's design gives an obvious spot in which the player can sign - and I like that Letang used a fat-point blue sharpie, making his signature illegible-but-retaining-that-rookie-feel.