September 21, 2011
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien(notes) is facing four charges that include "boating while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs," according to court documents. This stems from an incident on the night of Aug. 30 in which Byfuglien was arrested and booked on "suspicion of boating while intoxicated."
Which brings us to the 2011 Dustin Byfuglien Panini American sketch hockey card that, in our estimation, should now be worth more than a Gretzky rookie:
Sketch cards take the autograph card insert one step further, with the player's signature on one side and a random doodle on the other. This year, Byfuglien joined NFL rookies like Mark Ingram in creating sketch cards "randomly inserted inside the company's wrapper-redemption program." Ingram drew a Saints logo; Byfuglien, now quite hilariously, drew a boat, weeks before his momentary lapse in not getting caught better judgment on Lake Minnetonka.
Dirk Hoag, blogging at HockeyGearHQ.com, notes there's a winner in all of this:
It's the guy who won this auction on eBay last week, for an autographed "sketch" trading card from Panini America — it's a trading card signed by a pro athlete which includes a sketch done in their own hand, a one-of-a-kind treat that gets included in a random pack, and goes to a lucky collector. In this case, Dustin Byfuglien captured what will be the enduring image of his summer.
The bidding for this 1-of-1 card opened at $0.99 and closed at $122.50; but really, when it comes to Byfuglien, is inflation really unexpected?
To put this price in perspective, a 2006-07 Byfuglien rookie card with an autograph and a piece of jersey embedded in it goes for about $120.
Outside of Jacques Lemaire's Sabres card and Jason Arnott on the water slide, this could be our favorite hockey card of all time. Or at least it would have been had he drawn a small bottle with "XXX" on the label and a policeman bobbing in the water and chasing the boat with a breathalyzer. Although that rectangle could easily be a box of wine ...
If the owner of this card is a Puck Daddy reader — and we can only assume someone dropping $122 bucks on it has to be — hit us at email@example.com so we can find out your plans for it.