A collector and hockey fan has achieved his fundraising goal and a book featuring dozens of rare photographs from the NHL’s past is now reality.
Andrew McCall owns a massive collection of negatives and together with partner Paul Marin, they culled the best of the best for a 176-page, high quality coffee table book. It was a costly venture, though, and McCall turned to Kickstarter.com to raise $39,000 to make the project a reality. In a few weeks, the goal was met. Glory and Triumph will be offered to those who supported the project through donations. Only 4,000 copies will be published.
McCall is a memorabilia collector who had bought the rights for the negatives from various photographers over the years. He had already turned down an offer from a trading card company because he didn’t want the photos mass produced. He’d hope to print some and use the photos for autographs but Marin suggested a book instead.
"The dream started as I wanted to collect some rare images for a goalies wall in my basement," McCall told us. "From there it turned into collection of over a 100,000 of these never before seen negatives. I have been collecting these for many years and now is the time to share these images will all hockey fans."
The photos in the book showcase numerous Hall of Famers, memorable hockey personalities and special moments from years past. Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, the Espositos, the Richards, Gordie Howe and dozens of other players and coaches are featured with many of the photos never before published.
One unique feature of the book enables readers to scan a QR code on each page and watch video footage of the particular player or moment captured in the corresponding photo.
The price of the book is $30 Canadian but McCall has been offering prints of the photos in the book and autographed pictures of former players as an incentive to those who purchase higher level packages. You can learn more about the book and order it here.