Why I Like It: Besides sports, Pro Wrestling has been something I've followed basically all my life. So though not as extensive as my sports collection, I do have a few wrestling items in my collection. Here's one of my favorites, a dual father/son autograph of The American Dream Dusty Rhodes and his son Cody. It would've been super cool for it to be a trio and include Dustin as well, but this'll more than do. Dusty Rhodes was a huge star in the 70's and 80's as one of the most charismatic wrestlers ever to grace a wrestling ring. Though not nearly as successful, Cody has managed to carve out a nice career of his own as well and currently is tagging with his brother as the whole bizzare Goldust/Stardust team. Would've been great if it on-card, but it doesn't deter from the fact that's it a cool dual auto of a WWE Hall of Famer and his son.
Why I Like It: It's Michael Jordan's 2nd piece as due to licensing issues the 89 set consists of 5 players. Just like most Jordan pieces in my collection, I waited years after the market crashed to pick this up for a reasonable price. I also like the dual card concept of the 1990 set with one of those cards being a rookie year card.
Why I Like It: The first is numerous MJ SLU's make their appearance here as this is the Warm Ups version of his 92 figure (he also has one in a dribbling pose). Back in the heyday of SLU'S, Jordan figures were the holy grail for basketball collectors. Jordan stopped appearing on figures in 93 and his figures always sold for high prices. This is one that really doesn't have a cool personal backstory, I bought a few MJ pieces after the SLU market crashed, but in my opinion any MJ SLU deserves to make my countdown so here's this one at #115.
Why I Like It: Here's the first Dallas Cowboy SLU on the countdown. This was a Albertsons exclusive figure as it features Hall of Famer Troy Aikman in the double star jersey the Cowboys wear for Thanksgiving game. It's definitely my favorite Aikman figure out of my collection.
Why I Like It: The parade of Griffey SLU's ends here at #117 with his Extended Series piece from the 2000 set. There's a multitude of reasons why I like this figure and why I value it more than the rest. I love the pose for one, besides the wall pose, it's probably my favorite baseball pose. It's also the first figure to feature Griffey in his new Reds uniform. All that is reason enough, but the #1 reason is the personal historical significance of this piece to me. It represented the end of the line for collecting SLU's. This was the last piece I ever chased down. I had been waiting for Extended Series baseball to come out for a long time knowing this Griffey piece was in the set. During the summer when we made our annual vacation/SLU hunt trip, we chose Dallas this particular year. Extended has just come out and I was just hoping that I'd find a Griffey in one of the numerous Wal-Marts, Targets etc.. Luck never usually went my way, I was sure this piece would be super tough to find. Believe it or not though, I did find it, and it was at one of the Toys R Us stores in Dallas. I also picked up some of the All Century Team SLU's that were out during this trip, but those ended up getting returned when I decided to stop collecting SLU's. After this trip (and after making a 2000 Football Wish List) I reevaluated my collection and decided it was best to move on and sell off most of it. This Griffey was one of the few pieces that I kept out of my original collection. It signifies the end of an era of my SLU collecting days.
Why I Like It: A break from SLU's but still a figurine, this is the only bobblehead I have in my collection. I bought this off Ebay, I dunno, I just liked it. These were given away on April 16th, 2010 during the Mariners/Tigers game. It's the first of 5 bobblehead nights the Mariners had that season. Griffey's my guy so it's fitting he's my only bobblehead.