Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#142 99-00 Mattel NBA Superstars Vince Carter FP

Why I Like It: Vinsanity took over the hobby in the late 90's/early 2000s and everything of Vince Carter was scorching hot. This piece brings me back to the time where EVERYTHING Vince Carter was high in demand. In the sports figures world, Hasbro had bowed out of the NBA market in 1998, opening up the chance for Mattel to come in with their own line of sports collectible figures. This piece was one the most coveted of the time. Vince Carter's rookie piece was in high demand and was a very difficult figure to find. I waited until after not only Vinsanity subsided but interest in the Mattel Line of figures waned to finally add this piece to my collection. Vinsanity was probably the most fun I ever had in the hobby, and this brings back so many fun and awesome memories.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#143 John "Mule" Miles IP Autograph 8X10

Why I Like It: It's a moment as a young teenager I'll never forget. It was the late 90's and there was a card show in San Antonio and John "Mule" Miles was one of the signers at the show. He was signing for free and it's pretty surreal to meet someone who had played in era where the color of your skin determined what league you could actually play for. It's a shame that players like Mr. Miles, Josh Gibson, Ray Dandridge, Cool Papa Bell, Buck O'Neil and countless others never were afforded the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues where they belonged. Even at a young age, I understood the injustice of that era, and it's inspirational to meet a guy like John Miles. He was beyond courteous and nice and it was truly an honor to meet him and get his autograph. I proudly still display this autograph in my room.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#144 1992 Classic Draft Picks Shaquille O'Neal

Why I Like It: It was THE SHAQ CARD TO HAVE before his initial NBA Rookie Cards came out. I was 8 years old when Shaq entered in the league and it was my first experience with a player coming in the league with so much hype. People wanted everything and anything of Shaq and due to Classic's exclusive deal with Shaq this was Shaq's first card and it was very popular. As a little kid, I could never afford it. I did buy a couple packs of this stuff hoping to pull it but to no avail. My cousin got the complete set for Christmas that year and  I was beyond jealous. Such a cool simple card. A few years ago I finally bought one for a buck. I might have overpaid, but the memories alone were well worth it.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#145 2012 Breygent Michael C. Hall Autograph

 Why I Like It: Dexter was one of my favorite shows of all time, and though the ending was very disappointing, it still was an awesome and unforgettable show. I don't have many non sports autographs in my collection, but adding Dexter Morgan's auto to my collection was definitely something I had to do.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#146 Jay Novecek Autograph BB&T Advertisement Card

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Why I Like It: Sure it's not an official game photo or a card, but it's still pretty cool to get a personalized autograph from one the best players on my favorite team, especially of a player who was a key contributor to those 3 Super Bowl Wins in the 90's. My boss actually went to this seminar and got the autograph and surprised me with this when he got back. Thought it was pretty cool, and I love gold pen autographs as well.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#147 Anfernee Hardaway Fan Club 8X10 "Autograph"

Why I Like It: This brings back SO many memories. Anfernee Hardaway was my favorite player growing up and I sent him a letter with a card hoping he would return it autographed. Of course at the time, Penny basically only rivaled Michael Jordan as most popular player in the league, so even as a kid I knew my odds were slim. My card got returned..unsigned of course, but I did get an invitation to join Penny's fan club!! I begged my parents to let me join (I believe I was 9 or 10 at the time), it promised an autographed 8X10 pic of Penny plus Fan Club Newsletters! I was stoked when they let me join and couldn't wait to get in the autograph! This is the "autograph" I got. It's not a real hand signed auto, rather it's a pre printed one, but at the time I sure as hell treated it like one and it was the "cornerstone" of my collection. I do have real autographs of Penny, but to this day I still proudly hang in this photo in my room as a reminder that I was in the Penny Hardaway fan club!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#148 Ty Beanie Babies Fortune The Panda Bear

Why I Like It: A Beanie Baby?? Really?? Yes..really. Back in the Late 90's-Early 2000's, Beanie Babies were so popular that even my mom got into collecting them. She bought quite a few, but she didn't last long and ended up selling all but two and giving them to me as keepsakes. Smarter the Owl, which commemorates my high school graduation as it's dated 2002, and this one. So what makes this one so special?
This particular one was "born" on my birthday, December 6th. I always thought that was pretty cool, and it's a neat litter reminder that once upon a time even my mom caught the collecting bug.