Since football is over and fishing is limited in the winter, I have been trying to restart some of my sports memorabilla collecting. I kept my old collection from childhood together for the most part (at least everything of any value), and decided if I can find decent deals I will get stuff I couldn't get back then.
So far, I picked up a set of 89 Topps hockey for $10 that has the Leetch rookie in it. I got a Steve Largent rookie card (my first favorite NFL guy) and a couple of 86 Mattingly's (86 was the first year I started getting waxpacks.) Then, I got a wild hair. The one classic card I got as a kid was a 68 Topps Hank Aaron (probably would score vg-ex now.) I decided to compliment it was the other great outfielders available from that year. I scored a 68 Topps Mays and Clemente, and I have a bid on the Mantle. I hope I can get the Mantle, but it is very close to my top end and several folks are eyeballing to outbid me.
Finally, I found a handful of 1956 Topps in an antique shop. No fortunes to be made, but they had G-VG shape Don Newcombe and Bob Lemon, so I grabbed those as keepsakes.
Now it is time to think about Rangers stuff. This is weird, because I basically have all the cards from the 92, 94, and 96 teams. So, I have been looking for other stuff. I have found the June 15 edition of the Daily News that has the photo of Leetch's first goal in Game 7 against the Cannucks. I don't know if I want the paper or the photo framed. I think it was credited to an SI photographer, so I am wondering if it is in the Sports Illustrated commemorative issue (lots of those on Ebay for around $15.)
What are some of the things you guys hunt for? While I love VT football, I feel a bit awkward hanging up man cave stuff when I am not an alum, but feel free to share cool things you run across. If I had the space, I would love to get a framed shot of Jonathan Crompton getting murdered by Dorian Porch at the end of the ChickFilA Bowl.