What's the most unique piece of memorabilia that you own?
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In 1985 I had a yearly football guide that listed every NFL team's players, coaches and staff. I was 14 and decided to write every equipment manager and ask for some helmet decals.
The Chiefs sent back helmet decals and logoed wristbands. I sold them a few years back.
The Rams sent helmet decals and their "yearbook." I sold the decals and still have the yearbook.
And then the Houston Oilers sent helmet decals that I still have. I often wonder if they're the only set of unpeeled original Houston Oiler decals left. I always liked their logo. It's such a cool bye gone era of the NFL.
Very neat. Mine would be stadium seats from the Chicago Bulls / Blackhawks remodel after Jordan began playing. Not very unique compared to the helmet decals.
Or maybe a Negro League baseball autographed by a dozen players including Mr. Cub? Given to me by an elderly friend who received it from a former Negro League player from the local area.
Still not on par with those decals!
Hope to hear more from people.
@Ironmanfan has some amazing and unique pieces.
Yaz Master Set
#1 Gino Cappelletti master set
#1 John Hannah master set
Also collecting Andre Tippett, Patriots Greats' RCs, 1964 Venezuelan Topps, 1974 Topps Red Sox, 1968 Venz Sox
We held up a “1,000” sign at a New England Revolution MLS soccer game when goalie Matt Reis made his 1,000th career save. After the game he jumped the barrier and came over and signed each number for us and thanked us… then in the post game interview on tv, he said he didn’t even know it was that milestone until he saw our sign!!!! It’s unique to his career, but also a great story we found ourselves in the middle of!!!
Live long, and prosper.
I just happened to be working in Denver when Coors field opened. The stadium has a brewery called The Sandlot Brewery. They bottled some of the beer and sold it is some retail stores to commemorate opening day of the season. It was said that it would be the only time the beer would be bottled. I have a few bottles of the beer. A also have a couple different commemorative baseballs and a bat that is serial numbered to 300. I went to the very first game played in the stadium and bought an extra ticket to keep. Unfortunately, it was the year that the players were on strike so they had the "replacement" players.
Very cool Oilers helmet decals! There can't be many of those left!
Besides sportscards I also collect game used jerseys, I guess my favorite is a jersey Greg Jennings was wearing against the Cowboys in 2007. What makes is special to me is he was wearing it when he caught Aaron Rodgers first NFL touchdown
Of things I can easily post here -
Here's a letter to a fan by NFL HOFer Ernie Nevers talking about his greatest thrills and a piece of airplane stationery signed by some members of the 71 mets including nolan ryan and tom seaver.
Those helmet decals are awesome…what a novel idea to ask for them. Likely very few if any exist today except perhaps in the basements or estates of those same equipment managers.
Here is probably my most unique piece of memorabilia. These 3 pieces of cloth were hand stitched in 1935 during the Tigers World Series Championship run. I discovered they had used inserts from the Detroit News or Free Press as the inspiration. I was able to purchase one of the inserts (shown below) some years ago, but the others have been impossible to find. In my head I can imagine an old woman listening to the games on the radio in their rocking chair while stitching away on these.
I have a ticket stub from what is one of the ultra-rare playoff games where Mike Trout made an appearance.
10 year old me caught this home run ball with my Dad. Great memory and my favorite piece of memorabilia I own.
The folk art stitching is incredible!
I have Hank Aaron's last contract with Topps (final playing season, not the old timer/Kmart years). Sy Berger also signed it which is neat. Topps randomly listed it one day for a few hundred dollars.
Junior League Bat-A-Ball - Munves Mfg Co. - Chicago - 1947
Still having the "base" is rare and having the "banner" on top is even more rare to the game. Stands about 6' in height.
Well, this is an odd one...personal memories plus...
Good times. RIP.
I had Orestes Minoso AKA Minnie sign my cast in 1983…
I collect Topps Rookie Cup autographs and came across this a few years ago. I don't know whose trophy this is but based on the lettering I believe it's from the 70s.
How big is that thing?
I have a cigar from Dr. J's birthday party ee hosted. We had a hand rolled cigar guy there rolling cigars for Dr. J. From 2008...
Was an awesome event.
Met Bill Russell and so so so many more.
Not sure these are rare but unique for my family as my Dad got these TTM in the 40's and 50's. Also have Jackie R, Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker.
You asked for unique...this may gross/freak some people out, so you're pre-warned.
I have MIchael Jordan's DNA!
I attended his Hall of Fame Press Conference (an event the morning of the actual night time ceremony when he was inducted). I notice Michael drinking a water bottle. He places it in the podium, and gives a speech. Then leaves the podium. He was the last speaker. As press/players are leaving and clearing out, I walk up to the podium, and snatch the bottle. Almost 15 years later, the water is still in the bottle, and I've never once unscrewed it.
Will PSA authenticate it for you?
That's pretty cool. MJ would probably laugh. Maybe you can get him to autograph it.
LOL. Not as big as the picture makes it look. A little bigger than a candy dish.
I think it’s safe to say that this one is pretty unique. Back in the summer of 1961, the Yankees two stars were chasing the ghost of the Bambino by day and living out in Queens by night. You can follow this via the wonderful film 61* and if you know about Mickey Mantle, you know he moved out to Queens to straighten out for that season. Not coincidentally it would be one of his best seasons with him being away from Manhattan and living in a more suburban Queens neighborhood. I’m pretty sure a young man in that same building where Mantle, Maris and (I think it was) Cerv were living that summer was an entrepreneurial spirited kid named Jeff Randall. With this level of player access he started Jeff Randall’s Mickey Mantle Fan Club, which was noted as still open for new members in Sport Magazine as of 1962 and boasted membership of 400…
…but I’m also this club probably peaked around 500 members. While I haven’t verified this but 100%, I think there’s a decent chance of the even being a cameo sort of reference to him in 61*, which makes me think maybe Billy Crystal was a member (his age and Yankees/Mantle fandom make it a perfect fit).
Anyhow, I can’t imagine too many of these survived…
1962 Jeff Randall Mickey Mantle Fan Club Letter, Premium Photo, Original Mailing Envelope
Curious about the rare, mysterious and beautiful 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos?
About 10 years ago my cousin was a caddy at a pretty exclusive golf course in the Chicago area (I can't recall the name). Many of Chicago's famous athletes were members there, including Bo Jackson. One night he was cleaning up the carts (many members had custom carts), and found the hat that Bo was wearing during his round. He snagged it and gave it to me for a birthday present.
There was a Milwaukee sports radio show and each week Jonathon Lucroy would come on. At the end of the season he sent one of the hosts one of his cups that read something to the affect of "Thanks for a great season. Game used!" Incredible. Wish I could find the pic of it.
I have a handful of Gary Carter's personal awards from his playing career. I'd say the most unique item I own though is probably this Carter family Christmas card from 1981
This is probably the most unique item I have. It is a menu dated July 22, 1962, from The Otesage Resort Hotel next to Cooperstown autographed by Jackie Robinson the day before he got inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also pictured is the story from the server that waited on Jackie that day. Pretty cool to see what was available on the menu that day. I wonder what Jackie order?! Cool thread BTW!