Finding the Moment in Your Sports Memorabilia Collection
I'm not going to lie to you, I'm starting to get the shakes. And no, they're not the ones you're thinking of. I'm talking about the sports shakes. It happens every year around this time. There's no football. There's no basketball. I love baseball, but it's All-Star time and we all have various opinions on that. This is a condition that happens to millions of us every summer. So far, there's no known cure.
I must say, though, that the last week or so has provided some incredible sports moments to keep me going. As a die-hard Yankees fan, I was elated to see Derek Jeter get his 3,000th hit. How it happened, with a home run, couldn't have been scripted any better. It was a moment.
I never thought I'd say this, but the finish to the World Cup match between the United States and Brazilian women's soccer teams was another amazing moment.
Finally, on Monday, I was watching the Home Run Derby and couldn't help but enjoy the fact that it was New York versus Boston with the last two hitters. Even my disdain for the Red Sox couldn't overshadow the excitement I got watching Robinson Cano's father, Jose, pitch to his son and then enjoy a huge celebratory hug following Robbie's record-breaking final round. That was a moment!
I recently went into my man cave where I display my collection and started to look around. "I have some pretty cool stuff," I said to myself, thinking of all the moments.
I get asked a lot, "What's your favorite collectible you have?" It's a good question and, depending on the week or month, I'll probably answer differently. But to be honest, I do have a favorite, and I can tell you why.
I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan. I have a ton of Cowboys memorabilia including a signed 16 x 20 photograph of Jason Witten. I know, I know, us Cowboys fans love Jason Witten, but there's something other than the autograph on this picture that means something to me. On a nationally televised game against the Eagles in 2007, Jason caught a pass, had his helmet ripped off and continued for a 53-yard run! It was an instant moment.
One of my best friends, a religious Patriots fan, hates the Cowboys with a passion. Following the play, he sent me a text that said, "Your tight end is a stud!" As much as it might have pained him, he got the moment.
My picture was taken the second Witten's helmet came off his head. That run was dubbed "NO HELMET, NO PROBLEM" and that's exactly what he inscribed beneath his name. Now, every time I look at that picture, I remember screaming at the TV as Witten outran defender after defender, without a helmet and blood running from his nose. Now that was a moment.
We all have great pieces in our collections that we are proud to display. I daresay we can remember where we got them or which box or pack we pulled them from. Maybe I'm getting nostalgic in my old age, but I have become just as interested in the moment as the pieces themselves.
As the summer goes along and there's nothing but lazy days and sun, instead of sitting back and waiting for the next big thing in sports collectibles to come along, why not go out and find your collectible moment.