An Uncharacteristic Addition: Non-Sport Autograph Purchase

***This post was written by Richard Hardy.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BossHardy202***

Anyone who knows me, knows I mainly collect Pittsburgh sports items, Daryl Richardson cards, and vintage. Lots of vintage. A few weeks back, however, I surprised myself by stepping out of my comfort zone and making an instinctive purchase (after a little bit of research). As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I happened upon a sales post for an item I would never have guessed I’d want. When I read what it was, though, I was instantly interested. An autograph from Langston Hughes; a famous poet and social activist, among many other things. Hughes was a very influential individual for American culture, during an extremely racially-charged time in history. The signed piece was framed with a typed letter by Hughes and came with a PSA/DNA certificate of authenticity. I immediately started negotiating with the seller, still blown away from finding it. After coming to a price the seller and I could both live with, the agonizing wait was on. The wait was worth it to own such a great item.

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Vintage Football Card of the Day – PSA/DNA Red Grange Signed Photograph

Okay, so it’s not a card.  When it comes to vintage football, sometimes you have to think outside the card box and look at items such as photos and matchbook covers.

This items is currently up for auction and I felt that I had to share it.

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The current bid is at $80 and if you’re interested in bidding, you can find the auction here.

I just hope that if you love football, you know who Red Grange is.

I hope that you enjoyed the look.  Please check back tomorrow for another!

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Mario Andretti #Mailday

When I was young, I enjoyed IndyCar racing.  We only had a handful of channels growing up and IndyCar would be on the “ABC Wide World of Sports” often and without much else to watch, I became fond of it.  Later I got into NASCAR more and stopped following any open wheel racing.  However, when I moved to Indianapolis in 2006, I fell in love with it.

Thanks to the company that I worked for, I was able to get to the track often without having to spend my own money to get in.  I was able to go places that others couldn’t (the garage and pit areas) that others couldn’t without spending a lot of money.  Over time, I met most of the IndyCar stars of the day, but I was never really a big autograph guy when I was at the track.  I preferred getting pics with drivers, if I could.  Thankfully I did acquire some autographs.  I was fortunate enough to get Dan Wheldon to sign a mini helmet for me.  It’s one of my most cherished collectibles.  Rest peacefully, Lionheart.

There are two legendary drivers that almost every person has at least heard of, A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.  While I never had the chance to meet Foyt, I was able to once catch Andretti and get a picture with him at the track.

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I have a couple of Andretti certified auto from packs.  However, late one night I couldn’t sleep so what does one do?  Look at eBay on the iPad.  I’m not one to buy raw autos, but I saw a certified one that had been marked 60% off in a sellers store.  I’m pretty sure that I paid less for the item and the shipping than was originally paid to have it certified and encased.  I am very happy to have added a different auto to my PC.

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Maybe it was just destiny that I couldn’t sleep that night.  I rarely search Mario Andretti but I’m glad that I did.

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