This is part three of my series of my personal brushes with professional athletes. While Martell may not be a huge name, he is definitely worthy of discussing in my meeting with him.
It was the summer of 2008 and one of my former teachers at Portland State had recommended that I volunteer with Special Olympics Oregon at the Portland Trailblazers 3-on-3 Street Jam. She told me what they had volunteers do and she knew I played and enjoyed basketball so she made sure I knew that I would have a good time.
Well a good time I definitely had. They immediately put me on the main court, which I featured in my break and review of 2011 Panini Gold Standard basketball. They lay out the 1977 NBA Championship court the Portland Trailblazers played on out in the courtyard outside the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum. I was able to hang out there and score some of the best games played all tournament long where there were always a ton of spectators.
But one of my favorite spectators happened to be sitting right off the court getting ready for some TV interviews about the Special Olympics and the Make It Better foundation put on by the Trailblazers. After his TV interview a few people went up to him and asked for autographs, so I grabbed a pen and tried to find something for him to sign. When I couldn’t find anything I just went up to him and had him sign my t-shirt. I made a joke about me having to squat down a bit so he could sign my shirt since him and I are about the same height, since I’m 6’8” tall. We shared a laugh and I let the next person in line get their autograph.
But that wasn’t the end. Before the Kid’s Clinic and before the Dunk Contest, Martell came over and sat next to me before these events on the main court since I had the best seats in the house at my scorer’s table. We sat down and chat for a few minutes and we talked about a few things from his 3-point shooting skills to where in the world he bought his jeans because it’s hard finding jeans long enough for tall people like us. (He actually gave me the name of a great store!) I asked him for a picture and he had no problem having someone take a picture of us. Sadly, I didn’t shave that day and looked terrible, but it’s still a great memory.
The only negative about the meeting was that I didn’t have anything better for him to sign. I was forced to wash the shirt before the third day of me volunteering that weekend and the autograph faded. But I made sure that I found a nice certified autograph or two of him on trading cards for my collection since he was such a nice and personable guy. I was sad when he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as he probably wouldn’t be at the event again, but from what I hear, he is still doing great things for the community in Minnesota and up in his hometown of Seattle.
Week 8 was a tough one first of all trying to guess who would be the starting quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. When I created the contest on Thursday, it was 50/50 that AJ Feeley was going to start so I assumed he would as the Rams are out of the playoff race and would want to make sure Sam Bradford didn’t further injure himself.
But the Rams started Sam Bradford and that threw everything off. For that, everyone who predicted a yardage amount would get the points no matter who started. It’s only fair to allow everyone who guessed to get the chance for points.
Anyway, here is this week’s standings and the beginning of the November monthly standings:
Edwin G. – 15
Michael G. – 13
Shane K. – 13
Christian N. – 11
Harley E. – 11
Jay R. – 9
Matt G. – 8
Madison V. – 8
Weirdmaniac – 7
Jordan L. – 7
RJ R. – 6
KJ L. – 6
Evan – 6
So a big congratulations goes out to Edwin G. for winning the Danny Amendola autograph! This is his second weekly win so definitely a big congrats there. Make sure you visit the official NFL Player of the Day site to learn how you can win in your local hobby shop!
There will be a game on Thursday this week, but I will be posting the contest on Thursday and we won’t count the Thursday game as to keep this contest on it’s schedule of every Thursday. I’d hate to post it early and include that game for those who are used to visiting on Thursdays.
See you Thursday!
First, this was a big night in Game 3 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. Albert Pujols decided to go yard 3 times which tied a record for most homers in a game with Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth. His 6 RBIs also tied a record with Hideki Matsui and someone else…I can’t remember off the top of my head. And his 14 total bases is a new World Series record.
What is the most expensive card of “The Machine” or as I now dub him, “Senor Octubre”? That’s easy, the 2001 Bowman Chrome rookie autograph of his. There are only 500 copies of this autographed rookie card which means whenever one hits the market, there are some serious looks at it. These things can sell up for up to 5 figures, especially on a night where he put on a show like last night.
Now don’t go out there buying boxes and boxes of 2001 Bowman Chrome baseball. These were only available as redemption cards which have expired long ago. No one really knows how many of these are out on the market, but I’m guessing that number is less then the 500 made.
I know that I would much rather put my money towards one of these cards then a Bryce Harper rookie autograph which is coming out on the 10 year anniversary of the release of this great modern day card.
I like surprises that show up for my sports card or sports memorabilia collection. This time is no different and I always thank my awesome fiancee for coming up with great things for me. While sometimes it seems she may not care for my collecting or understand why I do it, she always finds a way to add something great to my collection.
The last awesome thing she added was from last Christmas. She bought me a Jon Lester autographed photo from him celebrating after his no-hitter in 2008. It’s a beautiful picture and autograph that sit right against the wall I look at while sitting at my desk. This time, it’s something different.
How awesome is that? It has his autograph and an inscription of what appears to be his favorite verse.
The best part is that my fiancee told me how she utilized the information I have taught her over the years on how to determine whether an autograph is authentic or not, COAs, and legitimate online retailers of authentic memorabilia.
Maybe she does care for my collection but won’t admit it!
Happy Birthday to me!
This is going to blow some of your minds, especially you high end rookie collectors out there.
I was browsing some sports card forums today and saw something I thought I would never see, although it doesn’t surprise me. The “holy grail” of 2011 Topps Inception cards, the 1/1 Cam Newton autographed rookie, had been sold on eBay. When the buyer received the card, he noticed something a little strange on the corner.
After further inspection, the person who sold him this card for $1300 had taken a black sharpie and attempted (poorly) at coloring in the corners of this card as it may had been chipped or had a bum corner coming out of the pack.
Why someone would do this to a card is unfathomable, especially a card of that value. Obviously he was trying to get an extra buck. From what I understand it’s some idiot kid. This same idiot kid runs group breaks as well on eBay.
Sports Card Blog recommends you never buy anything from nicksellsgamesncards on eBay or iamboxbreaks as this seller can’t be trusted for obvious reasons.
It’s a shame that such a great card will forever be tarnished by someone taking a sharpie to the corners.
You can see the buyer airing this information and his complaints at this link right here.