Monday, August 11, 2014
Yesterday I went to a sports memorabilia show in Humble, Texas. I know, I am supposed to be getting rid of this crap and not trying to purchase more. And I am not even sure why I received a notice and clicked on the link about the show. Let’s call it Divine Cyberintervention. But two items caught my attention in the program and I asked if Niece # 1 wanted to go check it out. So off we went to her old stomping grounds. Mission number One was to see if I could get a Letter of Authenticity (LOA) on an item I purchased for $20 at an Austin “Antique” store. Side Bar: – it is that fire hazard place on Burnet Road near the Monkey’s Nest Coffee Place. I purchased a framed 8 x 10 photograph of Tom Kite and Ben Hogan – Signed by both golfers. Let’s just say the photograph was analyzed and will receive a LOA and the guy said, you will get a letter in two weeks, but the signatures are authentic.” But that was only Mission Number One.
Mission Number Two began in 2008 with a hope and plan. It went down like this. I was the first person in line to obtain an autograph from former Heisman Trophy Winner and first Houston Oiler drafted – Billy Cannon. But I had something different for him to sign. When I pulled the T-shirt from my bag and laid it out in front him,
he said, “Oh my goodness – what a great team that was. Where did you get this?” I replied, “I bought it for $12.00 at Geaudshaw’s (forgive the spelling) in Plaquemine, Louisiana in 2008 for the 50th anniversary of the national championship in hopes you would sign it one day. I pointed to #34, and said “Donnie Daye is my first cousin.” He said, “Really?” I said, “I did not know there were other football teams besides LSU and the teams they played until I was 10 years old. You and Donnie are the reasons I love college football.” He signed his picture (#20) on my T-Shirt
and then asked, “How is Donnie’s cancer? I keep up with him through the alumni news.” I said, “He is doing pretty good. It is tough, but he’s a tough fighter.” Dr. Cannon replied, “Yes, he is.” Then I said, “I bet he could still throw the block for you on Halloween against Ole Miss to spring you down the sideline.” There is no way I can describe the look that went through his eyes when he recalled that moment. It was as though he ran it again. He smiled and we shook hands and I thanked him and left.
I also bought a Rookie Johnny Manziel card for $10. It was not signed, but I figure I’ll catch him at Northgate one night. You know how we like to party.