Originally Posted by Say Watt
Very cool. What are some of your favorites?
Well, I had just about every Astros card made from '81 to '86, but the only ones worth anything are the Nolan ones. I got autographs on some of them - Bill Doran, Dickie Thon, Craig Reynolds, Omar Moreno, Terry Puhl, and Joe Sambito off the top of my head. Some years later, I took my kids out to a few autograph sessions and they got autographs from Caminiti, Biggio, Finley, and Gonzales. Obviously none of those are worth anything, but they're my favorites.
When I was in the Army, I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, and there was a Tigers farm team there in Fayetteville. I got Frank Catalanotto's autograph on a Fayetteville Generals ticket. That was pretty cool. I got Clemens' autograph when he was with the Sox. I have an Oilers pennant somewhere with 7 or 8 autographs on it. I remember Del Greco's sig was on there, along with I think Sean Jones, Jay Pennison, and a few others I don't remember.
I have lots of autographs that I just got in a trade somewhere or random pulls from packs.
I have a ton of early '80s cards. Off the top of my head, I have rookie cards for Ripken, Boggs, Gwynn, Mattingly, Clemens, etc. In football, I have rookie cards for Marino, Elway, LT, Lott, Montana, etc. As I said, a lot of them only grade out as 7 or 8. So not really worth trying to sell them. Plus, they're reminders of my childhood. I was heavy into football when Earl burst onto the scene, and the 5 or 6 years after that, I spent a lot of the money I earned selling Houston Post subscriptions on cards.
My favorite piece overall is the Earl football, fince he's my all-time favorite player. That's followed by some of the worthless Astros autographs from my early teens.