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Showing Off My Karl Malone Basketball Card Collection

Showing Off My Karl Malone Basketball Card Collection

When it comes to collecting, baseball was a focus of mine 95% of the time.  During that 5%, I spent quite a bit of energy collecting basketball cards.

But, I was not a set builder, or team collector.  Surprise, surprise, I was a player collector.

And my player of choice just happened to be my favorite NBA player – Mr. Karl Malone!!!

My love for basketball was born while living in Illinois.  And while 99.9% of the people in the state cheered and rooted for a certain team that won 6 championships in 8 years, I was the guy that didn’t conform.  Did I value the Bulls and what they did?  Of course.  Who wouldn’t?  But as a fan of the sport and a huge supporter of the fundamentals, I found myself a Utah Jazz fan.

My Karl Malone collection is large.  It is not catalogued the way that my Dawson one is, but I would guess that  I own 3,000 total cards with there probably being 800-900 different ones in that mix.  It didn’t take long to accumulate these as I found tons of willing trade partners.  While I bought packs and boxes like all kids did, everything I got was traded away except for my Malone and Stockton cards.

Here is my collection:

I made a quick re-entry into the hobby when I heard about ‘jersey’ cards from a friend.  I managed to grab a bunch of them right before I completely left the hobby some years ago:

 I have not purchased any basketball related cards in over 6 years now.  And while I have no intention of adding any more to my collection at this time, I have to wonder what new goodies may come out once Karl Malone’s Hall of Fame induction breeds new life into collectibles that feature him…

Time will tell!!!

One Helluva Birthday Gift!!!

 I haven’t been big on birthday related events for the last decade or so.  I guess that there is no ‘landmark’ age to hit until I get to the ‘Big 40’ but I am more than a few years away from that.  Whew…

What I will say is that with 2 young sons, birthdays have started to mean more.  My oldest is 2 years and 3 months old.  He knows the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, and it was a great thrill for us to sing it over and over and over again last night while we had cake and I opened a few presents.

Speaking of presents, my wife always does an incredible job.  Admittedly, I’m pretty tough to shop for and I don’t really ask for anything.  I do like practical things that will be used often and she has really found some great stuff for me in the last few years.

But nothing, no gift, has been better than this….

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Alonzo Mourning’s autobiography came out  a few months ago.  When I heard that he was going to take part in a book singing tour across the US, I wanted to be there to celebrate this book with him.  Unfortunately the schedules didn’t work out and I missed his 2 local appearances.  But my wife knew what to do and how to do it.  And the result is PERFECT!!!

I am a big-time Alonzo Mourning fan.  He and I moved to Florida at the same time.  For him it was to play basketball for the Miami Heat and for me it was after my high school graduation.  I enjoy watching Zo play, and the things he does off the court for charities is beyond commendable.  I’ve been to roughly 80 Miami Heat games, and Zo has made a huge impact on the team, the city, and his fans.  He has been through a hell of a lot over the last 5-6 years, but his positive attitude and desire to compete and win are admirable qualities that make him shine as a player and person.

Getting this signed book is wonderful.  I am eager to begin reading this as I am sure that I will uncover things about one of my favorite NBA players that I didn’t already know. 

To my wife and 2 young sons, I cannot thank you enough for this gift.  I will cherish it for many years to come.