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I've seen some nice football items on these threads before so I thought I'd post this pair. One is a 1939 program of events at the meeting of American Football coaches. It's a very complete guide with what are basically the entire speeches of all the coaches that spoke. The other is a great pinback of Amos Alonzo Stagg with St. Louis Button Company back-paper. Part of this meeting was to honor his 50 years in football. I'm guessing this pin was produced for this multi-day convention/meeting.
Picked this up at a card show in Overland Park, KS, this weekend. This is the "Holy Grail" of Final Four Programs, as it featured North Carolina winning in triple overtime two straight nights, the last against Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas Jayhawks in 1957. I thought this was an appropriate post for tonight.
Yesterday, I picked up these two items. One is apparently an end of day Score Card giveaway from Chicago Area dated September 26, 1927 and the other a Washington Senators visor from 1937. Nothing too great but looks good on the shelf.
It ran me about $315. I made the mistake of having my mother take it to the framer for me. I told her to go with a simple black frame, double mats, and the good glass. She got a little carried away and ran the bill up. She just had to have the little accent piece around the photo that matches the border of the frame. Its pretty big though, measures 33.5" x 19"
brock- great piece...mom did well, that "little accent piece around the photo" really takes it up a level...great job!
question- i get a lot of pieces framed, and always get the glass, which seems to be the middle quality out of 3 options; regular, UV, and then super duper expensive ($100+ just for the glass)...which one do you get? which one should we be getting?
This message has been edited by mvsnyc on Apr 8, 2009 8:30 AM
Thanks for the compliments MS. For this picture I (I actually means mom) went with the UV protectant anti-reflective glass, which I guess is the "super duper expensive" variety. Its the best at keeping light from the photo and doesn't have that hazy sort of look you get with non-glare. Truth be told I probably would of went with something a little cheaper but mom wasn't thinking economically shopping with my money. When I've taken stuff to the same framer he advised me to go with the middle priced UV protectant glass. I think it would suffice in most cases.
I always use the regular UV. Honestly tho, I doubt any of us put our items in direct sunlight where they are going to fade significantly in our life time. My family deals in antiques and I have seen hundreds of framed pieces that are 150+ years old that have not faded with time using regular glass.
I'm too cheap to have my stuff professionally framed. I find frames at garage sales and auctions for really cheap and then just have custom mattes made. All my stuff stays out of direct sunlight and I don't use the fluorescent bulbs in any room I have memorabilia in.
I don't begrudge anyone who has it done professionally, I just can't justify the expense to do it that way.
I do all my own framing.... usually in uniform black frames. It lets each piece speak for itself. I would rather put the extra money into more memorabilia, rather than into the framing, but that's just my thing.
Plus, I am so OCD with some of this stuff, that I can't stand the thought of leaving it at the frame shop. It would be like leaving one of my kids with a complete stranger (ok, maybe just a notch below that...)
To Matt and Dan's point, I think regular UV glass is fine... although they do make a really cool/expensive museum glass with no glare at all (completely invisible). Much more important is that we keep this stuff away from direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting. It will easily outlive all of us that way.
Just got me to thinking about the not-so-distant future...the incandescent bulb will disappear all to soon. I wonder the best solution with CFLs being the only immediate option. I don't think the LEDs are going to be viable anytime really soon.
I bought this 1978 team signed ball on the Bay because I wanted an Elston Howard autograph to add to my 1961 Yankees collection. I don't think I will ever be able to afford a single-signed one. In addition, it has three Hall-of-famers--Catfish, Yogi and the Goose. Not the prettiest ball you will ever see. The signers used different color ink and some of the autographs are pretty light. Several of the stars on the team, Munson, Lightning, Reggie, Rivers and Dent didn't even sign it. Twenty-three autographs. Mostly pitchers, coaches and subs. But it does have a faint Billy Martin on the sweet spot.
After buying it I felt like I might have paid to much, but when it came I got real excited... like I used to get when I opened a Topps pack and found a Mickey Mantle. Sounds strange, but when I unwrapped it and started examining the signatures, it felt, for a moment, like I was there in the locker room as players were signing. I can almost see them rolling the ball across a long wooden table cracking jokes as they scribbled their names between the stitching.
I spent a half-an-hour showing off the ball to my wife after dinner. Told her a few stories that I remembered about the team. Told her that the Yankees had three managers that year. Told her that Guidery won 25 games that year and only lost 3. Told her Elston Howard died two years later. She listened politely. Told her that Thurmon died in a plane crash, just a year later... just one hundred miles down the road from where we live. Then, I told her that my grandma sent a letter to the Yankees asking for a signed ball for their biggest fan. They didn't send me a ball, but I did get a nice team photo--no signatures. I don't know what happened to that photo. She smiled and told me that she was glad I finally got my ball.