Autograph Alley, Part II: The Hawkeye, Cyclone, Panther, Kohawk connection
Thank you to all who read my first post last week. Triple digits of you, actually, so that's good.
Got some solid responses from fellow 'graphers. Please send me more!
From Stephen Mally:
"I have an autographed Nick Adenhart card. Aside from the obvious reason of him not being around anymore it's special to me because the card front uses a picture I took of him while he was at the Kernels."
From Mike Coleman:
"Signed Reggie Jackson card that my lovely wife, Suzanne, got for me when she had lunch at Reggie's Dugout Diner in Monterey and met him in person."
From Rod Miller:
"I must say my three favorites are my (Chris) Pronger, my 04-05 Clark Cup plate from The Gazette and my Lee Smith that has a great back story. The plate is one of a kind. The teams plate that is in the office is not autographed."
From Andy Pantini:
"Waited in line in the basement of Armstrong's to get Bob Gibson and then went to Rapids Chevrolet to get Jose Cardinal. Had to have my dad explain why he spelled his name with a J."
Also have come across a couple of other local 'graphers that I'll talk about next week.
My contribution this week is all about local. These eight guys played football or basketball at Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa or Coe. All came TTM (through the mail).
My particular favorite among these is Chad Greenway, simply because he found a really cool looking purple Sharpie that he used on a purple-based card. Excellent! Don't think I have any other purple autographs. Blue is actually my favorite color, then black.
Dallas Clark's card has a neat picture on it, as does Freddy Jackson's. All three of the aforementioned are cards from the 2008 Score set.
The other three football cards are from the Topps Total 2005 set. In order to get more players into the set, they split some up into threes, as they used to do with rookies in baseball in the 1970s. You'll notice Aaron Kampman's sig is personalized (which always is fine with me) and includes a bible verse.
I think the Reggie Evans and Ryan Bowen cards are the lone two NBA 'graphs I own. Particularly love the Evans card because it's a good action shot, and he was a great character when he played at Iowa.
Will never forget him being interviewed after a loss at Northern Iowa. Then-Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford was so mad, he took away the players' postgame meals and gave them to random fans.
"That's all right because I had some Skittles. As long as I got my Skittles, I'm good."
Hey, please share all your favorite Hawkeye/Cyclone/Panther/Kohawk autograph stories with me.