Gene Hackman (and Daniel Lenihan) both signed Escape from Andersonville which is a historical fiction novel. Gene Hackman is an absolute cinema legend who has a ton of films I admire like Enemy of the State, Unforgiven, French Connection, Hoosiers, Superman and The Quick and The Dead. Couldn’t resist picking this up for a relative song, and adding it to my collection.
Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen on “Arrow”. I’ve enjoyed the show, and I’m sad it’s coming to an end. It’s been some of the best and most enjoyable Superhero TV over the last decade, and has been a longtime want. I’m glad I have him in my collection. I hope he goes on to great things, but honestly Arrow alone warranted the pickup.
Barry Kitson is a prolific comic artist. I had a chance to pick up Dr. Strange, #16 page 8 which is an amazing page showing Galactus, Dr. Strange, Clea, Hulk, Terrax, Firelord, Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfer, Black Bolt, Gladiator, Scarlet Witch, Super Skrull and Valkyrie. You can’t beat having all of these characters on one page. It’s a very busy and very awesome page.
Chipper Jones is one of the Braves all time best players. He suffers from a lack of “good” rookie cards, so when I saw I could pick up his 91 Topps, signed and Beckett authenticated, I jumped on it. It’s a hell of a Braves item to pick up and add to a collection. I already had him on a book, but now I have him on a card too. It certainly feels like the top rookie that Chipper deserves to have.
Tears for Fears consists of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith and these guys are great live. I got the chance to see them at Shaky Knees 2019, and they didn’t disappoint. They are part of rock history and they put on an AMAZING live show. Mad World, Everybody wants to rule the world, shout and an amazing cover of Creep. Although I prefer vinyl, sometimes you just gotta grab a photo.
Joaquin Phoenix is now perhaps best known for Joker, which was a fantastic movie. He’s also turned in great performances in Gladiator, Walk The Line and her. He’s never a name I really wanted in my collection until his role in Joker, so I am thrilled to add him.
Drew Moss is a fantastic sketch artist. A collector was letting these go for a song, and I couldn’t resist adding two high quality colored sketches to my collection. His Going rate is about $50 a headshot, and these are amazing quality.
Lovely The Band is a great alt rock band who recently played a show nearby, and I was able to snag a set-list and get some ink on a show poster. They put on a pretty fun show, with some covers and a pretty solid set-list, and I’m excited to see what the next album they put out, sounds like.
Jock O’Mahoney is best known for playing Tarzan in the 1960s. This is one of those fun obscure pickups that you don’t know you need until you have the ability to get it in your collection.
Brett Young is the 2018 winner for the Academy of Country Music Awards for best new vocalist. He wasn’t a name I was really looking to add, but when a shot came to add a nice authentic show poster to my show, I jumped at the chance. Not my style of music, but it’s a neat addition nonetheless.
Mike Mussina was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. While I didn’t think he was a HOF Caliber pitcher growing up. He was a dominant pitcher who had a hell of a career. Adding him to my collection was a No-Brainer.
Antonio Banderas may go down in history for having a sloppy and sad signature, but man, he starred in some great movies. Desparado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Zorro, 13 Warrior and the Shrek Franchise.
Dick Gautier, Bob Odenkirk and Victor Garber were some index cards I picked up. Gautier for his contributions to G.I. Joe, Odenkirk for Breaking Bad, and Garber for Legends of Tomorrow/Flash.