Starting off 2019 with a bang!

Christoper Lee was one of the best characters of all time. He has some of the most iconic roles ever – Dracula, Saruman in Lord of the Rings, Count Dooku in Star Wars and Scaramanga in James Bond. Officialpix was doing a sale on old stock, and well, He’s no longer with us so I didn’t hesitate to make Christopher Lee my first pickup for 2019. He’s a name I’ve wanted for a very long time.

George Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. He wasn’t overly popular with my generation, but I’ll never forget his opening pitch in the World Series. One of the most definable American and Baseball moments of the last 30 years.  Portraits of Courage is an interesting book that captures meeting some of the servicemen and women he sent to war, and I think is an amazing book that I am proud beyond words to have in my collection.  If Christopher Lee wasn’t starting off 2019 with a big pickup, Bush was.

Frank Thomas was one of the most prolific hitters of my childhood having one of the coolest nicknames “The Big Hurt”. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 as a 5x All Star and 2x AL MVP. He’s one of the defining hitters of the 90’s that didn’t juice – and a great addition to my collection.

Sam Snead (3 Masters Wins, 82 Wins), Billy Casper (1 Masters win, 2 US Open Wins, 51 Wins), Doug Ford (1 Masters, 19 Wins)  Bob Goalby (1 Masters win, 11 Wins), Gay Brewer (1 Masters Win, 10 wins), Doug Sanders (20 PGA Wins) all signed this 8×10.  Golf isn’t a high priority for me – but I had a chance to pick up something really cool and complete that would be a great addition to my collection (Even if the Casper is faded) and went for it.  Stuff like this doesn’t come around often and is the stuff great collections are built upon.

Don Sutton is a Hall of Fame pitcher who announces for my beloved Braves. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998 and was a 4x All Star for the Dodgers. He’s a guy I’ve had before, but couldn’t pass up again.

Jesse Ventura is an interesting indivdual. He had feature roles in Predator and The Running Man, was a WWE Hall of Famer, and Governor of Arizona. He’s a interesting guy and a neat pickup to make the collection.

Hope Solo is an All American hottie and name i’ve added before. Had a chance to add a great 8×10 and did.

Christen Press is a prolific woman’s soccer player who was part of the 2015 World Cup team winners.  She’s a solid pickup for the collection.


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