Back at the beginning of May, I came across an interesting piece from Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch and ESPN fame. The article was about a sports fan named Andy who had lost his job and decided to sell some of his childhood sports memories to help with bills. Read the back-story here.
The condensed version of the story is this: when he was a kid (late 80′s, early 90′s), Andy wrote to a ton of major league sports franchises asking for autographs, stickers, or anything they were willing to send. He got answers back from 16 teams. He saved whatever they sent in the original envelope and stored them away.
And now he was selling them on eBay.
“You are bidding on a piece of mail sent to me almost 20 years ago in response to fan mail. … At nine or ten years of age, I wrote letters to every professional major league basketball and hockey team, mentioning my favorite player on that team and asking for anything that they might be willing to send back. …
Sixteen teams responded to my letter. Some envelopes contained photocopies of team apparel catalogs. … Some contained autographs from Hall-of-Famers. …
These envelopes are like a time capsule. … Whatever was sent to me 20 years ago is still inside today.”
Well, why not. The minimum bid was $25. Buy it now for $50. I placed a bid for $25, and won. Why pay $25 for a mystery envelope? What are the chances that the contents are worth at least $25? All fair questions. The answer of course is the thrill of the chase.
I haven’t purchased a pack of baseball cards in ages, but this had a similar feel to it.
What was I hoping for? Honestly, a team photo would have been awesome. Whatever it was, I thought we’d have some fun together.
The envelope contained a typed letter from the Cavs, two 1990-1991 pocket schedules, one Cavs bumper sticker (sponsored by WOIO Nineteen, 850 am WRMR and Sports Channel), one Cavs keychain (sponsored by Firestone Cleveland/Akron tire and service centers) and an 8×10 Mark Price over-sized NBA Hoops card.
If you are curious, the letter simply says-
“Dear CAVS Fan: Thank you for your letter expressing an interest in the CAVS. To show our appreciation, enclosed is some fan material to help you cheer on the CAVS.
Again, thank you for your continued support and interest in the CAVS.
THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS”
I love the old orange logo. I also find it funny that they spelled out CAVS in all caps every time. The items themselves appear to be left over from different promotions and giveaways.
What will we do with these now? I don’t know. Maybe they get passed around the writing staff. Or they could become contest fodder. Or they get put back in the envelope for another 20 years.