You won't believe what Simmons saw

Updated: August 5, 2009, 6:02 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

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I found this 1969 New England Patriots garbage can that had pictures of 25 to 30 players on it, including center Jon Morris, whose daughter has been a good friend of mine since college. I bought it for $35. Immediately. Where's it going? I didn't know. And I didn't care. I just knew it would bug his daughter that I had it and she didn't. (And it did. Hah!)

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When I was growing up, we thought it was a good time to plug in a fake football field so it vibrated, then watch tiny football pieces vibrate around like they were actually playing. I wish I was making this up.

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Can I interest you in some vintage bobbleheads?

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That Patriots bobblehead was going for $200. I thought about stepping in until I remembered that my little son would absolutely get ahold of it and smash it into 20 pieces. In fact, I'm surprised he didn't telepathically do this while I was looking at it.

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Strange subplot of the collector's show: Very few cases containing killer basketball cards. This was one of them. It's strange that the NBA Finals had the same TV ratings as the World Series, but there's 25 times as much baseball memorabilia.

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The collector's convention is a great place to see old guys dressed like Morty Seinfeld.


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