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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 wasted too much time staring at complete NBA sets like these. Love those 1971-72 Topps cards with the psychedelic lettering. By the way, MJ's rookie (if rated a PSA 9) was going for $1,300-1,400. Seems like a lot until you remember that's not even one hole of a skins game for him.


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The last all-white Celtics yearbook cover. I'd make a joke that it was also the last all-white NBA yearbook cover ever, but we can't underestimate the Pacers over these next five years. We just can't.


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The picture doesn't do this justice. It's a photo of Jim Palmer, a forward on the ABL's Pittsburgh Rens (early 1960s) who had an unfortunate amount of arm and shoulder hair. I can't imagine a single reason why anyone would buy this unless they were related to Jim Palmer. It eludes me.


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Loads of tickets were available for every Super Bowl. A simple collection to start and execute if you were so inclined.


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Also plentiful: Autographed tickets for specifically memorable games. I was looking for an autographed Royals-White Sox ticket from the game when William Ligue Sr. and Jr. charged onto the field to assault K.C.'s first-base coach. No dice.


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Nobody said sports memorabilia collectors were good spellers.


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