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You won't believe what Simmons saw

Updated: August 5, 2009, 5:59 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

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Believe me when I tell you this: At no point heading to this convention did I ever think, "I'm going to spend a chunk of my allotted resources on old-school pennants." I wanted to find an old AFL Boston Patriots jersey and some rare 1970s NBA stuff for my office. But as Bernard said later, "I liked what you ended up doing -- you couldn't find what you came for, so you took what the defense gave you." And I did.


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When I say vintage pennants for every sports team and college team, I mean EVERY team. These are for my alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross. I bought the one on the top -- it's from the 1950s. You know, back when we used to be good in basketball. I couldn't resist.


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(Everyone in Seattle lets out a sad exhale, then cues up "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden.)


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When one of the pennant vendors pulled these out for me, it was like showing an 8-ball to Mischa Barton.


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These two came home with me. The top one was made right after ... (wait for it) ... the 1918 World Series. That's right, the Red Sox's last untainted title! I couldn't resist. Vintage pennants are the most underrated sports collectible. I am convinced. I do not have a single friend who loves sports and would not have immediately splurged on at least one old-school pennant. They're that good. You have to believe me.


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So what if it's a vintage pennant for a women's college? That's going in my daughter's room. In the words of Marlo Stanfield, "MY NAME IS MY NAME!"


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Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) is the editor-in-chief of Grantland and the author of the New York Times no. 1 best-seller The Book of Basketball. For every Simmons column and podcast, log on to Grantland. To send him an e-mail, click here.

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