You won't believe what Simmons saw

Updated: August 5, 2009, 6:00 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

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I came damned close to buying this … then I had a vision of being in my garage in two years and seeing it trapped under about 20 things with a big pile of dust on it. Which is absolutely how it would have played out.

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I swear, I was there in the '70s and early '80s. I can't remember Mork bubble gum. I feel like this is a huge deal. Where was I? I definitely would have bought Mork bubble gum just like I bought Reggie Jackson's candy bar.

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A great way to get my undivided attention: Stack four shelves with every conceivable TV- and movie-related board game from 1950 to 1980. I stared at this for 10 minutes.

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Know this: If they had had a "Six Million Dollar Man" lunch box like this one, it would have come home with me. I'm still bitter that I didn't save mine from the mid-70s. By the way, it's nearly impossible to explain to anyone under 30 that Henry Winkler was the coolest man alive once upon a time. Frankly, I wouldn't believe it, either.

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"Gilligan's Island" cards??? Yup. "Gilligan's Island" cards. Something tells me Alan Hale Jr.'s rookie card isn't selling like hotcakes as it once did.

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Bubble-gum records called "Chu-Bops" from the early '80s. It's always ironic when a terrible business idea that bombs somehow becomes a collector's item. Too bad this doesn't happen with bad NBA free-agent signings. Jim McIlvaine's signed Sonics contract for just $75,000!!!


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