Just Some Random Stuff This Week

By David G. Firestone

We’re going off topic this week…kind of. I’ve been wanting to do a column based on what I call “random items,” or items that don’t fit into any other category. Let’s get started.

Further proof that wine is becoming a standard in auto racing is that Mario Andretti, Richard Childress, and Jeff Gordon, all own wineries or vineyards. Benny Parsons owned one before he passed away. Many other athletes own them as well, including Wayne Gretzky, Valeri Bure, Mike Ditka, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and Charles Woodson. In addition to his successful iced tea/lemonade drink, Arnold Palmer has his own line of wines. Wine really is mainstream, and is popular in auto racing.

Most tracks will sell event branded pint glasses, but I came across these wine glasses from The 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. These lead crystal glasses are about nine inches tall, and have the Rolex 24 logo printed on the side with some very nice etchings on the Rolex logo. These are high quality wine glasses. Lead crystal is used on wine glasses because of the strength, clarity, ease of etching, and, interestingly, the tone made during a toast.

The 1973 Schafer 500 was a race in the 1973 USAC Champ Car Series. It was a forgettable race, as evidenced by the fact that unused tickets for the race, especially the time trials are easy to find on eBay. This set of 10 tickets from the time trials, is a set of examples. For their age, they are in good condition.

As regular viewers of my YouTube channel know, I love doing box breaks. I especially love doing 1994 Finish Line Gold box breaks, as that was my favorite set to collect growing up. Sometimes you get autographs, sometimes you get phone cards, some of which are pictured below.

Moving on from the racing stuff. I’m not the biggest basketball fan, but I do watch occasionally. I do also occasionally collect basketball stuff. One example is this Derrick Rose swatch card. The card is in good condition.

At my old job, there was a Tyrus Thomas autograph signing, and I got this Chicago Bulls Starbury issued sneaker.

I occasionally find trading card sheets. One such example is this 1998 Upper Deck Black Diamond sheet.

This crystal trophy was presented to Nick Anderson by the Orlando Sentinel, and Goodings. Anderson was awarded the trophy as the fan favorite in 1997-1998.

That was fun, I should do this more often. Next Friday Feature, a firesuit!

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