As I may have mentioned in the past, my family is originally from Peekskill, NY. Well, the parts of the family that I know in person, anyway- we've traced the family tree back pretty far and we know where in Europe our family originally came from, but I consider Peekskill to be the home base of the family. My father's family helped found the city in the 1600s in fact. Although I've never lived there myself, all the rest of my family members have, and I have lots of fond memories of going to visit...we still go to Peekskill a few times a year.
Of course, Elton Brand- my all-time favorite NBA player- is from Peekskill. I've been following his career since he was in high school (when I normally only follow pro sports- I have little to no use for college sports) and while I originally began following him because I heard about a guy coming up who was really good, he became my favorite player because of both how he played and the person he is off the court.
Naturally I have been trying to get as many cards of him as I possibly could over the years, and with the latest COMC order, I was finally able to move him into my Top 10 of most cards in my collection! I collect the entire league and I prefer to not know what I'm going to get- be it boxes or mixed boxes my local shop collates. But by doing that it means I get a lot of cards of a lot of people, and not have a lot of focus on any particular person. He knocked Gary Payton out of the Top 10, according to the Database, a player I've never cared for, so bonus!
When I was looking through his listings on COMC, before I had any money to spend, I saw these cards and I had to have them. Luckily they were still available when I did get some money in there.
Although the font is kind of nasty, it's nice to see Peekskill actually listed- most of Elton's cards list his hometown as Cortland, which is wrong. Cortland is up by Buffalo, Elton was born in Cortlandt Manor, usually just called Cortlandt. The T on the end makes all the difference! Cortlandt is a suburb of Peekskill, and didn't even become it's own place until the 1970s- previously it was just a section of Peekskill.
A little disappointing is that the skyline is not Peekskill's- it's generic, every card in the set has the same skyline.
There were 4 versions of this card issued, and I was able to get three of them.
Up top is the basic version, middle is the Relic version, which is not serially numbered, and the bottom is the relic Star Ruby version, which is SN 15 of 75. There is a patch version, but I don't have that one..yet. (If COMC had one for sale I probably would have!)
One cool thing about the base version?
There is an autographed version of this insert as well, but Elton apparently did not sign for it, although he did sign for other Fleer products that season, after previously being a Topps exclusive signer.
(By the way, I've pulled hundreds of autographs over the years, back when I used to buy boxes on a regular basis, but I never pulled Elton's. Now with Panini not bothering to include him for the past several years, I didn't even have the opportunity)
These aren't the only Eltons I got in my latest COMC order. There will be another post shortly.
While we are talking of Peekskill, Elton is not the only Peekskill NBA player. Hilton Armstrong was the 12th pick of the 2006 NBA draft, and played 292 games over six NBA seasons, but not since 2013-14. I didn't know he was from Peekskill until he was no longer in the NBA, but I did see him play with the Warriors in 2013-14, and I probably saw him play with the Hornets back in 2006-07, but I don't remember for sure. While researching where he is now, I discovered he was the first player in NBA history to wear #57, when he wore it with the Warriors. There are no cards to commemorate that though, his last card was in 2009-10. He is currently playing in Japan, for Chiba. As far as I know there has never been a single card for the entire Japanese professional basketball leagues.
When I showed this card to my mom and told her that he is from Peekskill, she said she knew an Armstrong family when she lived there. Armstrong's a fairly common name so we don't know if it's the SAME Armstrong family, but it might be, which is pretty cool!
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