Sometimes, you build a place or event up in your mind, and then when you finally experience that thing, it doesn't live up to your expectations. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is NOT one of those places! My brother took me there for the first time on December 19th, and it was absolutely amazing. It was better than I could have imagined, and I loved every second of it! It was far better than I could have imagined, and the artifacts there...oh wow, it's hard to put it into words, they were incredible. Things I didn't think still existed...right there. Items I knew were important and I knew were in the Hall of Fame collection...well, you couldn't really prepare yourself for seeing the actual items, sure, you may think you are prepared, but you are not.
Even though basketball is not the main focus of Cardboard History any longer, it's still a big part of me. it will always be a part of me, and collecting the cards will always be a part of me, too. There is way too much at this museum to cover to just do the usual museum post, with a link to the rest. Oh no, this museum is going to be a multi-part series on Cardboard History, and you're going to see pretty much every artifact...I might not get them all posted for a couple of months, but it will be worth it, because it's a totally awesome place.
I'm going to start with outside and the lobby....the main lobby is actually one of my favorite parts of the museum/Hall of Fame. They have multiple displays for famous players, and they have it set up very nicely. Each focused player has a jersey, a couple of artifacts, and when you walk up to them, a built in TV is motion activated and starts playing a highlight reel. It's really better to see in person but I will do my best here..but I'm getting ahead of myself because we need to get inside the building first!
Back in the car, on the way home, you drive right by the big ball. It's awesome.
Next time, we will look at the early history of the game, which was far better represented than I thought it would be...