Yesterday I mentioned getting other items when I last went to Savvy Seconds (I've actually gone again since then) in addition to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals book I showed off. So I might as well show the rest of what I got. A little disclaimer first though. The day I went I had to go for a dentist visit (which set up this past weeks extractions). After that I went to Walmart and found a nice deal on a bicycle. I really thought about getting it, but decided to pass on it. However checking out and heading to the car, I noticed most of the other bicycles that were on manager's special were flying out of the store. I didn't really have room in the car after getting groceries and what not, so I decided it was best to go home. As we were heading home, my mom told me she thought I should get the bike. So we decided to stop at Savvy Seconds just to kill a couple minutes and then decide if I should get it. The more I thought about it, I decided I've wanted a bike for a while and it would be good exercise, so we went back and got the bike (I might even take pics of it soon). So in essence this pit stop wasn't even going to happen. We weren't too thrilled with recent stops to Savvys but again, we stopped just to figure out how to rearrange stuff in the car.
Boy was I glad we stopped.
My mom spotted these, they are blank greeting cards depicting four different program covers from Mizzou's past. Not all the cards were inside, but there is at least one of each design, so it works out. The box itself is a really heavy box, so I know this wasn't too cheap. I think it even said it was 20 or 30 bucks originally.
It still had some envelopes included as well which was nice as well, but my mom suggested I could use the box to store something else. She may have a point, it could be a good temporary spot for some autographed and memorabilia cards of Mizzou players. I'm sure it could hold quite a few, but if I expand my collection, it won't hold too many for very long.
The card featured on the cover is from a 1934 game against Iowa State. It's a pretty nice design if I must say so.
This one is a homecoming contest against Oklahoma Sooners. It may not be the most exciting design, but to be honest, I do like these to more modern designs.
So I guess judging by this, Mizzou played a game in Mexico in 1896. This is a very interesting piece, I might have to look into it a little bit more. I can't find too much about games Mizzou played prior to 1900, so it could be a challenge.
A game from the 1940's against St. Louis is depicted on this final design. It seems St. Louis was a rival to Mizzou in the early 1900's until about WWII. I might have just been because of easier travel conditions, but they played each other a lot.
For a total of 2 bucks, it was a good deal. I'll be honest, between the next item, and the book I showed yesterday, these cards kind of weren't as flashy to me. Once I got home though and explored them a bit more I knew my mom had great eagle eyes and glad she found these.
So this next item really excited me. Especially since I didn't even plan on stopping an hour before, and now I found something I've been looking for cheaply for quite a long time.
Have I hyped it too much? I hope not.
This is a full sized Schutt Football helmet. It has been used as it has some scuff marks on it, but there are so many things I love about this. So much so that I passed up the item next to it which would have gone with it. I passed over a pair of shoulder pads, but I figured, what would I do with pads? Looking back, I do have some Mizzou pants, Mizzou practice jersey, and some cleats, I could have went the whole 10 yards and had everything.
In my mind though, this helmet will get no use. At least not game play use. The only reason I wanted a full size helmet is to one day get some autographs on it. Preferably some Mizzou guys, but maybe I'll run into some NFL stars one day and have it close.
You can see that is got some good use out of it, but again, I think I might just paint it and all that should disappear. Something I found interesting on it though was that it had a QR code on the helmet, and I believe it mentioned something about concussions on it. So I'm not sure if it was just to warn about them or if it somehow keeps track of how much damage this helmet has taken. That would be great if that was the case. Having a QR code on it though was about the only hint I got on how old it was. I didn't care much about the age, but having a newer one is really nice.
The design is pretty nice I must admit, but again, I'm not up to date on helmet designs and to be truthful despite being a lot less safe, I prefer the older style designs of the 70s and 80s more. Having said that, I appreciate and am happy with progress they've made in helmets concerning safety. The only thing I know about helmets is Schutt is one of the biggest names I know.
What was equally as impressive is it had the face guard on it in great shape and had all the chin straps on it too. I figured being a used piece it would likely have been missing something, but I was wrong. I couldn't find anything missing on this helmet. It makes me kind of want to try it one and use it, but I know better. Though I am tempted.
LOOK AT THAT! All the padding inside the helmet is still intact. I think its possible this could be a youth or middle school size as I think my head wouldn't fit in it or at least be very tight. The padding looks great though. I even took a couple of the side pieces off (to see if I could) and it still looks great. I see how all the padding stays in place, most of it is screwed in, which is pretty cool.
After a week or so, I decided to look this helmet up online. Part of the reason is because I went to a sports store and saw an exact or very similar helmet. It was high on the shelf so I couldn't see the price so I checked it out online. A new helmet of this design starts at 65 bucks for a youth size, and goes up from there. I'm not sure what used prices are for helmets, but I do know by looking into these a bit more, that this is a top of the line helmet.
I never checked on Ebay, but I bet if I looked online, I couldn't find one cheaper than $40, $30 if I was lucky.
The reason I'm gushing on this helmet? Well, the price. In fact even after later getting that bicycle, I think this was my best deal. It cost me $4!!!!!
4 bucks for a full size football helmet. Who cares if it may not be an adult sized. Who cares if its used. I can't find mini helmets for 4 bucks online. So if I do decide to paint it, I think it would look really nice painted black and have some gold Mizzou signatures to it. I do wish I had this a few years ago and get some guys like Kony Ealy and Shane Ray to sign it, but who knows, maybe there is some new stars at Mizzou that will make it to the next level and make it well worth it.
Even writing this now, I'm still excited about it. I think I will stop now. So maybe it was only two more items, but I think they were amazing finds. Thanks for reading and have a great day.