A Sports Auction to Complete My Holiday List – The New York Extra/

When it comes to gift giving, I’m that guy.

The day after Christmas I start thinking about next year’s Christmas. It’s a 24/7, 365-day deal with me. There are few things in life more heartwarming than seeing that smile on someone’s face when they open a gift.

So, I’d like to send a shout out to Brandon Steiner at With the holiday season about three months away, His “Mid Summer Auction,” COLLECTIBLEXCHANGE.COM has been a Godsend. Here’s my partial list.

Out of necessity, I have to win the Don Mattingly autographed 1985 Mercedes Benz 500 SEL – Not sure who I give this to – publisher Neil Miller puts a lot of miles on his car – but I’m going to need a lot of space for all my purchases. Maybe I regift the automobile to Cars for Kids in exchange for a new jingle.

Gift to self – Autographed 16×20 photo of Tom Landry and Roger Staubach: Cowboys for the Cowboy.

Gift to better half, Nicolle – Autographed 8×10 photo of Kevin Costner with personal note to Joe Torre and Don Zimmer: Which of the three do you think Nicole finds dreamy?

Gift to son, Harry – Autographed pair of Steph Curry 2014-15 sneakers with one shoe bearing 2015/16 B2B NBA MVP inscription: Son has been working hard on his game. Still can’t dunk. Must be the shoes.

Gift to stepson, Colin Donnelly – Autographed 16×20 Rob Gronkowski picture: The chosen one deserves to celebrate his legacy of Boston championships with a champion partier.

Gift to friend, Barry Blumenfeld – Bruce Jenner autographed Sports Illustrated Cover: Because you’re not the only one who looks good in sweats.

Gift to friend, Mark Cannizzaro – Two vintage golf lamps with mini golfer statue: So you have enough light and inspiration to write your next golf book.

Gift to friend, Jeff Chaffkin – Autographed 8×10 photo of Nature Boy Ric Flair: I know of no one more flamboyant.

Gift to friend, Andres Garcia Pena – Les Paul autographed Main Street guitar: Just because you live above a guitar shop doesn’t mean you know how to play the guitar.

Gift to friend, Eileen Garfinkel – Autographed Yogi Berra baseball: Because when a diehard Yankees fan comes to a fork in the road, take it. Eileen has personified this approach to life.

Gift to friend, Ben Pinczewski – Autographed 8×10 photo of Pete Rose: We agree to disagree and have another 70 years to work it out.

Gift to friend, Barry Stanton – Autographed Doug Flutie/Herschel Walker New Jersey Generals football helmet: Stanton is the authority on all things USFL. Needs to get out more.

Writer’s Note: The auction closes on Saturday, September 26. Kindly do not bid on the above items I need all the help I can get.

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