May 27, 2019

It's come to this: My Dan Hampton Needs List



I never thought I would see the day that I would create a needs list for a Chicago Bears player but here we are. As a life long Packers fan who grew up in western Wisconsin, the rivalry I always cared about was Packers/Vikings much more than Packers/Bears. Although I certainly hated Kevin Butler and Neal Anderson as a kid.

But as a sports writer in Decatur, Illinois which was the original home of Bears, it's impossible for me to escape the team that started as the Decatur Staleys in 1920 before becoming the Chicago Staleys in 1921 and then the Chicago Bears in 1922.

A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Dan Hampton about an upcoming speaking engagement he had in Decatur and so what better inspiration to build a collection?

This is by no means a complete list and is mainly Hampton's cards from his playing days. I'm always looking for Hampton rookies, of course, and autographs.

Dan Hampton Needs List

Last updated: 8-8-19

1981 Bears Police #9 Dan Hampton
1981 Topps #316 Dan Hampton RC
1981 Topps Stickers #195 Dan Hampton
1981 Topps Team Checklists #264 Bears TL/Payton/Hampton
1982 Topps #297 Dan Hampton
1982 Topps Team Checklists #292 Bears TL/Walter Payton
1983 Topps #30 Dan Hampton PB
1985 McDonald's Bears Blue Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1985 McDonald's Bears Orange Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1985 McDonald's Bears Yellow Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1985 Topps #30 Dan Hampton AP
1986 Fleer Team Action #8 Chicago Bears
1986 McDonald's Bears Black Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1986 McDonald's Bears Blue Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1986 McDonald's Bears Gold Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1986 McDonald's Bears Green Tab #99 Dan Hampton
1986 Topps #22 Dan Hampton
1987 Fleer Team Action #6 Chicago Bears
1987 Topps #53 Dan Hampton
1988 Topps #83 Dan Hampton
1989 Action Packed Test #6 Dan Hampton UER
1989 Pro Set #41 Dan Hampton
1989 Score #7 Dan Hampton
1989 Topps #66 Dan Hampton
1990 Action Packed #25 Dan Hampton
1990 Action Packed All-Madden #52 Dan Hampton
1990 Fleer Update #U112 Dan Hampton
1990 Kenner Starting Lineup Cards #18 Dan Hampton 90E
1990 Pro Set #449 Dan Hampton
1990 Score #201 Dan Hampton
1990 Topps #377 Dan Hampton
1990 Topps Tiffany #377 Dan Hampton
1991 Pro Set #696 Dan Hampton LEG
1991 Score #89 Dan Hampton
1993 Action Packed All-Madden #12 Dan Hampton

May 7, 2019

Another Decatur, IL collection: Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck

As a sports reporter in Decatur, IL, I get excited when there's a local connection to a professional player, be it baseball, football, basketball or any sport. But my heart is always with baseball and so I have started building collections for local players, most notably Eisenhower High School graduate Bill Madlock.  

Another Decatur native I'm starting to collect is Walter Beck. He pitched spuradically from 1929 to 1945 for the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also made a few memorable baseball card appearances including the 1940 Play Ball set, the 1934 Diamond Baseball Matchcover set and 1934 Goudey. 

I tracked down a graded copy of his 1934 Goudey appearance which features a little cameo by Lou Gehrig at the bottom.


The back has a write up of Beck's career and his pitching strengths which is attributed to Gehrig. I always find it funny thinking about the "Iron Horse" actually writing these and maybe putting them off until a deadline was approaching and then pulling an all-nighter to get them submitted.


 The last line reminds us that "He was born in Decatur, Ill., 1906."