Happy Star Wars Day to the majority of the world. I personally could care less. I am a 30 year old man who has never seen any of the movies. As a teenager, I bragged how I was a non-conformist for not seeing it. Once I matured though, I had no reason for not seeing the movies. I was going to see the movies with a girl that I was dating who was super into the movie but that relationship didn’t last. Maybe I will wait until another girl makes me see it because as of right now, I am kind of annoyed by Star Wars.
The amount of promotion that they are putting into the movie is insane. At every chain store in my area, there is merchandise being promoted like crazy. Is Disney trying to justify its investment or do they just know that people will buy this stuff? Star Wars has even crept into my school merchandise.
What is the point in having California State University Northridge Star Wars gear? Students surely don’t need to be reminded that Star Wars exists. In all of my classes, current events are a regular discussion. Furthermore Professors are inevitably going to be Star Wars fans. When I was taking script writing, my Professor said that the first movie is the single best script ever written; this was a man who wrote 2 very successful movies himself. My religious studies Professor this semester took the class’ temperature to see if he could do a Star Wars week; we didn’t.
I am making this sound like I have something against Star Wars. I don’t anymore; it just isn’t my cup of tea. I was never into science fiction. I love sports. I just thought it was too funny and insane that there were Star Wars CSUN shirts.
When it comes to the NBA, I am not a fanatic. I may not be a big NBA fan but I love basketball. I follow UCONN hoops religiously and while I am going to a division 1 basketball right now, I go to as many of their games as possible. Unfortunately California State University Northridge doesn’t have many household names and our biggest tie to the NBA is a point guard named Landon Drew, who’s father Larry Drew is a coach you might’ve heard of-note I may be a little biased about Landon’s ability because he shares the same major as myself, but he has a good chance to star in Europe. I also love coaching basketball.
Anyway, off the tangent, basketball cards are my favorite to collect. I may not be a fan of teams but I am a fan of the players. I do collect current Memphis Grizzlies because they are my team, just not diehard; and old school Lakers like Eddie Jones, Kurt Rambis, and Michael Cooper because I grew up watching them. I also like how the NBA has only 2 rounds in their draft. This means that you don’t have to deal with too much junk. No offense to players like Joe Adams and Stefan Lefors but I have way too many of your cards to justify your NFL career. That is not to say that the market isn’t as flooded as other sports but some 2nd round picks do stick. One of my all time favorite pulls was a Paul Milsap autograph; a 2nd rounder who has carved a great career for himself. Realistically we are talking about 35 players who are worthless to collectors, whereas sports like baseball and football have double that amount. You have to love 15 man rosters.
Also, I like collecting foreign players. As I said, I am a basketball fan. I seek out cards of the guys who are tearing up Europe, even if they already flamed out in the NBA. This is why I have a few Fran Vazquez and Juan Carlos Navarro autographs in my collection. I want to know who the good players are on the powerhouse teams like Maccabi Tel Aviv and Olympiacos.
(My current kick is Prestige from 2013/14. As a lot of people know, I have been buying autograph cards from that set left and right.)