Unfortunately, I messed up my back, so I won't be attending any games, watching any fireworks, and probably won't be barbecuing.
However... I do want to celebrate this special occasion, so I figured I'd show off some of my favorite Team USA collectibles.
#1: 2010 Marvel Heroes and Villians Sketch Card #NNO Captain America
Team USA: 1941 to Present
Is there anything out there more patriotic than Captain America? I'm a huge fan of sketch cards and I immediately jumped at the chance to purchase this one of a kind masterpiece on COMC for $12.25.
#2: 2008 Donruss Americana Sports Legends Memorabilia #23 Bruce Jenner
Team USA: 1976 Olympics
Bruce. Caitlyn. 1976 Olympic gold medalist.
It's hard to believe that collectors have been pulling this iconic rookie card out of packs for the past three decades. Three decades. Time sure flies by.
I've always admired Tim Duncan and the way he approached the game. In a sport that is defined by showboating and flashiness... he's humbly won five NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two NBA MVP Awards, an NBA All-Star Game MVP Award, and just about every other award imaginable. Unfortunately a knee injury kept him from winning a gold medal with Team USA in 2000, but he did help the United States win a bronze in 2004.
#5: Mike Eruzione Autographed Puck
Team USA: 1980 Olympics
The United States shocked the world in 1980 by beating the Soviet Union... and the event instantly became one of the greatest team sports moments in U.S. Olympic history. Two days later, they would bring home the gold with a win against Finland.
Honorable Mention #1: 2004 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autograph #MAU Joe Mauer
Team USA: 2013 World Baseball Classic
Honorable Mention #2: 2012 Goodwin Champions Memorabilia #BL Brian Leetch
Team USA: 1988, 1998, and 2002 Olympics
Honorable Mention #3: 2013 Goodwin Champions Autograph #EW Eric Wynalda
Team USA: 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cup
Honorable Mention #4: Brandi Chastain Autographed Soccer Ball (Steiner COA)
Honorable Mention #5: 2009 Upper Deck USA Winning Materials #29 Sonny Gray
Happy Birthday America!
Happy 4th of July everyone! Stay safe and enjoy your holiday weekend. Happy Saturday and sayonara!