Collector Spotlight: Christopher Charles
As part of a new series, MFST will be looking at memorabilia breaks and razzes, we will also be introducing you to the collectors who chase these pieces of memorabilia.
This week we introduce you to Christopher Charles.
Chris is a collector from New Jersey. I originally came across Chris and his collection on a post where people were asked to show what they collect. There were various different helmets, cards, and bobbleheads, but Chris’ collection really stood out.
The main part of Chris’ collection revolves around game-worn, autographed, NBA sneakers.
He currently has over 60 pairs of sneakers. These range from early 90’s shoes up to shoes that Zach Lavine wore last season.
In addition to the sneakers, he also has either a picture or a card of the player wearing the sneakers in the game.
There are plenty of collectors who have items that a value can be placed on, but for Chris, his collection is priceless.
“My collection is more about the memories that are attached to the item, than the item itself.” We talked for two hours about different pieces from his collection and what the stories behind them are.
How Did The Collection Start: “I’m a really big basketball fan. I started collecting jerseys and then thought, why not go after the real ones the players actually wear. Players, especially the big name ones, are usually given two jerseys for a game. So a lot of times, at least one is available.” Another interesting fact that Chris shared is that in the past, the NBA didn’t really care what happened with game-worn items. Players and training staff would give stuff out at the end of games without a second thought. Then the Association realized that there is a lot of money to be had in these game-worn items. Hence, the NBA auction page. The first pair of shoes that started this collection came from Elton Brand.
Favorite Piece(s): As any collector knows, it can be hard to narrow down your favorite piece, but a couple is always possible. Chris listed a few favorites, but we got down to three of them. The first being a pair of P.J. Brown sneakers that he wore in a game against Michael Jordan. A second favorite is from Serge Ibaka. This pair was worn in the 2013 playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies, where Ibaka missed a shot that ended up holding the Thunder from victory. The last, and one of the more intriguing favorite pieces, is a pair of Jayson Williams sneakers. These aren’t just any sneakers, they are from the last NBA game Williams ever played in. These are the sneakers that he had his career-ending leg injury in. These are not only a collection piece for Chris, but they are also one of the greatest stories from his collection.
Holy Grail Item: Every collector has an item that they seek, the piece that will “complete” their collection. For Chris, like many basketball collectors, the holy grail item is a pair of Michael Jordan’s shoes.
Collection Goal: As stated earlier, Chris collects for the stories and the memories, more than the item itself. “I think of my collection as more of different conversation points. I think everybody’s collection is like their own little hall of fame.”
Pictures don’t do this collection justice, to see some of this collection, CLICK HERE!
Stay tuned next week to learn more about another collector and their collection!