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Purdue Memorabilia Through The Years

One tweet got this whole thing started.

Purdue v Missouri Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It is the middle of summer. We’re halfway though our player countdown and seven teams into our season previews, but there really isn’t much else to talk about. Sure, I could do another Boilermakings, but I started a new day job this week and I am looking for a fun little distraction.

The blogging gods delivered with this tweet from Juan:

Yes, that is a signed photo of Darrell Hazell. It is hard to believe at one time we believed so strongly in him. There was even the easter egg of the Rose Bowl logo in the eye of his 2013 season poster.

My, we were young and stupid.

I am sure many people out there have plenty of great pieces of Purdue memorabilia. My favorite is a piece of the original Mackey Arena floor signed by Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore, and JaJuan Johnson. This is a priceless piece in my home, and in a far better spot for display than my mini helmet signed by Keith Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, Robert Marve, and Danny Hope.

We all have some bad things though, so I posed a question:

There were lots of great responses to this:

Ah, Matt ten Dam: 7’2: with no discernable basketball skills and the athleticism of a cement truck. My, how do we love him around here. So much so that Jumboheroes’ brother has a signed hat!

There were LOTS of Hazell items:

Of course there were lots of good signed Hazell items. The only things he was good at were signing contracts and paychecks.

Of course, there are other things out there:

Of course, the most valuable piece is the Wooden jersey, recently purchased and returned to Purdue by our own Drew Brees. For which, I have a theory: