Been There, Done That

by C2Cigars - 155 cards (Last updated on Nov 20, 2023)

51. 1989-90 Panini Hockey Stickers #217 Memorial Auditorium

Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo, New York
16 October 1988

Buffalo Sabres vs Quebec Nordiques

The memory of this game stays with me not because it was my first but another reason. The previous year my Air Force co-worker & close buddy separated and returned to Buffalo from Nebraska (we were also previously stationed together in New York). I took some leave to visit him. He took me to my first NHL game.

He was a Supervisor for the NYS Dept of Transportation. On the morning of 23 July 2008, going above and beyond his duties, he was assisting a road crew setting up a work zone. He was struck and killed by a speeding driver who was looking down to retreive his coffee that he'd dropped. And now every time I think of him or see/hear Quebec Nordiques I think of this game.

52. 1991 Topps Desert Storm (UK) - Stickers #NNO Canada

October 1988 ~

First visit to Canada was Niagara Falls. When my sister moved to Michigan, crossing Canada was the shortest route from New York.

53. 2015-16 Upper Deck Champ's - Northern Wonders #NW-12 Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
New York and Canada
October 1988

Living in Upstate New York and having friends in the Buffalo area, I've been to both falls a few times. First time was with the buddy mentioned on the previous card.

54. 1956 Topps Flags of the World (R714-5) #67 Mexico

Cid Juarez

The one thing I remember, it was the first time I had octopus.

55. 1995 National Parks Collection 1st Edition #3 Badlands National Park

South Dakota
July 1987

Enroute to Mount Rushmore.

56. 2001 Inkworks American Pride #24 Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore
South Dakota
July 1987 and September 2001

First visit was a motorcycle trip from Plattsmouth, Nebraska. 112 degrees across the Badlands. At every rest stop/restaurant I found I'd drink 1/2 gallon of water, but never had to take a leak. Because of the heat there were no cops lying in wait for speeders. I was able to drive at 100+ miles per hour.

Second time was part of me and Dad's cross-country roadtrip after I retired.

57. 2008 Topps Gift Sets Chicago Cubs #55 Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
late 1980s

Went to see the New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs
Also included a visit to the Billy Goat Tavern.

58. 1992 Star Pics Saturday Night Live #75 Olympia Diner

Billy Goat Tavern
Chicago, Illinois
late 1980s

The Saturday Night Live skits are based on the Billy Goat Tavern..."cheeseburger, cheeseburger"

59. 1981 Kansas City Chiefs Police #1 Warpaint and Carla

Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
late 1980s

Group of co-workers and Giants fans from Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska, drove to Kansas City to see New York Giants vs Kansas City Chiefs.

60. 1991 Pro Set Desert Storm #106 The Pentagon

The Pentagon
Arlington, Virginia
September 1991 - September 2001

Worked there at the National Military Command Center, then the 497th Intelligence Group, and finally ended my career with HQ US Air Force Intelligence. I was in the Personnel Center, processing paperwork for my retirement, on 11 September 2001.



Apr 17, 2019 - 2:08PM

#31 jarred a memory as I remembered the .38 Special Tour with Night Ranger and had to dig out the ticket, low and behold Rainbow was the headliner when they played the IMA Sports Arena in Flint,MI....


Great list but I am pretty sure you can come up with alot more and I can't wait to see. Thanks for sharing

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:18PM
Billy Kingsley

I'm assuming that the Saratoga performances were at SPAC? I've driven by it several times but have never actually been there. Great story on the Grand Canyon!

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:23PM

Cool list.  You should add your meet-up cards!

Edited on: Apr 17, 2019 - 7:24PM

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:11AM

Cool list to go through. So much that I haven't seen or visited in here. I have seen Yankee Stadium (original) and the Biloxi Lighthouse from the highways that go right by them, but didn't get to go inside. I've been to Niagara Falls on many levels and from both sides of the border. I walked right by the Savvis Center when it was ScottTrade Center in 2013 and visited the Arch that same week (as well as Busch Stadium for a game). I would have loved to see Motley Crue and Pink Floyd in the 1980's! None of the bands/musicians I've seen are in your list. I've never been off the continent or farther south than the Gulf Coast of MS and never farther west than St. Louis, MO.

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:04AM

Outstanding list!  Yes that Grand Canyon tale was the best, you are an old romantic!

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:05AM

Fantastic list! I never even thought of a "Bands I've Seen List" for myself but now I'm inspired!

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:58PM

Wow Chuck.  I just saw the new additions in the middle.  I had no idea.  Kind of speechless here.

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:45PM

Ditto. Interesting stories about the Pentagon and Gen. Powell!

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:31PM

My parents are also down to only Alaska.  It's one of my six remaining.

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:12PM

I see you added a couple more that I've also visited. Cooperstown (in 2005 for me) and Blue Ridge Parkway. I've been to the parkway a few times but only in NC, not in VA

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:33AM

Fantastic list! I lived right next to the Erie canal for a couple of years in Rochester, N.Y.

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:28PM

I see that you added the Coors Brewery. As I'm sipping on a cold Coors Banquet now (my favorite beer for many years), I'd love to visit that one. You've been to NC but where are all the places you've visited here in this list? You have many lighthouses on the list and we have several. I know Cape Hatteras has some cards and I'm sure Biltmore Estates and the many military bases have some cards too.

EDIT: A card in this list finally showed up as one that I own. It's the meet-ups card with you & Billy.

Edited on: Apr 23, 2019 - 10:31PM

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:12AM

@ spaz
The only sights I've seen/visited in NC don't have cards.  They were a diner in Boone and the real "Mayberry" & "Mount Pilot".  I've been to Asheville, but never went to the Biltmore.

May 7, 2019 - 9:24PM

The Brooklyn Bridge reminded me of our first visit to NY and it was without a GPS. We were looking for Grimaldi's Restaurant, which sits next to the bridge. My first interaction with a Brooklyn native was to ask for directions as she was unloading her groceries. She gave us directions,  but also strongly suggested I get a GPS.

May 29, 2023 - 11:29AM

Enjoyed the revisit. Got a little misty-eyed with the Grand Canyon story. Way to go on that!

I've seen the Doobie Brothers two or three times, but am jealous that you've gotten to see Elton John. 

May 29, 2023 - 4:35PM

Chuck just when I thought you couldn't get any cooler I find this. I collect ticket stubs from most games, concerts or events I've been to but this was way cool. As you know ticket stubs are becoming obsolete. Great view of your history though. 

Nov 14, 2023 - 1:07PM

Oh man, if I went through all my amateur photo albums ... yikes, what a project ... it's mostly hockey games with a smattering of other sports, Niagara Falls, Ford's Theater, San Diego aircraft carriers, Cape Kennedy, Little Hawk NC, The Who at JFK Stadium (1982), etc.  Amazing, you have John McGiver on your list ... he was a big-time TV guest star in Hollywood, but found enough time to be living in NY, too ... he was just on one of the retro channels this past Saturday in 'The Wild Wild West'.

Dec 11, 2023 - 10:52AM

Very cool!! Great imagination to combine life and cards. We even have some overlap. Now I want to do this, I guess I will start trading for some rock and roll cards. The meet up cards are very cool too. 

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