Been There, Done That

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

1. 1992 Mundus Amicus Endangered Animals #18 Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo
New York City, New York

My Aunt and Uncle lived in Yonkers and took us; I don't remember the exact year.

2. 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter - Down on the Farm #DF-F Farmer

East Hill, Huntersland, New York
Hyndsville, New York

Yes, I grew up on a farm. In 1968 we moved from "suburbia" to a small 30-acre cattle farm. In 1972 we moved to a 140‑acre farm.

3. 1950-56 Callahan Hall of Fame #NNO Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooperstown, New York

First visit was in the late 1960s, when I was a kid. Second time with Dad in the early 1990s.

4. 1954 Topps Scoop (R714-19) #133 Erie Canal Opened

Erie Canal
Albany to Buffalo, New York

I've visited and/or seen many of the locks. I've also driven and walked on some of the original sections of the canal. Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, New York was originally where the canal ran through the city.

5. 2002 Topps American Pie Spirit of America #114 Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge
East River
New York City, New York

6. 1890 W. Duke, Sons & Co. Bridges (N102) #NNO Washington Bridge

Washington Bridge
Harlem River
New York City, New York

7. 2020 Rittenhouse Twilight Zone Archives - Stars of the Twilight Zone #S-60 John McGiver

John McGiver
West Fulton, New York

Being the same school district, his son Ian was a classmate. His son Boris was in my brother's class. Once in a while he'd pick up his kids from school.

8. 1962 Dutch Gum Star Bilder B #174 Linda Scott

Linda Sampson
East Hill, Huntersland, New York
Middleburgh, New York

Friend of the family. There were only three houses on East Hill. Ours, the Bell's, and the Sampson's summer house. When her dad retired he bought a house in the town at the bottom of East Hill. Linda would visit her parents a couple of times a year.

9. 2008 Topps Gift Sets New York Yankees #55 Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium
New York City, New York
6 August 1970

My first baseball game was a double-header vs. Detroit Tigers. A birthday gift from my Aunt & Uncle who lived in Yonkers. Unbeknownst to them I was a Mets fan (my brother was the Yankees fan). Yet, it was still the greatest day of my young life. It was also the day of my first subway ride.

10. 1971 Topps #703 Mike Kekich

Mike Kekich
Yankee Stadium
New York City, New York
6 August 1970

While at my first baseball game, my cousin took us down to the dugout area. One of two players that signed my program.



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'.

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