Moving on with what few stories I have, I feel the need to mention two helmets that are partially connected by one story and showed up in the Fall of 2004. The first info here deals with another Senators helmet that I picked up for a pretty hefty price (It's actually the second largest amount of money I have spent on a helmet). After purchasing it off of a gentleman from the east coast (I'd rather not talk about the price because I still have nightmares about what I paid for it!) he informed me that he had been collecting memorabilia from the Senators for about the last twenty years up and down the eastern coast. In that time frame he told me that helmet was the only one that he had ever come across for sale (He obviously purchased it.) and that they were extremely hard to come by. So, I guess I can kind of rest assured that the money was worth it for a plastic child's souvenir helmet from the 1960's? (Some people that I know just think I'm crazy for spending that money on something like that.) That same person later hit me up asking if he could buy it back off of me. Nope. This however is not where this story ends.
Within a week, the helmet that I dropped the largest amount of money on appeared on eBay. That helmet was, in my opinion, the even rarer Colt .45's helmet. I never thought that I had a chance to get this helmet as I watched it roll through the auction process. If I remember correctly, the auction was even a ten day listing as opposed to the seven so I had more time to have a psych tell me if I was absolutely crazy for what I was about to do. Again, I'm not divulging what I spent, but just let me tell you that my wife was okay with it, and my mother thought that I had completely lost it. I can say that it ranks pretty high on my favorite's list just because the logo and team name is so different from the other teams. Heck, I would go out on a limb and say that the .45's would not even have lasted in today's society as a team name because somebody would probably have complained that the name was to violent, or better yet, that it would make people go out and want to buy a .45 caliber gun. Seriously, if the Bullets couldn't make it in the NBA then how could the .45's make it?