Frank Massey, an 82-year-old Scotia resident, holds his binder detailing all of the New York Giants player signatures he has collected. The binder is broken down into various categories, such as player number and college attended.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued When he first started going to the training camp, Massey said he would go twice a day, but now he will go almost every day. The actual training, he said, isn’t too awe inspiring.
“Let’s face it, I am not a stargazer and that’s like watching paint dry for an hour and a half,” he said.
Massey’s collection keeps growing, even without his help. His wife gave him a football autographed by Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Yelberton Abraham Tittle, who played for the Giants from 1961-64 before retiring. The Giants also retired Tittle’s jersey number, 14. His daughter gave him a football autographed by players from the 2000 season to add to his collection.
His favorite Giants player is Frank Gifford because of how well rounded a player he was. Gifford played exclusively for the Giants from 1954-64. His number has also been retired from the Giants roster.
A Giants-themed puzzle his wife gave him is one of Massey’s favorite items.
“Many years ago my wife gave that to me and I just put it in the closet, because I don’t do puzzles,” he said. “It stayed there for at least five years.”
Within the completed puzzle he found all sorts of characters, real and imaginary, and wrote down all of the characters in it. He tried to get a second puzzle in Buffalo, but they don’t sell them anymore. Now, it hangs in a frame.
“Once I got it up I was never going to pull it apart,” he said.
In 2002, while in the hospital, Massey still managed to expand his collection.
“I had a lot of time on my hands, so then I went onto eBay and was getting three or four hats every week,” he said. “It got started that way, so I guess I would call it a hobby … I collect memorabilia.”