As I recollect the chronology of this book it dawns on me how long the process has taken and how many pilgrimages I have made to
You see I was a Sabres fan first growing up. Playing hockey from age eight to eighteen in
July ’05: The Courier Express files have a limited number of Braves pictures; this is going to be a problem. What kind of coffee table book will it be without a large number of action photos? I start to search ebay for photos and memorabilia. Plenty of miscellaneous Topps cards, pennants, and Elton Brand throw back jerseys. One day I end up with a great video collection of Braves highlight films narrated by Van Miller.
Why not put the video into a CD that could be added to the book? I check with my contact with the NBA legal department who warns me to quell any video aspirations. The league is apparently quite protective of any of their video and the Braves intellectual property still belongs to the NBA, not the LA Clippers.
January ’06: Through my “real” job I run into a graphic design person here in
March ’06: Another trip to
I get some solid leads on former team photographers through two Braves fans who wonder why I’m always bidding against them for items. One asks; “What are you doing writing a book or something?”
The odyssey leading to the photographers is next.