Hey 3.5 readers.
In recent weeks, I developed an addiction to an online auction site. I don’t know why, just…so much fun memorabilia and while I’m not rich by any stretch I am finally at a point in my life where I can afford the very occasional frivolity.
Long story short, I bid on and won a Punisher football helmet signed by Jon Bernthal, the actor who plays the Punisher on the Netflix series.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. In retrospect, I don’t like football. I’m not a huge Jon Bernthal fan. I think he’s ok. Honestly, I didn’t know his name and always referred to him as that actor who played Shane on The Walking Dead. By the way, I always thought Shane sucked because his big gripe is that Rick was mad that he banged his wife like literally five minutes after Rick was presumed dead. Although I guess if I thought Shane sucked then Jon Bernthal did his job.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike Jon Bernthal….I just don’t worship the guy or anything either.
Long story short, I bought it with an eye toward putting it on a shelf that heretofore had nothing on it. But when it arrived, it came in the helmet’s original box and inside, it was sealed in a plastic bag so….I guess now I’m worried about taking it out.
Will air, dust and fingerprints ruin the Jon Bernthal signature? Should I just tuck it away in the closet somewhere? Perhaps in ten years it would have a nice resale value? In fact, maybe I could secretly root for Jon Bernthal to become an Academy Award winner so its value could increase. Maybe Jon Bertnhal will score a role in the Toilet Gator movie!
Then again, I don’t know. Maybe it would be fun to keep it on the shelf and look at it. Perhaps I could get a glass case for it or something, or is a glass case overdoing it?
It is also signed by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who plays The Punisher’s technical assistant Micro. I gotta be honest, I only watched the first season so I didn’t know there was a Micro. I had never heard of this actor before but I could root for him to be an Academy Award winner too.
Hell, if Bernthal and Moss-Bachrach win in the same year I could retire off this thing.
Sidenote- I gotta be honest, I originally wanted to win an Avengers football helmet signed by Stan Lee, but the bids on that were way too high for a humble blog proprietor to afford.
Double sidenote – This wasn’t totally silly because as a kid, I did like and read the Punisher comics. I don’t know why, I just thought out of all the superheroes, he was the most believable. He had no special abilities or powers. He was just a vigilante who violated all norms of due process and criminal procedure law and just shot bad guys in the face. Like honestly, I love Batman, but at least Batman would leave a bad guy hog tied so the cops could find him and arrest him and put him on trial. The Punisher would just extrajudiciously decide that a dude was guilty and blow his head off with a bazooka. As an adult, I do realize that this lack of due process is wrong though so Batman is probably the better vigilante.
In conclusion, should I leave the helmet sealed in the bag and inside the box and in a closet or should I take it out and put it on a shelf?
(Sidenote – I also bought a first issue, first edition GI Joe comic book that came sealed in a plastic case and a 1966 Superman Comic Book that did not come sealed in a plastic case and that after that, that was it. OK it wasn’t it, I actually bid on a lot more things but thankfully, I lost all those auctions and then after that I stopped and quit cold turkey..)