Greg Tranter’s collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia, a half-century labor of love containing a staggering 100,000-plus items about his favorite passion, is all about history.
And now that collection is going where it belongs, to the Buffalo History Museum, where Western New Yorkers of present and future generations can soak in the community’s favorite – and even some painful – memories of the Bills’ first 56 years.
Here’s a sampling of Tranter’s most iconic and beloved Bills collectibles:
• The game-day programs of every Bills game ever played, more than 1,100 in total, including home, away and neutral-site games.
• A concrete chunk from the Rockpile, the former War Memorial Stadium.
• A rare Bills blue-and-silver jersey worn by fullback Art Baker in 1961.
• A poster showing Bills fans tearing down the goalposts after the 9-6 victory over the Jets that clinched the AFC East title on Nov. 20, 1988.
• Game-worn jerseys of eight Bills greats, including Jim Kelly, O.J. Simpson, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker.
• A bobblehead of current Bills coach Rex Ryan, a member of the Buffalo History Museum.
• A black-and-white photo from the late 1980s showing Fred Smerlas chasing down then-New England quarterback Doug Flutie.
• A Hall of Fame stein depicting Ralph Wilson and Bruce Smith and the other 2009 inductees.
• A Bills snowblower that Tranter bought in 1997. He used it only once, to preserve the collectible.
• A waste can featuring individual shots of 1971 Bills players that Tranter found in a memorabilia shop outside Fenway Park.