Greg Tranter is the ultimate Bills fan. He grew up in the Corning/Elmira area and never has lived in Buffalo. But his passion for the Bills runs deep. His collection, a half-century labor of love containing a staggering 100,000-plus items about his favorite passion, is all about the history of the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to the Shrewsbury, Mass., resident's generosity, his collectibles are now the property of Buffalo History Museum.
Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner and photographer Derek Gee worked together to bring you a selection of some of the best memorabilia of his vast collection:
• The game-day programs of every Bills game ever played, more than 1,100 in total, including home, away and neutral-site games.
• 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.
• A concrete chunk from the Rockpile, the former War Memorial Stadium.
• 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 Bills snowblower that Tranter bought in 1997, after ordering it from a catalogue. 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.
(Cutlines by Gene Warner; Photos by Derek Gee)