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How IHOP placemat inspired Knicks fan’s decades-long quest

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Rick Wrabel shows off his IHOP placemat that was signed by the 1969-70 New York Knicks.

It has aged like fine wine.

The artifact lies in Houston, in possession of 63-year-old Knicks fan Rick Wrabel, who obtained it as a 12-year-old living in Norwalk, Conn.

The 50-year-old treasure has survived 20 house moves, including one to Australia.

This quirky piece of Knicks memorabilia is an IHOP paper placemat. As a Christmas promotion, the pancake house’s tables were adorned by place mats graced by photos of 10 of the 12 active members of the 1969-70 Knicks.