The Oakland Athletics have been a part of my life since the mid 70's. Although I don't remember any specific games, my brother started taking me to Candlestick Park and the Oakland Coliseum before I entered elementary school.
By the early 80's, I was a diehard Oakland A's fan and the five things that stand out from that era were:
#1: Billy Martin
1982 Donruss #491
What ten year old kid doesn't enjoy seeing their favorite team's manager kicking dirt and screaming at the home plate umpire?
#2: Rickey Henderson
1982 Topps #610
Before Gwynn... there was Rickey.
#3: Kool and the Gang
1993 Collect-A-Card American Bandstand #99
The Oakland A's play Celebration after every home game victory.
It's a tradition that's lasted over thirty-five years.
Each day hundreds of thousands of commuters ride Bay Area Rapid Transit every day. I haven't taken it in years, but when I was a kid... I'd beg my brother to park in Fremont and ride BART to the Coliseum.
2017 Allen and Ginter Autographs #MA-KG
I missed the boat on P-town Tom's contest, but this super fan autograph would hands down be my favorite card of 2017.
Krazy George was a fixture at Oakland A's games back in the early 80's. Self-proclaimed Father of the Wave, he's still pounding his drum at San Jose Giants and San Jose Earthquakes games three decades later. It's safe to say that he's a Bay Area legend and one of my favorite memories of attending A's games back in the day.
You know the routine. It's your time to shine...
What are your thoughts on Topps having super fans sign cards for their products?
Although I was pretty stoked to see Topps produce cards of Krazy George, I can totally see the other side of the coin. If I didn't grow up watching him, I'd have no interest in owning his cards.
For example, I was totally scratching my head when I first saw this card earlier in the year:
If I spent $100 on a box of Archives and I pulled this was one of my two guaranteed autographs, I would have been less than amused. But I'm sure there are at least a few Yankees fans out there who view him as I view the Father of the Wave.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!