Collecting baseball cards has its benefits. Stirring up fond memories is one of them.
This evening I opened up a package from Johnny's Trading Spot and was immediately taken down Memory Lane.
2000 Fleer Tradition #395
1999 was a great year for Oakland A's fans. We got a glimpse of greatness and a taste of success. But this card actually took me back to the early 80's when my neighbor gave me a shoebox filled with 1979 Topps baseball cards. I remember treasuring the Oakland A's team card like it was worth its weight in gold.
1987 Donruss Opening Day #251
I'm a huge Topps supporter... but I feel that Donruss did a better job with their Opening Day product by actually including the Opening Day starters on their checklist. Seeing this card reminded me that Mark McGwire wasn't our starting first basemen on Opening Day in 1987. Rob Nelson was.
Speaking of Big Mac...
2002 Donruss #43
As soon as I saw this card, I was reminded of the Bash Brothers. Good times.
Not all memories are happy though. The next two cards are painful reminders...
2008 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects #BDP19
Sure Coors Field has inflated Cargo's stats... but as an A's fan... I'll always wonder "what if?" Billy kept him.
Speaking of "what if's"...
2014 Topps Update #US142
What if Billy had kept Cespedes? Honestly... Lester was pretty solid for the Athletics during his short tenure. Unfortunately... his worst game was the one that mattered the most.
Let's wrap things up on a happy note...
1996 Score #95
Terry Steinbach is the greatest catcher in Oakland Athletics' history (sorry Kurt... I still love ya). But that's not why I chose this card to end this post. I picked it, because it's a truly beautiful card. It combines a great action shot with a solid (yet simple) card design.
I don't think I've ever looked at 1996 Score and thought was a great looking set... until now.
Thank you Johnny for this awesome care package. Who doesn't love celebrating Christmas in July? It brought back a few fond memories and helped put a smile on my face as I wrapped up a stressful and excessively warm week.
Happy Friday and sayonara!