Retirement is still at least eleven years away. But that hasn't prevented me from starting to plan where I want to land. Five years ago... I thought about settling down in Las Vegas. Sacramento has also crossed my mind. Then I started thinking about the Pacific Northwest. But I always seem to come back to the Bay Area. I love the weather, the diversity, and it's been the place I call home my entire life.
A lot will depend on finances... but even if I'm forced to move out of the area it'll always hold a special place in my heart.
That's why I recently started a small collection of defunct Bay Area sports teams. It started a few years ago with the California Golden Seals. Then back in June, I read a post over on Card Hemorrhage where Jay showed off some Pacific Coast League cards... which inspired me to head over to COMC and pick up this card the very next day:
1950 Remar #NNO
Remar was a baking company based out of Oakland that started their business a little over a century ago. Information on the company is limited. In fact when you look them up on Google most of the hits involve these trading cards.
According to my research on Beckett, the company produced Oakland Oaks trading cards in 1946, 1947, 1949, and 1950. If I remember correctly, this Billy Herman popped up quickly in my search. I shot the seller a $13.75 offer and he/she accepted. Six months later it finally returned to the Bay Area.
Why Billy Herman? I'm not gonna lie. Outside of the name, I didn't really know anything about him. But according to his National Baseball Hall of Fame page, he's a 10-time All-Star who collected 2,345 hits and finished his career with a .304 career batting average. He also served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
The same day I purchased the Herman, I also grabbed this hall of famer for my California Golden Seals collection over on eBay:
1970-71 Topps #72
Harry Howell played before my time... but it seemed like he primarily made a name for himself with the New York Rangers. That's probably why I was able to land this card for $16 (shipping and taxes included).
Most people aren't going to remember either of these athletes for the tenure in Oakland... but that's the only reason I went out of my way to add these cards to my collection.
What's next? When I have some free time... I'll look into possibly adding a San Francisco Seals minor league card from the 50's and maybe an Oakland Invaders card from the 80's. But I'm not in any rush. The goal is to have this collection displayed in my office by the time I retire. But as I stated at the start of this post... that's not going to happen anytime soon.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!