If I Were To Collect: Oakland Athletics Edition

[The twenty-eighth in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

The end of this adventure is so close.  Only two more after this.  These last teams have been tough because of the current team runners-up.  I know so little about them and when I look at the rosters, I really don’t see any names that stand out.  Plus, in the case of the A’s there’s been quite a bit of turnover so even if I pick someone, it’s hard to find a card in my inventory that shows that guy in the proper uniform.  But, I had to pick someone, so let’s get into it.

Too fast for the camera

Rickey Henderson was a no-brainer for me.  Normally price would be a factor in my decision, but honestly, Rickey was one of my absolute favorites as a kid.  Who cares about price?  This is the best base stealer ever and he played over such a long period that he encompasses so much cardboard history by himself.  It would be an awesome adventure to undertake and he’s in the top 3 of people I would actually consider legitimately adding to my permanent collecting roster (along with Nolan Ryan and Jackie Robinson).

First 2018 card on here I think

Current player runner-upKhris Davis

As mentioned before, he’s basically the only one I really know on the team.   Looking deeper into his stats, I see that he’s certainly not an average guy, but Khris is a surprising (to me) slugger.  He hit over 40 homers each of the past two years and over 20 doubles.  As of today, he already has 9 homers for 2018 as well, so looks like the trend is continuing.  Could be fun to explore the As a bit more through his cards.

Honestly not sure if I still have this

Dennis Eckersley – always a big Eck fan as a kid too (brief consideration to Rollie Fingers for the stache and Dave Stewart for badassness)

Retired player runner-upDennis Eckersley

I was always a big Eck fan as a kid too.  He was a powerhouse for a while there (I guess that’s why he got into the Hall of Fame).  I did give brief consideration to Rollie Fingers for the ‘stache and to Dave Stewart for badass-ness, but ultimately Eck got the call.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros – J.R. Richard
Athletics – Rickey Henderson
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Cubs
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Padres
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Red Sox – Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Royals – Bo Jackson
Tigers – Alan Trammell
Twins – Tony Oliva
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees – Mariano Rivera

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