Monday, August 2, 2010
Time: 13 Days
Item Sent: 1983 Topps, 1989 Score
Item Received: 1983 Topps, 1989 Score. Both signed and personalized in black Sharpie.
As a kid, the title "My Favorite Player" was a fast-moving one, at least until I settled on Jim Kelly. Tommy Kramer was the first player to hold the honor, as the quarterback of the Vikings. Two-Minute Tommy was also the first athlete I met and received an autograph from, at a sporting goods store in Bloomington called Pro Central, circa 1982. After a flurry of Vikings following Kramer's 1983 injury, I found Jim McMahon. He was easy to love. He was a cartoon character. He was brash. He wore sunglasses and a headband, and was about as badass as a quarterback could be... which was a perfect fit for the legendary '85 Bears. Several years later, he came to Minnesota to lead the Vikings to a division title (1993). I'm pretty thrilled to add his signature to the collection.