Cards are a nice way to share a love of sports, but as far back as the 1930s, dads have been helping sons collect autographs.
We’ve got two stories–one involving a recently discovered 1930s autograph book and another fantasy trip to the Baltimore Colts’ inner sanctum.
It was a simpler NFL back then.
No millionaire players. In fact, many had other jobs, some of which required them to actually conduct business with their fans.
It was an era when a kid and his Dad might actually get a chance to go into the lockerroom the day before a Sunday game and meet a few players. Baltimore native Rick Johnson recalls an improbable day with his dad one fall day in 1967 when the heroes he watched on TV suddenly stood before him, most willing to sign autographs.
Another writer found out his father was more of a baseball fan than he thought.
It took the discovery of an autograph book dating to the Gehrig and Ruth Yankees for Champ Clark to connect with his late father.
Not every signature was Hall of Fame caliber, but that just adds to the story.