What is Canseco’s first official A’s patch card?
What is Canseco’s first official auto/patch card?
What is Canseco’s first official A’s auto/patch card?
You are looking at it! Months after Jose announced his retirement, 2002 Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game was released. Though Canseco hadn’t played for the A’s for five years, Leaf decided to create a card of him on the team he was best known for. This version, though serial numbered to /33, gave something extra special to the first /10 holders: a signature! Out of those /10, some had patches embedded, while others had white swatches.
In 2015, I was in the car on the way to Canseco’s house, while watching this card go up for auction. It was the best version of the card I’ve ever seen! I lost. It’s funny how you can be upset about losing out on a picture of a guy you are literally on your way to hang out with!
I had no idea who I lost out to, until I bought out my friend last year! Now, the card sits in my collection as one of my favorites – and it wasn’t until the past couple of weeks that I realized its significance of being not only his first official A’s patch card, but his first official auto/patch card.