It would have to be the Rip City Magazine from a few years ago that had Sabonis on the cover. I stalked Sabas at the training facility until I got him to autograph it for me.
My best memorabilia, though, are not tangible......They are the memories of actually meeting Sabonis, shaking his hand, standing next to him, and talking briefly with him. That's better than an autograph!
Also, meeting Scottie and him joking around with us was a great memory too!
We caught the whole team at a great moment....nearly everyone was in high spirits.....quite cooperative and friendly.
It's going to the Hillsboro airport after they beat Phoenix in 90.
Staying up till what..3 am? not being able to see the team coming off the plane, but everyone giddy as hell..everyone, as we arrived, yelling "rip city!" and honking horns..and when we left (it's amazing my dad had that night off) everyone was still celebrating, honking their horns, screaming "go blazers!"
I remember how excited all of us fans were..how we actually thought "maybe we can win this thing!"..
I remember going to bed at 3 am (at the earliest probably) and still going to school the next day..and being one of few who actually went to the airport the night before..,and as one of the kids who was mocked the year before (the year they went 39-43) I felt great knowing how they were doing great that year.
I remember my dad being so excited watching a playoff game that season, that he thrust his hand up, and hit the ceiling fan (which was on)..
I remember during a game, my mom had a wedding she was playing in, and she commented that on the way home..."it was like the city of Portland was dead..there was no one out in the streets of Portland..and I mean no one."
For me it would have to be my sets of Diary Queen glasses...lol..i think they made sets for 3 years and i have all 3 years and some spares cause my stupid cat would knock a couple over and break them....:upset:
I also have from the 90/91 season the Blazers cards that are sealed in a frame that includes Uncle Cliffys rookie card...
and in hiding i do have some limited edition art prints from 1978 and i have my fair share of Blazer media guides including the 1st one...
Clyde Drexler's hat that he threw into the crowd at the post-Finals rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square. It was pouring rain and we'd been waiting for hours but it was so worth it! I've never been so proud of my team after a loss.
When I was in a car accident, one of my teachers at my school called the Blazers seeing if they could do anything for me, they sit me a huge box filled with autographs, hats, clothes, pencils, and a letter from them.
I have the very first official team picture of the Portland Trail Blazers, from the 1970-'71 season. I got it by going to a game that year. Members of that team included Geoff Petrie and Rick Adelman, as well as Jim Barnett, Dale Schleuter, and Greg Smith. What great memories!
My most prized piece is a complete game-used warmup suit of Kevin Duckworth's from the 1992-93 season. It's absolutely huge with his name stitched on the inside labels as well as on the back of the jacket.
I've also been fortunate to acquire several authentic non-game used jerseys and warmups over the years: Duckworth, Grant, Anderson, Wallace, Sabonis and a few others.
I started collecting Clyde Drexler basketball cards in 1990. Pretty simple back then with only a few different cards available. Then came the explosion of card sets in the mid-90's. But I kept at it.
Today, I've got 586 unique cards, including cards made by the major manufacturers (Fleer, Topps, Upper Deck, etc.) and cards made by other manufacturers. I only need 6 rare cards to have a "complete" set of the Clyde Drexler cards by the major manufacturers. Someday I'll find these cards:
1996-97 Collector's Choice Stick-Ums 2 Base (#B10)
1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Precious Metal (#51)
1997-98 Stadium Club Triumvirate Luminescent (#T6C)
1997-98 Z-Force Super Rave (#194)
1998-99 Upper Deck Choice Reserve (#187)
1998-99 Upper Deck Premium Choice Reserve (#187)