Let me share the goods. First up there was a big stack - 52 cards to be exact - of minor league cards from the Sonoma County Crushers.
The Sonoma County Crushers were a minor league baseball team located in Rohnert Park, California. They were a member of the independent Western Baseball League, and were not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team.
The team was one of the founding members of the league, beginning play in 1995. They won their first and only league championship in 1998. The team folded with the league after the 2002 season. The Crushers were the only team in the WBL that remained in constant operation through the league's eight years. At one point, former San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell managed the Crushers.
Rohnert Park is in Northern CA, about 120 miles from where I grew up and here is a sampling of the cards.
I got cards from 5 different team sets and they were all autographed - very cool. I was actually surprised how much the card designs changed from year to year. I just picked some that stood out for nice autographs, according to Wikipedia, they only had one player from the team make the majors, Chad Zerbe (who actually pitched for the Giants in the 2002 World Series) so I wasn't really familiar with any of the players but these were cool to get nonetheless.
Did you catch who the manager was from Wikipedia above, well I got an autographed card from Kevin Mitchell as well!
Next up are a couple of autographed items from former Giants catcher Dick Dietz.
Jason, I really appreciate you sending me this package of items. I have had a great time going through them. You really outdid yourself and I greatly appreciate you sharing these pieces of history with me.