I recently found a single Nike shoe with a Clyde Drexler autograph. On the reverse side of the shoe there is another autograph that I can't make out. There also appears to be a number written that I can't read. I've checked Basketball-Reference.com and scanned the rosters, but came up with no matches. As a result I've concluded this autograph could be an assistant coach, a player who was on pre-season roster, an opposing player, or a retired Blazer. I'm thinking there are Blazer fans out there that have many autographs or can see something that I can't see. Not being able to identify this is driving me crazy!
The Legend of The Size Two Nike: Over the summer my landlord wanted to dispose of some moldy, rotted couches left on the property by former tenants. He asked me to lend a hand and I obliged since they were eyesores. We took them to the city dump and proceeded to unload them along with some rotted scrap wood. I had never been to the Portland city dump and was surprised at how organized and not dumpy it was. As we were unloading the wood we noticed that we were dumping on top of boxes with clothes and household items in them. Basically your typical unclaimed free boxes full of junk. VHS tapes, books, kids items, clothes, etc. We rummaged real quick to see if there was anything of use. I grabbed a couple packs of unopened light bulbs, a Hooters license plate, an atlas with some pages missing, and somehow spotted a Clyde Drexler autographed shoe from about ten feet away. After a minute or two the attendant saw us poking around and told us to scram.
I took the bounty home and immediately confirmed online this was a real Drexler autograph. The image was already committed to memory because my first and only Trail Blazer autograph was Clyde Drexler. I was just a kid around '89-'90 and not prepared for the moment. I only had a piece of scratch paper for the autograph, but it was one of my most prized possessions for many years. Several years ago my storage unit was burglarized and a majority of my sports collection was stolen, including the Clyde Drexler autograph. The moment of meeting Clyde the Glide is still clear, but the memento is gone.
Fate has brought another Clyde Drexler autograph, but I decided I am not really attached to it. Rather then sell the item or give it away I put it up as a 1st place prize in my Fantasy Basketball League: The Rose Garden of Eden. http://games.espn.go.com/fba/leagueoffice?leagueId=122356&seasonId=2014 .
If you recognize the mystery autograph or have a good guess please comment below. Here's a list of Clyde Drexler's teammates that I thought it could be, but the autographs I viewed online did not match. Buck Williams, Kiki Vandeweghe, Cliff Robinson, Lamont Strothers, Tracy Murray.