Autographed Bakersfield Condors Jerseys

My interest in Bakersfield hockey started in the mid 1990s when my dad took our family to watch the team that was then known as the Bakersfield Fog (West Coast Hockey League). Since then, they became the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League before becoming the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate for the Edmonton Oilers in 2016; the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) relocated to Bakersfield as part of a realignment that added a new Pacific Division. The Bakersfield Condors retained their namesake but adopted the team colors and jersey design for their parent club, adding the orange alternate jersey (with their alternate logo as the crest) for the 2016-17 season.

Bakersfield Condors' Dark-Colored / Light-Colored Jerseys

Bakersfield Condors Dark-Colored & Light-Colored Jerseys

Bakersfield Alternate Jersey

Bakersfield Condors Alternate Jersey

The Condors have given a lot to the Bakersfield community, but the most notable is their Condors Comrades program where a Condors player is paired with a Special Olympics of Kern County athlete. During their inaugural 2015-16 AHL season, the Condors wore specialty Condors Comrades jerseys that were auctioned off and raised over $26,000.00 for the Special Olympics.

I purchased one of these specialty jerseys and was able to have it signed by Matthew Ford, one of the team’s Condors Comrades leaders and the 2015-16 Condors AHL Man of the Year Award recipient, and Laurent Brossoit, #Condorstown fan favorite and player whose game-used jerseys usually raises the most funds.

2016 Bakersfield Condors Condors Comrades Specialty Jersey

2016 Bakersfield Condors Condors Comrades Specialty Jersey

On January 6th and 7th, 2017 respectively, the Bakersfield Condors hosted the NHL Alumni & Celebrity Game (starring Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, and others) and Condorstown Outdoor Classic at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium against the visiting Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate), the first outdoor hockey game in Bakersfield history.

The Condors wore a different jersey each period: primary logo crest (1st period), primary logo without wordmark crest (2nd period), alternate logo crest (3rd period).

After a scoreless 1st period, the Reign netted two goals during a rainy 2nd period before the Condors tied it with two goals of their own in a much drier 3rd period and won it in overtime. I’m surprised I didn’t lose my voice. While I was certainly tempted to purchase each of the three jerseys, I opted for the primary crest and got it signed by Josh Currie (scored game-tying goal) and Griffin Reinhart (scored game-winning goal).

2017 Bakersfield Condors Outdoor Classic Jersey

2017 Bakersfield Condors Outdoor Classic Jersey

The location of the autographs on the Outdoor Classic wasn’t ideal, but I hope to figure out a way to get each of the jerseys framed.


Into the MLB Vault: Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver: 1998 Upper Deck Retro Sign of the Times Autograph

Tom Seaver

I haven’t added much to this set, mainly because I’ve focused on the 1999 SP Signature Autograph set, but I was able to snag this for a solid deal on the ‘bay. This has a stated print run of 300.

Into the NFL Vault: Julio Jones

Julio Jones: 2010 Exquisite Collection Draft Picks #ed /99 [BGS 9]

Julio Jones

I’m surprised at how affordable this card is; you can get this Julio Jones rookie card for about the same price as his 2011 Topps Chrome Refractor rookie card (non-autograph) that is graded BGS 9.5.

Early into the season, Julio Jones has already put up incredible numbers at a record-breaking pace with many football analysts considering him one of the best, if not THE best, wide receivers in the National Football League.

Into the MLB Vault: Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver: 1999 SP Signature Edition Autograph

Tom Seaver

I can’t believe over 7 months have passed since my last addition; out in the field or in the office, times are tough for those of us working in the oil & gas industry.

Today’s arrival, as you can see, will go straight to the 1999 SP Signature Edition collection. Tom Terrific boasts an impressive resume including 1967 National League Rookie of the Year, 3x National League Cy Young Award winner, and a 12x All-Star selection. Seaver also has an impressive signature, one of the nicest this hobby has seen.