Roger Smithberg signed this Bowman card under duress. In 1989 when Las Vegas came to town to play the Beavers I went to every game and got a ball signed by every one on the team and got all my cards signed that I wanted, except for Mr. Smithberg. Most of the other guys would laugh when I told them, they said that he was afraid that I would sell it for big bucks. When I told Manager Steve Smith about it, he took the card and the ball and told Smithberg to sign them. This is the only card that I knowingly have where the player was told to sign the card by his manager. He was drafted by the Padres in 1987 and signed by the A's as a free agent. He pitched in 15 games for the A's in 1993 and 1994. By the way there are currently 6 Smithberg items for sale on eBay, none of them signed.
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