The Oakland Raiders are one of the best known teams in NFL history. Established in 1960, the franchise is relatively young, but has experienced a large amount of success. The Raiders are known for their huge fan base, which spreads nationally across the country, and for a team culture established a long time ago based around winning at all costs. Since their establishment, the Raiders have won 15 division titles, four AFC titles and three Super Bowls.
A lot of the Raiders’ early success came at the hands of legendary coach John Madden. The Raiders named Madden their head coach in 1969 after he served as an assistant coach with the team for two years. Madden, 32 years old at the time, became the youngest head coach in football but that didn’t stop him from leading the Raiders to glory. In his first seven years as the Raiders head coach, Madden led the team to five AFC title games but could not get the team over the hump. It wasn’t until the 1976 season that Madden and the Raiders tasted football’s ultimate success. In ’76, Oakland went 13-1 in the regular season, took down the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers in the first rounds of the playoffs and finally won a title with a Super Bowl XI win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Madden retired from coaching after leading the Raiders to 10 consecutive winning seasons. His 76.3 winning percentage as a head coach is one of the best of all time. Tom Flores, a former Raiders quarterback, replaced Madden and continued to lead the team in the right direction. Under Flores the Raiders sported an 11-5 record in 1980 and cruised through the playoffs for another Super Bowl appearance. In Super Bowl XV, the Raiders faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that turned out to be a mismatch. The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead and eventually won their second Super Bowl title after the game ended 27-10 in their favor. Oakland’s quarterback, Jim Plunkett, took home Super Bowl XV MVP honors after throwing three touchdowns.
Jim Plunkett and the Raiders reemerged as Super Bowl contenders in 1983. The Raiders went 12-4 in ’83 and stormed through the AFC playoffs with easy wins over the Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. Oakland jumped out to a huge lead in Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins and ultimately claimed its third title with a 38-9 victory. Running back, Marcus Allen enjoyed an iconic game after rushing the ball 20 times for 191 yards for two touchdowns, which earned him the title as Super Bowl MVP.
After a long stretch of mostly losing seasons, the Raiders are in a full revamp mode in order to once again feel the success they’re accustomed to. The franchise is accumulating young talent and mixing that with veteran leadership in an attempt to bring the Silver and Black back to relevancy. Oakland signed running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, a Pro Bowler, to back up the electrifying Darren McFadden. The franchise also acquired former Pro Bowl quarterback, Matt Schaub, in order to give 2014 second round draft pick Derek Carr a proven leader to learn from. The Raiders are a team on the cusp of winning so the time to invest in collectibles signed by all of the franchise’s greatest players is now.
- Marcus Allen Autographed Photos: Marcus Allen is one of the best running backs in NFL history. Allen won the Heisman Trophy while at USC in 1981, and took that talent on to the NFL when the Los Angeles Raiders selected him with the 10th pick of the 1982 NFL Draft. Allen went on to play the next 11 seasons with the franchise in which he wrote his legacy. Once in the NFL, Allen made six Pro Bowl appearances and was an All-Pro on two occasions on his way to one of the most successful careers for a running back in league history. Allen played a vital role on the Raiders team that went on to win the Super Bowl in 1983 and named Super Bowl MVP in the Raiders’ 38-9 win over the Redskins. Since he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, it’s only natural that his fans invest in a Marcus Allen signed photo in order to help preserve his legacy. With an autographed Marcus Allen photo, fans and collectors will add a great piece of memorabilia to their collection while preserving memorable moments from the Hall of Famers career as he’s running the football while dominating the field.
- Howie Long Signed Helmets: A career-long member of the Oakland Raiders, Howie Long bled silver and black for 14 years and was a crucial part to the Raiders’ NFL dominance during the 1980s. Howie Long was a defensive end that was selected in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft, who made eight Pro Bowl appearances and was an All-Pro selection five times. Long was voted to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team, and his 91.5 career sacks made him one of the most feared defenders of all time. With a Howie Long signed helmet, die-hard Raiders fans have the opportunity to show their Oakland pride while preserving the career of one of the best players in franchise history. A Howie Long autographed helmet commemorates all of his greatest accomplishments, such as his induction into the Hall of Fame and Super Bowl XVIII title.
- Autographed Jim Plunkett Jerseys: Jim Plunkett will always be admired by the legion of die-hard Raiders fans. He led the Oakland Raiders to two Super Bowl victories after resurrecting his career when joining the team in 1978. The top overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, Plunkett bounced around with two teams before maxing out his potential with the Raiders from 1978 to 1986. Jim Plunkett led the Raiders to a Super Bowl XV win over the Philadelphia Eagles and was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for over 260 yards and three touchdowns. Honor his contributions to franchise history with a signed Jim Plunkett jersey as a fantastic addition to any NFL collection or sports room. Each class Oakland Raiders jersey is hand-signed by the quarterback legend and many also include stitched inscriptions denoting some of Plunkett’s top career highlights.
- Darren McFadden Signed Football: Darren McFadden is one of the more promising young talents in the NFL today. The Oakland Raiders selected the running back with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft in hopes that he would eventually mold into a dynamic player. McFadden has shown several flashes of stardom during his time in the NFL, but a number of injuries have held him back from unleashing his full potential on the rest of the league. Darren McFadden was a consensus All-American twice while at Arkansas and was also the Heisman Trophy runner-up on two occasions, which made him a household name in the football world. Fans and collectors should look to get their hands on some Darren McFadden memorabilia now and not after the rest of the league realizes just how good this young running back is. A Darren McFadden signed football will add a real splash to any NFL collection as a centerpiece that will steadily acquire value over the years.
- Khalil Mack Autographed Mini Helmet: The fifth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Khalil Mack is a physically imposing linebacker with hopes of shutting down offenses for the Oakland Raiders. Mack is a collegiate All-American, who will look to impact the Raiders’ defense immediately as he enters his rookie season in the NFL. The Raiders were so impressed with Mack’s abilities that they made him the fifth pick in their latest draft despite critics knocking him for playing at a lower-level school and not going up against elite talent regularly. But as the all-time leader in forced fumbles and tackles for loss, Mack broke enough NCAA records to be considered a must-need player. Fans and collectors can beat the rush of orders for signed Khalil Mack memorabilia by getting their hands on a signed Raiders mini helmet to show their support for the future of Oakland football. A Khalil Mack autographed mini helmet is the perfect way to invest in the career of a blossoming star, and if he impacts the NFL like he did the NCAA it will be worth a lot more one day.