What is the origin of good luck charms?

hopeful imagination Most superstitions tend to come about from the incidences of repeated happenings. If a ball player wears a certain pair of socks and his team wins, he can see a corollary in the two. The next time he plays, he wears the same sock, if his team wins the pattern is reinforced. Eventually those become his "lucky socks". As long as man has been self aware he has looked for patterns in every day ocurances that might give him an edge in life.