Friday, 3 March 2017

Two vintage cards from eBay and local happenings

Just a small card-related post today, interrupting the overdue recognition of packages that I've received.

First, since I do want to show cards, I'll show two cards that I recently purchased from the same seller on eBay.

L-R: 1967 Philadelphia #46 and 1972 Topps #292
In a way I was surprised that I didn't have this Paul Warfield card. I should really look at my wantlists a little closer - I still need a couple more for the 1967 Philadelphia set. They shouldn't be too hard to get.

This 1972 Topps Walter Johnson card is a high-number card. Yes, baseball collectors, we have those too. Maybe not nearly as bad as the late series baseball sets, but enough to be irritating. Anyway, grabbing this mis-cut card leaves me only needing the high-numbered Milt Morin to complete the 1972 Topps Browns team set.

I'm very happy to add both to my collection

Now, on to the local happenings.

This weekend, for the first time, Ottawa is hosting a Crashed Ice event.

I'm still not sure whether I'll make my way downtown to watch it live, but walking by at lunch today I snapped a few photos.

This photo is approaching the course walking from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The building in the background is the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and the course extends down into the locks that connect the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River.

The next two photos are just from slightly different angles as I get closer to the Chateau Laurier.

If I were twenty years younger, I would love to try racing down one of these courses. Now, though, knowing how long it takes my body to recover from injuries, it doesn't seem quite as enticing. I still think it would be fun!

I know I've been busy, and haven't been posting as much, and the next few photos were taken on Tuesday, January 31 when I went to a local bar to play Buzztime trivia. I was rather surprised at what was there.

The 2016 Grey Cup was won by the Ottawa Redblacks (don't look at me, I didn't choose the name!), and a manager from the stadium had his day with the cup and brought it to our local bar.

You might not be able to fully make it out, but the Grey Cup is "Presented by His Excellency Earl Grey for the Amateur Rugby Football Championship of Canada". The trophy was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada in 1909.

Now, me being old-fashioned, I didn't pick the trophy up and pose with it. It seemed like everyone else in the bar did except for the friend that I bought the Rizzuto/Martin card for. Like me, he felt that we didn't win it, so why should we be posing holding it.

Now, also, with me being an oddball, I found something else as fascinating as the Grey Cup.

I think that I was the only person to photograph its case, and the sticker on the side.

For those interested, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame is in Hamilton, Ontario. It has been close to thirty years since I visited it. The same goes for the baseball and hockey halls of fame. I should really go visit now that we're in the computer age - I'm sure things have somewhat changed.

Oh, it has only been a few years since I last went to Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I've been there three times in the last decade.

Finally, one last thing to post about. Canadians may have seen this story on the news.

As the link says, there was a wedding on the Rideau Canal of two UK referees. I was there as I am friends with the bride's sister and brother-in-law here in Ottawa. If you watch the video found in the link above, if you look over the officiant's (in his Senators jersey) shoulder, I am in the back in a black jacket over his left shoulder. My boss let me head out there for my lunch break.

Oh, and if you watch the video, if you look past the bride and groom, you will see bridge. The Crashed Ice course has been built just beyond that bridge.

Now, what sort of wedding doesn't have some sort of stag night? Well, we did something a bit different. We went axe throwing!

We were there for just over two and half hours, and it was a lot of fun!

I am on the far left of this photo, and of course forgot to bring a change of clothes to work. Oops.

It is a fun activity that isn't as easy to stick those axes into the targets as it looks when you see people throw axes in the movies.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Trading with Cardboard History

Continuing the sequence of delayed packages that I've received is an envelope that I received from Billy at Cardboard History.

I'll tell you all stuff about his blog that you no doubt already know. You might find any types of cards on there. Billy will collect any card, no matter how overproduced you might think it is, he will want a copy of it.

I find his blog fascinating because it will often show me cards that I know very little about. I've bought the odd racing card to look at, and bought some basketball in the early 1990s, but really, I don't know sets from those sports that well. It is always interesting to see what he will show.

And he enjoys the "history" part of the blog name as well. It is fun to see and learn about old basketball uniforms, or about NASCAR paint scheme, as shown in a recent post about a Batman paint scheme.

Anyway, Billy sent me an envelope, and I apologize to him for the cost of shipping it to Canada. I have a US PO Box that would have been cheaper to send it to, but I tell you it is great when you actually find an envelope in the mail that you know will have cards in it!

And before showing the cards, I have to apologize again. I know that it was a small shipment, but I'm not sure if it was just the cards that will be shown below. His cards were accidentally mixed with some others that I had bought at the same time. (Billy, I'm sure you track these things, if there is something else that I should be mentioning, send me a message and let me know.)

2008 Upper Deck Icons #23
 Sadly, Kellen Winslow Jr. did not provide the Browns the career that his Hall of Fame father had. He was the sixth overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, and reporters always like pointing out that he was drafted five picks ahead of the Steelers future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

2012 Panini Contenders #23
 I like the Panini Contenders cards over the years. I enjoy the ticket design concept. This 2012 card uses his uniform number and seasons to provide the ticket information. The Contender cards in 2016 use the players height and weight. I just saw that pointed out on another blog this year, which made me realize that sometimes I'm not very observant with card design.
2013 Topps Magic #92
Now getting this card from Billy surprised me. I know that he likes the name Barkevious. I hope that this was a double that he sent. I'd hate to have deprived his collection of a Barkevious.

2013 Topps Turkey Red #25
When going through the cards, this one jumped out at me. I knew that I didn't own it.

Miguel Maysonet was not drafted in 2013. He signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent, and was picked up by the Browns after the Eagles let him go. He didn't make the 2013 Browns, but then over the next few years was signed to the practice squads of the Colts, Chargers, Jets, Redskins, Steelers and Bills. He never played in a regular season game, but you have to admire that so many teams signed him at different points in time.

Since I needed the card, here's the back:
Billy, thanks for the cards, especially hitting one that I needed! Since you like receiving anything, eventually you will be getting a starter collection of Cleveland Browns. I figure it will be a good way of clearing out some of those cards that I have so many copies of. I'll be curious to see how many different ones I can come up with, and what that will do to vault you into the top Browns collectors on the Trading Card Database.

I'm sure that I can get him into the top 100, but can I get him into the top 50? It might take some doing...  (And, yes, for those interested while looking at the list, I'm armac on the Trading Card Database.)

And, hey, really, I'm not punishing him by sending him Browns cards! I'm sure he'll want them anyways...

Friday, 24 February 2017

Another Baseball Card Blog delayed trade post

Continuing my belated thanks to bloggers that have sent me cards recently, I thank Mike at Not Another Baseball Card Blog.

A long time ago, Mike posted that he had some extras of a 1993 Expos set available. I decided to take him up on one of the cards.

It never hurts to get a baseball card of my favorite player.

Nice guy that he is, Mike also included a bunch of Browns cards for me.

Every Browns card is appreciated even if I already have them. It is just fun to look in an envelope and have memories of the various players and cards.

The 1990 football season, represented by the Score cards above, was the first season where NFL cards seemed very easy to find in Ottawa. I mean, with Pro Set and Score entering into the picture in 1989, I was able to find some then, but in 1990 they seemed to be everywhere! It was great!

1991 was the year that I moved out of my family home and in with roommates. One was a fellow card collector. We hit so many shows, and bought so many 1991 football cards.

There were five of us living in the house, and we were all football fans. As much as the late 1980s teams were the Browns glory years of my lifetime (and yes, I'm aware that this is a very, very sad statement), with collecting, and subscribing to the Browns News Illustrated newspaper, this is when I really started following the team. Before that, all I really had to read regarding the NFL was a football magazine at the start of the season, and whatever was reported in Sports Illustrated.

I'll admit that during Bill Belichick's first couple of years coaching the Browns, I didn't understand what he was doing. When he cut Bernie Kosar, I was up in arms. However, he had really straightened out the team, and I think they were set up nicely for the future (first in the division) when the news broke that the team would be moving to Baltimore. The team collapsed, and Belichick was let go before the Ravens went to training camp for that first season.

A fun item that Mike also provided me with was one of those Pro-Set Collect-A-Books. Since we've probably all seen the outside of them so many times, I've scanned the inside so you can see the whole thing.

Thanks, Mike, I really enjoyed the cards! Sorry about the delay in posting about them.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Some Penny Sleeves to think about

Once again, I've neglected posting, and even worse, in thanking some bloggers that sent cards my way. Over the next few days I hope to catch up on those cards that I've received since I got back from my Christmas in Arizona.

This wasn't the first package that I received, but it allows me to start with a Jim Brown card, which I wanted to do since today is Jim Brown's 71st birthday.

This package comes from Jon at A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts.
2009 Topps National Chicle #C79
Happy Birthday to the greatest running back to play the game!

1994 Playoff - Playoff Club #PC-11
I love the thickness and feel of this set, although the card doesn't scan great and the inset photograph of the head does not look as good as it does in person. I'm always happy to get a Clay Matthews card, he's one of my favorite players and should be in the Hall of Fame.

1994 Stadium Club - Bowman's Best Refractor #2

The scan is bright like a refractor but doesn't really show the colors that show up when I shine a flashlight at it. I needed the refractor for my collection, but sadly, since the card isn't numbered as a refractor on the back, I may have owned the refractor in the past. I may have to dig through doubles for the other cards in the set to see if I do actually have the refractors.

The main reason Jon reached out is that he said that he had some Mets for my Starting Lineup project.

L-R: 1967 Topps #105 and #165
Jon apologized for the condition of the Boyer card. No worries! It look great to me!

L-R: 1967 Topps #186; 1972 Topps #346
I love getting the Mets Maulers card, and though I may eventually replace it with a solo card of Ron Swoboda, it will always stay part of my Mets collection.

I think that the Fregosi card will always keep his 1972 slot. It still has him in his Mets cap, but is part of a wonderful subset.

Thanks for the great cards, Jon, and when I get my act in gear, expect a return package.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Fairfield repack the second

According to the comments I received, people enjoyed the last Fairfield repack that I opened and performed a running commentary on. I guess I should give people what they want and do another post with a repack that I bought in Arizona over the Christmas holidays.

To remind people, the repack advertises 75 football cards plus a pack, and the "Jumbo Box!" packaging states that "1:4 CONTAIN A HIT!"

In the first box that I opened, 1990 Pro Set had the most cards, followed by 2013 Topps. I wonder how different this box might be.

Let's get to it!

2015 Topps Fire - Rookies Gold #11 (#/499) - Devin Funchess, Panthers: I was surprised to see a shiny parallel in the window of the box so I grabbed it.
1990 Pro Set #363 - Christian Okoye, Chiefs: The Nigerian Nightmare gets 1990 Pro Set started again.
1989 Score #168 - Carlos Carson, Chiefs: The back of his card says that he was drafted by the Chiefs in 1980 and had 345 career receptions when the card was printed...and I don't remember him at all.
1993 Stadium Club #128 - Al Smith, Oilers: I know you can't see it, but I prefer the smaller photo on the back of the card better. I guess with this one you can see his face better.
1989 Topps #226 - John Booty, Jets: Shake, shake, shake. Shake, shake, shake. Shake your...  I wonder how sick he is of that song!
2011 Panini Threads #138 - Josh Freeman, Buccaneers: I am surprised at how quick his career finished. I thought someone would pick him up as a backup.
2006 Fleer #94 - Joey Galloway, Buccaneers: I really love the simple card design of this Fleer set.
1998 UD Choice #29 - Tyrone Poole, Panthers: Not familiar with this set as there are no 1998 Browns, but obviously they rebranded the Collector's Choice cards.
1989 Topps #308 - Jamie Holland, Chargers: 1989 Topps is the first set to have two cards!

1991 Topps #434 - Burt Grossman, Chargers: Of the first ten cards, four teams have been represented twice.
1996 Donruss #44 - Ken Dilger, Colts: Nice design. He looks big. <checks the back> 6'5, 249 lbs.
2001 Pacific #175 - Ken Dilger, Colts: Not just another team represented twice, the same player on back-to-back cards!
2012 Topps #270 - Philip Rivers, Chargers: I've always liked him as a QB. Chargers jump out to the lead with three cards.
2012 Panini Rookies & Stars #114 - Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers: So happy that I don't have to root against the Steelers in the Super Bowl this year. It doesn't work as often as I would like.
2013 Score #81 - Jermichael Finley, Packers: A talented receiver, too bad he had to retire after an injury suffered in the 2013 season.
2011 Playoff Contenders #45 - Darren McFadden, Raiders: A great running back when healthy.
1988 Topps #54 - New Orleans Saints team card: Previous year team leaders and schedule results on the back. I miss team cards like this.
2007 SP Authentic #15 - Carnell Williams, Buccaneers: Cadillac pulls the Bucs into a tie with the Chargers.

2014 Topps Chrome #174 - Michael Sam, Rams: I saw his CFL debut in Ottawa. He wasn't a factor in the game.
1991 Pro Set #176 - Ray Donaldson, Colts: Love seeing Centre cards. Colts now tied with the Chargers and Bucs.
2012 Panini Crown Royale - Retail #36 - Paul Posluszny, Jaguars: One of the many linebackers produced by Penn State over the years.
1990 Score #639 - Charles Arbuckle, Saints - Better known as an ESPN college football analyst.
1991 Pro Set #270 - Joe Bugel, Cardinals: Love to see a coach card. Second 1991 Pro Set card.
1990 Pro Set #262 - Vai Sikahema, Cardinals: Won by knockout over Jose Canseco in a celebrity boxing match.
1989 Pro Set #192 - Jay Schroeder, Raiders - Sad to say but all I remember is all those interceptions against the Bills in the playoffs.
1995 Fleer #370 - Trent Dilfer, Buccaneers - Way too busy a card. Buc #4.
1987 Topps #393 - Chris Washington, Buccaneers - Bucs are starting to pull away!

There was actually one more card before this card, but I've added it in the next grouping of nine. Right now I'm going to show that I pulled a 1 in 4 hit from the repack!

2003 Bowman Chrome #226 - Shaun McDonald, Rams: Had a seven year career with the Rams, Lions and Steelers. Caught 220 passes for 2490 yards with 11 TDs in his career.

1997 Score Board NFL Rookies #23 - Ricky Parker, Bears: Can't say I've heard of this set, or this player. He's wearing his college Aztecs jersey.
2013 Topps #261 - Geno Atkins, Bengals: Was probably the best defensive player in the AFC North this year.
1990 Pro Set #130 - Duane Bickett, Colts: Colts close within one of Bucs, 1990 Pro Set takes the lead at three.
1991 Pro Set Platinum #175 - Kevin Gogan, Cowboys: Love this set. Part of great O-Line that blocked for Emmitt Smith.
1984 Topps #57 - Paul McDonald, Browns: Yay! A Browns card! And the oldest card in the repack so far.
1993 SkyBox Premium #112 - Jay Hilgenberg, Browns: Another Brown! And another Centre card. Back of the card pictures him going up against former Bear teammate Steve McMichael. What's not to like?
1989 Topps #29T - Issiac Holt, Cowboys: I had forgotten that spelling of Issiac. Counting it as a 1989 Topps and it ties 1990 Pro Set.
1992 Upper Deck #332 - Chris Martin, Chiefs: I like the horizontal shot of him diving/falling over a teammate. The back photo is someone helping him up and it may be right afterwards, you can see a Ram in the background.
2008 Score #333 - Matt Ryan, Falcons: Matt Ryan rookie card! If they win the Super Bowl it may be worth tons of money! ;)

1998 Bowman's Best #5 - Isaac Bruce, Rams: More familiar spelling of Isaac. Nice and shiny card in hand.
2014 Topps #158 - St. Louis Rams team card: Rams tie Colts, pull within one of Bucs.
2015 SAGE HIT #96 - Bryce Petty, Baylor Bears: First college card in the repack.
2015 Topps #409 - Breshad Perriman, Ravens: First Raven in the repack. I'm indifferent to that.
2006 Topps #293 - Tiki Barber, Giants: Surprised that this the first Giants card. Giants all-time leading rusher.
1984 Topps #339 - Al Baker, Cardinals: Bubba! Future Brown. I would like to get to his BBQ restaurant. My college roommate hated facing him in Tecmo Bowl.
2015 SAGE HIT - Artistry #ART-14 - Amari Cooper, Alabama Crimson Tide: College insert card. Part of a bright Raiders future.
1995 Pro Line #237 - Mark Ingram, Packers: Yeah, signed with the Packers, but he is the Dolphin on the front of the card. Why would they use a photo of him with a Packer in it?
2011 Upper Deck University of Texas Football #36 - Lam Jones: Second overall pick by Jets in 1980 Draft. Olympic sprinter, did not have the hands to match.

1991 Pro Set WLAF #143 - Jason Garrett, Riders: Went on to become Troy Aikman's backup and currently coaches the Cowboys.
1991 Pro Set WLAF #116 - Billy Owens, Thunder: Those jerseys! Starting a run on WLAF cards...
1991 Pro Set WLAF #52 - Kirk Maggio, Fire: Former UCLA Punter. WLAF set now tied for set lead.
1995 Pro Line #358 - Michael Timpson, Bears: Will the Bears get a card of a player in their own uniform?
1992 Fleer #30 - Leon Sills, Bills: Another nice, simple Fleer design. Too bad about the 1995 one.
1991 Pro Set WLAF #59 - Tim Broady, Galaxy: I think I'm more interested in the cheerleaders to his side.
1991 Pro Set WLAF #125 - Clarkston Hines, Skyhawks: WLAF is starting to run away with this.
1990 Pro Set #671 - Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks: Hall of Famer rookie card!
1995 Upper Deck #182 - D.J. Johnson, Falcons: I like the photo on this one.

1998 Score #107 - Rob Johnson, Bills: I just think of him starting in the playoffs ahead of Flutie. Good call, Bills.
1991 Wild Card Draft #84 - Paul Justin, Arizona State Sun Devils: Bounced around Arena League, WLAF, and NFL for eleven years.
1991 Upper Deck #397 - Tony Bennett, Packers: No, not that Tony Bennett.
1991 Pro Set #357 - Gene Barth: Back of the card says that he was about to enter his 21st year as a NFL Official.
1995 Collector's Choice #185 - Bryce Paup, Bills: Two stealth Bills cards in this scan.
1993 Topps #649 - Steve Everitt, Browns: One of my favorites. Another Centre card.
1990 Fleer #398 - Checklist: Heh, the Browns are listed on this one. I don't think I have it in my binder yet. I'll take it!
1990 Pro Set - Super Bowl Art #21 - Super Bowl XXI: Pulls 1990 Pro Set into a tie with WLAF.
1990 Pro Set #105 - Eric Williams, Lions: And back into the lead they go!

2012 Topps #431 - Andre Roberts, Cardinals: Cards are making a threat to catch the Bucs.
2004 Topps #73 - Drew Bennett, Titans: I love seeing photos of the ball coming in for the catch.
2014 Topps #331 - Prince Amukamara, Giants: First thing I think of when seeing his name is Spaceballs, and when Lonestar finds out he is a prince.
1989 Pro Set #441 - Marcus Cotton, Falcons: I like the red jerseys and helmets.
2010 Donruss Rated Rookies #97 - Tony Moeaki, Chiefs: A name that I had forgotten. I just remember him having a strong start as a rookie.
2009 Philadelphia #59 - Zach Thomas, Chiefs: A stealth Chiefs card pulls them into a tie with the Bucs!
2011 Topps Chrome #198 - Donovan McNabb, Redskins: Best of the 1999 Quarterback Class.
2011 Absolute Memorabilia - Retail #3 - Tim Hightower, Redskins: I'm wondering why the design choice was made to eliminate the bottom, bottom-right part of the photo.
2011 Topps Prime - Retail #102 - C.J. Spiller, Bills: Became the Bills starter allowing them to trade Marshawn Lynch to Seattle.

2011 Score - Hot Rookies #12 - Greg Little, Browns: A fourth Brown. I'm happy with that.
2013 Topps #386 - Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: 75th card of the 75 card repack...
2013 Topps #249 - Travis Frederick, Cowboys: A friend of mine was initially disappointed when the Cowboys drafted Frederick. He has since changed his mind.
2013 Topps #148 - Von Miller, Broncos: A nice photo of a great defensive player.

So both repacks had two things in common. First, they had more cards than promised, 76 last time and 77 this time. Second, 1990 Pro Set, with six, came out on top for the most cards in the repack. I appear to have pulled cards from over 50 different football sets.

The Buccaneers and Chiefs tied for the most cards, with 5, followed by the Colts, Rams, Cardinals, Browns and Bills with 4. I think that five teams not represented in the box: Patriots, Dolphins, Texans, Eagles, and 49ers.

One difference this time, however, is that my free bonus pack was not a pack of 1990 Pro Set.

I am pretty happy to see this because I didn't buy any of it this year, and with all the draft picks the Browns had there is a good chance I'll pull a card for my collection.

2016 Leaf Draft #5 - Bralon Addison, Oregon Ducks: Not drafted, signed with Broncos, released, signed with Bears.
2016 Leaf Draft #38 - Jayron Kearse, Clemson Tigers: Seventh-round pick of the Vikings.
2016 Leaf Draft - All-American Gold #AA-04 - Corey Coleman, Baylor Bears: Woo hoo! Browns first-round pick insert card!
2016 Leaf Draft #70 - Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky Colonels: Buccaneers second-round pick.
2016 Leaf Draft #18 - Corey Coleman, Baylor Bears: Coleman hot pack!

Well, I'm very happy with the pack that came in this box!

All in all, I had a fun time with the repack. I didn't really expect anything for my collection, so the two Colemans, and the Fleer checklist card were bonuses to me.

The comments from last time made me do this again, so I hope everyone enjoyed this post.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

COMC Black Friday: Part Nine - The rest

This last Black Friday shipment post will show off a future Hall of Fame Tackle, a Coach and some Tight Ends.

2007 Playoff Contenders - Round Numbers #RN-10 (#/1000)

I guess I really don't need to say much about Joe Thomas, the third overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. Ten seasons: ten Pro Bowls, six-time First Team All-Pro, hasn't missed an offensive snap in his career.

He is sharing the card with Levi Brown, the fifth overall pick the same year who had 79 starts with Arizona and Pittsburgh over 8 seasons.

2005 Bowman Chrome - Red Refractors #9

Former Giants running back Maurice Carthon was the Offensive Co-ordinator for the Browns in 2005 under Head Coach Romeo Crennel. The team was 26th in offense, playing to a 6-10 record. He remained the Offensive Co-ordinator for the following season but the offense slipped to 31st. Crennel stayed on after that season, but Carthon was replaced with Rob Chudzinski.

Top (l-r): 2004 Topps - Premiere Prospects #PP9; 2004 Topps Pristine - Refractors #102 (#/1099)
Bottom (l-r): 2007 Bowman Chrome - Refractors #BC161; 2007 Playoff NFL Playoffs #24

Top Left: 2007 Topps Performance - Bronze #92 (#/99)
Top Middle: 2008 Score Select #71
Top Right: 2008 Stadium Club - First Day Issue #64 (#/1499)
Bottom (l-r): 2008 Topps Mayo #180; 2009 Donruss Elite - Retail #25

The Browns first-round pick in 2004, number six overall, Kellen Winslow Jr. broke his fibula in the second game of the season, if I remember correctly on an onside kick. He missed the rest of the season, and then the following Spring he had a motorcycle accident in which he tore his ACL and missed the 2005 season. Complicating matters, he had a staph infection after the injury. He came back with a very good 2006 season, and then a Pro Bowl 2007 season. The Browns traded him to Tampa Bay after the 2008 season.

Top (l-r): 2008 Bowman - Blue #216 (#/500); 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars Longevity #163 (#/999)
Bottom: 2008 Score - Red Zone #399 (#/100)

I've talked about Martin Rucker's Browns career in previous posts where I've shown other Score 2008 parallels. He was a fourth-round pick out of Missouri in 2008.

L-R: 2014 Topps Supreme #12 (#/162); 2014 Topps Triple Threads - Purple #46 (#/399)

In the first post of these COMC Black Friday cards, I showed a printing plate of the above Topps Supreme card.

Jordan Cameron is another of the basketball player turned football player Tight Ends that seem to be all around the league. He made the switch in college, and was then drafted out of USC in the fourth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

And so ends my large shipment of Browns cards from COMC. They were quite a boost to my collection.

Monday, 23 January 2017

COMC Black Friday: Part Eight - Wide Receivers

This should be my second-last post showing my Black Friday purchases. This one will show different wide receiver cards that I bought.

L-R: 1999 SkyBox Metal Universe #246; 1999 SPx #122 (#/1999)

Top: 2000 Playoff Momentum - Generations #GN-24
Middle: 2001 Pacific Invincible - School Colors #44 (#/2750)
Bottom: 2001 Pacific Prism Atomic #34

Kevin Johnson ranks second in my Browns collection with 264 different cards, but there are always more to add. He only trails Tim Couch, which is fitting as he was the Browns' second-round pick in 1999 following Tim Couch's being selected with the first overall pick of the draft.

Left: 2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars - Freshman Orientation #FO-13 (#/2000)
Right: 2000 Upper Deck MVP - Silver Script #214

Following his selection in the second-round of the 2000 NFL Draft, out of Arizona, Dennis Northcutt played seven seasons for the Browns before finishing his career with the Jaguars (two seasons) and Lions (one season). Along with his wide receiver role, he also returned punts.

L-R: 2002-03 UD SuperStars #261; 2003 Donruss Classics #24

Andre Davis didn't have the same sports longevity as Rick Nash who is still playing with the New York Rangers. Davis, a second-round pick from Virginia Tech in the 2002 NFL Draft, played eight years in the NFL, the first three of which were with the Browns. He is one of thirteen players that share the NFL record for longest touchdown pass reception (99 yards).

Quincy Morgan is another second-round pick, from Kansas State in 2001. During his fourth season with the Browns, he was traded to the Cowboys for Antonio Bryant.

Top (l-r): 2005 SPx - Holoview #HV-6; 2005 Topps Heritage #347
Bottom (l-r): 2006 Donruss Elite - Passing the Torch Red #PT-3 (#/1000); 2007 Playoff NFL Playoffs #23

L-R: 2007 SP Chirography #24; 2008 Bowman Chrome - Refractors #BC174

Top (l-r): 2008 Donruss Threads - Pro Gridiron Kings #PGK-38; 2008 Stadium Club - First Day Issue #29 (#/1499)
Bottom (l-r): 2009 Topps Mayo #281; 2009 Upper Deck First Edition - Silver #38

Braylon Edwards was the third overall draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. In his best season, 2007, he caught 80 passes for 1289 yards and 16 touchdowns. Sadly when fans turned on him due to an awful lot of drops the following season, he blamed the fans' dislike of him as being that he played at Michigan. No, that wasn't it. It was that you were dropping passes that we thought you should have caught!

My Braylon Edwards collection is closing in on the Kevin Johnson one. It is now at 246 different cards. A couple of really nice cards here, with an amazing photo on the Stadium Club card.

L-R: 2006 Bowman Chrome - Refractors #62; 2008 Score - Scorecard #419 (#/649)

Travis Wilson was a third-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2006. He ended up playing four games for the Browns. I have 56 cards of him.

Paul Hubbard was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. He never played for the Browns, but ended up playing in one NFL game for the Bills in 2010, after which he went to play for Winnipeg in the CFL. I now own 24 different Paul Hubbard cards, of which 8 are different versions of the 2008 Score set.

L-R: 2008 Score Select #70; 2012 Panini Prime Signatures #86 (#/499); 2012 Topps Chrome - Black Refractors #66 (#/299)

Primarily a very successful return specialist, Josh Cribbs eventually was used more as a receiver, and to run a wildcat offense for the Browns. He was a college quarterback at Kent State and signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played eight seasons for the Browns and in those seasons had 3 punt return touchdowns and 8 kickoff return touchdowns to go along with 7 receiving and 2 rushing touchdowns.

L-R: 2009 Bowman Chrome - Refractors #131; 2009 Finest #78

A second-round draft pick from Georgia in 2009, Mohamed Massaquoi played four seasons with the Browns.

Top (l-r): 2009 Finest #67; 2009 Playoff Prestige #116; 2009 Press Pass SE - Double Feature #DF-19
Bottom: 2009 Topps #411; 2009 Topps Chrome - Refractors #TC191

Brian Robiskie was also a second-round pick for the Browns in the 2009 NFL Draft, selected ahead of Massaquoi. He played three seasons with the Browns. I believe that he is the last player that the Browns have drafted out of Ohio State, which is surprising because they have had good teams and they are practically in Cleveland's backyard.

Top: 2010 Panini Prestige - Draft Picks Light Blue #217 (#/999)
Bottom (l-r): 2011 Topps Magic Rookies #91; 2011 Topps Prime #148 (#/930)

Carlton Mitchell was a sixth-round pick out of South Florida in 2010, and played 16 games for the Browns during the 2010-11 seasons.

Greg Little was a second-round pick out of North Carolina in 2011. He played three seasons for the Browns, catching 155 passes and 8 touchdowns.

L-R: 2013 Panini Momentum #74; 2014 Panini Hot Rookies - Scorecard #53 (#/99)

Whether you agree Josh Gordon's suspension over recreational drug use was too harsh, or not, when he played in 2013 he had one of the best seasons for a wide receiver that I've ever seen. It is really too bad for him and the Browns that he wasn't able to follow up on it. However, the rules were there and he didn't follow them and it has cost him a lot of money. It is a sad story.

2016 Panini Father's Day #51 (#/599)

I hope Corey Coleman lives up to the potential that he showed at times this year. Hopefully the Browns can have a regular quarterback that can develop a rapport with Coleman and he'll live up to the status of being a first-round pick, and the first receiver drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.