Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Box break - 2016 Panini Football, Part 2

Continuing from yesterday, and it looks like my one guaranteed hit should be in this half-box, and there are still plenty of Browns to look for. Let's get to it!

Pack 13:

74     Vic Beasley Jr. - Falcons
68     Joe Haden - Browns
63     Cecil Shorts III - Texans
116   Dre Kirkpatrick - Bengals
106   Tyler Eifert - Bengals
196   Von Miller - Broncos
Decorated 15     Emmitt Smith - Cowboys
Shining Armor parallel 293   Darron Lee - Jets
217   Emmanuel Ogbah - Browns
207   Sheldon Rankins - Saints

Well, two Browns in the first pack makes it a good start.

Pack 14:

59     Kamar Aiken - Ravens
34     Matt Ryan - Falcons
187   Tavon Austin - Rams
179   Torrey Smith - 49ers
172   Jordan Matthews - Eagles
Knights of the Round Die-Cuts 12     Marshall Faulk - Rams
Royal Family 4     Sterling & Shannon Sharpe - Packers / Broncos
Sacrifice Die-Cut 52     Jason Witten - Cowboys (#/199)
297   Kamalei Correa - Ravens
288   Pharoh Cooper - Rams

Okay, this pack just threw the six base veteran cards out the window, but I don't think I should complain too much about getting an extra insert, and one that I hadn't seen yet.

Pack 15:

26     Jeremy Langford - Bears
17     Ted Ginn Jr. - Panthers
7       Kelvin Benjamin - Panthers
166   Paul Posluszny - Jaguars
145   Randall Cobb - Packers
139   Jordan Reed - Redskins
Accolades 14     Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Knight's Templar parallel 267   Kevin Dodd - Titans
280   Christian Hackenberg - Jets
273   Malcolm Mitchell - Patriots

After the back-to-back Panthers was another blue bordered card for the Jaguars. At first I thought that I might have pulled three consecutive cards on one team.

Pack 16:

58     Duke Johnson - Browns
56     Martellus Bennett - Patriots
19     Kenny Britt - Rams
181   Heath Miller - Steelers
174   Allen Hurns - Jaguars
168   Carson Palmer - Cardinals
Combine Champions 14     Braxton Miller - Texans
Shining Armor parallel 131   Richard Sherman - Seahawks
227   DeAndre Washington - Raiders
218   Jared Goff - Rams

I just had to show the Steelers uniform here. It bumps out the number one draft pick from the scan.

Pack 17:

9       Chris Long - Patriots
99     Kirk Cousins - Redskins
90     Danny Woodhead - Chargers
163   Mike Wallace - Ravens
159   Carlos Hyde - 49ers
134   Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - Giants
Decorated 14     Terrell Davis - Broncos
Knight's Templar parallel 173   Anthony Barr - Vikings
208   Su'a Cravens - Redskins
298   Demarcus Robinson - Chiefs

I do like the Chargers powder blue uniforms.

Pack 18:

82     Darren McFadden - Cowboys
75     Golden Tate - Lions
69     Justin Forsett - Ravens
126   Sammy Watkins - Bills
117   Amari Cooper - Raiders
107   LeGarrette Blount - Patriots
Accolades 13     DeAngelo Hall - Redskins
Chainmail Armor parallel 141   Bobby Wagner - Seahawks
289   Dak Prescott - Cowboys
281   Nelson Spruce - Rams

I'm sure that Sammy Watkins is more frustrated than any Bills fan at his foot. With his talent, I hope that he gets and stays healthy.

I'm happy for Dak Prescott and the start to his career that he is having. He's lucky he didn't wind up behind the Browns O-Line.

Pack 19:

64     Mohamed Sanu - Falcons
60     Melvin Gordon - Chargers
57     Tom Brady - Patriots
197   Aaron Donald - Rams
188   David Johnson - Cardinals
180   Andrew Luck - Colts
Legends of the Shield 14     Marcus Allen - Raiders
Sacrifice Die-Cut 134   Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - Giants (#/199)
274   Connor Cook - Raiders
268   Leonte Carroo - Dolphins

I'm really surprised at the Cardinals offense this year. Johnson seems to be holding up his end.

One of my friends will be happy, I seem to pulling a lot of Raiders.

Pack 20:

27     Josh Norman - Redskins
18     Emmanuel Sanders - Broncos
8       DeMarcus Ware - Broncos
173   Anthony Barr - Vikings
167   Malcolm Smith - Raiders
162   Reshad Jones - Dolphins
Combine Champions 15   Justin Simmons - Broncos
Blue Knight 42     Tony Romo - Cowboys (#/99)
263   Laquon Treadwell - Vikings
259   Kevin Hogan - Chiefs   

Many people were surprised when the Panthers let Josh Norman go. He seems to be playing well in Washington.

Although Kevin Hogan is now a Brown, this card doesn't fit my Browns collection.

Pack 21:

98     Jameis Winston - Buccaneers
89     Buck Allen - Ravens
81     Marshawn Lynch - Seahawks
140   Justin Houston - Chiefs
133   Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings
125   Eddie Lacy - Packers
Knight School 13     Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys
Knight's Templar parallel 167   Malcolm Smith - Raiders
234   Jordan Howard - Bears
226   Vonn Bell - Saints

I figured that I had to include Marshawn Lynch in here, a true character in the game. I understood what he was trying to do with his press availabilities but thought he was a bit ridiculous with some of his antics.

Pack 22:

97     Danny Amendola - Patriots
88     Josh McCown - Browns
80     Malcom Floyd - Chargers
132   Lamar Miller - Texans
124   Victor Cruz - Giants
115   Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Legends of the Shield 15   Eric Dickerson - Colts
Knight's Templar parallel 162   Reshad Jones - Dolphins
267   Kevin Dodd - Titans
262   Maliek Collins - Cowboys

The McCown card was the last of the veteran Browns needed for the base set. Still need a few rookies though.

It's funny, I rarely think of Dickerson as a Colt. I remember him with the Rams and Raiders. When I saw this card I went, "Oh, yeah."

Pack 23:

73     Jadeveon Clowney - Texans
67     Julian Edelman - Patriots
62     Dez Bryant - Cowboys
105   Ezekial Ansah - Lions
195   Jonathan Stewart - Panthers
186   Demaryius Thomas - Broncos
Rookie Calligraphy RC-YN   Yannick Ngakoue - Jaguars
Sacrifice Die-Cut 216   Jalen Ramsey - Jaguars (#/199)
240   Jacoby Brissett - Patriots
233   Chris Jones - Chiefs

My hit was found! And I much prefer an autograph over a relic. I'm not a Jaguars fan, but at least I pulled a rookie that is having a very good season. He has 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 interception twelve games into his rookie season.

I can honestly say that I didn't remember my hit when I started scanning this box break. I remembered it wasn't from one of the favorite teams. It was summer, and to tell the truth I didn't know who this player was. It is nice when a forgotten hit turns out to be pretty nice.

Pack 24:

40     Philip Rivers - Chargers
33     DeAndre Hopkins - Texans
25     Chris Ivory - Jaguars
178   Larry Fitzgerald - Cardinals
171   Karlos Williams - Bills
149   Pierre Garcon - Redskins
Combine Champions 16     Derrick Henry - Titans
Sacrifice Die-Cut 109   Matt Jones - Redskins
225   Vernon Hargreaves III - Buccaneers
216   Jalen Ramsey - Jaguars

It was nice to see Larry Fitzgerald move into the #3 spot on the all-time receptions list over the weekend. He's a great player that I will be happy to say that I saw play live.

Should I be surprised that Panini doesn't use the ç in Garçon?

Some good news before I look at the numbers from this half-box - no doubles in the box.

71/200 base veteran cards - giving me 143/200
24/100 base rookie cards - giving me 48/100
4/11     base Browns cards - giving me 7/11

2/20     Accolades insert set - giving me 4/20
3/20     Combine Champions insert set - giving me 5/20
2/20     Decorated insert set - giving me 4/20
1/15     Knight School insert set - giving me 3/15
1/40     Knights of the Round Die-Cut insert set - giving me 1/40
2/20     Legends of the Shield insert set - giving me 4/20
1/30     Rookie Calligraphy insert set - giving me 1/30
1/5       Royal Family insert set - giving me 2/5

Checking out the consecutive numbers from yesterday, the trend continued here. All of the inserts where I have multiple cards gave me sequential numbers from the checklist. I guess they can be more certain of their collation that way, but I would hate to wind up getting a whole box of duplicate inserts if that were to happen by doing it this way.

4 Sacrifice Die-Cut parallels (#/199) - giving me 8
4 Knight's Templar parallels, I think - giving me 8
1 Blue Knight parallel (#/99) -giving me 2
2 Shining Armor parallels, I think - giving me 4
1 Chainmail Armor parallel - giving me 2

As with most people, I have fun opening boxes. However, I really think I bought it more because I just wanted to open something this summer, not because I really needed to. Especially since it was a retail box, not a hobby box. As with a lot of other bloggers, and since I'm not trying to complete a set, I think that I'm better off just buying the Browns cards that I want at the various online sites.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Box break - 2016 Panini Football, Part 1

I bought a retail box of 2016 Panini Football from the Panini booth at San Diego Comic-Con months ago, and have yet to post about it. Due to life being busy, I haven't been down to my PO Box in a little while, and soon enough my Black Friday COMC cards will roll in. If I want to post about it, I should do so now.

The box consisted of 24 packs of 10 cards.

It states on the box that one should "Find 1 Autograph or Memorabilia Card per box, on average!"

Let's look at the first half box and see what I find!

Pack 1:

52     Jason Witten - Cowboys
48     Gary Barnidge - Browns
43     Alfred Blue - Texans
102   Cole Beasley - Cowboys
192   DeMarco Murray - Titans
155   James Starks - Packers
Knight School 11     Paxton Lynch - Broncos
(? parallel) 125     Eddie Lacy - Packers
238   Jonathan Williams - Bills
223   Tyler Ervin - Texans

Okay, I opened this months ago, but the cards have been sitting in their packs, in the order they came since then. I still don't know how to identify the parallels that I have.

From what I gather, the Lacy is either a Knight's Templar or a Shining Armor parallel. The foil doesn't scan shiny but it is reflective. Anyone know how to identify them?

Here are a couple of the card backs.

The base cards are very similar to a lot of the other Panini sets in that give stats from last year, and career, but don't say how long the players career has been. Obviously the write-up on the back of the Beasley card mentions that the 52 receptions in 2015 was a career-high, so you know that he couldn't have had 90 in 2014, but how long has he been in the league? And, no personal information on the back at all in regards to physical statistics, date/place of birth, college or draft position. I hope for more in a card. But the cards and their backs are in a color corresponding with the player's team! I expect more.

As for the insert, it is nice to see that the card recognizes that Paxton Lynch is with the Broncos, but nothing is mentioned about where he was drafted.

Pack 2:

37     Greg Olsen - Panthers
30     Tyrann Mathieu - Cardinals
22     Frank Gore - Colts
153   Stefor Diggs - Vikings
150   Jeremy Maclin - Chiefs
146   Tyrod Taylor - Bills
Combine Champions 18     Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys
Blue Knight 216   Jalen Ramsey - Jaguars (#/99)
231   Jerell Adams - Giants
214   Jaylon Smith - Cowboys

With the Ramsey parallel being numbered, I know which parallel it is.

Pack 3:

13     Ryan Shazier - Steelers
3       DeAngelo Williams - Steelers
93     Dorial Green-Beckham - Titans
141   Bobby Wagner - Seahawks
135   Jordy Nelson - Packers
128   Vincent Jackson - Buccaneers
Royal Family 5       Clay and Jake Matthews - Packers / Falcons
Sacrifice Die-Cut 28     C.J. Anderson - Broncos (#/199)
204   Thomas Duarte - Dolphins
294   Devontae Booker - Broncos

I do not like the stylized number 5 on the cards throughout the Panini Football set. I really don't want to have to think when I'm sorting my cards.

Pack 4:

44     Devonta Freeman - Falcons
38     Travis Benjamin - Chargers
31     Brandin Cooks - Saints
184   T.J. Yeldon - Jaguars
154   Blake Bortles - Jaguars
151   Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers
Accolades 16     Jerry Rice - 49ers
(? parallel) 262   Maliek Collins - Cowboys
295   DeForest Buckner - 49ers
286   Paxton Lynch - Broncos

I still like Travis Benjamin so it is nice to get his card, although it won't fit in my collection. And the Collins seems to be the same as the Eddie Lacy in Pack 1, but I don't know what it is.

Pack 5:

23     J.J. Watt - Texans
14     Sam Bradford - Eagles
94     Eli Manning - Giants
147   Michael Crabtree - Raiders
142   Ndamukong Suh - Dolphins
136   LeSean McCoy - Bills
MVP Predictor MVP-10     DeMaryius Thomas - Broncos
Sacrifice Die-Cut 133   Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings (#/199)
278   Carson Wentz - Eagles
271   Braxton Miller - Texans

I'm not as big a fan of the silver border for the Raiders cards. To me, it actually seems to scan better than it is in person.

I like seeing Predictor cards in the set. I've never actually won with one, and if I won with a Browns card I don't know what I would do because I would still want the predictor card itself. Oh, well, I really don't need to worry about that.

There were three different Predictor sets - MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, and Offensive Rookie of the Year. All three were 20 card sets with card number 20 being a Wild Card, which I assume means that it is the rest of the field. The Browns didn't have cards included in the first two categories, but have Corey Coleman and Cody Kessler in the third.

Here are the Predictor rules:

Pack 6:

4       DeMeco Ryans - Eagles
85     Chris Johnson - Cardinals
77     Rob Gronkowski - Patriots
129   Alfred Morris - Cowboys
121   Jimmy Graham - Seahawks
112   Ryan Tannehill - Dolphins
Legends of the Shield 17    Thurman Thomas - Bills
(? parallel) 114   Rashad Jennings - Giants
249   Jake Rudock - Lions
244   Kenyan Drake - Dolphins

The parallel is shiny with a rainbow effect here. Should I assume it is the Shining Armor? And that makes the other two Knight's Templar?

Pack 7:

16     Matt Forte - Jets
6       Jay Cutler - Bears
96     Giovani Bernard - Bengals
144   Jason Pierre-Paul - Giants
138   Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Buccaneers
131   Richard Sherman - Seahawks
Decorated 16     Jerry Rice - 49ers
(? parallel) 123   Michael Griffin - Titans
206   Sterling Shepard - Giants
296   Demarcus Ayers - Steelers

Well, the Griffin card is another shiny/rainbow parallel. Wheee! What fun this game is!

Pack 8:

79     Terrell Suggs - Ravens
87     Chandler Jones - Cardinals
72     Terrance Williams - Cowboys
123   Michael Griffin - Titans
114   Rashad Jennings - Giants
104   Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants
Knight School 12     Shaq Lawson - Bills
(? parallel) 140   Justin Houston - Chiefs
287   Myles Jack - Jaguars
279   Nate Sudfeld - Redskins

As you can see without the reflection in the scan, the Houston card appears to be the regular foil parallel, whatever that is.

And as a Canadian, I grew up with the small text saying that a player had been traded to or signed with another team so the Chandler Jones card doesn't bother me at all.

Pack 9:

66     A.J. Green - Bengals
45     Darrelle Revis - Jets
39     Joe Flacco - Ravens
194   Julius Thomas - Jaguars
185   Cam Newton - Panthers
177   Todd Gurley II - Rams
Accolades 15     Ted Hendricks - Raiders
(? parallel) 219   Darius Jackson - Cowboys
272   Cody Kessler - Browns
266   Leonard Floyd - Bears

Ummm, okay, a different type of shiny/rainbow parallel. This may help clear things up. There is a Chainmail Armor parallel, and those kind of look like links...  I may have figured this out! I wish it were of a different Cowboys rookie running back though.

Oh, and I am happy to get a second Browns card. There are 11 in the 300 card base set.

Pack 10:

32     Robert Mathis - Colts
24     Malcolm Jenkins - Eagles
15     Ryan Fitzpatrick - Jets
152   DeVante Parker - Dolphins
148   Lavonte David - Buccaneers
143   Adrian Peterson - Vikings
Legends of the Shield 16     Joe Montana - 49ers
Sacrifice Die-Cut 40     Philip Rivers - Chargers (#/199)
245   Kelvin Taylor - 49ers
239   Moritz Bohringer - Vikings

Bohringer was one of the fun stories of the draft so it was nice to get his card.

Pack 11:

5       Brandon Marshall - Jets
95     Ameer Abdullah - Lions
86     Jeremy Hill - Bengals
137   Latavius Murray - Raiders
130   Travis Kelce - Chiefs
122   Jarvis Landry - Dolphins
Combine Champions 17   Tyler Ervin - Texans
Sacrifice Die-Cut 295   DeForest Buckner - 49ers (#/199)
232   Vernon Butler - Panthers
215   Karl Joseph - Raiders

There are two players that I enjoy watching on the NFL Network - Brandon Marshall and Von Miller.

We see here that rookies have a different shape die-cut than the veterans, and still with the rookies, I really like the Karl Joseph card at a press conference. Something different, I guess.

Pack 12:

78     Donte Whitner - Browns
71     Russell Wilson - Seahawks
49     Steve Smith Sr. - Ravens
113   Antonio Andrews - Titans
103   Delanie Walker - Titans
193   Calvin Johnson - Lions
Decorated 17     John Elway - Broncos
Knight's Templar parallel? 133 Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings
224   William Jackson III - Bengals
205   Shilique Calhoun - Raiders

Started and finished the first half of the box with a Browns card. I don't mind that at all. However, as a Browns fan I do not like John Elway so that hurts the pack.

As I said, I'm going to now assume that this type of parallel is the Knight's Templar one.

And I think this is the first card I've pulled of a person with the name of Shilique.

So, after looking at these cards, you can see that the first six cards are base cards, then two inserts, and finally two rookie cards. So with twelve packs opened, I have:

72/200 base veteran cards
24/100 base rookie cards
3/11     base Browns cards

2/20     Accolades insert set
2/20     Combine Champions insert set
2/20     Decorated insert set
2/15     Knight School insert set
2/20     Legends of the Shield insert set
1/20     MVP Predictor insert set
1/5       Royal Family insert set

The interesting things with the insert sets is that for all the sets that I have two cards of, they are of consecutive numbers. I'll have to check to see if the other half-box continues that trend.

4 Sacrifice Die-Cut parallels (#/199)
4 Knight's Templar parallels, I think
1 Blue Knight parallel (#/99)
2 Shining Armor parallels, I think
1 Chainmail Armor parallel

I hope to post the rest of the box tomorrow.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Collection spotlight on Paul Warfield

Looking at my sports calendar I discovered that Hall of Fame player Paul Warfield was born on this day in 1942.

Like last week, with Bernie Kosar's birthday, I figured this would give me a good opportunity to do a spotlight on Paul Warfield's cards in my collection, borrowing scans of the cards from The Trading Card Database. (Some of the scans are ones that I've contributed to the site.)

1965 Philadelphia #41

Paul Warfield's rookie card is the first big card purchase that I ever made. I noticed that a local store had a copy of it in its display case for a couple of years in the early 1990s, and I always had my eye on it every time that I went in. My roommate at the time, a fellow collector, would notice me go back and look every time we were in the store. One day we had a discussion and he asked me how likely would it be that I would ever see another one of these to pick up. Although there were regular card shows, being in Canada hockey was predominant, with baseball right behind. Junk wax football was easy to find, but vintage was tough. He helped me convince myself, and I used money from an income tax refund to pick up the card. It became the feature of my collection.

In a way, I wish that I had scanned my rookie card because it is in very nice shape, but I don't remember it being as white as this scan that I borrowed.

2006 Press Pass Legends #74

Paul Warfield was born in Warren, Ohio on November 28, 1942. He was raised and went to high school in Warren before attending and playing football for The Ohio State University.

I own 36 different Paul Warfield cards, and the above card is the only Ohio State card that I have in the collection. I also have just over a dozen new cards of his coming with my COMC Black Friday shipment, but I don't think any of them are college cards either. I'm a little surprised that I don't see as many college cards for him as opposed to some of the other selected players.

1992 Sunoco Browns Hall of Fame #10

in the 1964 NFL Draft, Warfield was the Browns first round pick, number 11 overall. He had a very good rookie season with 52 receptions for 920 yards and 9 touchdowns, helping the Browns win their last NFL Championship.

In 1970, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins for the 3rd overall draft pick, Purdue Boilermakers All-American quarterback Mike Phipps. (Phipps had a disappointing Browns career that eventually saw him replaced by Brian Sipe after an injury in 1976. The good news, though, is that the Browns traded him to the Bears in 1977 for a 1978 first round draft pick that was used to draft Hall of Fame player Ozzie Newsome.)

2006 Donruss Gridiron Gear - Player Timeline Red #PT-37

After five seasons, and two Super Bowls, with the Dolphins, Warfield spent one year playing in the World Football League before returning to the Browns for the final two seasons of his career.

1977 Topps Mexican #185

Paul Warfield retired after the 1977 season, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He finished his career averaging over 20 yards per reception, and scoring a touchdown every 5 receptions.

The only autographed card that I own of Paul Warfield is from the 1991 Pro Line Portraits set.

The lowest print run of a serial numbered card that I own of him is numbered to his uniform number.

2014 Panini National Treasures - Century Numbers #126 (#/42)

I do not own any memorabilia cards of Paul Warfield.

I am happy that modern sets still include cards of retired players. It allows me to add new cards of Hall of Fame players in their vintage uniforms. With the current Browns team at 0-12 it is nice to get reminders that things were great for the Browns once, even if it was before I was born.

2005 Upper Deck Legends #48

2014 Panini Prizms - Prizm #103

Happy 74th Birthday Paul Warfield!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Collection spotlight on Bernie Kosar

Noticing that today is Bernie Kosar's 53rd birthday, I figured that I would shine a little bit of a spotlight on Bernie Kosar with cards and toys in my collection.

2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot - Signatures #SS-BK

1993 Pinnacle #359

Bernie Kosar was born in Youngstown, Ohio on this day in 1963. He was raised in Boardman, Ohio and attended and played football at Boardman High School.

1992 Pro Line Profiles #101

After Boardman High School, his football continued at the University of Miami.

2014 Upper Deck #32

In 1983, Kosar led the Miami Hurricanes to their first National Championship.

In 1984, Kosar's Miami Hurricanes were involved in two very notable college football games.

In the first, on November 10, 1984, Bernie Kosar led the Hurricanes out to a 31-0 halftime lead against the University of Maryland. Future Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich then brought the Terrapins back to win the game 42-40.

The second game, on November 23, 1984, was the famous Hail Mary pass from Boston College's Doug Flutie, leading to their 47-45 win over the Hurricanes.

Combine that with the famous AFC Championship games that the Browns lost to the Broncos and Bernie Kosar has really been involved in some heartbreaking losses.

After graduating early with a double major in Finance and Economics, and after some playing the system to allow himself to be eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft, where the Browns had traded for the first pick, as opposed to the regular NFL Draft where he wouldn't get to play for his Browns, he found himself drafted by the Browns with that first pick of the 1985 NFL Supplemental Draft on July 3, 1985.

1985 Coke / Mr. Hero Cleveland Browns Card #6

Bernie Kosar started the 1985 season as the backup quarterback to Gary Danielson. After Danielson was injured in the fifth game, Kosar, at the age of 21, became the new starting quarterback for the team. Riding the running game featuring the 1000 yard seasons of Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner, the Browns won the AFC Central with a 8-8 record. The season finished with a 24-21 loss to Dan Marino's Dolphins in the playoffs.

The Coke / Mr. Hero cards are the only Kosar cards I know of from during his rookie season. I like oddballs so I think it's great!

1986 Topps #187 - RC

I told the story in a previous post on how I got my first Bernie Kosar rookie card. I have a few of them now, and many years ago started to put together a set for 1986 Topps. I should really try to find my partial set to see how close I got, and if I can finish it.

1988 Topps #215

Not a bad person to share a card with. Too bad the 1987 season ended with "The Fumble" in the AFC Championship.

1990 Sports Illustrated for Kids #194

I'll probably show a few oddball cards. They are the ones that people haven't seen as often, and I always get so happy when I find a new oddball for my collection.

1991 Domino's The Quarterbacks #5

When I first heard about these cards I was disappointed since we didn't have Domino's Pizza in Ottawa. Luckily it seemed to be during a time of weekly card shows, and I found a dealer that had acquired a bunch of the Domino's cards. I can't remember what I paid for this card, but I do remember it being a premium because it wasn't available here. It couldn't have been too bad or I would have let it pass, but I have memories of being happy getting it.

1992 Collector's Edge - Prototype #6

I really like the Collector's Edge cards when they first came out. As much as I love the old vintage cardboard now, I really liked the plastic Collector's Edge cards back then. I kind of laughed at their gimmick of putting serial numbers on the cards but that didn't stop me from looking to see how low a number I could get.

1992 SkyBox Primetime #184

Woo hoo! Top Gun poster card! So cool!

But I think I prefer his Team MVP card from the same set more.

1992 SkyBox Primetime #190

I love the dog in the background.

1992 Upper Deck - Gold #G24

Okay, this card kills me. It is obviously from the NFL Quarterback Challenge that they used to hold. But it seems to be trying to show mobility. I was hoping to find a video clip of a comedy routine that I saw, that I think was Drew Carey, that joked about Kosar's mobility. The comic would hit the microphone stand and as it wobbled, he would say that it was Kosar scrambling.

1993 Fleer Fruit of the Loom #5

There were two oddball cards that used the 1993 Fleer card, this one and a Shell FACT card.

1993 Pacific Prisms #16

This is the first shiny card set that I remember.

1993 Upper Deck NFL Experience #24

This "Super Bowl Dreams" card has the following quote on the back:
"Every team deserves a shot at the title. I'm going to give it my all to make sure the Browns make it to the big game."
Well, Bernie Kosar made it to, and won, the Super Bowl in 1993, but with the Dallas Cowboys. He was released by the Browns during the 1993 season due to "diminishing skills" and was signed by the Cowboys as a backup to Troy Aikman. He replaced an injured Aikman in the NFC Championship game, going 5-9 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown. In a nice move, he was sent in to the Super Bowl for the final kneel-down of the game.

 After the 1993 season, Kosar signed with the Miami Dolphins which led to a Browns card with a Dolphins logo on it.

1994 Fleer #280

See, look at the uniform, it's a Browns card.

Kosar played three years as a backup with the Dolphins to finish his career. He is credited with the idea for the fake spike that Dan Marino used to win a game against the Jets.

There have been quite a few new Kosar cards since he retired. This one is one of my favorites.

2010 Panini Classics #203 (#/999)

Look at the hand-warming pocket on the front of the jersey! Isn't that awesome! And the helmet really looks askew.

I only own two memorabilia cards that claim to have pieces of a jersey won by Kosar in a game.

2010 Panini Classics - Classic Singles Jerseys #1 (#/299)
2010 Panini Certified - Fabric of the Game #13 (#/250)

Here is the lowest run serial numbered Kosar card that I own.

2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions - Mini Foil Magician Red #37 (#/14)

My Bernie Kosar card collection currently sits at 150 cards. This ranks 6th in my collection.

I know that I had a Bernie Kosar poster on the wall in college, and that I still have it rolled up with the rest of my posters from those days. I'm not going to show it, but I will finish with a couple of photos.

Starting Lineup figures for 1988 and 1989
Both versions of 1990 Starting Lineup figures

Happy Birthday Bernie!!!