Friday, 12 May 2017

RIP: Former Browns WR Michael Jackson

I haven't posted in a long while, and have some news to share, but I don't want to go into it in this post.

I just read that that former Browns WR Michael Jackson died today in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana at the age of 48.

1992 Pro Set Power #101

I'll admit it, my friends and I laughed when we heard that the Browns had drafted Michael Jackson in 1991. We would have been among the countless numbers making the same jokes about his name.

In any case, as a Browns fan and card collector, I soon started collecting as many Michael Jackson cards (and a few Michael Dyson cards too for a short name change) as I could get. I have 142 different ones in my collection.

Looking at a gallery of his cards that I own on The Trading Card Database, and borrowing the images from that site, I am surprised at how many different action photos they used of him that I like. Not just on the front of the card, but on the back too as shown below.

back of 1992 Pro Set Power #101

After playing for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in college, Jackson was drafted by the Browns in the 6th round of the 1991 NFL Draft.

1991 Wild Card Draft #10 - 20 Stripe

He spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons wearing the number 1, which makes him, as far as I can tell, the only Browns player to wear that number. He switched to number 81 for the rest of his career - 1993-1995 with the Browns, and 1996-1998 in Baltimore.

1991 Upper Deck #610

back of 1991 Upper Deck #610

Here are some of the action shots on cards that I love throughout his career.
1995 Crown Royale #119

1991 Pro Set Platinum #292
1993 Game Day #316
1993 Playoff #169
1993 Pro Set Power #101
back of 1993 Pro Set Power #101

1993 Wild Card - Field Force #CFF-98
1994 Pinnacle #140
1996 Collector's Choice #204

back of 1996 Collector's Choice #204
1996 Upper Deck #153 (looking familiar)

back of 1996 Upper Deck #153
1996 Stadium Club #81

Oddly enough, there are quite a few cards that show him throwing the football. This made me curious to see how many passes he threw with the Browns in his five years. The answer was four. He completed his first pass, was incomplete on the next two, and then the fourth was intercepted.

1992 Game Day #423
If he didn't throw on this play, he sure looked like he wanted to, or was going to.

1994 Bowman #182
1994 Finest #189
1994 Score #49
1994 Stadium Club #370 (same as Finest)
1995 Collector's Choice #309

Thanks to Pro Line I have a few autographed cards of Michael Jackson.

1995 Pro Line - Autographs

1996 Pro Line - Autographs Blue

1996 Pro Line - Autographs Gold

Finally, a last few cards to remember him by. Rest in Peace.

back of 1994 Upper Deck #246
1995 Score #175
1994 Action Packed #18

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.