Thursday, 14 February 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 10

Another week has passed without me working on the other post that I started.

I haven't picked up any new cards to show, even though I have a couple waiting for me at my PO Box. The weather, or the threat of the weather, has kept me from making the hour-long drive to get them. I hope to go on Saturday.

To post something, I'll fall back on my continuing series of posts showing the cards I own of players that only have one card in my collection. The images for these cards are taken from The Trading Card Database, using their sorting tools to look through my collection listed on their site to see who only has one card, and then finding the first five names that I haven't posted yet.

Here are the players that I came across today.

1960 Topps #27

Billy Howton had a distinguished twelve year NFL career that left him as the league's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage when he retired.

He began his career as a second round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons with the Packers before being traded to the Cleveland Browns for the 1959 season.

After the season, Howton informed the Browns that he planned on retiring, but the expansion Dallas Cowboys talked him into continuing his career, and traded a draft pick to the Browns to acquire him.

He played three seasons for the Cowboys before retiring after the 1963 season.

This is his only mainstream card with the Browns. He also had a Carling Black Label Beer photo card with the team.

2005 Topps Total #348

Michael Lehan was drafted by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played in 32 games with the Browns, starting four of them, in three seasons with the Browns.

After his time with the Browns, he spent another three seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.

His only cards were in Topps Total sets. This one, along with parallels of it, were his only cards with the Browns. He also had a card, and parallels, with the Dolphins in the 2007 Topps Total set.

As for the other players on this card, I currently own two cards for Michael Jameson, and four cards for Chris Crocker.

2011 Panini Plates & Patches #191 (#/199)

I'm a little surprised that this is my only card of Buster Skrine, a fifth round draft pick of the Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft.

He seemed to battle constantly for his position on the team and won spots as a starting cornerback for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

After his four seasons with the Browns, Skrine signed a four year contract with the New York Jets as a free agent. I believe that this deal has finished and that he is again a free agent.

His only football cards came during his rookie season, with cards in this Plates & Patches set, and in the Playoff Contenders and Playoff National Treasures sets.

2007 Topps Total #288

This card represents the only card in my Browns collection for two of these players - Robaire Smith and Ted Washington. (I have seven cards of Orpheus Roye.)

Robaire Smith played eleven seasons in the NFL, seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, before finishing his career with four seasons with the Browns from 2007-10.

Ted Washington played for seven teams in his seventeen year NFL career, playing his last two seasons as a member of the Browns. He was a very large body in the middle of any defensive line that he played on, and was a very good run stopper. I was very happy when the Browns signed him, even knowing that he was wrapping up his career.

There are parallels to this card that I don't own, and this Topps Total set is the only one that shows both veteran defensive linemen as members of the Cleveland Browns.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 9

I've been stuck trying to prepare another post, and have gone through the fun of switching my home cable and internet since my last post so I figure I'll just post the latest in this series.

This post will show cards of five players with only one card in my collection, and use images from The Trading Card Database. I'm using their sorting tools to look through my collection listed on their site to see who only has one card, and then finding the first five names that I haven't posted yet.

Here we go!

1999 Giant Eagle Cleveland Browns #9

It's a shame that I only have one card of Zeus in my collection considering that he is one of two players to play for the Browns before the move to Baltimore, and with the expansion Browns. (Antonio Langham is the other.)

Orlando Brown was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 1993, and played in 14 games with the Browns in 1994, starting 8 of them, and then started all 16 games in 1995. Over the next three seasons with Baltimore, he started all 45 games that he played, before once again signing with the Cleveland Browns as an unrestricted free agent.

I was very happy when Brown re-signed with the expansion team. It was great to see a young (28 years old), solid veteran signed to play on the offensive line. Brown then started 15 games for the team, suffering a freak injury in that final start.

At the time, the NFL's referees used penalty flags weighted with ball bearings that they would throw at/near an infraction. Jeff Triplette threw such a flag that went through Orlando Brown's facemask and hit his right eye, temporarily blinding him.

Orlando Brown wound up missing three football seasons before re-signing with Baltimore, where he started 35 of the 39 games that he played between 2003 - 2005.

Brown died in September 2011, at the age of 40, of diabetic ketoacidosis.

His son, Orlando Brown Jr., was a third round draft pick last year of the Baltimore Ravens, becoming a starter for the team in week 7. I have to say that I was kind of hoping that the Browns would draft him.

This card, along with a gold parallel, is from the only set that shows Orlando Brown as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

1999 Giant Eagle Cleveland Browns #7

Have I mentioned that I love team sets like this one that offer me players that would not otherwise have Browns cards?

Marlon Forbes was taken by the Browns from the Chicago Bears during the expansion draft. He was mostly a special teams player but did start one game at safety for the Browns during the 1999 expansion season. That was his only year with the Browns.

This card, along with a gold parallel that I don't have, are the only cards that were made for Marlon Forbes' career.

1991 Pacific #87

This is John Talley's only football card. His first season with the Browns is shown on the back, and he played in three games for the Browns in 1991, adding one more reception and thirteen yards to his career totals.

1987 Topps #83

Herman Fontenot played four seasons with the Browns, and the 1986 season shown above statistically was his best with the team.

Notice the back of his card shows his receiving record, as opposed to his rushing record, which you would expect for a running back. Yardage-wise, his best season with the Browns was for 106 yards in 1986.

Over his four seasons with the Browns, Fontenot also returned 50 kickoffs.

Herman Fontenot finished his career playing for the Green Bay Packers in 1989 and 1990.

This is Herman Fontenot's only Cleveland Browns card. He also had cards with the Packers in 1990.

1982 Topps #64

This turned out to be Don Goode's sunset card. The Browns traded Goode to the Raiders in April 1982, and he was waived by the Raiders before the season began.

This is Goode's only Browns card, to go along with cards with the Chargers from 1977 to 1979.

Friday, 25 January 2019

A couple of gifts and trades

I will still have one more post coming on my last COMC order, showing some baseball cards that I bought. Before that, however, I thought that I would show some cards that I received in Christmas cards, but picked up in the new year, and some cards that I've obtained by trade.

The first two cards were received by Trading Card Database user 'budler'.

Left: 2011 Upper Deck University of Texas #48
Right: 2011 Upper Deck University of Texas - All-Time Alumni Trios #ATAT-YSM

It was nice to get these cards as a Christmas gift. When I thanked him for the cards, he thought I was collecting them as a Texas fan. I had to tell him that I was collecting them because Eric Metcalf and Colt McCoy were Browns draft picks. He might have been happier with that news because he is a Cornhusker fan that is still displeased about the 2009 Big 12 Championship game.

You know what? I can respect holding a grudge like that!

There was also a Christmas card waiting for me, that held two cards. This one was from another TCDB user, and fellow blogger, Billy Kingsley at the Cardboard History blog.

L-R: 2012 Topps Magic #128; 2014 Topps Chrome - 1989 Chrome #89TC-DW

I figured that I would get to this post before now, and thought that I would thank him in that post, so I haven't thanked Billy yet for these two cards. So, many thanks, Billy. The cards are very appreciated.

I love the Topps Magic cards, and this rookie card of Josh Gordon is nice with the grass stains on the knees. It was too bad that he left the Patriots a few weeks ago, needing to look after himself, and being suspended again for violating the substance-abuse policy. This suspension might end his career, but I hope that he sorts his life out.

The Topps Chrome card of David Wright is awesome, and has bumped out the other 2014 Wright card that I had in my Mets Opening Day Starting Lineup project.

I like the 1989 design, but how he is carrying the glove on the card sure looks awkward. I can see how he is carrying it, but if you just glance at it, it is strange.

Finally, I made two trades with another user at the Trading Card Database. These were from '49ants', and he, by far, has the most transactions on the site.

Shortly after adding some cards into a trade list on the site, I heard from him with a trade request. After our first exchange, and after I added some more cards to my trade list, I heard from him again.

Here are the cards that I got from those two trades.

L-R: 1995 Collector's Choice - Crash the Game #C25; 1995 Score - Red Siege Artist's Proof #128

The Crash the Game inserts has multiple variants, stamped by dates. I already owned the other two variants - Sept. 3, and Oct. 22. It is nice to have completed the Rison cards that I need from this set. I can't say that I really like looking for his cards, and now these ones are done.

This is the second of the seven Red Siege Artist's Proof Browns cards. It is a nice Testaverde card. This is my 165th different Testaverde card, which ranks him eighth in my collection.

L-R: 1995 Collector's Edge Excalibur - Draft Day Silver #DD-22; - Die Cuts #17

I've always liked these plastic Collector's Edge cards.

Craig Powell was the last first round draft pick for the Cleveland Browns before the team's move to Baltimore.  He really didn't make the impact that the franchise would have wanted. He played three games for the Browns in 1995, and nine for the Ravens in 1996. The Ravens, however, found a pretty good linebacker in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft in Ray Lewis. I'm sure that helped ease the pain of the previous year's poor first round pick.

The die cut cards are pretty fitting for a set called Excalibur. This is the last of this parallel for the team set that I needed.

1990 Topps #173

During my COMC posts, I showed another 1990 Topps card, and mentioned that I had hopefully traded for the last of the variations that I need for the base 1990 Topps cards. Here it is, the version with no disclaimer on the back.

Since many of you are probably not football collectors, and have no idea what I'm referring to, I decided to post both back variations.

As you can see, the big difference between the cards is the lack of a disclaimer on the bottom of the card on the left, and the disclaimer that "Topps football player cards are not manufactured, sponsored or authorized by any team or league." on the card on the right.

Isn't that something to have on the card? If you're curious as to why it is there, here is an article explaining the circumstances behind the two versions.

L-R: 1999 Bowman Chrome #13 and #202

These were the last of the five cards that I needed for the base team set for 1999 Bowman Chrome. It is nice to see the Browns players in their expansion uniforms, with the expansion patch on the front of their jerseys.

L-R: 1999 Collector's Edge Fury - Gold Ingot #130; 1999 Score - Showcase #160 (#/1989)

Here are a couple of Browns parallels from other 1999 sets, where you can see the players still wearing their old uniforms, but being listed with the expansion Browns. I still need other cards from both parallel sets.

L-R: 1999 SkyBox Metal Universe #7 and #54

These two cards, and the card below, leave me only needing one more card to complete this set's Browns team set. The missing card is Jerris McPhail, a running back in a Detroit Lions uniform.

The next card from this set has a great photo on it!

1999 SkyBox Metal Universe #53

It would have been better if Antonio Langham was in a Browns uniform tackling Keyshawn Johnson, but it is still a good shot. I say that, but it is somewhat corrected on the back of the card.

Unlike all the other Browns cards in the set, which has the back photo showing the player in the uniform shown on the fronts of the cards.

I assume, though, that since Langham had played for the Browns before their move to Baltimore, that SkyBox found an old photo of Langham wearing a Browns uniform to use on this back.

Notice that he wore different uniform numbers in San Francisco and Cleveland.

L-R: 1999 Skybox Metal Universe - Quasars #2Q; 1999 SP Authentic - Rookie Blitz #RB2

To finish this post, here are a couple more Tim Couch cards that were added to my collection with the trades. Two more down, and so many more to find.

I have one other TCDB trade in transit right now, but I have no idea when I'll get the cards. They were shipped to my US PO Box, and I probably won't get down there for a week or so.

Thank you to 'budler', Billy and '49ants' for the gifts and trades.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

COMC order Part 6 - A bunch of first round picks

I was looking at the last of my Browns cards from my COMC order, and was a little bit surprised at how many of the remaining cards were first round draft picks.

It will start with the same future Hall of Famer that I ended my last post with, and then it starts to hurt. On the plus side, all of these cards were purchased for under a dollar.

L-R: 2011 Score - Glossy #70; 2012 Topps - Gold #198 (#/2012)

Joe Thomas was the third pick of the 2007 NFL Draft.

As with the 2010 Score set that I showed in my last post, the 2011 set is full of parallels as well. I have less of these, but was happy to add this Glossy Parallel.

Although I may complain about all of the parallels that we see, I like the simple ones that can be identified by the color of the borders. These gold ones were always nice, and were numbered out of the year of the card.

2016 Panini Unparalleled - All-Pro #AP-18

I think this card shows that he was a pretty successful draft pick, and the picture moves into the new Cleveland Browns uniforms.

L-R: 2016 Donruss - Press Proof Silver #71 (#/100); 2017 Panini - Sacrifice #14 (#/299)

A couple more parallels to add to my collection, and I was happy to see the Sacrifice parallel labelled as such so distinctly.

L-R: 2018 Donruss - Elite Series #ES-27; 2018 Donruss - Glory #G-9

The card on the left has been shown on my blog before - it was my choice for my favorite card of 2018. Comparing it to the Glory insert, I prefer it for actually getting to see Joe Thomas without his helmet on, and what I think is a much nicer background.

L-R: 2012 Finest - Refractor #125; 2012 Topps Platinum - Orange Refractor #130

Trent Richardson was the third pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. I've said in my blog before that I was thrilled with the pick.

He had a good rookie season, but the Browns obviously saw something early in the 2013 season, and were lucky to be able to trade him to Indianapolis for a first-round draft pick in September 2013.

L-R: 2012 Score - Hot Rookies Glossy #3; 2012 Topps Platinum - Rookie Die-Cut #PDC-BW

A final Trent Richardson card with another Glossy parallel of an insert card.

Brandon Weeden was another first round pick from 2012, drafted twenty-second overall. He started 20 games for the Browns in 2012 and 2013. He was still in the NFL with the Houston Texans this year.

Top: 2012 Panini Prestige - NFL Passport #3
Bottom: 2016 Panini Prizm - Rookie Introductions Prizm #6

After trading down twice in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Corey Coleman was selected with the fifteenth pick.

After suffering injuries with the Browns in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, which would have been part of the reasons that he didn't live up to expectations, the Browns traded Coleman to Buffalo for a seventh round draft pick during the 2018 training camp.

The Bills released him after training camp, and the Patriots signed him for about a week before also letting him go. He finished this season with the New York Giants, playing in their last eight games, catching five passes, and also returning 23 kickoffs and one punt.

L-R: 2016 Donruss Optic - Red & Yellow #161; 2016 Panini National Convention - VIP #40

I'm sure I'll be able to pick up cheap Coleman cards for years to come.

L-R: 2014 Topps Chrome - Green Refractors #152; 2014 Panini Hot Rookies #269

I've got two first round picks in this scan.

Justin Gilbert was the Browns first first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, eighth overall. He was overshadowed by a quarterback that the Browns drafted fourteen picks later.

The quarterback's troubles helped hide the fact that Gilbert only started three games in his two seasons with the Browns. A little bit more is expected from an eighth overall pick.

The Browns were lucky to trade him to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2018 sixth round draft pick. He played the 2016 season with the Steelers, and has not played in the NFL since.

I decided to finish off the first-round picks in this post with another success story.

Joe Haden was the seventh pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, and went on to make the NFL All-Rookie team that season.

He played for the Browns from 2010-2016, and made two Pro Bowls (2013 and 2014), and the NFL Network's Top 100 list in 2014 and 2015. Unfortunately, he battled injuries during his last two seasons with the Browns.

Before the 2017 season started, Haden was surprisingly cut by the Browns and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As might be expected from a Browns fan, I hate the Steelers. However, I still like Joe Haden, and don't blame him for signing with Pittsburgh. I might have preferred him going elsewhere, but with the Browns just cutting him like they did, I don't blame him for finding the best option that he could.

Although that was the end of the cards of former first-round Browns draft picks in my COMC order, there were still a few more Browns cards in my order.

L-R: 2014 Bowman Sterling #77; 2014 Panini Hot Rookies #52

Pierre Desir was said to be a bit of a project when he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Browns, starting seven games, before being waived before the start of the 2016 season. After stints with the Chargers and Seahawks, Desir has played with the Indianapolis Colts for the last two seasons, and started twelve games for them this year.

In a story of a local boy making good, Brian Hoyer signed a two-year contract with the Browns before the 2013 season, and he started 16 games for the Browns over those two years, going 10-6.

Yes, a post-1999 Browns quarterback with a winning record.

The Browns decided not to bring him back after his contract ended, and he bounced around a little bit before returning to New England where he is still Tom Brady's back-up.

L-R: 2015 Topps High Tek - Pattern 2 Spiral/Dots #106; 2016 Donruss Optic - Pink #192

Finally, here are two other Browns draft picks that are still with the team and had important roles with the team last year.

Duke Johnson was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, while Rashard Higgins was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Hopefully they will have good careers with the Browns.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

COMC order Part 5 - working on two sets from 2010

My last COMC order allowed me to pick up a bunch of cards from two 2010 sets. The order brought one set down to four cards to complete all the Browns from it, but the other one has so many parallels that I doubt it will ever be completed.

L-R: 2010 Panini Adrenalyn XL #95 and #100

Here are two base cards from the Panini Adrenalyn XL card game. I've never played the game, or even read the rules, and I know nothing about it.

L-R: 2010 Panini Adrenalyn XL #98; - Special #S15

Here is the base Jake Delhomme card, along with his card in a foil Special insert set. You can see that the Delhomme's game stats are higher on the Special card. I guess they wanted to make sure you'd keep buying cards to improve your team with a better version of some of your players.

L-R: 2010 Panini Adrenalyn XL #99; - Extra #E8

Here is a similar pair of Jerome Harrison cards, but the insert set is a different foil Extra card. The stats seem to be a little bit more of an improvement on the Extra card as opposed to the Special card earlier.

L-R: 2010 Panini Adrenalyn XL #101; - Extra Signature #ES8

Here is another set of cards, but this one has a foil Extra Signature insert card. The signature appears to be printed onto the card. The increase of stats is a even a little bit higher on this insert card.

These cards bring me down to needing two more base cards, of Eric Barton and Sheldon Brown. I also need a Special version of Sheldon Brown, and an Ultimate Signature of Josh Cribbs. From scans I've seen, the Ultimate Signature card also appears to have a pre-printed signature on the card, and the stats appear to be eight higher than the base card.

I'm sure that I will eventually complete all the Browns in this set.

On the other hand, I will likely never complete all the needed Browns cards from the following set.

L-R: 2010 Score - Scorecard #70 (#/499); - Glossy #169

In the 2010 Score set, there are fourteen Browns cards to collect. I have all the base cards that I need, but each card also has six parallels (Artist's Proofs, End Zone, Glossy, Gold Zone, Red Zone and Scorecard).

I thought that I read that Ben Watson had announced that this would be his last year playing. Since the Saints were defeated today, that would mean that his career is over. I enjoyed watching him play, and was glad that he had a stint with the Browns.

L-R: 2010 Score - Glossy #67; - Gold Zone #67 (#/299)

The Glossy parallel team set is the one that I'm closest to completing. I'm now down to needing just three cards to complete it.

L-R: 2010 Score - Scorecard #373 (#/499); - Hot Rookies Gold Zone #25 (#/299)

Oh, yeah, and the insert sets all had the same six parallels. This is the first of the Hot Rookies parallels that I own, but there are also Colt McCoy parallels to find.

L-R: 2010 Score - Gold Zone #73 (#/299); - Scorecard #73 (#/499)

These two Massaquoi parallels are added to the Glossy one that I already owned. His three parallels are the most that I have of any player so far.

L-R: 2010 Score - Red Zone #69 (#/100); - Scorecard #69 (#/499)

These are my first parallels of the Joe Thomas card. Although the Glossy seems to be the easiest to find, I don't have the Joe Thomas one yet. This is my first Red Zone parallel for this set.

Checking my collection, and doing a little bit of quick math, there are 84 different parallel Browns cards to collect of the base cards. I just picked up nine of them, and they joined eleven that I already had. So, I'm very close to having collected a quarter of the available parallels.

I don't own any of the Artist's Proofs, numbered out of 32, or the End Zone parallels, numbered out of 6. I've still got plenty more of these parallels to acquire.