The first video, however, isn't a music one, and the card below it isn't one that he sent me, but I need it for the theme.
Gary Carter is my first sports here. I was a catcher. I wore number 8. (A good number for a catcher, RIP Yogi.) And, he is the reason I became a Mets fan. I always kind of liked them, but when Carter was traded there I was all-in! Besides, it gave me a team to root for against my father.
When I restarted collecting last year, one of the first cards I looked for was one that I always wanted as a kid, and saw plenty of but never at a price I could pay. Anyway, I quickly found this at a very reasonable price, and I'm very happy to own it:
As much as I love Carter, when I got back into collecting I decided to only collect Browns cards. Cheering for the Browns can be tough:
This came out a couple of years ago, but change the names and it remains the same.
Tony sent me a small packet of Browns cards. I had all the cards below, but here are some of my old favorite players:
Eric Metcalf was great, a Raider-killer to give me bragging rights with two of my friends. And at the first NFL game that I was able to attend, he had a 73 yard punt return touchdown. It was so nice to see that live.
Michael Dean Perry was a better player than his brother "The Fridge", but isn't as well known.
And I always thought that with the last name of Slaughter that it would have been awesome if he had been a defensive player.
However, while looking through the cards Tony sent, to my surprise I found two that I needed!
Sadly, JaJuan Dawson died this past July at the age of 37, drowning after falling overboard on a family boating trip.
With a more pleasant story, David Patten escaped Cleveland to New England where he was a member of the three early 2000s Super Bowl winning teams, catching a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Always nice to add new cards to my collection.
Finally, the main cards that Tony sent were for a friend of mine:
Aston Villa is currently owned by former Browns owner, Randy Lerner.
|1991-92 Pro Set English League|
Tony, thanks for the cards! I'm sure my friend will enjoy them.