Tuesday 6 September 2016

What a difference a year makes

Last year the Cleveland Browns opened their season in New York on September 13, 2015 with a 31-10 loss to the Jets. According to the boxscore at Pro Football Reference, forty-six players played at least one snap for the Browns that day. Looking at that list of players, exactly half of them are no longer with the franchise.

Just out of curiosity, I wondered how many of the twenty-three departed players I had autographed cards for. I'm going to show the ones that I have, followed by regular cards of those I don't have autographs for, and then listing those that I don't have Browns cards for.

Here we go!

Here are the departed players from last year's opener that I have autographs for:

Alex Mack - C (now with the Atlanta Falcons)

2009 SP Threads - Multi Marks Dual #MM2-JM (#/40)

Johnny Manziel - QB (reported to be enrolled for classes at Texas A&M)

2014 Topps Turkey Red - Autographs #1

Travis Benjamin - WR (now with the San Diego Chargers)
2012 Topps Valor - Legionary Autographs #LA-TB (#/170)

Taylor Gabriel - WR (now with the Atlanta Falcons)
2014 Panini Contenders #197

Barkevious Mingo - LB (now with the New England Patriots)
2014 Topps - Signatures #TA-BM

Pierre Desir - CB (now with San Diego Chargers)
2014 Panini National Treasures #250 (#/99)

Now, those without autographs:

Brian Hartline - WR (currently a free agent)
2015 Panini Certified #29

Karlos Dansby - LB (now with the Cincinnati Bengals)
2015 Topps Platinum #13

Donte Whitner - S (currently a free agent)
2015 Score #192

Tashaun Gipson - S (now with the Jacksonville Jaguars)
2015 Score #122

Paul Kruger - LB (now with the New Orleans Saints)
2015 Panini Stickers #109

And finally, players with no Browns cards in my collection (and in most cases, with no Browns cards in existence):

Mitchell Schwartz - T (now with the Kansas City Chiefs)
Jim Dray - TE (now with the Buffalo Bills)
Shaun Draughn - RB (now with the San Francisco 49ers)
Rob Housler - TE (now with the Chicago Bears)
K'Waun Williams - CB (currently a free agent)
Randy Starks - DE (currently a free agent)
Craig Robertson - LB (now with the New Orleans Saints)
Scott Solomon - LB (currently a free agent)
Johnson Bademosi - CB (now with the Detroit Lions)
Marlon Moore - WR (currently a free agent)
Travis Coons - K (currently a free agent)
Andy Lee - P (now with the Carolina Panthers)

Finally, for those who have read this far, I'm going to have a giveaway to celebrate the first anniversary of my blog on September 9th! On Friday, I will randomize the names of anyone who leaves a comment on any posts that I make this week and I will try find a nice prize for the winner to fit their collection. So please leave a comment, and list a team or player to guide my choice if you win, otherwise who knows what I'll send you as a prize?


  1. Happy blogiversary on the 9th Angus. Count me in for the big giveaway. You know I'm down for anything Bengals should I win.

  2. Happy anniversary.
    I'm in for the contest.

    I'll take anything Tiger or NY Mets related.

  3. I'll be busy on the 9th, so happy anniversary a little early! Yours is the only football themed blog I read. Time goes by quickly, I remember when you started it!

    1. Also, one good thing about all those guys moving on, it gives you a bunch of new names ti chase.

  4. At least you get Gordon back, dude's a beast.

    Corey Seager

  5. Happy Anniversary! :D

    (Cubs & Bears)