Monday, 14 November 2016

Autographed additions to the collection

I have added a bunch of new autographed cards to my collection in the last couple of weeks through eBay, a local card store and one card at a local card show. (Hey, it surprised me that a new dealer had two Browns cards that I needed.)

Let's start off showing one that probably would have cost a pretty penny a couple of years ago but that I got shipped for just under the cost of a blaster.

2014 Score - Rookies Signature Purple #387 (#/5)

Okay, I'm really starting off with this card to see if it showing up as a thumbnail on other peoples' blog lists will create a bit of traffic here.

I know that Score isn't a high-end brand, and I know that Johnny's autographs have really dropped in price, but I was shocked to get one of his rookie autos numbered out of five for such a cheap price.

Once again, I will comment that I like his autograph. I don't know what it says, but I like it. I wonder how long it took him to develop it?

2000 Upper Deck - Game Jersey Autograph Gold #KJ-A

I own a few autographed Kevin Johnson cards, but he is the only Browns player that I own an autographed football of. I found it in a card store just outside of Syracuse and the owner there gave me a good deal on it since it had been sitting in his store for so long. I believe that I bought it for less than the value of the football.

Top: 2010 Topps Prime - Rookie Autographs #PAR-CMC (#/149)
Bottom: 2010 Panini Epix - Signatures #114 (#/499)

An interesting thing about the numbering for the Topps Prime Colt McCoy card. It is CMC because there is also a Carlton Mitchell card in the set (which I already owned) that is CM. I wouldn't have expected that.

I now own 33 different Carlton Mitchell cards, of which 10 are autographed. A few years ago he was selected by the local Ottawa team in their CFL expansion draft. I kind of laughed when I heard that since I figured when he was picked I probably owned the most autographed Carlton Mitchell cards in the Ottawa area. In his 2014 season with Ottawa, if I recall while battling injuries, he caught 16 passes for 170 yards. He then reported to the Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2015 but didn't make the team.

Top: 2011 Topps Finest - Jumbo Jersey Autographs #AJR-GL (#/589)
Bottom: 2011 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #88

The auction for these two on eBay set me back a whole $3.26 with free shipping. I'm not sure what depresses the market on these cards so much, whether it is because they are Browns cards, or because there are just so many different Greg Little autograph cards out there.

Sure, you might say it was because he wasn't a success befitting a second-round draft pick, but he did have 61 receptions for 709 yards and 2 TDs in his rookie season. His stats dropped in his second year to 53 receptions and 647 yards (with 4 TDs) but he was targeted on 25 fewer passes. Those aren't bad stats.

That being said, if you ask me my impressions of Greg Little, and I'll probably remember his third season where it seemed like he was always dropping the ball, and his stats suffered during that season (41 receptions for 465 yards and 2 TDs even though he was targeted five times more than in his second season.)

Oh well, I'm not going to complain since I don't mind picking his cards up cheaply.

L-R: 2012 Panini Prominence #183 (#/199); 2013 Panini Contenders - Playoff Ticket #132 (#/99)

I miss watching Travis Benjamin with the Browns. I never watched Dennis Johnson with the Browns. He was signed after attending 2013 training camp with the Texans, and then placed on the Browns practice roster. Just over a month later he was signed off that practice roster by the Texans.

And now, in the middle of this post, we come to the Vince Mayle section.

Top Left: 2015 Panini Gridiron Kings - Gridiron Art #GA-VM (#/125)
Top Right: 2015 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs Pink Refractor #168 (#/399)
Bottom Left: 2015 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #168
Bottom Right: 2015 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs Refractor #168
Well, let's see, the Topps Chrome autographs are all on card! Woo hoo!

The Vince Mayle part of my collection is now up to 53 different cards, of which 17 are autographed.

I open the odd pack or blaster of Panini Contenders but I generally have to count on others to get all my Browns and their draft picks. These were all ordered off the same seller on eBay, along with the three Topps Chrome Mayles and the Dennis Johnson above.

Top: 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #202
Bottom (l-r): 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #192; 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks - Draft Ticket #192
Top: 2015 Panini Contenders #106
Bottom (l-r): 2015 Panini Contenders #151 and #268
L-R: 2015 Panini Contenders #265; 2015 Panini Contenders - Playoff Ticket #265 (#/199)

I am curious how much product the seller opened to get this many Browns autographs. I know they weren't the "hits" that will get you rich.

Finally, a couple of this year's cards from the same seller.

L-R: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #280; 2016 Panini Prestige - Veteran Signatures #52

Honestly, with all the draft picks that the Browns had this year, I may have missed the Nile Lawrence-Stample card if the seller hadn't put "Browns" in the auction title. It made me look him up and see that he signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent, and was placed on Injured Reserve after being injured throughout preseason. We'll see if he can make the team next year.

Now the big question is, if I had only scanned the various autographs, how many could you have made out? I would have recognized a few from other autographed cards I have of them, but wow, it really strikes home how signatures have changed. And, really, I can't say anything, my former boss always told me that I should improve my signature to make it readable, and honestly, I haven't done so.

1 comment:

  1. Nice lot of autos. I think that is the best scan I've seen of the Panini hologram in the auto sticker too.

    Sometimes supporting a team that does not do very well can be good for collectors. I tell myself this as my Nets are down 65-99 in the game I'm watching....