Friday, 14 June 2019

Trading Card Database trade - T-Rex70

After my hamstring injury, but before my surgery, a user on the Trading Card Database, T-Rex70,  reached out to me looking to trade for some Seahawks cards that I had.

I found a couple of Browns cards that I needed and it should have been a very simple trade.

I packed up the cards the day before my surgery, but not being able to drive, the post office was closed by the time that my roommate brought me to store with the nearest postal outlet.

Okay. I left money with my roommate, and a note with the contents to put on the customs declaration, and then had surgery the next morning.

After surgery, I stayed with my sister for close to a week. During that time, my roommate told me that the postal rules had changed and that customs forms now needed to be filled out electronically and that I would need the recipient's phone number in a mandatory field. I would have to wait until I returned home to mail the envelope.

I emailed my trading partner, and made a post on the TCDB asking if other Canadians had experienced this customs change. I was told that the clerk was wrong, and that they were encouraging people to fill out the electronic customs form but that the paper forms were still available. I was also given the date of a Canada Post memo that said that the paper forms were still valid.

A few days later, my roommate was able to take me to a different postal outlet, and I had no problems at that one. I was happy that I had finally mailed the envelope.

Now, the other problem was that I couldn't drive down to my PO Box to pick up the cards that had been mailed to me.

Finally, last weekend, one of my friends said he would make the hour long drive, cross the border, and pick up my mail.

These two parallels were finally in hand.

2018 Donruss Optic - Pink #198

Denzel Ward had a great rookie season, making the Pro Bowl. He's one of the many important, young building blocks that the Browns have for the future.

2018 Donruss Optic - Pink #113

This is my first Damion Ratley card.

Damion Ratley will be in a fight to make the Browns this year after playing in thirteen games, starting three, and catching 13 passes for 144 yards during his rookie season.

Ratley did get a bunch of first team reps during the voluntary minicamps this year as Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway were not on the field for various reasons. These first team reps can only help him, but I think he'll need to have a strong training camp, and play well during the exhibition games.

I'm just happy to have received this card. I wonder if I'll get another of his cards before his name pops up next on the list of names for the one card in my collection series of posts.

Thank you, T-Rex70. I appreciate the cards, and apologize for the length of time it took me to get you your cards.


Oh, and in a slight health update. I was able to drive to a neighborhood pharmacy the other day. I figured I could sit long enough for a short drive, and I was correct. I won't try anything too far right now, but it is good to know that I can go to the store if I need to.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Express mailing from the Herschel Hoard

Recently the Herschel Hoard blog had a couple of posts on the 1988 Topps Stickers, and the many possible variations of the stickers with the various sticker back cards.

I knew where my 1988 Topps Stickers were, so I dug them out to see if I had any different variations that I could add to the hoard. I had two different variations so I sent off a message to get a mailing address where I could send the stickers. I didn't expect anything back, but knowing the blogging community was not surprised to get a message back asking if I wanted a specific card off of my wantlists posted on my blog.

Okay, I wasn't surprised to get a message asking if I wanted a card in return, but I was shocked when I saw the card being offered.

I don't have a "most wanted" or "white whale" sidebar on my blog. I have thought of adding one many times, and still might, but I just never seem to get around to it.

If I did have one, however, the card being offered would have been on it.

I have seen the card available at shows in Syracuse, but really didn't want to pay the hometown premium on the offered card, but it was a key card that would eventually have to be added into my collection.

1962 Topps #36

A beautiful card of The Elmira Express, the first black winner of the Heisman Trophy, Ernie Davis.

His story was told on film in the 2008 film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

After being drafted first overall by the Washington Redskins in the 1962 NFL Draft, the Browns traded future Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell to the Redskins to acquire Davis to pair in the Browns backfield with fellow Syracuse alum Jim Brown.

During the summer of 1962, while preparing to play with the College All-Stars against the Green Bay Packers, after tests while ill, Ernie Davis was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia. He never played for the Browns, but was allowed to practice with the team, and appeared in uniform for an August pre-season game, where he was spotlighted running on the field, but did not play.

Ernie Davis passed away at the age of 23, in Cleveland, on May 18, 1963.

I'm so thankful to add this meaningful card to my collection.

(The scan seemed to pick up a lot of white specks on the black border of the card. They sure don't seem to be anywhere as noticeable while the card is held in hand. The card is amazing!)

This Ernie Davis card also came with a few friends.

1973 Topps #79

You have to love those old single bar facemasks that kickers used.

Don Cockroft was a longtime kicker for the Browns, acting as both the punter and placekicker from 1968-1976, and then continuing on as only the placekicker from 1977-1980.

1973 Topps #429

Yes, the kid in me is laughing at his name.

Fair Hooker played six seasons in the NFL, all with the Browns from 1969-74, catching 129 passes and 8 touchdowns.

I love the card backs with their cartoons for the 1973 set, so I figured that I would show them.

One last card also came in the package.

1976 Topps #438

When Doug Dieken took over at left tackle for the Browns, it was a big deal. He became the third left tackle in the franchise's history, after Lou Groza from 1946-1959 (in the AAFC and NFL), and Dick Schafrath from 1960 until Dieken took over in 1971. Dieken was the left tackle until 1984.

Oh, and looking at the card back, can you guess the mystery Brown? If you can't, re-read an earlier part of this post and you will realize who the Browns punter was in 1973.

I'm extremely grateful to the Herschel Hoard for these cards. Thank you very much.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 15

Let's continue the series of posts showing cards of five players with only one card in my collection.  I'm using sorting tools at The Trading Card Database to look through my collection on their site to see who only has one card, and then finding the first five names that I haven't posted yet. I'm also using the images from their site.

2002 Upper Deck XL #125

After his college career at TCU, Lenoy Jones started his NFL career with three seasons with the Houston and Tennessee Oilers from 1996-98.

The Cleveland Browns selected Lenoy Jones from the newly named Tennessee Titans in the 1999 NFL Expansion Draft, and played his final four NFL seasons with the Browns.

Along with this card, there is a Holofoil parallel version that I need to find. These appear to be the only two cards listed on the Trading Card Database to represent his career.

1993 Bowman #181

Former Florida Gator Del Speer was an undrafted free agent signed by the Browns before the 1993 season. He played in all 16 games of his rookie 1993 season, starting two of them, and the first eight games of the 1994 season with the Browns. I assume he was then released by the Browns but I can't find a transaction record detailing this. I did find that he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in December 1994, and played his last NFL game with the Seahawks shortly afterwards.

This appears to be his only NFL card.

1973 Topps #129

Looking for information on Rich Jackson, I found that he had an awesome nickname for a defensive player, Tombstone, and that he had a vicious head slap that he used during his career. (One article I read said that Deacon Jones credited Rich Jackson for developing the head slap. Another article said that both players claimed to have developed it.)

Rich Jackson started his career playing with the AFL Oakland Raiders in 1966, and the AFL/NFL Denver Broncos from 1967 into the 1972 season when he was traded to the Browns. He was named as a first team All-Pro from 1968-1970, and articles talk about him being a Hall of Fame player before suffering a knee injury in 1971.

The back of the card was a bit optimistic as his career ended after the 1972 season, and this card is the only one to represent his stint with the Browns.

1992 Score 512

After being drafted by the Browns in the seventh round of the 1992 NFL Draft, Selwyn Jones spent the 1992 season on injured reserve.

He returned to the Browns for the 1993 season and started the season strong with two interceptions in the first week of the season, and one in the second week.

Selwyn Jones was released by the Browns during the 1994 season, and signed with New Orleans. After finishing the 1994 season with the Saints, he finished his career with two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

From looking on the Trading Card Database, this appears to be Selwyn Jones' only football card. I find this surprising since he did play in 47 games between the 1993 and 1996 seasons and more players seemed to get cards then.

1954 Bowman #99

Finishing off this post is my solo card of Harry "Chick" Jagade.

As you can see on the back, Jagade started his career with the Baltimore Colts before going to the Browns. His one season with the Colts was while they were in the AAFC. His Browns career consisted of three seasons from 1951-53, which means that this card is out of date. He played the 1954 and 1955 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

This is the only Chick Jagade Browns card listed on the TCDB. He also had one Leaf college card with the Indiana Hoosiers that preceded his pro career, and one Bears card in 1955. In addition, he also had a card in the 1955 Sport Magazine Fan Club mail in card.

Chick Jagade passed away at the age of 41 on November 24, 1968.


It has been a while since I posted, not since before my surgery, so here is a health update.

My surgery happened on May 13, and went well. The small fragment of my hip bone that broke off with the tendon was able to be reattached with two screws, and everything else was stitched together with dissolvable stitches.

I had my first follow-up appointment with my surgeon on May 28, and he was very happy with my progress, but told me to pretty much keep doing what I was doing, which was pretty much just lying around.

I was able to stand, but if I was going to bend my hip, I had to bend my knee at the same time so that I didn't put strain on the hamstring. I really couldn't sit, which of course meant that I couldn't drive, which of course kept me mostly confined to the house. I was pretty frustrated. I was able to semi-sit on the couch, with my leg bent, so at least I wasn't lying down all the time.

My friends were great, though, and really helped out. I could recline the passenger seat and pretty much lie in the passenger seat of someone else's vehicle. It was better if it was a SUV type vehicle that I could step up and lower myself down from. They took me to get groceries, and as I was able to stand, I sang in my choir's last four concerts, even though it really tired me out.

I am now able to sit upright for a few minutes at a time, and it seems to be getting longer as time passes. I can sit in recliners, with my legs and feet up. (Too bad I don't own one.) However, this did allow me to go see Rocketman in a theatre with recliner seating.

I can pretty much walk on straight levels without a crutch, but I still need one to go up and down stairs. I don't really have strength in my injured leg. My next appointment with my surgeon is June 25. I'm hoping that I'll be able to drive before then.

One of my friends drove down to my PO Box and collected my mail yesterday, so I have some new cards to show. Since I can sit for a few minutes at a time, I should be able to scan cards for some new posts in the next few days.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 14

Here is another post in a series showing cards of five players with only one card in my collection. I'm using sorting tools at The Trading Card Database to look through my collection on their site to see who only has one card, and then finding the first five names that I haven't posted yet. I'm also using the images from their site.

1976 Topps #219

Most of Van Green's information can be found on the card back above. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1973 NFL Draft.

Along with the games listed on the back of the card, he played in the first game of the 1976 season with the Browns, before finishing his career with the Bills from week 3 to 7 of the same season.

This is his only football card listed on the Trading Card Database.

2002 Upper Deck XL #127

Raymond Jackson was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He was selected away from the Bills by the Browns in their 1999 expansion draft, and played three seasons with them.

This is a 2002 card, and Raymond Jackson remained with the Browns during this season, but as the Player Development Coordinator from 2002 - 2004.

According to the Trading Card Database, there is also a Holofoil parallel to this card. Other than that he has no other cards listed on the database.

1993 Playoff #125

An undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, Mike Tomczak was originally signed by the Chicago Bears in 1985, and played with them through the 1990 season.

After playing with the Green Bay Packers in 1991, Tomczak was signed by the Browns after Bernie Kosar broke his ankle against the Dolphins in Week 2 of the 1992 season. Todd Philcox started the third Browns game of that season before Tomczak came in to start the next eight games until Kosar was able to return.

As you can see on the back of the card here, Tomczak signed with the Steelers at the end of the season and remained with the Steelers through the end of the 1999 season.

Tomczak being in a Browns uniform makes this a Browns card for my collection. I think this is the only card that shows him in a Browns uniform.

2000 Leaf Limited #242 (#/1500)

A fifth round pick of the Browns in the 2002 NFL Draft, Anthony Malbrough only played one season with the Browns. After that he continued his football career with one season in NFL Europe and then eight seasons in the CFL.

Pro Football Reference lists him as being the brother of former NFL player, and former Brown Jerry Ball.

From his rookie season, Malbrough has a Limited Series parallel to this card. I thought that this was the only set that represented his stint with the Browns, but in looking at his page on the Trading Card Database, I see that he was photographed in a Browns uniform in the 2002 Pacific set, with his team being listed as the Houston Texans. That card has three parallels. It looks like that gives me more cards to chase.

1961 Fleer #14

Gern Nagler has an interesting history with the Browns. Although he was drafted by the Browns in the 14th round of the 1953 NFL Draft, as you can read above, he was traded to Baltimore before the season began. The trade was historic. It was the largest trade at the time, with fifteen players changing teams - ten from the Browns to the Colts, and five going back to Cleveland. It is still the largest trade to involve only two teams. The only larger trade, the Herschel Walker trade, involved three teams - the Cowboys, Vikings and Chargers.

Nagler was waived by the Colts and signed by the Chicago Cardinals where he played five seasons, missing the 1954 season to military service. He played the 1959 season with Pittsburgh before finally coming back to the Browns where he finished his career playing in the 1960 and 1961 seasons.

This is Gern Nagler's only mainstream Browns card. He also has two oddballs from 1961 with a Fleer Wallet Picture, and a National City Bank card.


As an update to my torn hamstring - originally I was supposed to have surgery on it today, but due to a small mix-up with the various hospital offices, my surgery was postponed until next Monday morning. I just want to get it over with so I can start the rehab and get to the point where I can sit normally again.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

A pack of 2019 Topps Utz Baseball cards

When I last went down to Ogdensburg to pick up my mail, including the package from Gavin from my previous post, I decided to look and see if I could find any of the Utz products containing this year's baseball cards.

I looked in the Walmart, and had no success, but there was a Price Chopper across the street that did have to packages of 12 mini bags of Utz products.

I had never tried Utz chips before, and the package had three mini bags of four different flavors - regular, bbq, sour cream and onion, and cheese curls. Of those, I don't like sour cream and onion, and cheese curls. Oh well, they will be given away to some friend that likes them.

Here are the cards that I found in my pack.

I really like the photo here, with the bat yet to hit the ground, and the ball still in the frame on what must have been a bunt.

Funny to see bunt cards back to back.

As a Mets fan, I wish that this card had Cano in a Mets uniform.  It would have made one of these cards actually stay in my collection.

The pack also came with a coupon that I may or may not use some day.

I enjoyed the regular and bbq chips enough that I would buy more of them to get the cards. I also would like to show that the promotion works, and that more food companies should do card promotions. However, I don't know whether there will still be any available the next time I manage to get down to Ogdensburg. This, of course, is a lead in to an update on my health issue detailed last post.

So, last Wednesday I went for my ultrasound, and to meet with a doctor.

Long story short, it looks like I have a full tear of one of the tendons in my hamstring, and will require surgery.

I was told to call the hospital the next day to book an appointment with an orthopedic doctor, and that I would find out how things would progress from there.

It seems that any time they tell you to make an appointment with a specialist, there is usually quite a wait to see one. I called on Thursday, and had an appointment set up for next Monday. That's quick. Now I wonder how quickly the surgery might be scheduled. I'll be sure to post an update when I know something more.

All I know is that it isn't going to be fun having the surgery and then doing the rehab. However, it has to be better than not being able to sit normally, which is the situation I am in now, and being stuck in the house because I can't drive anywhere. I like driving, and had plans to drive to Syracuse and Binghamton to see some baseball games this summer, Now I don't know when I'll be able to. It is frustrating.

I probably won't be going down to Ogdensburg anytime soon, so no new Utz chip packages for a while. One of my friends will check my P.O. Box for me, but probably no more than once a month. If anyone has sent me anything very recently, or is planning to, please let me know so that I'm aware of it. Thanks.

However things could be a lot worse. I could have been injured worse, or I could live somewhere in the Ottawa area that is being affected by the flooding that is going on here right now. I'll count my blessings that I've avoided those things.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Breaking down an early stop of a well traveled envelope

Six days ago. 

I had pretty much finished this post six days ago with the expectation of posting it last Tuesday night after I heard back from the next blogger I picked to be in line to continue this...  I'm getting ahead of myself.

I'll jump in again later to let you know where I had left off six days ago, and why, and will turn what was a fairly short post writing wise into a long one.

Here is the start of the original post:

I received an e-mail the other day from Gavin at the Baseball Card Breakdown blog. He asked me if I wanted to participate in the well traveled envelope challenge started by Gregory at the Nine Pockets blog.

I agreed, and Gavin told me that the envelope was in the mail to me at my P.O. Box in Ogdensburg, New York. It took me a while to get down there, but I finally got down there on Monday and drove the package back home to Ottawa, Ontario.

I carefully slit the envelope open along the top where I could see that it had been opened before, and found a nice little package from Gavin.

2012 Topps Chrome - Orange Refractors #23

The mark on the top of the card seems to be something that was on my scanner, but that has now been wiped away.

I know that Night Owl likes pointing out that his Dodger cards look good on blue bordered parallels. I think that Browns cards look good with orange borders.

2014 Bowman Chrome - Topps Shelf Rookies #TSR-JM

 Another Johnny Football card to add to my collection. I already owned the other Browns card, Terrance West, from this checklist.

This card is the 180th Manziel card in my collection, which ranks him sixth among players on the list, sandwiched between Eric Metcalf (5th at 195) and Bernie Kosar (7th at 176). I would not be surprised if Manziel passes Metcalf by the end of 2019.

2015 Topps Museum Collection #99

This Joe Haden card completes my Browns team set for 2015 Museum Collection. Okay, it is a team set of two, but it is complete!

I like the thicker Museum Collection cards. They aren't something that I often see locally.

2016 Panini Certified - Mirror Gold #194 (#/25)

A nice card serial numbered out of 25. Cool!

Higgins had a good rapport with Baker Mayfield last year, and I'm happy that he re-signed with the Browns this off-season.

2016 Panini Certified - Mirror Orange #220 (#/199)

Another orange parallel, but it doesn't have a border that goes all the way around the card. Still nice, though.

I love when the swatch has part of a number, even though it appears to be from an old style jersey as opposed to the new one that he is wearing in the photo on the card.

How many stickers do you think that a player has to sign? It would be nicer if the autograph was more clear. I wonder if it would be better if a player didn't have to sign as many stickers as they do. Or it still could be because the players don't care to make their signatures recognizable.

2016 Panini - Chainmail Armor #247

This is my second of the eleven chainmail parallels for the Browns team set. I'm sure that will be a slow one to finish. It isn't as though I go out of my way searching for them. They'll turn up when they turn up.

2018 Panini Certified - Mirror Silver #16 (#/499)

Finally, a mirror silver parallel of Tyrod Taylor. It is my first card from that parallel set.

The great thing about these seven cards that Gavin sent? I needed all of them. That doesn't seem to happen too often with random mailings. Thanks a lot, Gavin!

As for the next step for the traveling envelope. I reached out to Shane at the Shoebox Legends blog to see if he's interested in participating, and then I'll have to find something to send him. 

This is where I had left my post. Almost ready to go, but I thought that I'd wait to see if Shane replied before I got home Tuesday night before posting it. If he did, I was going to change the last paragraph above to mention that. Well, instead I'll just add to the post now.

Last Tuesday, I started this post, sent an email to Shane, and then left for my curling club for our Annual General Meeting, followed by my team curling in a semi-final game for the B Division of our Club Championships.

The AGM went fine, and I received an email from Shane during the meeting saying that he would be happy to be the next recipient.

After the AGM, I looked and didn't see our bartender in the club. Being employed as one of our club's bartenders, and with the Club Manager on my team, I asked what was up, and what we were going to do.

He told me that the bartender's grandfather had to be taken to the hospital, and that she needed to accompany him, and that none of our other bartenders was able to come in that night.

He decided that since most of our members weren't going to stick around to watch the semi-final games, we could serve whatever drinks we needed to before going on the ice, and then keep an eye on the lounge through the windows to see if anyone needed anything, and then that one of us could quickly leave the ice, serve them, and then come back into the game. We could then work together after the games to serve the teams that were playing. We're all friendly at our club. Nobody should mind a slight delay if it happened.

Our curling games are scheduled to be eight ends. (An end is like an inning, but in curling it means that each team has thrown its eight rocks.) A rough guideline we use in time allocations to schedule the games is fifteen minutes per end. Our game was to start at 8 pm.

We were down 2-1 in the fourth end, and it was shaping up nicely for us when I saw that a member in the lounge was looking to order another beer. Their skip was throwing his first stone, and talking to our skip, I said that I would go serve the drink after his first shot. That would give me time to serve the beer while their skip was throwing his final stone, and be back in time to help sweep our skip's final stone.

After my skip's first stone, we were set up nicely to take a few points in the end. We were sitting three, and they were guarded, and their skip had a tough shot to make to change circumstances.

I quickly went and served a bottle of beer to our member, putting a gripper on my slider foot so that I wouldn't scratch or get the slider dirty.

Now, I'm a little different than most modern curlers. Most now, when sweeping, will wear grippers on both feet and walk down the ice and sweep the rock. That is how they are taught now.

Since I started so long ago, I learned to sweep by sliding beside the rock, and using my other foot, with a gripper, to push myself along. I had tried to change, but just couldn't get the feel of it.

Anyway, when returning to the game, I stepped down to the ice with my non-slider foot, as you should, and then brought down my other foot.

I looked, saw that their skip did not make his tough shot to change circumstances too much, and that we had a chance to draw in for four and take a good lead in the game with our skip's final shot. I called down and said I'd be there in a couple of seconds to help sweep.

I pushed off to give myself momentum to slide, and having forgotten to remove my gripper from my sliding foot, it did what it was intended to gripped the ice.

I'm a big guy. Momentum going forward doesn't just stop. I fell. Hard.

I kind of landed on my left knee and side, giving myself a nice bruise and hurting my left shoulder when I landed.

I say kind of landed to the left because my right leg decided it didn't really want to go that way. It went right, and I sort of did the splits, feeling instant pain.

Falls happen while curling, and the aftermath tends to catch everyone's attention on the ice. Usually a person is fine, and will get teased about their fall. However we all know that injuries can happen, and a lot of people will check on the fallen curler.

The first question was, did you hit your head? No, I didn't. At that point, I figured I would try to stand up. Nope, that wasn't going to happen. I started inwardly cursing myself at my stupidity.

Since we were on an end sheet, and I was right beside the side boards, I rolled myself to the side boards of the rink and pulled myself up the couple of inches to get off the ice surface. (I didn't want to leave an Angus-sized melt in the ice. Body heat will do that. I'm so considerate.) People gathered round, and I told them it was my leg, but that I could move my foot and toes and didn't think that I had broken anything. They called an ambulance and worked with me to make me as comfortable as possible - elevating the leg as much as comfortable, and putting a blanket over me. I knew which members had taken the first aid courses with me that the club offered.

There was rain in Ottawa last Tuesday, and upon calling 911, we were told that an ambulance would be on the way, but that they were really busy, and since I was conscious, and it was just a leg injury, I was a lower priority and it would probably be at least an hour before one came by.

Hearing that, I figured that with help, perhaps I could get into the lounge and out of the cold arena atmosphere.

A couple of big guys helped pick me up, and were able to help me up the stairs and into the lounge. They pulled out one of our nice padded chairs for me to sit on, and I tried to do so. I had immediate pain on my right sitting area as I tried to do so, but I managed to shift over on the chair to sit only on my left butt cheek.

As it turned out, sitting was a bad idea. I could feel that I was going into shock - I started feeling chilly, feeling dizzy and started sweating. Other friends noticed too, and as I asked for the blanket, and said that I think that I needed to lie down, one of my friends was already pulling one of the sofas next to me so that I could be moved onto it. They said I was going very pale.

Getting into a semi-sitting position, with the blanket, and my leg elevated helped a lot. I was brought some water and a glass with a couple of sips of orange juice to drink, and then sat and waited. It helped a lot, and I was told that I was regaining color.

Of course, sitting there also meant I was right there for all of our other members to check in on me as they finished their games. We forfeited ours.

I joked around with everyone until finally the ambulance came about an hour and fifteen minutes after being called.

I've already typed way too much about this, so I won't go into detail for the rest of the night, although there is still quite a bit that I can make a good tale of.

The final result though was that I left the hospital around four in the morning, with an undiagnosed hamstring injury.

Although we have "free health care" in Canada, we sometimes don't have the quickest access to specialists. I was told that I would need a specialist to do an ultrasound on my hamstring to see the severity, but that one didn't work overnights, and that the doctor didn't know when the first available opening to have one would be. The hospital would call me during the day to set that up. They gave me a painkiller pill, and a prescription for more, and a needle with a muscle relaxant. I didn't look at the needle, but my sister said it was big. I felt it.

My sister suggested that I return with her to her apartment for the next few nights since she didn't have the stairs between all the rooms that my townhouse had. It was a good thought, and she took good care of me until I left there Saturday night. I didn't have access to my computer, although my roommate brought by some stuff including my cell charger and my tablet. I just didn't want to work on this post with either of those.

Saturday night was an old friend's birthday. Four of us used to get together regularly to play video games, and that was going to be the plan for his birthday. I told the organizing friend that as long I could have a couch to myself, that I would try to attend.

My sister drove me to my house where we picked up my roommate, and then drove to my curling club to finally collect my car. To "sit" in the car, I had to recline the passenger seat and almost lie on the seat while being driven.

We transferred my belongings from my sister's car to my car, and then my roommate drove me to our friend's house for the party. With a crutch, I could climb the stairs into the house, and then lower myself down onto a sofa for our night of gaming. It was a fun night, and it was a welcome change from the previous few days.

After coming home, I still couldn't really find a way to get my laptop to a position where I was comfortable to use it until today. So finally I can finish this post.

So, not only do I want to apologize for slowing down the whole well traveled envelope challenge in the extra week or so that it took me to retrieve my mail from my P.O. Box an hour away from me, but now I'll be slowing it down some more since I can't drive yet to get everything together and get to the post office to mail it to Shane.

I had some extra stuff already scanned, so I still may get the odd post off in the next little while, but it may be slow. I will be reading other peoples' blogs on my phone.

I'll add an update after my ultrasound on to my next post. I don't think that it is too bad. At first, I thought it might be a bad tear, but now I'm thinking it might just be a small one. We'll see what the doctors say.

In the meantime, I'm trying to find some sense of how to deal with this. There are things that I never thought about if you can't sit without pain. I was trying to avoid as much solid food as I could for the first few days. It isn't fun. (Feel free to laugh when you realize what I'm referring to. It is a funny circumstance to think about, just not to live through.) Wish me luck for a good outcome for the ultrasound.

One good thing about the injury. I think this was the first year since they moved the first round of the NFL Draft to Thursdays that I was free to watch the whole draft if I wanted to. I watched most of it over the three days, and was very happy with the Browns' picks. I'm looking forward to collecting cards of the new Browns.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 13

Here is another post in a series showing cards of five players with only one card in my collection. I'm using sorting tools at The Trading Card Database to look through my collection on their site to see who only has one card, and then finding the first five names that I haven't posted yet. I'm also using the images from their site.

2000 Pacific #96

Zola Davis only played the 1999 season with the Browns. He was released by the Browns during the 2000 training camp.

There are three parallels to this card to find, and then Zola Davis also had a XFL card in 2001.

1962 Topps #26

Here is what I wrote in a June 25, 2016 post when I picked up this Howard Cassady card:

This is the only Browns card for Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, who played in 5 games with the Browns after being traded to them from the Lions just before the 1962 season. He had 7 punt returns and 10 kickoff returns for the team in those games. I don't know who is in the action photo - Cassady wore 40 with the Browns, as he did with the Lions. (If that is a Browns player with the ball, and it is number 10, before 1962 the number was only worn once by a Browns player, in 1957 by quarterback John Borten.)

As it turns out, I was wrong when I said it was Cassady's only Browns card.

The 1962 Post Cereal card shows Cassady in his Lions uniform, and the card has his team listed with the Lions, but under the text of the card it says that he was traded to the Browns. That means that I have to find a copy of that card now.

As well, there is a card of him in the 1962 Kahn's Wieners set in a Browns uniform. I don't think that I've seen any 1962 Kahn's cards in person.

Further looking into the inset photo. If it was from the 1961 season, the year before the card, then if it is a Browns player, the only two players that wore a number starting with a 1 are quarterbacks Milt Plum (16), and Len Dawson (18). I really don't know who is in that photo.

2000 Advance Auto Parts Cleveland Browns

Marquis Smith was drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft out of California.

He played 46 games, starting 20 of them, over his Browns career, from 1999-2001.

I am not aware of any other Browns football cards of Marquis Smith, and I think that reinforces why I love oddball sets so much.

1952 Bowman Small #74

Joe Campanella was drafted by the Browns in the 3rd Round of the 1952 NFL Draft. With a quick search, I wasn't able to find out how he went from the Browns to the Dallas Texans, but according to Pro Football Reference, Campanella played all 12 games of the 1952 season with the Texans, before finishing his playing career with the Baltimore Colts from 1953-57.

The back of his card mentions that he plans a career in construction after his playing career ended. He didn't do that. He went into the restaurant business instead. He partnered with Alan Ameche in opening the Ameche's Drive-In restaurants, and after leaving his partners, he started his own restaurant, Rustler Steak House.

After the Colts fired their General Manager in 1966, they approached Campanella with a job offer as Vice-President and General Manager of the Colts. Campanella accepted the position, wanting to work with the Colts coach, Don Shula.

Sadly, in February 1967, Joe Campanella was playing handball and became short of breath and asked to stop playing. He didn't make it off the court, and died in Shula's arms at the age of 36.

In 1952, Bowman had two football sets, of small and large cards. I still need to find the large card.

Other than these 1952 Bowman cards, Joe Campanella had a 1956 Topps card with the Colts, and then a reprint of the 1956 card along with a gold parallel in the 1994 Topps Archives 1956 set.

1954 Bowman #84

Another nice old Browns card of a player that wound up never playing for the Browns.

John Bauer was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 1954 NFL Draft. He was then involved in a six player summer trade with the Green Bay Packers that featured quarterback Bob Garrett going to the Packers and quarterback Babe Parilli going to the Browns. The Packers then traded Bauer to the New York Giants in September 1954, and he played his only two NFL games with the Giants that season.

This appears to be his only football card.

Happy Easter!