Thursday, 21 March 2019

1985 Coke / Mr. Hero Cleveland Browns Sheets - Special players with only one card in my collection edition

As I was pulling names for my series of posts for players with only one card in my collection, I realized that quite a few of the names could be found in one oddball set that I own.

I figured that I should just give that oddball set its own post.

This six-sheet set was issued by Mr. Hero sub restaurants in 1985. This set has a Bernie Kosar card in it, which precedes his 1986 Topps rookie card.

I've seen the sheets cut up into the individual cards, but since I own the sheets, I don't feel the need to collect the cut up singles.

From the first sheet, there is only one player that has this as their only card in my collection.

Scott Nicolas was drafted from the Miami Hurricanes in the twelfth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Browns, and was an important special teams player for the team.

His only football card can be found in this Coke / Mr. Hero set.

For fun, I will list the other players from these sheets and give the total of cards that I own of them at this time:

Frank Minnifield - 44 cards
Glen Young - 6 cards
Chris Rockins - 6 cards
Matt Bahr - 13 cards
Boyce Green - 4 cards
Curtis Weathers - 5 cards
Dave Puzzuoli - 4 cards

From this sheet, again there is only one player who has this as their only card in my collection, and that is of Willis Adams.

Willis Adams was the Browns first round draft pick (20th overall) from Houston in the 1979 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons with the Browns, with career receiving totals of 61 receptions for 962 yards, and two touchdowns. It appears that injuries really hurt his career.

This set has his only football card.

From the rest of the sheet:

Earnest Byner - 31 cards
Dan Fike - 11 cards
Felix Wright - 22 cards
Paul Farren - 10 cards
Al Gross - 9 cards
Eddie Johnson - 7 cards
Carl Hairston - 10 cards

This sheet has only cards for four players, Mark Krerowicz, Greg Allen, Harry Holt and Fred Banks.

Mark Krerowicz was a sixth round draft pick out of Ohio State in the 1985 NFL Draft. I'm not sure how much time he spent with the Browns, but his playing career consisted of starting three games at Guard in 1987.

This is the only set that Mark Krerowicz has a card in.

Greg Allen was drafted by the Browns, out of Florida State, in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft. In his rookie season with the Browns, he carried the ball eight times (for 32 yards) in seven games. Unfortunately for him, he found himself behind two running backs that each ran for over 1000 yards in the 1985 season. (Kevin Mack with 1104 yards, and Earnest Byner with 1002 yards.)

Greg Allen played two games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1986 season, his last in the NFL.

Former Arizona Wildcat Harry Holt came to the Browns after playing five seasons with the B.C. Lions in the CFL. In 2004, he was named to the Lions 50th Anniversary Dream Team.

Upon joining the Browns in 1983, he found himself as the second starting tight end, along with Ozzie Newsome. During the 1983 season, he caught 29 passes for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Harry Holt wound up playing four seasons with the Browns, catching 63 passes for 837 yards and five touchdowns.

Other than this set, there is one other card that shows Harry Holt's time with the Browns. He is pictured on the Browns 1987 Topps #79 team card, with the caption "Holt Sees Daylight", but I don't treat that as an individual card for my collection. The card back has team stats and the 1986 schedule results, not Harry Holt information. Some might call it a Holt card, but my collection, my rules. He is a member of the one card in my collection club.

Fred Banks was drafted out of Liberty University in the eighth round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He only played one season with the Browns, catching five passes for 62 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

After his season with the Browns, he went on to play for the Miami Dolphins from 1987-93, as well as eight games with the Chicago Bears in 1993.

Although this set has his only Browns football card, he had cards with the Dolphins starting with a 1990 Score rookie card.

For the other players on this card, here are their current card totals:

Rickey Bolden - 6 cards
Kevin Mack - 95 cards
Ozzie Newsome - 130 cards

This sheet has two players that have this as their only card in my collection, Larry Braziel and John Jefferson.

Larry Braziel played his last four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, after starting his career with three seasons with the Baltimore Colts.  This card came out during his final season with the Browns.

This set features his only Browns card. He is also on a Colts team leader card, as an interceptions leader, in the 1982 Topps set.

John Jefferson is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft, out of Arizona State.

After three successful seasons with the Chargers, catching over 1000 yards in each season, and twice tying for the league lead in touchdowns with 13, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers during a contract dispute. He played four seasons with the Packers before a trade to the Browns for his final NFL season.

Jefferson has a number of football cards from his career, but this set has the only one to show his time with the Browns.

Here are the card totals for the other players on this sheet:

Sam Clancy - 2 cards
Jeff Gossett - 2 cards
Robert Jackson - 5 cards
Paul McDonald - 7 cards
Mike Baab - 29 cards
Don Rogers - 4 cards

This sheet also finds the only card in my collection for two players, Johnny Davis and George Lilja.

I really don't remember Johnny Davis, although he was a Fullback and special teams player for the Browns from 1982 - 1987, after playing for the Buccaneers and 49ers from 1978 - 1981.

Johnny Davis had a solid career, and although his stint with the Browns appears to be only represented in this set, he does have other football cards with the Bucs and 49ers, and in a couple of Alabama college sets. He was a college roommate of Ozzie Newsome at Alabama.

George Lilja bounced around the NFL a bit after being drafted by the Rams in 1981 out of Michigan in the fourth round. His stint with the Browns from the end of the 1984 season through the 1986 season was the longest he spent with one team. He also played for the Jets and Cowboys.

He started every game of the 1985 season at Left Guard for the Browns, one of the offensive linemen that helped Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner both achieve their 1000 yard seasons.

Outside of this set, he has cards in a 2002 Michigan Wolverines set.

Here are the card totals for the other players on the sheet:

Clay Matthews - 108 cards
Reggie Camp - 9 cards
Gary Danielson - 6 cards
Hanford Dixon - 20 cards
Reggie Langhorne - 30 cards
Brian Brennan - 37 cards

This final sheet also has the only cards in my collection for two players, Travis Tucker and Keith Baldwin.

Travis Tucker was drafted by the Browns out of Southern Connecticut State in the 11th round of the 1985 NFL Draft.

His NFL career consisted of three seasons with the Browns, and this set appears to have his only football cards.

Keith Baldwin was picked by the Browns in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft, and played four seasons with the Browns before signing with the Chargers as a free agent in 1987. He played two seasons with San Diego.

The most successful season of his career was the 1984 season, where he started all 16 games for the Browns and had 4.5 sacks.

This set represents the only cards that show Keith Baldwin as a Brown. He had two football cards as a Charger, and amusingly to me, they are both oddball cards as well.

And here are the card totals for the other players on this sheet:

Bernie Kosar - 175 cards
Chip Banks - 13 cards
Cody Risien - 17 cards
Bob Golic - 22 cards
Clarence Weathers - 6 cards
Tom Cousineau - 11 cards

Friday, 15 March 2019

Recent eBay purchase for the price of a blaster

I have three or four drafts going right now that I hope to eventually finish, including one I started about my thoughts of the last few days for the Browns, but instead of finishing them, I'm going to do a quick post on some cards I bought on eBay. It will be nice to actually finish a post.

One of the players shown in a recent one card in my collection post was Buster Skrine. Since it didn't look like he had too many cards out there, I thought I would look to see if there was one out there that I could add to my collection. I found this one on eBay:

2011 Playoff Contenders #190

I found this card with a Buy It Now price of $1.99. The card was listed with a shipping cost of $3.00, but the listing said that it was a flat shipping rate if additional cards were added.

To help take advantage of the flat shipping cost, I looked to see if I could find some other cards for my collection.

I found a bunch of Jordan Cameron cards.
2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia - Spectrum Gold Autographs #119 (#/299)

2011 Panini Certified #197 (#/999)

2011 Panini Gold Standard - Autographs Silver #200 (#/499)

2011 Panini Limited #174 (#/499)

2011 Panini Plates & Patches - Silver #141 (#/100)

2011 Panini Threads - Autographs Silver #201 (#/299)

The three autographs above have doubled the Jordan Cameron autographs in my collection. The Absolute Memorabilia autograph was $3.99, while the other two were $2.99 each.

The non-autographed cards were $0.99 each.

Continuing through the seller's football cards, I found this card of Barkevious Mingo for $1.99.

2013 Topps Supreme - Purple #3 (#/99)

And of course this is another one of those cases where I have now found a parallel of a card before the actual base card.

I do, however, already own the base card of the last two parallel cards from this order.

2014 Topps Supreme - Blue #26 (#/144)

2014 Topps Supreme - Purple #26 (#/99)

The blue parallel cost $0.99, while the purple parallel was $1.49.

The total of the cards came to $19.40 before shipping.

All of the cards were from the players' rookie years, and other than the Skrine autograph, they are all serial-numbered. All are welcome additions to my collection.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 11

Here is another post showing cards of five players with only one card in my collection. Like the last one in this series, these five players are represented on only four cards.

To review how these posts are set up, they are using images and sorting tools from The Trading Card Database. I'm going into the stats of my collection on the site, and looking through it to see who only has one card listed, and then finding five names that I haven't posted yet.

Here is who today's search found.

2000 Leaf Rookies & Stars #209 (#/1000)

Rashidi Barnes was drafted by the Browns in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games for the Browns in the 2000 season, recording 14 tackles and making one punt return. He was released by the Browns in the final cuts before the 2001 season.

Along with his cards in this set, Rashidi Barnes cards can also be found in the 2000 Leaf Limited set.

2006 Leaf Rookies & Stars #141 (#/999)

Leon Williams played three seasons with the Browns after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played in 46 games, starting 12 of them, and made five sacks and forced one fumble during those games.

After the Browns let him go, he had stops with the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs.

Leon Williams had cards in five sets from 2006, and then no other cards in his career.

2009 Topps - Flashback #FB9

I was really happy when I got this card. I had read that Jim Marshall had started his career with the Browns but never expected to see a card of him with the team.

Something that I didn't know was partially revealed on the back of the card. I didn't know that Jim Marshall left Ohio State before his senior season, and played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1959. He was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round of the 1960 NFL Draft.

After being traded by the Browns to the Minnesota Vikings, Jim Marshall ended up playing 19 seasons with the Vikings, finishing his career after the 1979 season at the age of 42. He was a member of the Vikings famous defensive line, the Purple People Eaters.

Of course, no matter how great his amazing career was, I don't think his career gets brought up often without mentioning one particular play, a fumble that he picked up and ran 66 yards the wrong way into his own end zone, where he threw the ball away in celebration resulting in a safety.

Although this is his only Browns card, the TCDB lists two different Ohio State cards of his. As a Browns draft pick, I consider his college cards to be possible additions to my collection. I guess I have another couple of cards that I can chase.

2006 Topps Total #212

This last card is the only card in my collection for both Matt Stewart and Jason Fisk (and one of three that I own of Mason Unck).

Matt Stewart signed with the Browns as a free agent after playing four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He played two seasons with the Browns in 2005 and 2006, before missing the 2007 season with a torn shoulder muscle and becoming a free agent.

Jason Fisk played twelve seasons in the NFL, with 2005 being his only season with the Browns. Throughout his career, he also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, and St. Louis Rams.

Both Matt Stewart and Jason Fisk have football cards with other teams, but their only Browns cards are found in this Topps Total set.

This post was a little odd for me. In my previous 'one card' posts, I have usually recognized most of the players in the post, whether from reading about them, or having watched them play.

In this post, however, other than Jim Marshall, I don't remember any of the other players in this post. I mean, I remember picking these cards up, but other than seeing these players on these cards, I really don't know them. I don't like that.

I know there are a lot of players that have played for the Browns over the years that I am not really aware of. I am happy that this series of posts is allowing me to learn a little about some of them.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Bump and Run Football Card Blog Super Bowl Group Break

I signed up for a Super Bowl Group Break that was being run by Trevor at the Bump and Run Football Card Blog.

The break would open two 2017 Donruss Optic Jumbo Pack boxes, and one 2018 hobby box of Panini Elite. Some loose football packs were also going to be opened and thrown in.

Participants could buy one team, and then a second random team would be assigned to them. As one might expect, I bought the Browns. I had the Cowboys assigned to me as my second team.

Here is what I received in my break:

L-R: 2017 Donruss Optic #106 and #154

From the Optic cards, these are the two that I needed. I am always happy to get cards that I need, but I must say that I was more pleased to see the Myles Garrett rookie card pulled. It was one of the cards that I was hoping to get out of the break.

L-R: 2017 Donruss Optic #12, #78 and #92

Multiple copies of each of these cards were pulled, and all three were already in my collection before the break. No matter, I don't mind adding to the Browns doubles box (which is actually way more than one box).

There is a lot of speculation that Jamie Collins will be let go this off-season. If that happens, that means that of the above players, only Myles Garrett would be still with the team next season.

L-R: 2018 Panini Elite #69, #70 and #97

From the 2018 Panini Elite box, these are the cards that I needed. Garrett and Landry were very important members of the team this year, and should be instrumental in helping the Browns continue their improvement in the future.

L-R: 2018 Panini Elite #22; 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #30

I already owned a copy of the Tyrod Taylor card, but with it added to the previous three cards, the Elite box had all the Browns base cards. Sadly, I didn't get any of the five rookie cards from the set.

The Mohamed Massaquoi card was from one of the loose packs.

Along with these Browns cards, Trevor also threw in a bunch of other Browns cards and has said that he hoped that I needed some of them. I did, and here are the ones that I needed.

L-R: 2014 Topps - Power Players #PP-126 and #PP-217

There are eight Browns in the Power Players insert set. I only had one of them (Johnny Manziel) before receiving these, so they are very appreciated.

For those that aren't familiar with them, here is a back of a Connor Shaw card.

Did anybody enter any of these on the Topps site and win any prizes?

L-R: 2016 Panini - Knight's Templar Foil #48; 2017 Panini Prestige - Xtra Points Red #84; 2017 Score - Red #310

Three parallels that I needed.

I have a feeling that us collectors will be chasing parallels all the rest of our collecting days. I guess we can only hope that other collectors will help us find them. I know that it seems rare that I actually pull Browns parallels that I'm collecting, so others have to be pulling them.

Along with these were a bunch of other Browns cards.

L-R: 1995 Collector's Choice #197, #225 and #253

L-R: 1995 Collector's Choice - Players Club #253; - Players Club #339

Although I've completed my Players Club team set, they aren't cards that I see often

L-R: 1999 Collector's Edge Advantage #172; 1999 Collector's Edge Supreme - Gold Ingot #154

These two Kevin Johnson cards show him in his Syracuse Orange uniform. I know I have received other Orange cards in packages where people have confused them with Browns cards. It is an easy mistake to make, but these ones fit in my collection.

L-R: 2011 Score - Glossy #66; 2012 Panini Absolute - Retail #12

I am so glad that Score doesn't seem to be making glossy parallels anymore, not that you would really be able to tell from this scan whether this was the regular version or glossy one.

The hobby version of the Absolute cards has a foil-like background on it.

L-R: 2013 Panini Prestige #49; 2016 Score #84; 2016 Panini Playoff #45

Trent Richardson is still playing football, and seems to be one of the more well-known names playing in the AAF.

I don't listen to any podcasts, but at some point I'm going to have to listen to the ThomaHawk Show that Andrew Hawkins hosts with Joe Thomas. I always seem to be reading about comments made on the show.

I have very mixed feelings about the Browns signing Kareem Hunt. I just hope that it doesn't mean the end of Duke Johnson's tenure with the team. I think, however, that with his pass catching he serves a different role than either Hunt or Nick Chubb will have with the team.

Top (l-r): 2016 Panini Prestige #281 and #49
Bottom (l-r): 2016 Panini Classics #42; 2016 Panini Absolute #20

Gary Barnidge had two good seasons with the Browns and made one of my favorite catches ever.

I watched this game in a bar in New York City and that I blogged about previously. Looking back at the post, I even linked this video back then. I'm not going to apologize, it is worth seeing multiple times.

Gary Barnidge was released by the Browns after they drafted David Njoku in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. I don't know why Gary Barnidge was never given a chance by another team after his release. There are many teams that I think he could have helped.

Thanks, Trevor, for including all these extra Browns cards in the shipment that you sent me.

I did mention that I was also given the Cowboys in the box break. I'll finish my post by showing those cards here, without comment, as well as a some Raiders card doubles from the break that I asked Trevor for to give to one of my friends.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Recent trade and eBay acquisitions

I recently made a trade with a member on The Trading Card Database, and bought a few eBay auctions from another member that had advertised them in the TCDB forums.

Here are the cards that I received in trade from TCDB member "cjjt":

Top: 1999 Upper Deck Ovation - Spotlight #OS1
Bottom: 2000 Quantum Leaf - Banner Season #BS-9 (#/2447)

Always happy to add some more Tim Couch cards to my collection. He's the only player with more than 500 different cards in my collection. Sadly, that isn't even a third of the cards that are listed on at the TCDB.

I love how random the serial number seems to be for the Banner Season card. Obviously the 2447 is shown on the front as being his total passing yards, but still.

L-R: 2000 Collector's Edge Supreme #162 (#/2000); 2000 Collector's Edge T3 - Future Legends #FL15

Currently, I have 34 players with over 100 different cards in my collection. These two bring Travis Prentice to 97.

The Future Legends card image is slightly embossed. It's neat to see him almost breaking out of the card.

2000 Pacific Omega #169 (#/500)

Dennis Northcutt was drafted from the Arizona Wildcats, and is shown in his college uniform with any of the licensed parts stripped away. It sure makes it look pretty generic.

The trade went well, and I hope to complete more trades with "cjjt" in the future.

As for the cards that I won on eBay, they were from TCDB member "SaintOrm", with his eBay handle "pazzocow".

I have bought from him before, and actually picked up my first purchase from him in person in Phoenix during one trip to visit my mother. He's a great guy, and great seller. He currently has a bunch of basketball and football cards listed.

Here is what I won from him recently:

2011 SP Authentic #219 (#/699)

One of these days I will count to see how many different Greg Little autographs that I own. I think it is a lot. They're cheap and it doesn't seem like too many people are chasing them.

This is a pretty cool on-card autograph, with a nice three color swatch.

2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends - Autographs #61

Eric Metcalf was one of my favorite Browns from the early 1990s. This is my first Eric Metcalf autograph, so I'm thrilled with adding it to my collection. I'm glad that it is on-card.

Looking at my collection numbers, Metcalf is the highest ranked player from before the move to Baltimore at 195 cards. Overall, he ranks number five in my collection.

2017 Panini Absolute - Rookie Reflex Red #RR-MD

Just for comparison sake, this is my fifth Matthew Dayes autograph, out of fourteen of his cards that I own. I'm not complaining about that but it just helps show how many autographs are out there for modern players.

Both of these autographed cards were needed for my collection, but which do you think means more to me?