Monday, 6 April 2020

RIP: Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell

I was saddened to see the news that Bobby Mitchell passed away at the age of 84. I was not alive to see him play but books, football cards and the internet taught me about him.

Throughout this post I'll show various Bobby Mitchell football cards in my collection. All images have been taken from the Trading Card Database, although I had originally contributed some of the scans.

1992 Sunoco Browns Hall of Fame #9

Bobby Mitchell was drafted by the Browns in the 7th Round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Browns, sharing the backfield with Jim Brown, and returning punts and kickoffs.

1959 Topps #140 - RC

Mitchell scored a touchdown in his first NFL game, a 4 yard pass reception from Milt Plum in the second quarter of a game in Los Angeles, against the Rams, on September 28, 1958. The Browns won 30-27, and Bobby Mitchell ran for 50 yards on 10 carries, while also catching 5 passes for 26 yards with the one touchdown.

Bobby Mitchell finished his rookie season with 500 yards rushing, with a 6.3 average per carry, and one touchdown. He also caught 16 passes for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns.

To go with those offensive stats, he also contributed as a returner on special teams. He averaged 11.8 yards on 14 punt returns, and 25.2 yards on 18 kickoff returns for the season.  A highlight came in Cleveland on November 23, 1958 against the Eagles, when he had touchdowns on a 98 yard kickoff return, and a 68 yard punt return.

1960 Topps #25

Hmm, that photo looks familiar.

In his four seasons with the Browns, Bobby Mitchell played in 50 games. He scored 38 touchdowns in those games, 16 rushing, 16 receiving, 3 punt returns, and 3 kickoff returns. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry, and 11.4 yards per reception, and made the Pro Bowl in 1960.

1961 Fleer #12
1961 Topps #70

After the 1961 season, Bobby Mitchell was traded to the Washington Redskins for their Heisman winning, number one pick of the 1962 NFL Draft, Ernie Davis.

1963 Topps #159

As you might notice with the position listed on this card, upon joining the Redskins, Bobby Mitchell was moved out of the backfield into a receiver position. He led the NFL in receiving yards his first two seasons with the Redskins.

1988 Swell Greats #84

In 1983, Bobby Mitchell was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was named as an inaugural member of the Browns Legends program that began in 2001.

When he retired, his 14,078 combined net yards was second in NFL history, behind his old teammate Jim Brown's 15,459 combined net yards.

To finish this post, I will show the Bobby Mitchell memorabilia card, and autograph card that I own.

2012 Panini Playbook - Fabled Fabrics #5 (SN/49)
1998 Ron Mix HOF Autographs - Platinum (SN/2500)

Rest in Peace, Bobby Mitchell.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Recent Sportlots order: 2007 - 2018 cards

Here is the final batch of cards from my recent Sportlots orders.

Top (l-r): 2007 Topps - Copper #62 (#/2007); - Copper #253 (#/2007)
Bottom (l-r): 2007 Upper Deck - Football Heroes #88; 2010 Topps Chrome - Bowman Chrome Rookies #BCR-8

I only owned one of the ten copper parallel cards for the Browns team set before this order. As with most parallels, I'll grab them when I can.

I was a fan of both Brady Quinn and Colt McCoy, and am very happy to pick up new cards of both of them.

L-R: 2010 Panini Classics - Sunday's Best #8; - Team Colors #14

Two nice inserts for the 2010 Panini Classics set.

Top (l-r): 2010 Topps Unrivaled - Gold #108 (#/499); - Rookie Autographs #108 (#/99)
Bottom: 2012 SAGE Hit - Red #103

With the Topps Unrivaled cards, here is another instance where I've acquired a parallel and autograph before getting the base card. The autographed card is the most expensive card of this post at $2.00. It is my eleventh autographed card of Montario Hardesty.

I already owned the base card for the Brandon Weeden card.

Top (l-r): 2012 Topps - Gold #104 (#/2012); 2012 Topps Magic - Minis #128
Bottom (l-r): 2012 Topps Prime Retail - Blue #141; 2013 Panini Crown Royale - Bronze #16

A bunch more parallels of Browns cards where I already own the base cards. I haven't looked through my binders yet, but I'm pretty sure that I already own this Crown Royale Weeden card. I was happy at how few cards I bought that turned out to be doubles.

In my first Sportlots post, I mentioned that I started looking through the site by looking for Panini Stickers that I needed. Here is the start of what I bought.

Top (l-r): 2016 Panini Stickers #2 and #99
Bottom: 2016 Panini Stickers #100

The team logo sticker in the top right is foil.

The mascot shown on the bottom sticker is one of the NFL created Rush Zone mascots. I read that the Browns one is named K-9.

Top (l-r): 2016 Panini Stickers #101 and #102
Bottom (l-r): 2016 Panini Stickers #103 and #106

The three darker scans are foil stickers. I like the look of the textured stripes in the background on them.

Top (l-r): 2016 Panini Stickers #107, #108 and #109
Bottom (l-r): 2016 Panini Stickers #110, #111 and #112

I like the illustrated Barnidge sticker in the middle of the top row, but the eight on his number and his left leg seem a little off to me.

Top (l-r): 2017 Panini Stickers #12 and #98
Bottom: 2017 Panini Stickers #99

Another year of stickers, and another of the Rush Zone mascot stickers.

Top (l-r): 2017 Panini Stickers #100, #101 and #102
Bottom (l-r): 2017 Panini Stickers #103, #104 and #105

Again, the stickers that scanned dark are foil.

The Brock Osweiler sticker might be the only card to show him in a Browns uniform. He was listed as a member of the Browns in the Prestige set, but was still in his Texans uniform.

Top (l-r): 2017 Panini Stickers #106, #107 and #108
Bottom (l-r): 2017 Panini Stickers #109, #110 and #111
I think that I prefer the illustrated Browns sticker in this set compared to the one in the previous year. I kind of like the reflection in the visor.

Top (l-r): 2017 Donruss Certified Cuts #83; 2018 Panini Classics #23
Bottom (l-r): 2018 Panini #69 and #71

Outside of the stickers, there were still base cards that I needed that were found in the different sellers' inventories.

Top (l-r): 2018 Panini Elite Draft Picks #17 and #45
Bottom: 2018 Panini Prestige #119

There always seem to be college cards of Browns draft picks that I need. I don't mind collecting them. They're good for a change of pace every now and then.

Top (l-r): 2018 Panini Rookies & Stars #69 and 70
Bottom: 2018 Panini Rookies & Stars #71

Tyrod Taylor may not have had many starts with the Browns before Baker Mayfield took over, but from everything that I read, he was a great mentor and leader with the team. I know that he signed with the Chargers in the off-season, but I haven't heard anything about how he is doing with them. I wish him the best!

L-R: 2018 Panini Stickers #97, #98 and #99

These foil stickers had fancy patterns  in the background. Of course, with the Duke Johnson trade last week, neither player on the foil stickers above are with the team anymore.

Top (l-r): 2018 Panini Stickers #102 and #105
Bottom (l-r): 2018 Panini Stickers #108 and #109

I've been reading and hearing that Myles Garrett has been pretty dominant so far this training camp. Garrett finished last season with 13.5 sacks, falling half a sack short of the team record. I think that if he stays healthy, most people expect him to break the team record this year.

L-R: 2018 Panini Playoff #46 and #49

My purchases finished off with a couple more base cards that I needed.

The cards shown in this post came to $19.38, which is basically the equivalent of another blaster.

When looking to buy individual inexpensive cards, it is hard to beat Sportlots prices.  They are generally better than you will find on COMC during sales (although COMC gives you the additional benefit of seeing the exact scan of your card), and definitely better than the individual prices on eBay. You just have to pay attention to the different sellers' shipping prices.

The other problem with Sportlots is that it can be a little time intensive to search through various sellers' inventories. All in all, though, I think that the return I get from the cards and their prices is well worth the time that I have to spend to construct the orders.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Recent Sportlots orders: 1999 - 2007 cards

Continuing the cards from recent Sportlots orders, with these cards being from 1999 - 2007.

Top (l-r): 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends #166; 2001 Score Select #48
Bottom: 2000 Topps Gallery #63

I previously owned a parallel of the Jim Brown card. It is always nice to add the base card to a parallel.

The blue border on the Northcutt card has some chipping on the bottom. A little unfortunate, but not really that noticeable in the binder, and I have no problem paying $0.18 for it.

Even though the Kevin Johnson card came out before the Northcutt card, I figured by putting it on the bottom of the scan it would be close to the grouping of his other cards below.

Top (l-r): 2000 Bowman Chrome #29; 2001 Bowman Chrome #45
Bottom (l-r): 2001 Fleer Authority #30; 2001 Stadium Club #105

Stadium Club had great photos in football too!

Top: 2002 Donruss Elite #8
Bottom (l-r): 2001 Topps Archives #62; 2003 Donruss Gridiron Kings - Heritage Collection #HC22

When I manage to catch Browns pre-season games on tv with the Cleveland coverage, I enjoy listening to Tim Couch in the booth. Last Thursday's game had Couch in the booth, Bernie Kosar doing sideline commentary, and Joe Thomas as a special guest in the booth for the third quarter.

It is nice to pick up a couple of new Ozzie Newsome cards to my collection, including the Topps Archives reprint of his rookie card.

Top: 2002 Pacific Atomic - Countdown to Stardom #5
Bottom (l-r): 2003 Fleer Mystique #19 and #20

I don't know how many various insert cards that I have of William Green. I enjoy them, but there are so many. I guess that is what happens with a team's rookie running back.

Top (l-r): 2003 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects - Chrome Gold Refractors #85; 2003 Upper Deck Standing O #177
Bottom (l-r): 2004 Fleer Authentix #113 (#/750); 2004 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects #72

I'm sneaking in another Kevin Johnson card here. I previously owned the die-cut parallel of the football from this set.

I like the shiny refractor for the Quincy Morgan card, and the inset "ticket" on the Authentix Luke McCown card.

Top (l-r): 2004 Fleer Tradition - Blue #89; - Blue #100
Bottom (l-r): 2004 Fleer Tradition - Blue #130; - Green #167

As basic as they are, I love the colored parallels for the 2004 Fleer Tradition set.

L-R: 2004 Playoff Prime Signatures #24 (#/999); 2005 Donruss Gridiron Gear #125 (#/399)

Another Ozzie, and the beginning of a bunch of Charlie Frye cards.

Top: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads - Rookie Hoggs #27 (#/750)
Bottom: 2005 Playoff Contenders - Legendary Contenders Green #10 (#/750)

I'm not going to complain about adding another Jim Brown card to my collection.

Top (l-r): 2005 Playoff Prestige - Draft Picks #DP3; 2005 Press Pass SE - Old School Collector's Series #OS9
Bottom (l-r): 2005 SAGE Hit - Autographs Silver #5; 2005 SAGE Hit - Reflectors Blue #R5

Here are a bunch of cards with Charlie Frye in his Akron Zips uniform. The autographed card was the most expensive card of this post at $3.00.

I've probably mentioned it before, but my roommate owns an Akron Zips baseball cap. When we stopped at a sporting goods store on a football trip to Cleveland, he wanted to buy a baseball cap, and really liked the look of the Zips caps. I don't really think he knew what it was beforehand but he likes it and still wears it a fair bit.

Top (l-r): 2005 SPx - Holoview #8; 2005 Topps Total - Silver #326
Bottom: 2005 Topps Total - Silver #139

I'm so happy that the Browns signed Phil Dawson to a one-day retirement contract. He deserves to retire with the Browns.

An interesting thing about his retirement contract - it was a legitimate contract, and they added him to a roster spot before he retired. It wasn't just a ceremonial contract. Now, from what I read, that also means that his rights stay with the Browns if he wants to come out of retirement.

Top (l-r): 2005 Score #68 and #71
Bottom (l-r): 2005 Topps Total - Silver #68; 2006 Topps Total - Red #204

It seems to always surprise me when I need Score base cards, although for cards where the player in the Browns uniform is listed with his new team, I can easily miss them.

Top: 2005 Topps Total - Silver #348
Middle: 2005 Topps Total - Silver #421
Bottom: 2006 Topps Total - Blue #353

I guess this is time to make my usual comment about loving Topps Total.

Adding the parallels of Michael Lehan, and Derrick Frost to their base cards removes both of them from the group of players that I only have one card of in my collection.

Top (l-r): 2005 Topps Turkey Red - Red #191; 2006 Finest - Refractors #91 (#/399)
Bottom (l-r): 2006 Leaf Rookies & Stars - Gold #26 (#/299); 2006 Playoff Prestige - Turning Pro #10

The red Charlie Frye parallel is a double. I thought I was ordering the base card. Oops.

Top (l-r): 2006 Topps DPP - Chrome Black #20; 2006 Topps DPP - Chrome Black Refractors #128
Bottom (l-r): 2006 Topps Turkey Red - Autographs Gray #TW; 2007 Leaf Certified #163 (#/1500)

The chrome black refractors seem to look so much better in the scans than they do in hand.

The Travis Wilson autograph was the most expensive card of this post at $2.49.

The total purchase cost for this scan was just a little more than a blaster at $23.31.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Recent Sportlots orders - pre-move Browns

While looking to pick up some of the more recent Browns Panini football stickers, I found myself once again looking at Sportlots which is usually a good place to find cheap singles of base cards.

I ended up buying cards from multiple sellers, and after my first round of cards arrived, I went back and made another order from one of the sellers. I'm going to put all the cards together for my next few posts. Here are the cards that I picked up from before the Browns move to Baltimore.

Top (l-r): 1967 Philadelphia #40; 1966 Philadelphia #47
Bottom: 1968 Topps #215

The miscut Morrow card brings me down to needing only the checklist that lists the Browns for the 1966 Philadelphia set.

The Fichtner card brings me down to needing the checklist card, and a card of John Morrow for the 1967 Philadelphia team set.

The 1968 Frank Ryan card is the last Browns card that I needed from that set.

Top: 1984 Topps Stickers #34/184
Bottom: 1984 Topps Stickers #139/151

The top sticker has Everson Walls, of the Dallas Cowboys, paired up with the Browns kicker, Matt Bahr.

The bottom sticker is a foil All-Pro sticker with Browns linebacker Chip Banks, and tackle Mike Kenn, of the Atlanta Falcons.

These have left me still needing two more Topps Stickers to collect to complete my 1984 Topps Stickers team set.

Top (l-r): 1993 Pro Set Power - Gold #19 and #157
Bottom: 1993 Pro Set Power - Gold #159

These cards doubled my gold parallel cards from this set. I'm still missing two cards to complete the team set, both of them of Pepper Johnson.

Kosar, Matthews, Mike Johnson... Such fond memories when I see these cards.

L-R: 1993 Pacific Prisms #17; 1994 Pro Line Live - Autographs (#/1000)

This is the third Tommy Vardell autograph that I've added to my collection. At $5.00, this was the most expensive card that I purchased in my Sportlots orders.

The next card is an oddball that I already owned in its packaging, but that I wanted a second version of to open for my collection.

1994 Action Packed Mammoth #MM21 (#/25000)

Okay, so it is an Action Packed card from a set called "Mammoth". But how big are these mammoth cards? Let's put another card on it to give us perspective.

Yep, it is pretty big.

Pro Football Reference lists 107 NFL players that were born in Canada. Mark Rypien is one of them. He is one of three quarterbacks born in Canada to play in the NFL, along with Jesse Palmer with the Giants (2002-03), and Charlie O'Rourke with three teams in the 1940s.

L-R: 1994 Classic Assets #23; 1994 Classic Four Sports - Gold #59

Here are a couple of college cards of Antonio Langham that I needed.

1995 Collector's Edge Excalibur - Challengers Draft Day Redemption

I had never seen any of these redemption cards before, so I was very happy to buy this one. It was the second most expensive card that I bought in my orders, behind the Tommy Vardell autograph.

Here are the details for the redemption.

For the Browns, this redemption card was to be redeemed for a card of linebacker Craig Powell. I don't own the Craig Powell card yet.

L-R: 1995 Pacific #86; 1995 Playoff Prime - Minis #124

I don't know how I didn't already own this Issac Booth card. I would have thought that I had completed the Browns team set, but my wantlist said otherwise.

This is my first Issac Booth card, and there are two parallels to find to go along with it.

This Leroy Hoard card is the last mini that I needed for the team set.

1995 Pacific Gridiron #14

I've shown the red parallel of this base card before. I still really love these oversized cards for their backs that actually talk about the game where the photo was taken.

I know that I've shown the back before, but since I love it so much, I'll show it again.

Over 76,000 fans at the game. Hard for a NFL owner to make money with that sort of attendance.

I really hope that with the announcement that they will be inducting more people into the NFL Hall of Fame to celebrate the 100th year of the NFL, that there is no consideration at all given to the Browns former owner that moved the team. (Yes, I'm not even going to name him here.)

1995 Pacific Gridiron - Copper #61

This was supposed to be the red parallel that I ordered, which would complete my team set. Instead I was sent the copper parallel, which is my first of that parallel.

(Of course, knowing that the copper parallel of Herschel Walker is on The Herschel Hoard's ten most wanted list, I immediately went back to look to see if the seller had a "red" Herschel Walker for sale. Sadly, he didn't have any Herschel Walker Gridiron cards.)

Here is the back, which you'll see is from the same game as the Eric Metcalf card.

This ends the pre-move portion of my purchase.

Not that I intended to do one of those "build a blaster" type of posts, but I just looke at the receipts and calculated how much I spent on the cards in this post. They came to $19.72, of which about half of which came from two cards.

It also turns out that all of these cards, along with a bunch of newer ones, came from the same seller - 'kbartell'. He is a great seller, and my shipment went out very quickly and arrived in great shape.