Thursday, 17 January 2019

COMC order Part 4: 1999 - 2009

My last COMC order didn't include too many cards from the first decade of the new expansion Browns team, but I think that there were some nice additions to my collection, and some interesting cards as well.

L-R: 1999 Pacific Prisms #36; 2000 NFLPA Super Bowl Players Party Tim Couch

The Kevin Johnson prism card picked up the background color from the scan - it is pretty much a mirrored silver card.

You can see the Players Party logo on the front of what appears to be a 1999 Topps Tim Couch card. It came out at the Super Bowl, early in 2000. Here is the back, with a message:

It is a card that I hadn't heard about until a Trading Card Database member posted about it in their forums about a year ago. Once I saw it, I looked on COMC, found it, and bought a copy. It had been sitting there a while until I finally had this order shipped.

2000 Pacific Crown Royale - In The Pocket Mini #1

Okay, this card looks normal here. I've identified it as a mini above, so you know it is smaller than normal. I mean, we all have, or have seen, minis.

But this one is small! Way smaller than I expected. Take a look!

Some might not, but I actually like the back. I'm not going to say that sometimes it seems like card manufacturers are mailing it in, but if they are not going to put much information or writing on the card, then I don't mind seeing the team helmet. It works for me. Mind you, with the size of the card, it might have been hard to put too much writing on it.

These two Tim Couch cards put me over 500 different Tim Couch cards in my collection.

2005 Donruss Throwback Threads - Throwback Collection #TC-24

I saw this card that I needed for $0.37 during the sale. As you would expect, there are versions of this card that actually have material swatches.

Top: 2007 Leaf Rookies & Stars - Studio Rookies #SR-40
Middle: 2007 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia - Marks of Fame #MOF-18
Bottom: 2007 Donruss National Convention #3 

I'm always happy when I add Joe Thomas rookie year cards. As an offensive lineman, I don't expect his cards to spike too much when he goes into the Hall of Fame in a few years, but I'll grab cards pretty cheap now if I can.

Top: 2007 Topps Chrome - Refractors #TC87
Bottom (l-r): 2008 Topps Mayo - Mini #47; 2009 Topps Mayo - Mini Blue Back

Some more parallels for my collection. These two Mayo minis seem very big compared to the Pacific one earlier in the post.

L-R: 2008 Topps Rookie Progression - Veterans #PV-BE; - Veterans #PV-JL

These are a little thicker than your average card. I like them, and especially like filling their holes in my collection at $0.33 each.

That's it for now. The next post will feature cards from two different 2010 sets.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Players with only one card in my collection - 8

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

Here we go!

1989 Pro Set #520

Brian Washington was waived by the Browns in 1989, and did not play in the NFL for that season. He then played with the New York Jets for the 1990 to 1994 seasons, and the Kansas City Chiefs for 1995 and 1996.

Looking at his stats on the Pro Football Reference website, he had a pretty solid career.

This is his only Cleveland Browns card, but he had many other NFL cards with the Jets and Chiefs during his tenure with those teams.

2014 Upper Deck #101

This card caught me by surprise when I got it in a lot of Browns cards that I had won on eBay.

Calvin Barnett was an undrafted free agent that was signed by the Browns after the 2014 NFL Draft.

I will generally include college cards of undrafted free agents that the Browns sign in my collection as long as the Browns are the first team they sign with, however, for a lot of those players, unless they go on to make the team, I am often unaware that they were Browns signees. For my collection, I really don't follow the practice squad that close, but some eBay seller did.

Anyway, why wouldn't I want this card as part of my collection, it is awesome! I would almost have to make up an excuse to keep it in!

After being on the Browns practice squad during the 2014 season, the Miami Dolphins signed him in July 2015, and he appears to have been cut at the end of training camp.

He also has a black and white parallel to this card, and a couple of autograph cards in the 2014 Upper Deck set.

1965 Philadelphia #36

When I saw Dick Modzelewski's name on the list of players with only one card in my collection, I knew that it was this card. When he passed away last year, I looked to see how many cards of his that I had, and was surprised to find that this was his only Browns card. I don't know why his 1965 card didn't have him in a Browns uniform after he played the 1964 season with Cleveland.

Dick Modzelewski played fourteen years in the NFL, starting with the Washington Redskins from 1953-54, then the 1955 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and then more notably with the New York Giants from 1956-1963, and the Browns from 1964-66.

He played in six NFL Championships with the Giants, and two with the Browns, winning once with each team - in 1956 and 1964. He helped bring a winning attitude to the Browns and was a key in their shutout Championship victory over the Colts in 1964.

After his playing career, he coached steadily in the NFL from 1968-89.

1989 Pro Set #450

Barry Krauss never played for the Browns, and played the 1989 season, his final one in the NFL, with the Miami Dolphins. He has a 1989 Topps Traded card showing him with the Dolphins.

This is the only card that shows him as a Brown.

2007 Topps Total #22

This card is the only card in my collection for Kenny Wright. (I have two cards in my collection for Tim Carter, and seven for Leigh Bodden.) There are parallels of it available, so I'm sure Kenny Wright will eventually be removed from the list of players with only one card in my collection.

Kenny Wright was signed to a three-year contract by the Browns as a free agent in March 2007, after eight years in the NFL with Minnesota, Houston, Jacksonville and Washington. He played in seven games for the Browns during the 2007 season, and was released in May 2008 after twice being arrested for marijuana offences earlier in the off-season.

After the comments from the last post in this series, I will note that other than just by seeing the cards in my collection, I knew of Dick Modzelewski from books I've read about the 1964 Championship team, and I remembered Brian Washington as a Jet, but really didn't realize he was the same guy from this card until I wrote this post. I can't say that I remember Barnett, Krauss or Wright, except from my card collection.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

One card post: A Clue - Browns fan auto

In a break from posting my last COMC order, I'm going to post a card that I won on eBay.

In 1992, Pro Line had a five card Team NFL insert set that consisted of Muhammad Ali, Milton Berle, Don Mattingly, Martin Mull and Isaiah Thomas, all wearing NFL team clothing.

I was able to find a Martin Mull card at a card show pretty quickly, but had never been able to find the autographed version of the card for a price that I wanted to pay. I've noticed some lower prices in completed auctions now and then, but I either didn't see the auction, or the buy it now listing when they happened.

Only having the one card in my collection, Martin Mull was destined to show up in one of those one card posts that I am working on.

That has changed.

The other day, for fun, I typed Martin Mull's name into the eBay search bar, with no additional qualifiers, and then looked through what was listed.

There was an auction entitled "MARTIN MULL COMEDIAN AUTOGRAPHED CARD", that showed the back of the 1992 Pro Line autographed card. It had a Buy It Now price of $1.99, with $3.50 shipping.

This was way cheaper than any other copies that I had seen of the card, so I read the description and saw something that gave me a slight pause, before I decided to chance it. I mean, why show the back of the actual card if you were going to state this: "YOU ARE BIDDING ON AN AUTOGRAPHED CARD OF THE ABOVE NAMED PERSON ONLY.THIS AUTOGRAPH WAS RECEIVED AS A REQUEST THROUGH THE MAIL AND COMES WITH A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE."

(I think they like their CAPS.)

Really, for $5.49 shipped, I thought it was worth taking that chance. Especially since they had good feedback, and offered the money back guarantee - not that I would have returned it had it turned out to be a hand signed copy of the regular insert card. Not for that price. As I said, I was willing to chance it.

Well, I went to my PO Box, and found this card waiting for me:

1992 Pro Line Portraits - Team NFL Autographs - Martin Mull

Yep, that is the card from the scan. No card number, and has the crimping in the corner of the Pro Line certification.

Woo hoo! A welcome addition to my collection!

Monday, 14 January 2019

COMC order Part 3 - 1995 and 1996

Continuing on with my last COMC order, here are the Browns cards that I added to my collection from 1995, when the NFL allowed Art Modell to punch me in the stomach from a distance, and from 1996, when I might have watched a cumulative total of ten minutes of NFL football.

Top: 1995 Bowman's Best - Refractors #84
Bottom (l-r): 1995 Classic NFL Experience - Gold #21; 1995 Collector's Choice - Platinum Players Club #85

Some more parallels for my collection.

The Eric Zeier card was the last of the refractor parallels that I needed for my team set. I was happy with Zeier's first start with the Browns, when he passed for over 300 yards in a Browns win. Then, the following week, I heard the rumors on the television that the Browns would be moving to Baltimore. Art Modell's announcement came the next day. Sadly, my memories tend to associate that with Zeier's beginnings with the Browns, and needless to say, I have mixed feelings now whenever I see Zeier's cards.

I don't have really have the same feelings when I see other 1995 cards like the Pepper Johnson and Derrick Alexander cards. Johnson completed my gold parallel team set for the Classic NFL Experience set, while the Alexander card is the fourth of thirteen that I need for the Platinum Players Club team set.

Top (l-r): 1995 Collector's Edge - 22K Gold #45 (#/500); - EdgeTech 22K Gold #13
Bottom: 1995 Collector's Edge Excalibur - 22K Prism #12

Here are three Antonio Langham parallels from Collector's Edge sets. They averaged out to just over fifty cents each in my order. The 22K Gold parallel is the first I own of the eight cards for its parallel team set. The EdgeTech card is the only Brown from its set, and there is still an Eric Metcalf card to find in the Excalibur 22K Prism set.

Top (l-r): 1995 Pacific - Young Warrior #4; 1995 Pro Line - Printer's Proof #189
Bottom: 1995 Score - Red Siege Artist's Proof #175

Of course, the other player that brings negative feelings towards the 1995 Browns, and the move is Andre Rison, but I do need to collect his cards if I want to get all Browns cards.

I like the Pacific Derrick Alexander insert. I hadn't seen any of the Young Warrior insert cards before. The back is pretty cool.

A funny thing about the back - it is easier to read in this scan than it is in hand. It may be because the scan is bigger, or it may be that the lighting in the room that I'm scanning in isn't good enough, or it may be because I'm getting older, and just can't pick up the writing on the card as easy. I guess it really doesn't matter.

Top (l-r): 1995 Select Certified - Gold Mirror #116; - Gold Mirror #77
Bottom (l-r): 1995 Select Certified - Gold Mirror #53; - Gold Mirror #42

These gold mirror parallels really pop in these scans. These cards completed the team set for me.

1995 Summit - Ground Zero #19 

This Leroy Hoard Ground Zero parallel is only my second of the seven that I need for the team set.

The card does a good job of featuring the player, but I like backgrounds on my cards. The base card doesn't even have a great background, just a bit of a blurred image behind him, and a white background in front of him.

That was the last of the 1995 cards that I bought. On to the 1996 cards.

I wonder why there are 1996 Cleveland Browns cards. The move was announced in November 1995. You would think that all the sets would have labelled the cards as Baltimore Ravens, even if the players were going to be shown in the previous season's Browns uniforms.

I'm glad these say Cleveland Browns. They just seem more right than seeing the Ravens name or logo on a Browns uniform card, but I always know that the Browns didn't exist for this year.

Top (l-r): 1996 Collector's Edge - Holofoil #48 (#/500); - Holofoil #49 (#/500)
Bottom (l-r): 1996 Collector's Edge - Holofoil #50 (#/500); - Holofoil #51 (#/500)

Aren't these Holofoil parallels pretty funky? I didn't own any of them before my COMC purchase. With the eight that I bought, I'm only short an Eric Zeier card to complete the team set.

Did Earnest Hunter just toss the Edge logo into the air, or is he waiting for it to drop?

Top (l-r): 1996 Collector's Edge - Holofoil #52 (#/500); - Holofoil #53 (#/500)
Bottom (l-r): 1996 Collector's Edge - Holofoil #54 (#/500); - Holofoil #55 (#/500)

I don't know if I would label that block/hold as pleasant...

1996 Score - Footsteps #8

I found this card funny. The pairing of quarterbacks is interesting, as I can't see anything that really ties them together. Does the back give us any reason?

I would say, not really. I mean, I think you would have been able to describe many quarterbacks as smart leaders and fiery competitors who prefer to stay in the pocket.

No matter, I like Drew Bledsoe, and it is a good way to have one of his cards added to my collection.

That is it for the 1996 cards that I picked up, and the last of the pre-expansion team cards that I picked up. It was nice to add so many cards to my collection from the old team. The next few COMC posts that I do will cover cards starting with the 1999 expansion team.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

COMC order Part 2 - 1994

Here is the second part of my recent COMC order. These are the 1994 cards that took almost 25 years to find their way into my collection. (Isn't that scary?)

L-R: 1994 Classic NFL Draft - Draft Stars #11; 1994 Collector's Choice - Gold #373

The Antonio Langham card is mirrored and scans darker than it is in person. It is the only Browns card in the twenty card Draft Stars insert set.

The Pepper Johnson card is the first Gold parallel that I have in the Collector's Choice set. It has some damage on the top of the card but is fine for me considering that I had never seen one of these parallels.

Top: 1994 Classic Games Monster of the Gridiron Temporary Tattoo
Bottom: 1994 Collector's Edge - Boss Squad EQII #Boss 3

First of all, I showed the tattoo above along with this Vinny Testaverde insert to show its relative size.

I'll briefly talk about the Testaverde card before moving on to the tattoo.

The Boss EQII parallel is the third version of this Boss Squad card that I own, and now goes with a regular and silver version of the card. The top part is clear plastic, and the print up top is bronze foil.

As for the tattoo, I recognize the image of Bad Bone, the Monster of the Gridiron portrayed by Eric Turner, but I've never seen these tattoos before and know nothing about them.

COMC had it listed as being a "1994 Classic Pro Line Live Coca-Cola Monsters of the Gridiron - Temporary Tattoo". The Monsters of the Gridiron cards were made by Classic, but not as part of the Pro Line Live set. I haven't seen these tattoos before, and have no knowledge of them being part of either set.

Has anyone else seen these before?

Here is what is on the back in case it is of any help to anyone.

With that out of the way, I'll move on to parallel cards that I recognize.

Top (l-r): 1994 Collector's Edge - Pop Warner 22K Gold #30 and #31
Bottom (l-r): 1994 Collector's Edge - Pop Warner 22K Gold #33 and #34

I almost managed to pick up all five of the Browns in this parallel set. I still need to find card #32, Eric Metcalf.

1994 Finest - Rookie Jumbos #212

Yesterday, I read a post on the Chronicles of Fuji blog talking about oversized cards. This card is 4.25" x 6", shiny, and a great addition to my collection.

Here is the back:

The hat that Steve Everitt is wearing seems to be a very similar style to one that I had him autograph for me years ago after a game when he was playing for the Eagles.

L-R: 1994 Pacific Prisms - Team Helmets #7; 1994 Pacific Prisms - Gold #113

I've always been a fan of cards with the Browns helmet on it, so I was happy to finally get this card.

The Testaverde card is the first of the three Browns cards from the set that I have been able to get in the gold parallel.

1994 Playoff Contenders - Promo

It was great to find this promo card of Eric Metcalf. It has a different front picture, back picture, and write-up than the Metcalf card that was actually used in the set.

Here is the back of the promo card:

The following two dog tags completed the 1994 team set for me.

L-R: 1994 Pro Tags #35 and #36 

I like these tags, but don't think they are as nice as the earlier ones that I showed in my last post.

Before this purchase, I only owned one of the nineteen 1994 Stadium Club Members Only Browns cards. I added a bunch of them here.

Top: 1994 Stadium Club - Members Only #31
Bottom (l-r): 1994 Stadium Club - Members Only #75; - Members Only #144

Wow, the player names don't show up very well in the scans of these cards. The top card is Anthony Pleasant, while the bottom two are Vinny Testaverde and Eric Turner.

Top (l-r): 1994 Stadium Club - Members Only #215; - Members Only #225
Bottom (l-r): 1994 Stadium Club - Members Only #325; - Members Only #347

Top cards are Michael Dean Perry and Eric Metcalf, bottom ones are Steve Everitt and Rob Burnett.

Top (l-r): 1994 Stadium Club - Members Only #370; - Members Only #429
Bottom: 1994 Stadium Club - Members Only #531

The top two cards are Michael Jackson and Mark Carrier, while the bottom one is Pepper Johnson.

I like looking at these old cards. I prefer these uniforms to the ones the Browns are wearing now.

I also picked up the Stadium Club Browns Super Team Members Only card.

1994 Stadium Club - Super Teams Members Only #6

I love this photo of Testaverde handing off to Vardell.

Look, the Browns had a better record this season (7-8-1) than in 1993!

The Browns game against Miami was on my birthday. Dan Marino suffered a season ending injury and Scott Mitchell came in to win the game for the Dolphins. I was not happy.

I was happy that the Browns were 5-2 to start the season. But it turned out to be the season where the Browns released Bernie Kosar. And the season shown above also seems to support my internal dialogue that the Browns have always sucked after bye weeks.

The following Bowman's Best insert cards were also found in the Stadium Club set:

Top: 1994 Stadium Club - Bowman's Best Refractor #11
Bottom: 1994 Stadium Club - Bowman's Best Members Only #23

I hate that the refractors are not marked as such on the back of the cards in this set, but you can really tell from the scans. I think I gave away a refractor that I still need because I didn't notice the difference once.

It is tough to see in the scan, but the Members Only is printed going down on the silver part of the card right above Donnell Woolford's shoulder.

1994 Topps - Special Effects #655

This was the last Special Effects parallel that I needed to complete the 24 card team set.

In 1994, Topps also put out two Archives sets - for 1956, and 1957. Although I have the base versions for both years' team sets, I needed a bunch of the gold parallel cards. Here are some of the missing ones.

Top: 1994 Topps Archives 1956 - Gold #9
Bottom: 1994 Topps Archives 1956 - Gold #45

Two great cards - a Hall of Famer in Lou Groza, and a team picture card. And of course, the gold is pretty much scanning as black.

L-R: 1994 Topps Archives 1956 - Gold #69; - Gold #117

These four gold cards bring me up to seven of the ten cards for the team set.

Top: 1994 Topps Archives 1957 - Gold #3
Bottom: 1994 Topps Archives 1957 - Gold #16

Another gold card of another Browns Hall of Famer with the McCormack card.

And for some reason I have always liked that photo of Johnson with both hands on his helmet.

Top: 1994 Topps Archives 1957 - Gold #52
Middle: 1994 Topps Archives 1957 - Gold #93
Bottom: 1994 Topps Archives 1957 - Gold #114

There are thirteen different Browns in the 1957 team set. These gold cards give me eleven of the thirteen cards that I need. Almost there.

This COMC order added 37 needed cards to the 1994 part of my Browns collection. I'm thrilled to have added so many.