Friday 26 February 2016

New trade acquisitions

I should be taking the time to post more. I don't want to give any excuses, because I know that I could have found a little free time to fit one in.

Anyway, on to some cards I received from other bloggers.

A while back, I received an email from Tony Burbs at Wrigley Roster Jenga asking for my address and telling me that he'd be sending me some Browns cards. I was very curious to see what I'd get, and hoped that there would be something in there that I needed.

Let's take a look at what he sent.

He started with some nice 1979 and 1980 Topps. I'll have to check to see if any of them are condition upgrades, and I probably can put the 1980 cards into a partial set that I always tell myself that I may work on.

A funny thing about the 1980 cards that I didn't realize until many years after I first picked any up. Even though I saw the cards, it didn't occur to me that there were no logos on any of the helmets in the set. I really didn't concentrate that much on the other teams, and if you look at that Clarence Scott card above, it is just fine.

Doug Dieken was a long-time Left Tackle for the Browns (1972-1984), and currently does color commentating on radio broadcasts for the Browns. I managed to get his autograph last year at the Cleveland Browns Fan Fest.

I love that 1983 Topps Ozzie Newsome sticker.

Although I started liking the Browns with the 1980 Kardiac Kids, when you get to Newsome and Brennan, you're starting to get into the time where I was a little more aware of who was on the team.

And then when you get to the 1990s when I subscribed to Browns News Illustrated, was able to find Pro Football Weekly in local stores, went to my first Browns game, and eventually started being able to find information online, that is when I started to know depth charts and watch these players. (Please ignore that icky Ravens logo on that last Browns card.)

On to some post-expansion era cards. I was sure that I needed that Quincy Morgan Fleer Sweet Sigs card, but looking on the Trading Card Database I discovered that I had provided the scan for the site.

But, yay, there was also one card that I needed!

2004 Playoff Hogg Heaven #24
Even though I may have only needed the one card, it is always great to get a batch of cards and see what memories come up as you see what player comes up in the stack next.

Thanks, Tony! I'll be hitting you back with some Bears and Hawks once I get a chance to sit down with my cards and your website open. There is one card that I think that I have that I hope that I can locate...

However, that wasn't the only item that I needed that I received from another blogger.

Being a lover of oddballs, when I saw this post at the ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession blog, I had to act to try and get the three Cleveland Browns oddballs that I spotted.

1981 Topps Thirst gum wrappers
I can't believe that someone saved these, and am really surprised at how fragile they seem to be in hand. But, man, am I glad to have them in my collection!

Thanks, Adam!


  1. Glad at least one of those cards turned out to be a new one for you - I kinda figured you'd have most of them, but it doesn't hurt to try, right? Those gum wrappers though... those are special!

  2. Glad you like the wrappers, I agree it is pretty cool how someone was able to save them for what is now 35 years. Thanks for the trade!

  3. Oh man! Tony beat me to sending you some 1980 Browns! I still have some other Browns set aside for you, just need to load up an envelope and stick it in the mail.