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.