|2004 Upper Deck Reflections #272 (#/1150)|
This turned out to be a pretty sad card to follow up my last post referencing the passing of Walt Michaels.
Bryan Hickman was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent following the 2004 NFL Draft. I've seen one online article that said that it was a well-regarded signing, and that he was one of the top undrafted free agents after the draft.
At first, I didn't see any reasons for his release, but sadly, his obituary says that his football career ended with a knee injury with the Browns. A Facebook post from a Kansas State Texans group (K-State people from Texas, not a sports team name) mentions that his passing was due to suicide.
Bryan Hickman has seven cards listed on the Trading Card Database, with four parallels to this card all listing him with the Cleveland Browns. The other two cards appear to be jersey cards that list him with the Kansas State Wildcats.
Bryan Hickman died at the age of 30, on January 3, 2012.
|2007 Topps Total #24|
Yes, I just showed this card two post ago, but one of the names came up next on my list when I was looking, so I'll show the card now and knock two players off on this post.
Kevin Shaffer was drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, and played four seasons with the Falcons before signing with the Browns as a free agent in March 2006.
Shaffer started all 16 games at Left Tackle for the Browns in 2006, before moving to and starting at Right Tackle for 2007 and 2008 with the team. (A young draft pick named Joe Thomas took over from him at Left Tackle in 2007.)
After being released by the Browns in 2009, Shaffer signed with the Chicago Bears and finished his career with two seasons with the Bears.
This Topps Total card and its various parallels are the only football cards to be made of Kevin Shaffer during his career.
Hank Fraley was an undrafted free agent originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and then claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles on waivers in 2000.
Fraley's NFL playing career started with the Eagles in 2001, and he was the starting Center for the Eagles until an injury halfway through the 2005 season. He was then traded to the Browns on September 2, 2006, and was ready to start for them in their season opener on September 10th.
Fraley was the starting Browns Center for three seasons, and remained with the team for a fourth season in 2009 before being released in March 2010. He finished his career with one final season with the St. Louis Rams in 2010.
Fraley went into coaching in 2012, and currently works as an Assistant Offensive Line Coach with the Detroit Lions.
There are Hank Fraley cards to be found in the Topps Total sets from 2005 - 2007. This 2007 base card, and its parallels, are the only cards to show Fraley with the Browns.
|1991 Pro Line - Wives #2|
The back of the card says Browns, this is a Browns card for my collection.
In 1991, Pro Line started putting out cards. They had players wearing NFL Properties clothing for their cards, and they had autographs of each player's card to chase.
1991 Pro Line also had a seven card insert set of player's wives, and autograph cards of each to chase as well.
I don't own the autograph card, but do have this regular base card of Babette Kosar, the then wife of quarterback Bernie Kosar. They divorced in 2007.
Babette Ferre-Kosar became the Director of Development for the Memorial Cancer Institute in May 2018 for the Memorial Foundation in Hollywood, Florida.
|2002 Upper Deck MVP #60|
After being drafted by the Houston Oilers in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft, Chris Sanders played with the Oilers/Titans franchise from 1995 - 2001.
Chris Sanders signed with the Browns in March 2002, but was released by the Browns in training camp. He then re-signed with the Titans at Thanksgiving, but did not play again in the NFL.
Along with this card, and its two parallels, Chris Sanders has other cards where he is listed as being with the Browns in the 2002 Upper Deck XL set (base card and one parallel), and the 2002 NFL Showdown First & Goal set. The NFL Showdown card shows him in a Browns uniform, while the UD XL set shows him in a Titans uniform.