Top 12 All Time Redskins: Gary Clark

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Next up on my list of all time favorite Redskins is Gary Clark, not that super cool Rock/Blues/Hip Hop/Soul singer from Texas.  No, it’s the diminutive, but physically talented wide receiver from the glory days of the Redskins.  The history of the franchise is littered with small receivers and he was one of the best, playing with the Redskins from 1985 to 1992 and being named an All Pro in three of those 8 seasons.  He was also a member of the Super Bowl XXII and XXVI winning teams and a member of the ’70 Greatest Redskins’.  Quite an accomplishment for a guy that was a second round supplemental draft from the defunct USFL.

89 S Gary Clark

As a kid i remember Gary Clark flying down the sidelines and he always seemed to catch a bomb from Jay Schroeder, Doug Williams or Mark Rypien.  A burner in my mind and someone that had a similar playing style to another fave of mine, Santana Moss.

Never thought i would say this, but I really miss the high five…especially the kind where you jump.

Clark was also known for his toughness and superior blocking ability that led to him being named to the All-Madden team numerous times.  Gotta love a receiver that is willing to go all out even when his number isn’t called…but that was what those Redskins teams were all about thanks to Joe Gibbs leadership.  The trio of receivers at the time of the Redskins dominance were these guys, Ricky Sanders, Gary Clark and Art Monk.  One is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and i believe Gary Clark should be as well…although he won’t make it.  At least he has made the top 10 of my all time list, that is pretty impressive.

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Looking at Clarks Wikipedia page, he was the first receiver in history to catch at least 50 passes in his first 10 NFL seasons…pretty amazing.  In fact, the only other receivers to achieve this in their career are Marvin Harrison and Torry Holt.  Impressive no less.  Here is another link to his biography by Hogs.net that is a little more in depth than i’ve gone.

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Apparently Clark is going to coach a Lingerie football team, so that’s a thing.  Good luck with that Mr. Clark.  Regardless of your coaching decisions, you will always be a favorite of mine and thank you for your time with my Washington Redskins…never mind the Cardinals and Dolphins seasons.

#10 – Gary Clark

#11 – Brian Orakpo

#12 – The Hogs

One Dollar and Five Cents Pt. II

In continuation with last weeks post from the Cedar Hills Show, here are a few other cards pulled from the nickel and dollar boxes.  My back is finally at it’s full strength from being hunched over the boxes, so all is good…just need to work on the neck strain thing and i will be 100%, taking it day to day.

The Redskins in the late 90’s were pretty much a directionless team led by Norv Turner and a carousel of stop gap quarterbacks.  The one constant for a couple  years was Stephen Davis.  A pretty powerful back in his day and a guy that i loved watching run.  I’ve been collecting his cards for a while now and love it when i come across a few cards i’ve never seen before.  This is around the time when i wasn’t collecting and they came from the nickel box.

00 UD UV Stephen Davis

When the Redskins drafted Malcolm Kelly, i was really excited about his potential and thought he would be a phenomenal compliment to Moss.  Unfortunately for the kid, he had Greg Oden’s knees and never really got on the field.  Jimmy Zorn the Zornado loved him though and they kept him around longer than they should have.  I don’t think he is playing anymore, which really sucks for him.  These types of stories are a dime a dozen for young athletes.  I just hope he has his money right and is a productive member of his community.  Love the Diamond background on Santana, he owns the game.

06 TF Santana Moss 09 PS Malcolm Kelly

Three years ago, this guy was traded to the Redskins and they got worked by their divisional rival Eagles on the deal.  The Shanahans thought they were just a QB away and that McNabb was that QB.  I guess the best part about McNabb being terrible as a Redskin was that it lead to Rex Grossman being the QB which led to John Beck being on the roster which led to the Redskins having two guys that shouldn’t be starting in the NFL which led to a terrible season, which finally led to RG3 coming to DC.  Life as a Redskin fan looks brighter, assuming of course, RG3 doesn’t also have Greg Oden’s knees.

10 PS AM Donovan McNabb

Jason Campbell, i feel terrible for this guy and think he could have had a solid career if he didn’t play for such a terrible organization.  He’s with the Browns right now, which is basically the equivelant of bottoming out in the NFL (sorry Browns fans).  I still love Campbell and hope he becomes the starter and does great things in Cleveland this year.

09 TC 09 S Jason Campbell

Art Monk, one of my all time favorite Redskins and Michael Westbrook, one of my least favorite.  I’m going to refrain from talking too much shit about Westbrook as he can easily kick my ass.  I do love the short shorts though, nothing weird about that at all.  How about that strategically placed photo with football in the upper right…whattajob Topps, you are indeed the finest.

92 TF Art Monk 95 FG Michael Westbrook

Last up Darrell Green.  The man and the Legend along with Rice.  Another legend…no Randy Moss though?

85 T 91 S Darrell Green

Box Break: 2012 Topps Magic Football

A busted box of Topps Magic Football has been sitting on my stack of cards for some time now just waiting to get judged, and now is the time.

Magic was something that i got into (cards, not tricks) a couple of years ago on a whim at Target during a deodorant shopping event.  I saw a blaster box just sitting there and thought it would be a cool purchase and was hooked from that point on.  I loved the retro look and the college unis on simple borders.  Loved it so much so that i ended up buy a few more boxes from Target but never completing the set or buying any hobby packs.  The following year, 2010 i wanted to pick up a hobby box to see if i still had a crush on these pieces of cardboard and sure enough, the love was there.  I loved the photography and simple borders as well as the card stock.  Although i do love shiny cards, i am a sucker for matte finish stuff that is done well.  Again, i bought a bunch of cards, but couldn’t be bothered with completing the set…just wanted the few Redskins and any hits i could pull.  Now, in 2011, it got a little tricky…and extremely annoying.  Magic had become a set that i was tuned in to on when it would be dropping and where i could pick up some good packs.  BUT, as Topps likes to do sometimes, they changed the rules, moved the goal posts and upset this collector.  The only way to get a box of Magic was to purchase them from their online store and pay their exorbitant shipping fees, which was about the same price as the box itself if i remember correctly.  SCREW THAT, no thanks.  I was able to pick up a few singles from COMC and ebay but no packs, since they weren’t really issuing those this year.  I never really found out why Topps decided this was a good idea, but would love to hear the reasoning if someone can help?

After the previous years experience, i had pretty much forgotten about the Magic cards and moved on with my life as we do with Topps at times.  Until, i saw they were going to be releasing a new set and boxes that you can purchase at a store…holy crap!  You mean i can buy cards from a store and not online only?  Normally i wouldn’t be so snotty about this, as i am totally cool with purchasing online, i just don’t want my only options to be online purchases.  Takes away from the fun of busting packs on a Wednesday afternoon after work.

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So here is my take on the 2012 version of Topps Magic.

Card Design: 4 of 5

In keeping with the simple style, Topps has again followed through with the same KISS theme.  Minimal information is on the front, but you get the basics; name, position, conference, team helmet, and a whole bunch of stars that make no sense to me.  The banners blends in nicely with the border and unfolds to reveal the critical information like a scroll with an oversized shield.

12 TM Luck and Richardson

The backs are nice and include some fun little facts with the Magical Memoranda.  You don’t get your typical stats, but they tend to highlight some important information and single game stats for your FYI.  As usual, nice card stock and the lovely matte finish.  The matte finish is nice in a world of glossy cards.  They have become the rarity in the hobby for the most part, save for the vintage inspired sets.

Photography: 5 of 5

The thing that i am most drawn to this set about is the photography.  They have HDR’d the crap out of the photos and really over processed them, but i think it works well for these and tends to give the players a greater level of detail and grit.  My wife is a photographer and she tends to stay away from over processing as it always looks…you guessed it, over processed.  When you are doing family portraits or architectural photography it can become a distraction, but for professional athletes it works well.

12 TM Morris and Cousins

Look at the intensity in those eyes!

12 TM Bush and Vick

Hits: 4 of 5

The hits with this brand are minimal, which is fine with me.  I believe collectors get too hot and heavy about the hits.  If that is your thing, this set isn’t for you.  If you are OK with getting a nice auto or two than you may be happy with Magic.  I ended up pulling 2 autographs and a redemption card.  So, it’s not just Panini that is slapping me with redemption cards, Topps does it too.  I’ve stated my thoughts on the redemption card here before and thought about it a little more.  Still don’t like it, but maybe it’s not that bad…assuming you actually get the card.  There have been times when i forgot about my redemption cards and come home to a manilla envelope.  It’s like a little slice of cardboard heaven when you get one you weren’t really expecting.

12 TM Ronnie Hillman Magic Auto Redemption

There are a couple of subsets in the cards as well.  Nothing to exciting.  As a matter of fact, i must say that the Charismatic Combos is not only a weak insert, but a terrible name.  Charismatic Combos, christ that’s terrible.

12 TM Manning Cruz Charismatic Combos

The ultra mini cards are cool, but a little too mini for my man hands.  If i don’t get these in some penny sleeves quick they will have rounded corners.

12 TM Tannehill and Vick super Mini

There are also the Supernatural Stars, which are not that existential or starry either galactically or professionally.

12 TM Sanchez and Turner Supernatural Stars

Magic also has the Magical Moments inserts which makes sense, because it’s Magic.  Drew Brees is on a 3 Mile Island.  Cute.

12 TM Brees and Murray Magical Moments

I do like the Enchantment cards, especially the one that i pulled…big smiley face for the RG3.

12 TM Robert Griffin III Rookie Enchantment

There were also these other good looking young running backs that have some nice upside to their careers.

12 TM Martin and James

One of the autos i pulled was a Kaepernick.  The HDR affect does his tats some serious justice although his auto is crazy sloppy.  An odd thing about this card is the photoshop flub with his hands.  It looks like the photo editor cloned his left hand over the football…kind of a crappy job for a big time player.  Let’s try harder next time Mr. Topps Photoshop editor.

12 TM Colin Kaepernick Auto12 TM Marvin McNutt Auto

Review

Overall, i do like these cards a lot.  They are simple and clean and the photos are nice.  It’s a basic card and the price point isn’t too excessive for what you get.  I haven’t decided if i am going to build the set, i did manage to get quite a bit of unique cards and minimal doubles, so i will see how i feel about it.  I do hope that Topps issues these cards again next year and does not do the online only thing.

Here are a couple of the Redskins cards i pulled from the box.  Funny that they decided to include Jabar Gaffney since he wasn’t on the team this year and he is wearing RG3’s number.  Technically, there are two Redskin cards with a player wearing number 10.

12 TM Robert Griffin III 12 TM Jabar Gaffney

Topps Magic, I like you.

One Dollar and Five Cents Pt. I

So, with each of the card shows i go to here in Portland, OR, I tend to notice the same dealers at each event.  They tend to have the same stuff.  There is the vintage guy, the mcfarlane figurine guy, the supplies guy and the guy selling 80’s junk wax.  There are also guys that bring loads of stuff in $1 and nickel boxes.  These guys are the ones with all the hidden gems, but require so much of your time.  Typically i quickly look through a row, maybe two of these boxes but just don’t have the time or motivation to peruse through thousands of cards i have no interest in.  This past Saturday though i made a point to stop and look.  I had a list of items i was looking for and since the show was closer to my home i could use the extra 30-45 minutes that would have been dedicated to travel and devote them to looking through a million cards.

The great thing about these boxes for me is that i see cards from the period where i didn’t collect and think, ‘when the hell did this come out?’  Plus you always manage to find a few gems in these boxes.  The guy at the Portland show that has the best boxes to pick through comes up from Salem which is about an hour away and somehow has tons of new stuff each show.  I have no idea how he gets these cards or where he puts them when he gets home, but there are at least 20 boxes that are laid out on his table.

If you have the dedication to go through them you can always find stuff you are looking for and will never walk away disappointed.

My goal with this search was to find some Redskins that are missing from my binders and anything else i thought i could use.  Here is a peek at some of the good stuff.

These two guys were well before my time, but research tells me that they were great Redskins and immortal football players that are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Charley Taylor and Slingin Sammy Baugh (who apparently is from the same area in Texas where RG3 grew up)  Full circle.

89 PS Taylor and Baugh

Ken Houston was a dominant player in his day and played a major role in a few big games with the Dallas Cowboys back in the day.  I remember when that rivalry was an actual rivalry.  It’s hard to call it that when one team is the doormat of the division, but that is changing now with ‘ol Bobby Three Sticks.  Remember the double bar face masks and airbrushed logos on the helmets?  We’ve come a long way since 1979.
79 T Houston and Riggins Leaders

The thing that’s great about these two cards is that they are pretty similar.  These photos are from the era when it was good to be a Redskin fan and when people hated to go against them in RFK.  The Hogs, The Diesel, The Fun Bunch…and Joe Theismann with the single bar and both legs fully operational.
83T 92P Theismann and RigginsThe next couple of cards has a special place in my little black heart.  1985 was the very first year I purchased a pack of cards and they were the 1985 Topps Football cards.  The landscape cards with black borders.  Black border cards are the absolute worst possible design for 9 and 10 year old boys.  At one point I had this complete set, but for some reason decided it needed to be beaten to shit and all the corners should be rounded rather than square.  Needless to say, i’ve been recollecting them once again, but with the care of a 37 year old man with an addiction to cardboard.  I have always loved this set and it it right up there with the 1986 Topps baseball set as one of my all time favorites.  It could be due to the fact that these were the first two sets i completed and what got me in to it, or it could be that they are timeless designs…you can never go wrong with black, any architect knows that.

85 T Monk and Riggins

Don Mattingly and Whales

This is a post dedicated to one card.  A card that i have wanted since i started collecting cards and a card that has been tagged as one of the many great rookie cards, especially of the modern era.

The Don Mattingly 1984 Donruss Rookie Card.

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This card may already be in your collection and could have been there for awhile.  It is something that i’ve always wanted but never felt the need to pay what it was selling for and didn’t want to go through ebay to get it.  It had to be in person and in decent shape.  At Saturday’s card show, i found a guy that had a few of them on hand and was willing to give me a fantastic deal on the card.  As you can see it is in good condition, but far from perfect.  There are actually a couple of dents on the surface, but that’s quite all right with me…i’m really not that picky about these kinds of cards.

For me this represents a “white whale” that has been caught and i am happy to have this card as part of my collection.  Finally.

Heritage Box Break Update

So I finished breaking the boxes of Heritage last night while watching ESPN’s 30 for 30 on Jimmy V and the 1983 NC State team.  If you haven’t watched it yet, you really should.  I’m one of those people that can’t get in to much of what ESPN does and haven’t watched Sportscenter since Olbermann was pushed out.  I feel like their programming is only slightly above MTV these days.  The guys at Grantland and Bill Simmons have done a phenomenal job on the 30 for 30 series though and i never miss an episode, including the shorts on the Grantland site.  Opening packs of cards and watching sports on TV way past your bedtime is a little treat for me these days.  Our 6 month old boy is really moving around a lot these days and requires a ton of attention and love during the daytime hours.  I have no problem doing, but it’s nice to have a break at night.  PLUS i have an amazing wife who gives our son tons of love and unfortunately is tasked with the onerous responsibility of getting him to sleep at night.

As i mentioned in the initial review post of this years Heritage, i am a big fan of this set and love putting it together each year.  In the past couple of years, Heritage has fallen out of favor due overproduction and too many SP’s which makes getting the base cards somewhat easy but difficult to complete the whole set.  The boxes i opened were pretty nice and i noticed quite a bit of SP’s that i may post in the future, but i wanted to show off the hits that really caught my eye.  I’ve heard that Heritage was going to add more autograph hits this year and i was lucky enough to pull 4 in the boxes i had.  Not only did i get 4 cards, but i got a good haul of quality players.  Nothing jaw dropping, but nice cards no less.

And there they are…

The first one is David Freese, and he looks as if he is about to get his DMV photo taken.

12 TH David Freese Auto

Next, Mr. Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  When i was looking at graduate schools i was trying to decide between the University of Oregon and Arizona State.  This was around the time the D’backs won the World Series and i thought it would be great to live in a major league city, but just couldn’t deal with living in a dessert since i grew up in hot, humid San Antonio for so many years.  So i chose Oregon.  Had i chosen ASU, i would probably be a D’backs fan and be super excited about this card.  But, i am only excited.  He is one of the young up and coming stars and could be a big home run guy in the future.

12 TH Paul Goldschmidt Auto

Next was Lance Lynn.  My second Cardinal.  Honestly, i would have missed this card were it not for the hand numbered 43/64 in the top right.  The red ink auto pretty much disappears into his glove and with my color deficiencies, i can barely make out the Topps Certified Autograph Issue on the name stripe at the bottom.  This could have been done better Topps.

12 TH Lance Lynn Red Auto 43:64

The last autograph is pretty awesome.  Maury Wills.  The auto is nice and placed in a great spot on the card.  You can tell this was done by a professional, someone who has signed a million autos in his lifetime.  This autograph is actually a long time coming for me.  I believe in 1989 i went to a show in Austin, TX where he was supposed to be signing autographs for a small fee.  This was around the same time when i was doing the through the mail autos and thought it would be great to get a veteran player added to my collection…but he never showed up.  I was pretty upset, not Sheldon Cooper vs. Wil Wheaton upset, but upset no less.  I had an 8×10 and baseball all ready for him to sign.  I never found out why he didn’t show up, but attempted to mail the baseball to him a few months later and never recieved anything.  Chalked to experience up as a failure and moved on with my life.  Now we have come full circle.

12 TH Maury Wills Auto

The next few cards are the annual jersey cards from the Clubhouse Collection series.  There were significantly less cards that i pulled than in years past.  Which i am ok with as these cards seem to be uninspired and a little boring.  Here’s hoping Topps does something different with these next year and maybe does larger swatches or better photos?  I don’t know, but something different would be great.

12 TH Neftali Perez Clubhouse Collection Jersey12 TH Tommy Hanson Clubhouse Collection Jersey12 TH Trevor Cahill Clubhouse Collection Jersey

that’s all, thanks.

A quiet autograph post of HOF’ers…Maddux will be there soon.

Not much to say tonight, just wanted to show off some of the autos that i’ve been going through while digging in the old boxes from Mom’s house.  More can be seen on the cardboardhogs tumblr site if you are interested in clicking.  Have a good night!

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