I’m Back with a Break!

It’s funny how quickly you can get used to something and it become part of your routine.  I was on quite a nice little streak of doing a post a night, or at the very least one every other night for a few weeks…but it’s been 5 whole days since i’ve created a new post.

The reality is that i haven’t picked up many new things and i’ve been a little exhausted and wanted a break from work and collecting.  The drive from Texas took a lot out of me plus i’ve been riding my bike to work in hopes of losing a few pounds and getting in better shape.  Not to mention, the wife and I decided to take a couple days together and spend some time in Seattle with our son.  I have been jonesing to take him to his first baseball game and with the Yankees in town for a weekend series and a couple of day games, it was the perfect weekend…plus the weather has been fantastic!  So, now i’m back and will hopefully get a few posts up and running in the next few days.  I’ve missed the past two card shows, so i’m really excited about the one in a couple of weeks and am hoping to pick up some more of the new Redskins Draft Picks.  I always manage to walk away happy and pick up a handful of great new Redskin cards.

I received the Redskins (and Dolphins) cards from Colbey at Cardboard Collections for his 2013 Score Box Break prior to heading out for the weekend, but wanted to post what I received..  He was kind enough to send a whole bunch of other great cards that I will get to in my next post, but for this one, I wanted to show all of the Redskin cars and the rookie cards from the Dolphins.  This was my first online box break and it was cool to partake in the break.  It’s a great way to get the cards that I want without investing in a box for myself and being stuck with a bunch of cards that don’t excite me as much as the Redskin cards do…I hope to get involved in more for the future.

First up, the base cards of the two great Rookies that got the team moving in a whole new direction.  RG3 and The Butcher.

13 PS Robert Griffin IIIMy Redskins can’t catch a break in My Cardboard Mistress Football Contest, especially against those pesky Giants, but it’s really nice to see RG3 break away on a card against the New York Football Giants.

13 PS Alfred MorrisLove the landscape cards Score put out this year, really nice job…and i believe this is a photo of Alfred Morris’ first NFL Touchdown.

13 PS Santana Moss Pierre GarconI love both of the jumping receiver photos.  Santana was one of the few receivers that was able to catch a ball in that Steelers game where the recievers had 11 drops and did nothing to win a game that was very win-able.  The Garcon card is beautiful against the Cowboys in the Thanksgiving Day game.  I haven’t screamed at a TV in so long as I did this game…it started with screams of joy and excitement and moved to screams of panic and concern as the Cowboys inched back in to it.  Luckily the good guys won.

13 PS London Fletcher Ryan KerriganNo idea what games these cards are from, but I’m glad Fletcher will be running out of the fog filled helmet for at least one more year.  Also can’t wait to see how Kerrigan does this year with another successful season under his belt.  He could become an elite LB in the league if he can get some help from a healthy Orakpo.

13 PS Fred DavisSure hope Fred Davis can come back from the achilles tear and pick up where he left off…he can be a beast!

13 PS Robert Griffin III Franchise and AirmailHere is a couple of nice cards from ol’ Bobby Three Sticks.

13 PS Alfred Morris Future FranchiseI kind of think the future is now with this guy…although, running backs tend to have short careers.  Here’s hoping he has a great one that lasts a few years.

13 PS London Fletcher ScorecardA nice parallel of London Fletcher.

13 PS David AmersonDavid Amerson was taken in the second round and should become a nice player and hopefully can start before the year is out.  The weakest area for the Redskins in the past few seasons has definitely been their secondary.  The team did a good job of addressing that issue in the draft, now the players have to perform.

13 PS Miami DolphinsHere are the Dolphins rookies.  I’m kind of excited to see Dion Jordan play.  He was really solid at Oregon and can be a supremely talented Defensive End in the league.  One thing about these Score retro cards that i wished they would have done was make them a studio portrait like the originals…I think that was what made them classics.  A bunch of young guys with hopes of NFL stardom looking in to the camera lens…rather than some sideline photo.  They are still well done though.

Top 12 All Time Redskins: Santana Moss

In the next installment of my all-time favorite Washington Redskins players, Santana Moss checks in at #8.

12 TC Santana Moss NFL Captain Patch

TanaMan came to the Redskins in a trade that sent Laveranues Coles back to the Jets in 2004.  I was more than happy to see Coles go.  He had become another prima-donna receiver and complained about everything with the Redskins.  There could have been some behind the scene things I don’t know about, but if you don’t want to play for my favorite team, than I don’t want you to either.  Bringing Moss in was a bit of a coup for the Redskins.  They needed a big play receiver that could stretch the field as well as someone who could become a possession receiver.  Moss ended up filling both roles very nicely and was a part of the late season push for the playoffs in 2005.

12 PS Santana Moss Auto 4:25

Moss will forever be one of my favorite players for what he did on Monday night in Irving, Texas on September 19, 2005.

When the schedule for the 2005 season came out and i saw that the Cowboys and Redskins would be playing on September 19, the day before my 30th birthday, I knew i had to get tickets.  I got them locked down and went overboard on the seats, but was able to justify them by saying it was a gift…to me, because I’m special! 🙂  Finding someone to go with me was difficult and I was turned down by my father (I know…) and a couple other friends.  So, that left my Mom.  Who doesn’t love their mom?  They are the best.  She came through when noone else would and dealt with the 100+ degree temperature in the dumpy old Cowboy stadium to be a part of her son’s favorite team playing their biggest rival.  During the game, I could tell she wanted no part of the action on the field and was more than ready to leave…especially seeing how poorly my guys were playing.  Until the last 4 minutes of the game when the noodle armed Mark Brunell tossed two bombs downfield to a double teamed Santana Moss for game winning touchdowns.  Magnificent.  Not to mention, by the time the touchdowns were made it was actually September 20th…an awesome birthday gift and one that hasn’t been matched since (although my wife came really close three years ago with amazing tickets to a game at FedEx Field.)  One more thing, the Dallas Cowboys Trifecta of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were inducted in to the ring of fame during halftime of that game…even more reason to have this game at the top of the list!

11 PP Santana Moss Jersey Auto 4:10

Santana is getting close to the end of his career and I doubt he will suit up for anyone else.  He is still productive and can put up some great numbers with RG3 getting him the ball this season.  I would love to see him put up a 1,000 yard season and 5TD’s this year.  Could be a nice way to round out the career.

09 BS Santana Moss Refractor 53:199

#8 – Santana Moss

#9 – Chris Cooley

#10 – Gary Clark

#11 – Brian Orakpo

#12 – The Hogs

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

HAIL to the REDSKINS! – NFC East Champions

The Washington Redskins are NFC East Champions for the first time since 1999.  Holy Crap!  A team that was all but out of it in early November at 3-6 rallied to win their last 7 and finish 10-6.  So proud of my favorite team and excited to make the playoffs…and keep the Cowboys out of the playoffs.  This was a great night.

RG3 Topps Patch

For most of the seasonthe attentionwas focused on RG3 and rightfully so.  He is an amazing talent and a once in a generation type player, a true game changer.  With all that said, having another rookie behind him taking hand-off after hand-off and racking up over 1600 yards on 300 carries and 13 TD’s, Alfred Morris has been amazing.  Morris has lead the rushing attack for the month of December and breaking down the defenseseach week all the while not turning the ball over.  Two rookies with very bright futures and two rookies that are extremely humble and gracious in victory.  This is by far the most excited i have been to be a Redskin fan in over 20 years. We have a great foundation and future with these two along with the other core guys on the team.  Morris is impossible to not love, dude drive a 1991 Mazda 626 to work every day?  What NFL player at his level does that?  Seriously, a freakin’ Mazda 626!  Gotta love him.

Alfred Morris Prestige AutoAlfred Morris Momentum AutoComing out of thedraft he was not a highly sought after player and really an afterthought in the draft.  So the card companies have been a little slow with the production of his face on cardboard.  This will change soon.  I have been lucky enough to pick up a couple of his autographs earlier in the season for under $20 each.  Feeling pretty good about those pick ups now.  With all of his success in his first season, i imagine the demand on his cards and autographs will only increase.  Maybe he can get a new ride in the offseason.

Romo SignaturesWith the Redskins win, that means another season comes to an end for the rival Dallas Cowboys.  As a Redskin fan, there is no better way to end the season than to knock out your most hated rival…well, i guess winning the NFC East while doing it is better?  Watching the Cowboys suffer is something i thoroughly enjoy.  I also love that they keep going to Tony Romo.  In all fairness, he is a very talented QB but is simply unable to win big games.  Romo is the football equivalent of Alex Rodriguez, big time player in any game but when it’s a big game he disappears.  His legacy will based on whether or not he ever gets over the hump and can at the very least GET to a Super Bowl, winning one would solidify his place in Cowboy history…can’t imagine that ever happening though.

This week will be exciting for all Redskin Fans.  We get to face the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs for the 3rd time in 7 years.  I have been to the two previous games in Seattle and would love nothing more than to knock them out at Fed Ex next Sunday.  They will be a handful though.  Great defense, Wilson and Lynch are similar to RG3 and Morris.  Should be a great matchup. -HTTR!

Redskins 24 Seahawks 17

RG3 Prime Triple Relic

 

Dallas Week – Live from Portland, Oregon

As a lifImageelong Redskin Fan, “Dallas Week” has numerous meanings and memories.

Growing up in Texas I developed a passionate disliking for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans…so i figured what better way to show my negative passion towards them than to choose the Washington Redskins as my Football Team.  I was only 6 at the time and it was 1982, but i was already singing the words to Hail to the Redskins and wishing i could meet one of The Hogs or The Fun Bunch.  A lifelong obsession was born.

One vivid memory I have of being a Redskin fan in enemy territory was wearing a John Riggins jersey to school and being told i was not allowed to wear it again, ever, by my gym instructor…this was of course after the Redskins had thumped the Cowboys in the NFC Championship 31-17 and headed to their first Super Bowl victory against the Dolphins.  Being young and impressionable, this stuck with me…and i have never wavered in my love for the Washington Redskins!

In the years since I have been lucky enough to go to Redskins vs. Cowboys games in person.  I was at the Thanksgiving game in 1990 when Emmitt ran all over the Redskins front 7.  I was also at the Monday night Miracle with Santana Moss catching two late touchdown’s from Mark Brunell.  The last game was the first showing of the Donovan McNabb era which i will discuss some other time.

With all of that said, i have been waiting patiently for the game Sunday night…and will be ready for RG3 to deliver the fans a NFC East Championship for the first time since 1999.

RG3 Strata

Since this is my first real post on this new blog, i wanted to note that this site will be dedicated as much as i can update it to the collection of Washington Redskin Cards.  I have been a card collector for over 20 years and finally decided that the only thing I really care to collect anymore is Redskin cards; past, present and future.  The initial plan is to have an original posting once a week outlining what cards i have, am looking for or wishing i could find or afford.

I’m hoping this can become a great outlet for a die hard fan and collector to connect with other Redskin collectors out there.  I have been secretly following many other blogs in the blogosphere and decided I too have something to offer and willing to share…my love for the Redskins. -HTTR!