A Generous trader goes Boom!

About a week ago, i received an email out of the blue from a guy wanting to send me some Redskin cards…and i was like “HAIL YEAH MAN!”  So i gave the random guy my home address and waited…not really sure what to expect.  This is the first time, somebody out of the blue has been so extremely generous to just offer up some cards, Redskins cards no less.  I had to quickly update my lists, which as it turned out was a great step for me to…update my want lists.

Here’s the breakdown of the cards sent by Mark Zentkovich, which i received tonight.

A couple of…umm…Swell cards of some old old old school Redskins.  Mr. Battles in some shiny, silky pants…or maybe they are some original Zubaz!  The other sepia snap shot is of Turk Edwards on the prowl about to tackle someone while wearing a QB’s number…Jason Campbell.

90 SW Sammy Baugh

The next Swell card is of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, who would have turned 103 a couple weeks ago.  Not sure what’s going on with my scanner, but this card is in great shape…not cut and jagged like the upper right shows.

79 FL Redskins Drawing a Crowd

The next series of cards are various team cards from Fleer.  I don’t believe Fleer ever made individual player cards during their early 80’s run, just team issues.  Luckily though, unlike a couple of the early 80’s Topps sets, the logos on the helmets weren’t airbrushed off.

88 FL Redskins Defense88 FL Redskins NFC Playoff

These beauties are from the 1988 Fleer set, which if i remember correctly was the last year Fleer made team only sets…bringing back their sets in 1990.  The game against Chicago was notable for me for a couple of reasons.  It was the game that Darrell Green returned the punt while hurdling a defender and pulling a muscle in his rib cage.  He was visible holding his side with one arm and holding the football with the other as he brought it back all the way for a touchdown, putting the Redskins up for good.  The other notable memory of this game was that it was Walter Payton’s last NFL game…although i was a huge Redskins fan. My favorite non Redskins was hands down Walter Payton.  His greatness was something special that i thoroughly enjoyed watching in my younger years…man i miss the 80’s.

Next run of cards are not cards, but stickers…unfortunately, they are the then defending Super Bowl champs over my ‘Skins.  Also, got some foil action below.

84 TSF Bostic

Badass Jeff Bostic, a former Hog and a former-er Clemson Tiger.  No idea who the Bill is though…sorry.

89 PS Clark Green89 PS Bryant Rypien

Now some Panini stickers from the year 1989.  You know, back when the Redskins weren’t a dumpster fire led by the leaderless.  This was quite a grouping of studs too Gary Clark, Darrell Green, Kelvin Bryant and Mark Rypien…man, i really miss the 80’s.

Not bad for something so unexpected, thank you Mark!  Really appreciate the cards.  I will put something together and send it off to you in a week or so.  Much appreciated!

Now, for something fun.  One of my favorite groups out right now is Run the Jewels, i’ve talked about them a few times here and made it out to the concert last month at the Crystal Ballroom…with the bouncy floor and all.  Here are a couple photos from that show.

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A new Run The Jewels video!!  So many punch lines in this one too, gotta say El-P really brought it with the innuendos here, plus that poor ass bunny went boom!

Big League Clark

Here is the NFL version of Gary Clark’s rookie card.  I did a post of his USFL rookie card that i picked up for free and was a wonderful addition, but as a Redskins collector, I wanted the Redskins rookie!  And i got it here.  This card set me back around $8-$10 or a graded 9.  I saw a couple of 10’s going for $20+ which seemed a little crazy to me…and i don’t like crazy.

86 TO Gary Clark PSA 9

I remember Gary Clark being a really intense and passionate guy.  This photo exemplifies that personality to it’s fullest.  He seems disgruntled or maybe even pissed.  I’m guessing Jay Schroeder threw a pick while Clark was wide open down the sidelines…you know how that goes.

Holy Grail?

Well, not quite, but this USFL Gary Clark rookie card (his true RC) has been a card that i’ve always wanted.  I realize it’s probably not that difficult to find, but every time i saw the card it was a little too expensive or dinged or a part of set that I didn’t want to buy.  Not this one though, it was actually free.  Well, free with strings attached.  I picked it up at the Mall 205 card show a few weeks ago from my new favorite table, Kim.  He always has a ton of Redskins ready for me and i am more than happy to hand over some cash for what he has.  I picked up a few gems from him and paid but decided to dig a little more in case i missed something new and exciting when i stumbled across this card.

85 TU Gary Clark USFL Rookie

He just gave it to me.  It was only marked at $5 and i would have paid for it regardless, but getting it for free was a much better deal.  Nice little addition for the Gary Clark cards.

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