Super Rookie Rypien

Mark Rypien.

The last Super Bowl winning Redskin QB.

The last.

1992.

Holy Nuts! it’s been a long time since my team was the best in the NFL.  I was a junior in high school when the Redskins won their last Super Bowl.  Now, i am not a junior in anything at all…nothing.  I’m actually closer to Senior in a few things.

That’s all irrelevant to the fact that this lovely piece of junk wax was graded a Mint 9 by PSA.  This one only set me back a couple dollars, not enough to buy a lunch with as Rypien isn’t a highly coveted player unless of course you are a Redskins sycophant.

89 TO Mark Rypien PSA 9

Rypiens’ career wasn’t wonderful, but he had a couple good seasons with the Redskins and, oh yeah, he won the Super Bowl in a season where the offense was nearly unstoppable.  Rypien has become quite the golfer and is somewhat of a local celebrity around the Pacific NW.  It would be great to run in to him one day and thank him for making my junior year somewhat memorable.

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.

Green Lightning

Next in line of the Redskins graded cards is Darrell Green.  A man of amazing speed and quickness as well as the heart and soul of the franchise for many years.  Green is also a Texan which is cool.

84 TO Darrell Green PSA 9

He is also graded and in my collection.  This little gem was a graded 9 and in very nice condition although as with most of these 80’s cards it’s a tad off center, that’s not just the angle of the photo.  It’s a lil off.  I love the old school jersey on this card too.  Reminds me of the high school football jerseys the kids used to wear with the gigantic shoulder pads.  I’m really hoping Breeland can pick up the torch that hasn’t really been carried by anyone in the secondary since Green did it.  The Redskins have had some wonderful talent (Bailey, Taylor) in the secondary but haven’t endured like Green has…maybe Bashaud Breeland can be the next guy.

Profile of a Monk

Art Monk.

Easily my all time favorite Redskin.  Hand’s down, my favorite.  I loved his humility and consistency.  He is the kind of athlete I would want my kid to be, someone you can be proud of and know that he has a ton of respect for the game and has zero problems in doing the work to be great.  There aren’t too many guys like this any more and I don’t think he ever really got enough respect after his career was over.  But he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and when he retired was #1 on the all time catch list.  That’s pretty good.

81 TO Art Monk PSA 8

I have a couple copies of this card.  One that i’ve had the longest is beaten to crap and actually has a couple of holes in it.  I thought of using it for the wallet card challenge but decided against it this year but maybe next year?  This card seems to be pretty perfect to my laymen’s eyes but it only yielded an 8.  Guess it doesn’t really matter…i’m happy with it being slabbed and protected until i don’t want it to be slabbed anymore…kind of thought of shifting to Beckett graded cards for everything 1980’s and beyond but decided to keep it PSA.  Anyone have thoughts on PSA vs. Beckett for grading modern cards?  I’ve seen arguments for both sides but modern cards seem to carry greater value and graded with Beckett grading.  I wasn’t a huge fan of graded cards for a while but feel that a few in my collection are a nice touch!

Joey Sunshine

Joe Theismann is one of those guys that a lot of people don’t like.  He talks a lot and has strong opinions that may not always stay the same day to day.  But really, who doesn’t change their mind and who doesn’t like a good story teller.  For me, he was the QB for my childhood team and led my guys to back to back Super Bowls.  Unfortunately, he only one the first one but should have easily won the second one over the Los Angeles Raiders.  But that’s not what this is about.  This is about his NFL rookie card, not his CFL Rookie card, that’s a white wale or Holy Grail if that’s what we are calling it now?

75 TO Joe Theismann PSA 8

This was another pick up over the summer months and was picked up for a fairly good price.  The photo is pretty terrible though?  It’s dark and shadowy.  Wouldn’t fly in today’s hi-tech photography and editing programs that exist, not to mention there is so much noise in the background that it really tends to detract from Joey Sunshine.  Either way, it’s a lovely piece to add to my collection.

Afro Diesel

Since i’ve been getting back in to the whole blogging lifestyle, i thought it would be cool to show off some of the purchases i’ve picked up over the past few months…mostly summer pick ups.

This week i wanted to focus on the graded Redskins rookie cards.  Obviously, i didn’t want to blow my budget on all of these cards but wanted something really nice to add to my collection.  Initially i wanted to shoot for 9+ cards but realized very quickly that most of those cards were a little ridiculous in price, so as i’ve done with most things in my life, i lowered my expectations.

The first card is of one of my most favorite football players, John Riggins aka Riggo aka Diesel.  My very first jersey was of John Riggins and his #44 when i was 7.  Now, you have to understand that i grew up in San Antonio and this was the early 80’s.  A time when the Cowboys rivalry with the Redskins was serious and fierce.  Both teams seemed to meet in the playoffs each year and there was a lot of hatred for the Redskins where i grew up.  But i didn’t care.  I loved the Hogs and the Diesel.

72 TO John Riggins PSA 8.5

This little gem is in pretty nice shape although the centering is off just a tad.  The 8.5 seems to be a little high maybe?  I’m not card grader and i was happy with the price on this one, so I couldn’t pass it up.

John Riggins was one of those players that was kind of a bad ass that would plow through the defensive line and sway defensive back away like annoying gnats.  Kinda like what Marshawn Lynch has been doing in recent years.  Riggo has managed to take great care of himself after retirement and stays busy.  Still a little crazy and an off beat personality but he’s doing well for himself.

A New Year, A New Post

Man, oh man…it has been a very, very long time since i’ve had the time to post anything here.  Not sure if anyone has checked in periodically or just assumed i’ve dropped off the face of the blogosphere earth.  I still collect, i still read other blogs and i still am trying to get organized.  That has been the main reason for my absence, well, that and a very active and passionate 2 year old exhausting all of my free energy.  I love him dearly, but i have cards to write about…

As i mentioned, i am still doing all the things that we do as collectors and i’ve managed to make some great progress in getting organized and up to date on my checklists…thanks to a few late nights on the home computer and an extended vacation from work.  My main focus has been on getting everything logged from the 1950’s-1990’s.  Everything was sweet until i hit the abyss of the mid 90’s when subsets and serial numbers and various parallels became all the unreasonable rage.  This was also the period of time when i put the hobby aside to be a 20 year old male.  I’ve regained my focus and will have some checklists updated in the next few weeks to months as they get incorporated in to google docs.

Enough with the words.  Here are some photos of a few cards from the 1950 and 1952 Bowman sets i’ve picked up the past 6 months.

Normally, bloggers like to save their best for last.  Not me.  This one cost a few nickels but was very much worth it to me.  It’s a beautiful card and centered fairly well…the corner are in pretty nice condition too.  I looked at a few 8’s that were available on eBay and were well outside what i could spend and feel ok with myself.  This one wasn’t too bad and it’s in great shape.

50 BO Sammy Baugh

One of the things that i wanted to do with my set was get each of the Redskins cards from 1959 and earlier graded, so i searched around and picked up what i could from eBay and from the local card shop just around the corner from me, Hoopla Sports.  The guys there are great and have nice deals on what i’m looking for…this isn’t one of them though.  This one was scooped from eBay.  Love how i drop the curve on you huh?  completely unrelated story and then this image.

52 BS Dick Todd

I love the smaller format cards from the 50’s.  The card designers and artists did an amazing job with them and holding these pieced in your had you can really appreciate the amount of work that had to go in to each layout.

52 BS James Clark

52 BS John Badaczewski

52 BS Leon Heath

Collecting redundancy happens quite a bit in our hobby.  You pick up multiple variations of cards…red cards, yellow cards, blue cards…rarely, but sometimes, you pick up the same card that comes in two different sizes like this large Dick Alban…large Dick…

52 BL Dick Alban

OK, here’s my shot at ending on a high note.  Another Slinging’ Sammy Baugh card…1952 Bowman Small.  I waited and waited on this card in hopes of finding one at a great price from eBay and finally stumbled across a guy that had it listed as BIN.  I made him an offer that he quickly refused and came back with something a little better.  After another number from him, i finally got it shipped.  A little more than i hoped to get for it, but much less than others had their versions priced at.

52 BS Sammy Baugh

We have two shows coming up this month and i’m hoping to make one of them.  The Cedar Hills show is much closer to me but tends to be less occupied by dealers and i end up walking away feeling like i wasted my time…but it is closer…if not, i will hit up the show at Mall 205 to see what they have going on…hopefully my friend from COMC, Tom will be there?

One last item, i am going to attempt to do the wallet card “challenge” and see what 365 days in my side pocket will do to a 1986 Topps Rickey Henderson.  I chose this card because it has my favorite player on it in my favorite baseball teams jersey…and it was the first set i ever completed.  Here is day one, which started yesterday…so 363 days in my side pocket.

86 T Rickey Henderson 01/03

…side note, i’m rockin’ a money clip this year as i do not like wallets, so let’s call it the money clip challenge here.