A Legends Auto

I’ve been a Redskins fan my entire life…well…almost, since i was 6 years old.  Through the years, i’ve done my very best to learn about the history of the team and the some of the greatest athletes to wear the burgundy and gold.  One of the guys that was ahead of my time as a fan, but someone that i have a ton of respect for and wish i could have watched play is Hall of Famer Charley Taylor.

One of the greatest receivers of all time and a fellow Texan!

13 LS Charley Taylor Sports Heroes Auto 24:25

Charley retired from the NFL in 1978 as the all time leader in receptions with 649 catches, 9,110 yards (1,488 rushing) and 79 receiving touchdowns (11 rushing).  The first couple years of his career, he was sort of a dual threat as a receiver and running back.  He was rookie of the year in 1964 after posting over 1,560 yards rushing and receiving…pretty impressive!S

Seeing theses numbers over a 13 year career really reflects how the game has changed through the years.  With top receivers picking up 90+ catches a year and over 1,000 yards each season you tend to forget about some of these all time greats of the game that helped define what we now watch on sundays…some rule changes and cultural shifts have helped as well.

Shifting gears a little bit, but staying with Redskins having the sir name of Taylor…i missed posting something on Sean Taylor during the 9 year anniversary of his untimely passing.  I have one un-posted card in the queue…and here it is.  He would have continued to be an amazing player…very sad for all of us Redskins fans and a player that will always be loved.

05 TF Sean Taylor Green Refractor 178:199

Just found a fantastic new hip hop documentary on netflix last night and it kept me up all night, “Hip-Hop Evolution”…i thought it was done incredibly well with tons of great back stories and interviews.  This is what i was hoping The Get Down would be…glad the story was told one way or another.  Check it out if you are interested in this sort of thing…

Black Friday Reeds

Going back to Black Friday.  As I mentioned earlier, I jumped all over the COMC.com Black Friday sale and picked up some very nice Jordan Reed cards.  These are the kind of cards that you want to put in nice card holders and present on some prominent shelf in your sports card room.  I don’t have a sports card room, so they will be shown here on the blog.

Here are the player worn patch/player worn relic/player worn memorabilia cards in landscape format.  The first one is from Topps Inception.  I love these cards with the very cool over processed images and intense photography.  Plus it’s number 1 of 93.  What’s up with the random number 93?

13 TI Jordan Reed Player Worn Patch 1:93

Next up is Bowman Sterling with Mr. Reed staring very intensely into the cameraman’s lens.

13 BS Jordan Reed Relic 671:1214

And here is a quad patch numbered to 75.

13 TP Jordan Reed Quad Patch 68:75

Here is the autograph portion of the post.  The Bowman card along with the three above are super thick cards that barely fit into a penny sleeve.  It’s kind of a shame that a card this thick and nice is a sticker auto.

13 BS Jordan Reed Autograph

The next card is from this years Prizm set.  I love Prizm.

13 PP Jordan Reed Auto

For the last two cards, you will notice they are crazy die cut cards with reflective shiny-ness all over them.  I love the die cut cards, but they can be a pain to put back in the penny sleeves.

13 TF Jordan Reed  Finest Atomic Rookies Die Cut

This one was more difficult to put back in the sleeves.  Not putting the toothpaste back in the tube difficult, but difficult no less.  I happened to scan these along with the thicker cards, so pardon the shadows…although they create a nice depth to the card and the angles.  So nice!

13 TC Jordan Reed Die Cut

If you are in your late 30’s like me and love some good ole Hip Hop, then you should listen to this as I am doing right now.  This takes me back…life moves way too quick.

PS – I’ve updated my 1970’s Redskins checklist…check it out if you think you have something to help me complete my team sets.

Alf Plate

Here’s another printing plate recently purchased by none other than me.  It’s of Alfred Morris aka Alf aka Fromo aka the Butcher aka A-Train…and so on.  H’e a really good player and I like him a lot.  The kid is crazy modest and borderline impossible to tackle with your arms.  Along with Garçon, he’s been one of the most consistent Redskins this season.  He’s also been a guy that doesn’t go blabbing to the media about how certain players don’t say ‘I’ or ‘Me’ enough…but that’s another post.

13 TF Alfred Morris PP F M

Ok, so there is the card.  A magenta printing plate.  I don’t know about your collection, but the vast majority of the plates that i’ve come across are magenta.  It’s almost like there are more of them, but of course that doesn’t make sense since they are all 1/1.  Not like the magentas are in more packs…because, there’s only 1.  Get it?  I need to be on the lookout for a nice yellow printing plate.  Let me know if you see one…A Redskin of course.

13 TF Alfred Morris PP B M

One thing about this lil piece of metal is that is slightly bent/rolled on the bottom with a slight dent on the bottom left.  No matter.  It’s a nice piece of metal from one of my new favorite players.  I have so many favorite players…

This man is no boy, Pierre Garçon

One bright shining star in a dimly lit season has been Pierre Garçon.  In his second season with the Redskins he has clearly become RGIII’s number one target.  Mostly because he can catch just about any poorly thrown pass, whether it be at his ankles or 8 feet above his head…Pierre’s got this!

And i got this!  An autograph refractor numbered to 10.  It’s shiny and pretty.  As with all sticker autos, i hate them, they suck…and this is the reason why.  His autograph is decent and fairly clean, except for the part where, you know, the autograph runs off the sticker.  The autograph is certified by Topps and that means the world to me, doesn’t it do the same for you?  No matter, still a beautiful piece of cardboard or card stock.

13 TF Pierre Garcon Auto F 4:10

When he was signed last season as a free agent and one of their ‘big’ signings under the $36M cap hit, i immediately thought…great, another free agent bust in a time when the team really can’t afford one.  My instincts failed me miserably and Garçon has quickly become one of my favorite Redskins to watch each week.  Win or lose, i don’t think anyone else on the field plays with as much passion or intensity as he does.  The guy runs angry, like he really wants to injure someone…seriously injure them…possibly maim them for life as he runs through them violently.

13 TF Pierre Garcon Auto B 4:10