TTM Success – Eric King

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Former pitcher Eric King returned my 1989 Fleer today. King pitched for the Tigers, White Sox and Indians over a solid 6 year career. Ken Griffey Jr, hit his first home run against Eric King.

 

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TTM Success – Steve Walsh

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Steve Walsh was kind enough to sign my 1991 Pacific card. Walsh was a standout college quarterback winning a national championship in 1987. While Walsh had a long career in the NFL, he spent the majority of it as a backup. Walsh went on to become a successful high school coach and replaced Chris Weinke as the director of football for IMG Academy which is a proverbial factory for blue chip college athletes.

 

Looking Back – Tommy Nobis

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One of my favorite players on my favorite team. Tommy Nobis played his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons and was the very first draft pick for the newly created Atlanta Falcons ins 1966.

Several years ago Mr. Nobis took some time to answer a few questions for me:

You played for the Falcons under head coach Van Brocklin. Was “The Dutchman” as strict and hard to play for as his reputation was?

“The Dutchman was a super NFL player and coach. Hall of Famer. Yes, he was strict and hard to play for but he was fair!”

You were drafted by both the Oilers (AFL) and the Falcons. Astronaut Frank Borman even called earth from space to tell you to sign with Houston. Being a former Longhorn, what made you sign with Atlanta?

“The Falcons were a brand new NFL team. I wanted to play for an NFL team. The Oilers were in the old AFL.”

What is one thing you would like to impart on young football fans?

“Listen to and learn from the advice given to you by your parents and your teachers/coaches!”

-Hook’em Horns
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Thank you for being a class act Mr. Nobis

 

TTM Success Gary Sutherland

Great card received today from Gary Sutherland. Gary played in MLB from 1967-1978 and spent time with the Phillies, Expos, Astros, Tigers, Brewers, Padres, and Cardinals. Sutherland remained involved in baseball serving as a scout and scouting director for the Angels.

TTM Success Duane Carrell

Duane Carrell was kind enough to sign and return my 1991 Collegiate Collection Florida State card. I’d like to get as many of these signed as possible and this helps add to my collection.

Carrell was a punter at Florida State who enjoyed a 5  year NFL career playing for the Cowboys, Rams, Jets, and Cardinals. Carrell also punted for the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League.