I am going to update some returns that I have received over the past week. The first one was Lindon Crow. Mr. Crow had an excellent career as a defensive back. He started out with the Chicago Cardinals (that sounds so strange), went to the New York Giants, and finished with the LA Rams. He led the league in interceptions with 11 and went to multiple Pro Bowls. He played in the "Greatest Game Ever Played" which was his favorite memory. His favorite place to play was Yankee Stadium. He keeps in touch with some of his ex teammates but says that many have left us. The person with the biggest impact on him was his high school coach.
My next return was from Marc Edwards. I became a fan of his while he was playing at Notre Dame. I loved that he played for the 49ers. He was an excellent fullback, sadly a position that is being phased out. He was an excellent blocker and had good hands coming out of the backfield. He won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. His favorite memory was the Super Bowl victory. I asked him who he loved to block and he said no one, blocking was hard!!! I asked whether he enjoyed blocking or catching a pass more-he said either, if it led to a big play. I asked him what it was like to play at Notre Dame and he said it was the best time of his life. He included 4 extra signed cards.
Randy Beverly was another return. He played on the Super Bowl winning New York Jets. He had two interceptions in that Super Bowl. It is surprising you don't hear more about him but Joe Namath kind of stole the show LOL :) He went from being an undrafted rookie to starter for the Jets. He played really well for them. He included an extra signed photo which he inscribed with "Continue the good work". This is one of the things I love about this hobby, you can learn about players that you might not have heard of otherwise. You learn some great stuff.
Joe Cunningham was an excellent player for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a great hitter who had 8 straight seasons of double digit doubles and three times hit over 300. He hit 2 home runs off Warren Spahn in his second career game. I really admire the fact that he never struck out more than he walked which rarely happens in today's game. His favorite memory was breaking into the majors and hitting 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in his first two games. His favorite place to play was Sportsmen Park in St. Louis. His father helped him most in his career.
I also received a return from Mike Renfro. He was a wide receiver for the Houston Oilers and the Dallas Cowboys. He had a very good career and is probably known best for the non-TD that was actually a TD in the playoffs against the Steelers. His best season was 1985 with the Dallas Cowboys where he caught 60 passes for 900 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. He had a great college career at TCU. His favorite Oilers memories are the playoff games against the San Diego Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. His favorite Cowboys memory was beating the rival Giants and Redskins. I asked if playing for Coach Landry was hard and he said that if you respected your job and worked hard- he was great. He said his dad had the biggest impact on him and that his dad played in the NFL.
The final return was actually from a private signing conducted on sportscollectors.net. It was Dave Parker. Dave Parker was an awesome player who won the World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland A's. I was very excited to get this Mother's Cookies A's card signed for my collection. It came out looking great.