10 OF MY FAVORITE FOOTBALL CARDS, OR A LOOK INTO THE SOUL OF A NERDY DALLAS COWBOYS COLLECTOR
As a kid I collected cards a lot, and occasionally I still get the collecting itch as an adult. This is a glimpse into the collector's soul.
- 1.Troy Aikman - 1989 Score RookieYou're not a Cowboys collector until this card is in your hands. And for a long time I was not a collector. I was known in the collector community as someone who had mostly low-level players in his collection until one fan decided to be nice and hook me up with this card in a very one-sided trade. I gave him pretty much nothing and in return I got this and a whole envelope full of cards.
- 2.Skyler Green - 2006 Bowman Chrome SuperfractorThis is a great example of the "low-level" players I collected. What makes this one fun is that it's numbered 1/1 which means it's the only one that exists. I am literally the only person who owns this card. There's something very cool about that for a collector.
- 3.Quincy Carter - 2001 Leaf Certified Freshman FabricsNot to brag, but I have one of the top Quincy Carter collections in the world probably. Not that many people have tried to beat me. These three cards are a complete set that took a long time to find, because not many exist and because nobody cares about Quincy Carter. There's only 25 of the gold ones (150 red and 400 green). My gold is damaged but I haven't been able to find a better one. Maybe someday.
- 4.Dez Bryant - 2010 Gridiron Gear Rookie OrientationThis is one of my cards that is an actual good card, of a actual good player, that's worth some actual good money. The best part is that I pulled it out of a pack (insane odds). Only ten exist and it's a cool autographed card.
- 5.Kevin Burnett - 2005 ExquisiteThis card comes from a brand where one pack (6 cards) costs over $500. Which means whoever pulled this card was probably pretty upset since it's only worth a couple bucks. But it's a highly collected set and since I would never pay hundreds for a pack, this was a great way to get my very own.
- 6.Jason Witten - 2003 FinestWitten is one of the best tight ends to ever play the game but since he wasn't a highly sought rookie there aren't many autographed rookie cards available so I HAD to get this one. It's beautiful.
- 7.Skyler Green - 2010 Donruss ClassicsIn 2010 I loved two brands: Classics and Elite. I have almost every Skyler Green from both brands including cards where only 5 exist. This one I love because of its clean design and it's numbered out of 25. It's a symbol of the peak years of my collecting and will always be cool to me.
- 8.Antonio Bryant - 2002 Playoff Honors Hidden GemsThis card would have been too expensive for me when it first came out. Good thing I waited until the market crashed. Only 50 exist and the autograph actually pulls out like a pop up book. It's pretty awesome.
- 9.Kevin Burnett/Julius Jones/Marion Barber - 2005 ReflectionsWhat's better than one autograph of a Dallas Cowboys bust? Three autographs. Each is numbered out of 70 and are two of my only dual-autographs in my collection.
- 10.Terence Newman - 2003 SPThis card comes from one of the most collected sets...so I very badly wanted one. It was pretty expensive for me, usually over $20 lol. But I got one and it was worth every minute of eBay scrolling.
- 11.BONUS: Jim Todd - 1976 ToppsThis is my uncle and he pitched for the A's, Cubs, and Mariners. I think that's rad so I bought this card in mint condition to keep forever.