Category Archives: Arena

Truesdell, Nick

CARD: Topps XFL 2020
ACQUIRED: Ebay, 2021

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played TE for the University of Cincinnati and Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Went undrafted in 2013.
  • Played Arena ball with the Colorado Ice and Bemidji Axemen of the IFL in 2014.
  • Spent the next 3 seasons playing with the Shock (2014-15) and Steel (2016).
  • After not catching on with the Colts in 2016, Rattlers (2017), Stampeders and Gladiators (2018), made the practice squad of the Vikings in 2018.
  • Signed with the AAF Salt Lake City Stallions in late 2018 and had a solid season for the team, hauling in 24 passes for 269 yards and 3 TDs.
  • Joined Jets, and later the Vipers during 2019 playing in the XFL’s 2020 campaign.
  • Spent time in The Spring League with the Aviators in late 2020.
  • Selected by the New Jersey Generals of the New USFL in 2022, but was released before the season due to a groin injury.

ARENA

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AAF

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XFL

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Spears, Calvin

CARD: Frankfurt Galaxy Team Issue 2003
ACQUIRED: 2022, Private Acquisition

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played DB at Grambling and was not selected in the 2002 NFL Draft.
  • Played for the CFL Montreal Alouettes making one tackle that year.
  • In 2003 took his skills to the NFLE playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy pulling in 3 picks.
  • Returned to Louisiana, playing for the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League in 2004, ’05, and ’08 as a DB/WR.
  • Played one season for the Kansas City Brigade in 2006.
  • Best statistical year came in final year with Voodoo in ’08, posting 88 total tackles, 7 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 7 interceptions for 58 yards and a TD playing fulltime as a DB.

NOTES:

Great card here of Calvin, who actually has one other issue- An Upper Deck 2005 Arena Football card when he was with the Kansas City Brigade.

NFLE

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ARENA

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Quinn, Jonathan

Topps 2000, #266

CARDS: Topps 2000, Upper Deck MVP 2002, Pacific 2002
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 10/3 RECEIVED: 10/20 (17 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • With great size (6’6″) and a good arm, Jonathan Quinn led Middle Tennessee State after transferring from Tulane.
  • Showed dramatic improvement in his Senior campaign in ’97, throwing for 2,209 yards and 17 TDs, catching the eye of pro scouts.
  • He was selected in the 3rd round of the ’98 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Quinn- at the time was the highest drafted QB in Jaguars history.
  • Saw sparing playing time his rookie year as the heir apparent to incumbent, Mark Brunell.
  • Guided the team to victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in only his second start in 1998.
  • Quinn was shipped to the NFLE for seasoning in 2001.
  • He played for the Berlin Thunder, throwing 4 TDs in a 34-25 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy.
  • Then Quinn won World Bowl IX throwing for 308 yards and 3 TDs in a win over the Barcelona Dragons.
  • He’d join the Chiefs in 2002, returning for the 2003 season.
  • 2004 saw Quinn move to Chicago for a single year.
  • He’d throw for 413 yards and a TD in 3 starts.
  • Then Jonathan made a short foray into the Arena Football League signing with the Kansas City Brigade in 2006.
  • He’d retire shortly thereafter due to lingering injuries.
  • Quinn has gone into coaching, working at the Division I and high school levels.

NFL

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NFLE

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ACCOLADES:

  • World Bowl IX MVP
  • NFLE Offensive Player of the Week (Week 5, 2001)
  • 2001 All-NFLE

NOTES:

Pretty pleased with myself on this one. Lots of things I liked about this one. First is that I just don’t get very many Jaguars’ autographs. Second was that Quinn played in the NFLE for the Berlin Thunder. Third was that he was World Bowl IX MVP.

A great autograph here from Jonathan. I really like the Pacific ’02 card, but something that really bugs me about the photo is the tangent on his facemask near his mouth. I can’t tell if I’m looking at his mouth, a shadow, or his mouth piece. It’s distracting because it reads as a second mouth.