Category Archives: University of Texas

McEachern, Randy

University of Texas Upper Deck 2011, #33

CARD: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2020

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • An all around accomplished athlete and track man, joined the Longhorns in 1974 as the heir apparent to Marty Akins, but didn’t see any action until 1977.

  • Rose from 4th on the depth chart to take over under center during the Red River Rivalry game, leading the Longhorns to an improbable win 13-6 over the Sooners.

  • Set numerous passing school records at the time, led the Longhorns to 2 bowl games, including a National Championship game in 1977, graduating with an 11-4 record.

ACCOLADES:

  • Texas Longhorns Athletics Ring of Honor

NOTES:

An appropriate photo, as Randy was just as well known as the quarterback who handed off to Earl Campbell. I decided to focus on this set as I was running thin on things to do during the COVID crisis, so I picked this one up cheap off of EBay. Randy has a small baseball diamond named after him in Austin, near Austin High School.

Roesler, Roger

Card: UT Upper Deck 2011
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 10/22/19 Received: 2/20/2020 (122 days)
Failure: TTM 2019, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Roger played college ball at the University of Texas from 1996 to 1999 where he settled in at offensive guard.

  • A strong run blocker, he blocked up front for Priest Holmes and Ricky Williams while at UT.

  • He was named a 3rd team All-American in 1999 and a First Team All Big 12 lineman.

  • Roger went undrafted, and later signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was cut from the squad in 2000.

NOTES:

It took me a second try but I was able to track down Roger based off an old address that he had posted as part of his website. After the RTS came back, I was able to reverse engineer his address from there using a website address crawler.

Charles, Jamaal (2)

2015 Panini Prestige, #167

Cards: Panini Classics 2016, Panini Rookies & Stars 2010, Panini Prestige 2015
Acquired: IP 2021, Grand Opening Restore Westlake
Failure: TTM 2020, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

Panini Classics 2016, #69 Panini Rookies & Stars 2010, #73

NOTES:

I had been itching to get Jamaal again on a few cards, but he’s been quite elusive to corral, even at in person events- I hadn’t seen one with him since 2018 or so. Knowing that Brian Orapko and him are good friends, I figured he might make an appearance at Brian’s grand opening of his Restore Westlake store, since he had also made a token appearance way back in 2018 for the grand opening of Gigi’s cupcakes.

After a long wait, Jamaal made a long awaited appearance. I was short some cards I really wanted him to sign since I had tried him last year TTM, but I still had these very strong ones to work with. In fact I had loaded up with 10 cards just in case, but just like last time, he stopped signing after 3 cards, which I was personally fine with. He was there literally 15 minutes and left- pulling an Irish goodbye.

I’d still like to get him on his Score 2009 and 2010 entries and a few others, but I did take a consignment on him for the Classics card, which I parlayed into Mel Gray and Rodney Peete.

Jamaal still has his blue Lambo. He told me he selected the color strictly because it’s pretty and easily recognizable- not because it’s old Houston Oiler colors. As he was preparing to leave I asked him what his favorite team was growing up, to which he surprisingly responded- The Denver Broncos.