Cards: All World 1991, Jogo 2018 CFL Alumni Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home Sent: 10/23 Received: 11/2 (10 days)
At 5’7″, 200, I think it’d surprise people that Jon Volpe toted the rock at Stanford and in 1988 rushed for 1,027 yards on 228 carries for the Cardinal. He graduated with a BS and an MS in Industrial Engineering and earned honors as a 3 time All-Pac 10 Academic, and a Rhodes Scholar Nominee.
After not being selected in the 1991 NFL draft, Jon was selected by the British Columbia Lions of the CFL with the 4th overall pick. He earned CFL Rookie of the Year Honors, rushing for 1,395 yards and 16 TDs. He’d add another 941 yards and 13 TDs to CFL All-Star Honors in 1992. After a brief holdout and a down year in 1993, Jon joined the Las Vegas Posse of the CFLUSA initiative for 1994. He’d have another 182 yards on 43 carries and 3 TDs.
In 1995 Jon signed with the Pittsbugh Steelers, but a devastating shoulder injury ended his playing career during the preseason.
Jon lives in Tuscon, AZ and as of 2020 is the CEO of NOVA Home Loans, the largest privately held mortgage company in Arizona. He signed the All-World card for me, and tossed in the CFL Jogo Alumni card for me as well in 10 days flat.
Cards: Action Packed 1990, Action Packed 1991, GameDay 1992 Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home Sent: 1/2/19 Received: 4/9/19 (97 days) See Also: Jim Everett
With a smooth autograph and many cards, I really wanted to come back again and ride the Jim Everett train again TTM. With the Action Packed and the GameDay cards down I liked, it’s still tough sledding the rest of the way if I ever hit him up again in say- 10 more years. I really liked these Action Packed entries. They really showcase the amazing sports photography that was available throughout those years. The lighting is just right to feel that Californian sun in Anaheim stadium. The Gameday is also pretty nice, but I am almost too curious as to what is going through that San Fransisco defender’s mind as Everett launches that pass. Jim has one of the better autographs in the game. Strong, connected, loopy, dynamic- It’s about everything you’d want out of one.
Since the last time I wrote Jim he’s become one of the celebratory NFL figures of the LA Rams old guard (- along with Eric Dickerson) welcoming the team back to the city after its long hiatus in St. Louis. Despite his numerous injuries that he suffered from his playing days- Jim has a certain excitement and vigor to him as he takes in the new landscape of Los Angeles Rams football. He’s done some pregame color analysis for the Rams during the preseason to get his appetite wet as well.
Davis Tull was a beast for the Chattanooga football program. Over 4 years with the program he wrecked the Southern Conference playing outside linebacker and defensive end, setting the conference’s all-time sack record with 37, and in addition the Moc’s all-time leader at forced fumbles and tackles for loss. Despite his small school stature- Tull earned an invite to the East-West Shrine Game and the NFL Combine. Davis was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.
An injury derailed Tull’s rookie season, and he’d be waived by New Orleans. He then spent the remainder of his time on and off the Falcons practice squad in 2016. After a short venture north of the border to the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders, Davis joined the Rams for part of 2017.
In 2018, Davis signed with the Memphis Express of the fledgling AAF. It was a particularly good match for him as his head coach was none other than NFL linebacking legend Mike Singletary. Tull played Edge/LB and racked up 26 solo tackles, 11 assists (37 total tackles), a sack, and a fumble recovery for the Express.
He was selected by the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL 2020, but refused to report.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.