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Swilling, Pat

Gameday 1992, #269

CARDS: GameDay 1992, Skybox Impact 1992, Skybox Preimum 1993, Skybox Impact 1992 Major Impact
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Work
SENT: 6/19 RECEIVED: 7/13 (24 Days)
FAILURE: TTM 2010, C/o Work, TTM 2015, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • 3rd round pick out of Georgia Tech in 1986 joined ‘The Dome Patrol’ alongside Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Rickey Jackson at linebacker.
  • After quiet rookie season, became fulltime starter and put up 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and a pick.
  • In 1989, recorded 16.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.
  • In 1991, led NFL with 17 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and an interception for a TD.
  • Traded to the Detroit Lions in 1993 and played the following season with the franchise before hopping over to Oakland in 1995.
  • Moved to right defensive end that year, and had 13 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.
  • Retired in 1997, but returned for the 1998 season for the Raiders before retiring again after the season.
Skybox 1992, #234

ACCOLADES:

  • Pro Bowl 1989-93
  • All-Pro 1991/92
  • NFL sack leader 1991
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1991
  • Saints Hall of Fame 2000
  • College Football Hall of Fame 2009
1992 Skybox Major Impact, #19
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NOTES:

While the records show I failed on Pat early on in my return to collecting in 2010, and then later in 2015, before I got him in 2021- 11 years later, in reality I had failed to get Swilling in person back in 1995 when he played for the Raiders. Oakland was visiting Dallas Cowboys training camp at St. Edwards in Austin, Texas. I had previous success with acquiring James Lofton by sticking out a sign that said “WILL WORK FOR JAMES LOFTON’S AUTOGRAPH”. Unfortunately said strategy did not work for Pat, and although the players found it very funny and chuckled, they let me know that he was skipping camp in Austin rehabbing due to an injury.

For a while there too, Pat had a ghost signer, and his autograph went from looking like what’s above… to something very pedestrian. I flushed numerous cards down the toilet with no luck, but reloading for a final shot, and seeing some successes that looked good, I went ahead and popped these out for 3rd shot.

1993 Skybox Premium, #120

Sauter, Cory

2000 Bowman Chrome, #143

Cards: Topps 2000, Bowman 2000
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o home
Sent: 8/5 Received: 8/23 (21 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Cory Sauter played quarterback from 1994-1997 for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

  • Took over starting duties in 1995, throwing for 2600 yards, completing out 60.4% of his passes, and 18 TDs.

  • 4 year totals at the school included 6834 total yards, 40 TDs, and a 57% completion average.

  • Signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 1998, and then joined the Lions in 1999.

  • In 2000, Cory played in the NFLE with the Barcelona Dragons.

  • A  traditional drop back passer, he connected on 62.6% of his targets for 6 TDs for the Dragons, but was sacked 18 times on 181 drop backs. 

  • He then spent 2001 to 2003 in between the Colts and Bears, seeing his only statistically captured action in 2002 with the Bears.

  • Since 2006, Cory has been in the coaching ranks in both college (Minnesota and SW Minnesota State), and in Europa with the Hamburg Sea Devils and Berlin Thunder.
Topps 2000, #351

NFLE

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NFL

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NOTES:

A bit of an underwhelming autograph but I’ll take it!

McCoy, Mike (DL)

Card: Cinemark Memorabilia
Acquired: 2021, Future Considerations

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Was a dominant defensive lineman playing for Notre Dame from 1966-1969 finishing 6th in Heisman voting in 1969.
  • Second overall pick of the 1970 draft by the Green Bay Packers.
  • A massive player at the time (6’5″, 290), McCoy’s overall size and strength were his greatest attributes, allowing him to clog the middle of the line.
  • Played both DT and NT.
  • Started day 1 of his rookie year and was named the team’s rookie of the year.
  • Led the team in sacks in both 1973 and 1976.
  • Played for the Raiders (1977/78), Giants (79/80) and the Detroit Lions (1980).

ACCOLADES:

  • Erie, PA Pro Hall of Fame
  • Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

NOTES:

My friend Lance now goes back about 10 years. We met through Fanmail and then later hung out at Houston Fan Fest in 2012. We occasionally meet up for events, with the last one being at the Houston Roughnecks/ Tampa Bay Vipers scrimmage. He’s one of the few that gets it, and we bling each other up out of the blue, such as with this Mike McCoy autograph here.

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