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Friesz, John ‘Deep Freeze’ (2)

Cards: Score 1990, ProSet 1991, Topps Stadium Club Members Choice 1992, GameDay 1992, SkyBox 1992
Acquired: TTM 2018, C/o Home
Sent: 10/10   Received: 10/29    (19 days)
See Also: John Friesz 

I had gotten John way, way back through the Chargers back in 1992, and always had hoped to come back around and get these remaining cards signed by him. He had some really nice and unique images and canvases to work with over the years, and he had a bunch of them. 

His GameDay card was something I didn’t even know that really existed. I bought a box of the set in 2017, and was really charmed by this card. It was really what set me into action to go ahead and seek him out for a second pass at some autographs. It’s a pretty well framed shot, despite the slight blur on his left hand.

For some reason, his Score 1990 rookie was somewhat of a rare find initially. I think between myself and my friend Josh we opened 2 or 3 boxes and I just ran across one of these cards. So few players can get away with wearing yellow like this, but John looks pretty solid in that action shot, which represented his earliest rookie card. John’s Stadium Club and Pro Set cards make me feel like I should understand why he won the starting QB job over Billy Joe Tolliver in SD. They both seem to convey this sense of leadership that he has on his almost strained face.

I wasn’t too big a fan of Topps Stadium Club. Their 1991 set had a soft entry into the market, but they really played it up for 1992, and while I sparingly get them autographed, I really liked this card- even the hokey ‘Members Choice’ banner. It’s a really clear, high resolution image, and even John barking out an audible at the line of scrimmage looks impressive.

His Pro Set 1991 card was a part of the update set that was done later, and back then I was just too nervous to risk sending out his ProSet rookie card- little less from the 1991 update set. It’s a great picture, even if Friesz’s throwing motion looks a bit awkward in this image.

As a set I really liked Skybox 1992. It was a well designed and exciting foray into an already burgeoning football card market. (Skybox was able to weather the market longer, and was later purchased by Marvel if I’m correct, and then eventually dissolved when the market completely came apart.) This was one of the few Skybox cards however that didn’t really excite me. The framing of John just seems too perfect while the image itself at just the right distance. Note that neither of his hands or feet are visible, making this shot somewhat unappealing.

John turned around my greedy request in less than 30 days. A friend to the TTM community, John is a solid responder through the mail from Idaho, and graciously signed these 5 cards for me.

Everett, Jim (2)

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.

Muster, Brad

Cards: Score Supplemental 1989, Action Packed 1990, GameDay 1992, SkyBox 1992
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Home
Sent: 10/3/17 Received: 12/27/19 (801 days)

Stanford seems to have all the luck with the fullbacks. Brad Muster played there from 1984 to 1987. Classified as a RB, he had his best season in 1986 rushing 260 times for 1123 yards and 13 TDs. A solid blocker and receiver, Brad had 78 catches for 654 yards and 4 TDs in 1985. In his 4 years at Stanford, Brad posted 3010 yards (703 carries) and 28 TDs rushing. He also caught 198 passes for 1722 yards and 8 TDs.

Brad was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft. Notably Thurman Thomas was the only back in this group inducted into the HoF, however sandwiched on either side of Muster at 22 was recognizable names Lorenzo White, and 24 was Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward.

Brad switched to fullback in the pros. His best season came in 1990 when he rushed for 664 yards on 141 carries (6 TDs), and then caught 47 passes for 452 yards- giving Brad a career high 1116 yards from scrimmage. His numbers with the Bears were all the more impressive in the fact that he was neither the feature back and that he paved the way for 3 1,000 yard seasons for Neal Anderson.

Brad desperately wanted to be the feature back in Chicago after the 1992 season, but head coach Dave Wannstedt saw otherwise, so Brad signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints- playing there for two additional seasons. He retired after the 1994 season due to injuries.

Wow. 2017 seems like such a long time ago now. Nearly everything has changed about my life since then. Whether it was good or bad, it is amazing how time flies. -So at 808 days, it feels like these were out so much longer.

I think I liked the Skybox card of Brad the most here. It’s just a solid image all across, and I love that they used the secondary Bears logo instead of the primary ‘C’. Both Score and Fleer used that same shot of Brad, so I had to get one of them autographed, but the Action Packed card really sticks out because Brad’s neck roll pad means he’s ready to do some major hitting.

Brad is also a powerful hitting runningback in the Nintendo game Tecmo Super Bowl.

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