Cards: Classic 1992, Action Packed Rookies 1992, ProSet 1992
Acquired: TTM 2016, C/o Home
Sent: 4/7 Received: 5/26 (49 days)
See Also: Rod Smith
I reached into the open mailbox right before the 2016 Memorial Weekend Flood III, and found a soaked self addressed stamped envelope. I had to medically remove the three cards that had
slid slightly out of plastic sleeve, from the envelope. Some moisture was on the cards, but after dabbing them off, they were in surprisingly good condition, and the autographs were not harmed.
The 1992 Action Packed Rookies & Stars was among my favorites during that early heyday of collecting. I had already gotten Rod Smith in a Patriots blitz I did in 1992 before the set came out. (Back then you could send a stack of cards to a bad NFL team and they’d typically respond by signing most of your stuff.) A great action shot here, I had been wanting to come back and get this one for a while. The ProSet and Classic cards were gravy on top. ProSet still had some nice action photos, sans the bad design and company logo.
Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Hobby Box Breaker
Geronimo Allison played wide receiver in junior college for Iowa Western in 2012 and 2013. His team went 11-0 and earned them the Division’s National Championship. He transferred to Illinois in 2014 and had 106 receptions for 1,480 yards and 8 TDs. Gifted with a good frame and displaying many positive traits, Allison is still growing into his role as a wide receiver.
Allison went undrafted in 2016, but was a priority free agent for many interested squads. Eventually he signed with the Green Bay Packers. As Aaron Rodgers is known to spread the love around between his receivers, Geronimo was able to corral 12 catches for 202 yards and 2 TDs his rookie year. During the playoffs Allison chipped in another 5 receptions for 65 yards. Things were looking great for him entering 2017, but he’d be suspended by the league for the first game of the season for substance abuse.
Card: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2015, Gunderson Trade
A really nice card of runningback John Crockett here. The clean photography and contrast really hearken back to the days of early media photography.
The 2015 combine positional leader in both the vertical jump and the broad jump, John Crockett has many of the athletic tools to make the jump to the NFL level. Playing for North Dakota State, he rolled up the yardage (4339 yards) in only 3 years with the Bison. Thanks to the stigma against players in small school conferences, Crockett did not turn very many heads, but still warranted enough interest that he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
After an impressive preseason, Crockett made the squad and was a back up for Eddie Lacy and James Starks. He saw action in 2 games rushing 9 times for 21 yards. John injured his shoulder in 2016. He spent the entire season on IR rehabbing. In 2017 he was not tendered by the Packers and became a free agent.