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Davis, Willie (WR) ‘Country’

Wild Card World League, #59

CARD: Wild Card World League 1992
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2023
FAILURE: TTM 2010, 2011, 2020, C/o The Chiefs


  • Willie Davis caught 63 passes for 1292 yards over his college career for Central Arkansas.
  • He holds the school all-time record for longest reception with a 99 yard TD.
  • He’d go undrafted in 1990, but be signed to the Chiefs practice squad.
  • Willie was allocated to the Orlando Thunder of the World League in 1992 by the team to give the young receiver more seasoning.
  • With future NFL veteran Scott Mitchell at QB, Davis caught 20 passes and a 51 yard TD in his first professional action.
  • The Chiefs, impressed by what they saw opted to give Willie some playtime in their offense.
  • Willie became one of the World League’s success stories, catching 36 passes for 756 yards later that year.
  • His best season perhaps came the following year when he caught 52 passes for 909 yards and 7 TDs.
  • He played for the Chiefs through 1995.
  • With Houston Oilers WR Haywood Jeffires demanding more money to stay with the team, the franchise opted to go in another direction and signed Willie Davis to essentially replace him.
  • Willie played with the Oilers from 1996-98, transitioning with the franchise to Tennessee in 1997.
  • Willie returned to the Chiefs after a few years away from the sport and joined the team’s front office, where he serves as the team’s front office scout of the southwest.


  • Central Arkansas Hall of Fame (2001)


I finally gave up on trying to get Willie through the mail after 3 attempts through the Chiefs over the last 12 years. He signed sporadically for others and just didn’t respond to me. Whether or not it was an intentional snub or not or just the fact he may not want to sign his true rookie card, I am not sure. -So I just decided to haggle with an EBay seller who had some World League autographs that looked legitimate enough to me to close the deal.





Maas, Bill (2)

1992 Gameday, #271

CARDS: Gameday 1992, Proset 1989, Fleer 1990
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 9/22 RECEIVED: 10/6 (14 days)



Bill had some great set needs, and since I had never written him before, I figured I’d go ahead and knock these cards out. His Pro Set 1989 definitely sticks out to me. It’s a unique shot of a lineman that perfectly encapsulates the action that Pro Set was known for in its early years.

Spiller, CJ

Panini Rookies & Stars 2013, #12

CARDS: Panini Prestige 2015, Score 2010, Panini Rookies & Stars 2013
ACQUIRED: TTM 2020, C/o Work
SENT: 10/17 RECEIVED: 10/26 (9 days)


  • CJ Spiller played RB for Clemson from 2006-09.
  • Ran for 1,212 yards and 12 TDs his Senior season, accumulating 3,547 total yards on the ground over his 4 years with the Tigers.
  • Also displayed explosive skills as a kick returner and punt returner accumulating 8 TDs.
  • Was selected 9th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
  • Spiller quickly ascended the depth chart, surpassing both Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch in the lineup.
  • Rookie season was considered a disappointment, but still managed to produce his share of highlights with a 95 yard KR TD.
  • It’d be in 2012, CJ really came into his own, running for a career high 1244 yards and 6 TDs on 207 carries.
  • He’d also catch 43 passes for 459 yards and 2 TDs including a 66 yarder.
  • CJ followed up 2012 with a solid ’13 outing, posting 933 yards on 202 carries.
  • Unfortunately injuries derailed the remainder of his career, as over the next 4 years, he’d be limited to just 7 starts in 29 contests.
  • After his time in Buffalo concluded, CJ hopped over to New Orleans.
  • He’d catch an 80 yard TD that season- Marking QB Drew Brees 400th passing TD.
  • Released in 2016, Spiller saw some playing time with the Seahawks and Jets that season.
  • In his final season with the Chiefs, Spiller was an emergency back for the team, and was literally on and off the roster multiple times throughout 2017.
  • After a few years off, Spiller went into coaching.
  • As of 2022 he’s a RB coach at his Alma Mater, Clemson.


  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • Pro Bowl 2012
  • Jersey Retired #28 (Clemson)


While CJ’s career in the pros was limited, he had moments of absolute breathtaking electricity. The pass he caught from Drew Brees (for Brees 400th TD), sparked some laughs, embarrassment, and controversy. It came in OT against the Dallas Cowboys and was the first play from scrimmage, as OT rules end games if a team scores on the first possession.

Two late card set additions that I like here from Panini in both the 2015 Prestige set and the Rookies & Stars set (2013). I really like how the Prestige set is very minimal, although I’m not a huge fan of the transitioned edges. The focus is on the player and the name. That’s it. Pretty classy.

The Rookies & Stars set from 2013 was something I got into late. I loved the 2009 and 2010 set, but I absolutely hated the 2011 and ’12 sets. That caused me to take my time checking out this set. One of my big complaints about cards is that it doesn’t feel as though they are proud of their designs. They just don’t showcase them on the sides of the box. Spiller’s card is top notch in this set and I like the design and look as it’s pretty unique.