Tag Archives: Miami Dolphins

Moore, Nat

Cards: Topps 1983, Action Packed Whizzer White Award 1991
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 4/10 Received: 4/18 (8 days)

At the time of his retirement from the Dolphins, Nat Moore owned many of the game, season and career receiving records of the franchise. A home grown product out of Miami, Moore played collegiality for the Florida Gators in 1972 and 1973 as a runningback. It was there they discovered Moore’s dependable hands and smooth route running. He managed 1566 total yards from scrimmage on 254 touches to go along with 16 touchdowns.

A 3rd round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1974, Nat played for the franchise for the next 13 seasons. Nat played during the heyday of the dead ball era. While he did not ever clock a 1,000 yard season over his career, he was consistently ranked near the top of the league leaders for most of his career. He earned 1 Pro Bowl and All Pro nomination in 1977, when he led the NFL in TD catches with 12 (52 receptions for 765 yards).

In 1986, Nat earned the Byron Whizzer White Award for his humanitarian work, and continues to receive recognition for his efforts during his playing career. He was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor in 1999, and in 2006 was named one of the 100 Greatest (FL) Gators. Nat also has a trophy named after him given to the best High School Football player in Southern Florida. As of 2020, he’s an alumni executive for the Miami Dolphins.

Nat is well known as the player in the highlight reel who goes up and over for a catch, and as he is hit simultaneously by two players, he helicopters in the air before he hits the ground, still in possession of the football.

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Warfield, Paul

Cards: Topps 1970, Upper Deck Legends 1997, Crown Royale 2010
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home*
Sent: 3/23 Received: 4/2 (10 days)
Failure: TTM 2018, C/o Home
* donation required/ Do not use this address

Hall of Fame WR Paul Warfield has been on my radar for sometime. I finally got these great cards together with the required donation sent his way in 2018- but was dismayed to find out that he was no longer signing TTM. I got a form letter informing me that I had to contact his agent who then had a fee schedule. After the agent never responded to me- I gave up on Paul until I saw a few responses come back from his home address again in early 2019. Annoyed, I went ahead and penned a new letter, enclosed the cards, and the signing fee/donation.

Roughly a month later I got a note from Paul with all my cards autographed, and a check reimbursement for the money order. In the note he indicated that he was between signing schedules with his agent, and he would honor my request, and refund my donation. I was pretty floored. It was very nice of him and I felt a bit odd having a check in my hand from a HoFer but there it was. Not only is his signature unique, Paul’s handwriting is wispy elegance.

By late April of 2019, Paul had gone ahead and signed with an agent again. I had gotten very lucky hitting him in that window as his fee/donation schedule had more than doubled. Warfield no longer accepts fan mail at his home address anymore. -Save your postage and contact his agent instead.

Paul Warfield played college ball at Ohio State from 1961 through 1963. He carried the ball 196 times for 1047 yards and 8 TDs, and contributed 39 receptions for 525 yards and 3 TDs over his time at Columbus.

Selected in the 1st round by the Cleveland Browns in 1964- Cleveland saw potential in Warfield initially as a defensive back, but later in camp converted him to wide receiver instead. Paul went on to put up some truly amazing numbers over his career with the Browns. In his first 6 seasons with the team, he finished 3 of those seasons averaging more than 21 yards a catch, lead the NFL in receiving TDs in 1968 (12), and was named to 3 Pro Bowls.
In a shocker Paul was traded on draft day 1970 to the Miami Dolphins for a first round pick.

Paul played the next 5 seasons for the ‘Fins. Undeterred Warfield was named the Pro Bowl every year he was with the team, and All-Pro in both 1971 and 1973. He’d average a career high 25.1 yards per catch in 1970, and then in 71 lead the NFL with 11 TDs. After the 1974 season concluded, Paul signed with the upstart WFL Memphis Southmen.

After limping through the 1975 season, the WFL folded, and Paul heard the siren’s call and returned to Cleveland. He played two final seasons there, retiring in 1978.

Paul was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He is also a member of the Dolphins Honor Roll and the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor. He’s done a variety of things since then including sportscasting and working for the Browns in the front office, but is currently retired and enjoying life living in California.

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Smith, De’Veon (2)

Card: Topps AAF NOW 2019
Acquired: IP 2020, Houston Roughnecks/ Tampa Bay Vipers Joint Practice
See Also: De’Veon Smith

After spending a short stint with the Redskins in 2018, De’Veon took his talents to the Alliance of American Football in 2019. He signed with the Orlando Apollos for the season. He quickly entered the league record books, scoring the AAF’s first rushing TD in a 40-6 drubbing of the Atlanta Legends.

De’Veon was part of a 3-headed monster for the Orlando Apollos league leading offense. A compact runner, with a low center of gravity, he finished 6th in the league rushing with 75 carries for 345 yards and 3 TDs. His best game came against Birmingham when he ran 14 times for 119 yards and a 40 yard long.

In 2020, Smith joined the XFL Tampa Bay Vipers. When I heard the Roughnecks were doing a joint practice with the Roughnecks, I gambled I could get his autograph on this card. After practice he almost escaped, but I was able to flag him down. He came over and kindly signed my card and we exchanged pleasantries about the Commanders game that Orlando won that AAF season. He then helped me flag down Tarean Folston who I also really wanted.