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Freeman, Josh

Score 2009 Hot Rookie, #13

CARDS: Score 2009, Score 2009 Hot Rookies, Panini Rookies & Stars 2010
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 7/26 RECEIVED: 8/12 (17 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Large and mobile QB in the mold of Duante Culpepper.
  • Completed 680 passes for 8,078 yards, 44 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 35 career games- and a school record 8427 yards.
  • Was the 17th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • By midseason, was established as Bucs starter at QB.
  • In 2010, led Bucs to 10-6 record, passing for 3451 yards and 25 TDs to just 6 interceptions.
  • Tied for NFL lead with 5 4th quarter comebacks that year.
  • Passed for career high 4065 yards and 27 TDs in 2012.
  • Threw 95 yard pass to Vincent Jackson to lead NFL that season.
  • In 2013, Tampa decided to go in a different direction at QB- and after 5 games was cut.
  • Spent the remainder of the 2013 season on the roster of the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Signed and cut by the Giants in 2014 before camp.
  • Spent 2015 on the preseason roster of the Miami Dolphins.
  • After failing to latch on with Dolphins, played for the FXFL Brooklyn Bolts.
  • Joined Indianapolis Colts late in season, and was released the following year.
  • Caught the attention of the Calgary Stampeders and signed with team in 2018- but retired soon thereafter.

NOTES:

I always thought Josh got a bad wrap. His 2010 was a really solid campaign, and while he did survive the Raheem Morris epoch, he was able to rally the team to a decent 7-9 record while posting some pretty decent numbers.

I had worked with my friend Chris in tracking down Josh’s address. He wasn’t at the top of my list, so I let Chris at him first. After he got a success, I went ahead and put my cards together and sent them out.

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Duper, Mark ‘Super’

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: Ebay, 2020
TTM 2022, C/o Home
Sent: 1/2 Received: 3/5 (61 days)*
*Fee enclosed

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Incredible speedster and track man at Northwestern State.
  • Second round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 82.
  • Saw little action his rookie season partially due to the NFL strike.
  • Posted first 1000 yard season following year on 51 catches, scoring 10 TDs.
  • Had a career high 71 receptions in 1984 to go along with 1306 yards receiving.
  • Had a career high in receiving yards (1313) and TDs (11) in 1986.
  • Cracked the 1000 yard plateau one final time in 1991 with 1085 yards.
  • After being cut following the 92 season, Mark played one final season in 1994 for the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League.

ACCOLADES:

  • Pro Bowl 1983
  • Pro Bowl 1984
  • Pro Bowl 1986
  • All- Pro 1983
  • All-Pro 1984
  • League’s longest reception from scrimmage 1986 (85 yards)
  • Dolphins Honor Roll 2003
  • At the time of his retirement was the Dolphins all-time receiving yardage leader at 8,869 yards.
  • 2005 N-Club Hall of Fame (Northwestern State University)

NOTES:

Duper along with WR Mark Clayton formed the famous ‘Marks Brothers’ that gave opposing defenses fits. Duper was well known for wearing the single bar helmet throughout his career. He was diagnosed with CTE in 2013.

Mark only recently started signing through the mail, so I went ahead and picked up his certified via EBay back in 2020. Later when I saw successes flood in with a donation in early 2022, I launched out these two other cards.

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McKinney, Steve (2)

Upper Deck 2001 Houston Texans, #HT8

Card: Upper Deck 2001 Houston Texans Inaugural Set
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 6/19 Received: 6/25 (6 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

I had forgotten that I had gotten Steve previously as part of the Albany acquisition way, way back in 2012. It didn’t really deaden the excitement I felt however getting this autograph, considering Steve doesn’t sign very often, whether due to demand or reluctance, the turn around was pretty quick clocking in at a speedy 6 days. I really like this set, and have tried off and on through the years to get some of them signed but I am hesitant to try to get them signed TTM as these sets seem to be a bit rarer than advertised or sold.