Card: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2016, Gunderson Trade
DaVaris Daniels had a mixed college career at Notre Dame due to academic issues. While never fully realizing his potential as a receiver for the Fightin’ Irish, he had brief moments of highlight worthy film. His best year came in 2013 when he had 49 receptions for 745 yards and 7 TDs. He declared for the 2015 NFL draft but went unselected.
Daniels signed with the Minnesota Vikings after the draft and then later briefly spent time on the roster of the Patriots. Eventually he found his way North to the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 2016. He earned the league’s honor for the Most Outstanding Rookie catching 51 passes for 885 yards and 9 TDs.
Cards: Score 1993, GameDay 1992, Action Packed 1991, Action Packed 1992
Acquired: 2012, Akron Acquisition. 2017, TTM C/o Home
Sent: 9/28 Received: 10/07 (9 days)
See Also: Marv Cook
After his NFL career concluded in 1996, Marv has become a well respected coach at the high school level in Iowa City, IA winning numerous state titles. He has some great cards and after getting the Score 1993 in 2012 C/o the Akron Acquisition, I thought I’d go ahead and get a few more since he’s a great signer through the mail.
The Score 1993 card is a really conservative design, anchored well on the left and bottom- but among the pantheon of card designs this was a pretty boring look. A few nitpicks- They typeface used is too narrow making the team and position difficult to read. Maybe it’s just because of the color scheme, but this looks like it belongs on a Domino’s Pizza box.
Marv’s Action Packed entries are typical of this set. Good sports photography supported by the embossed gimmick. The minimal works here, because of the punchy mid-range photography, although in the 1992 entry the nameplate is lost in the photo. On the 1992 entries it was a nice touch with the red stripe used for AFC teams while the blue stripe used for NFC.
I always had a weak spot for the GameDay cards. GameDay was interesting because it was the only Long Tom set on the market. I loved this set specifically for that look alone which not only separated itself from the competition on the market, but resembled a ticket, standing out from the crowd at an event. This card of Marv, I think the photo was from the game in which he caught a TD in an epic upset over the Houston Oilers at Foxboro Stadium.
Card: Leaf Draft 2014
Acquired: BB 2018, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles played college ball for the Gamecocks of South Carolina from 2011-2013. He posted 66 solo tackles, 39 assists, 23.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 fumble recovery over his time at the school. He was expected to be drafted somewhere around round 5 or 6, but fell out of the draft entirely and became a priority free agent.
Signing with the Giants after the 2014 Draft, he’d be claimed off of waivers by the Patriots and placed on their practice squad. The Colts signed Kelcy from the Patriots- but found himself on and off the regular roster the remainder of the season. He’d be waived in 2015 and returned to the Patriots practice squad later in the year. Then he’d be cut, and returned again to the Colts, where he played the rest of the season. Although he did not make the final roster of the squad in 2016, he’d be on and off the practice squad throughout the rest of the year. In his brief NFL career, Kelcy played in 2 games making 1 tackle, 1 sack, and a pass defended.
Quick rant. So I went into Walmart, and they had these great little hangar packs called ‘Walmart Autographed Memorabilia’. Like the Target cousin, I’m not expecting much. I get 5 packs of cards and an autograph AND a patch card. For 15 bucks- yeah okay- it works, but when it is hanging on the $9.99 rack: Two please! That’s what led me to my problem. They weren’t hanging there because they were priced at $9.99 each. They were there because somebody ignorantly hung them there. Needless to say the store manager refused to give me the $9.99 price point, so I refused to buy any of them out of principle. Later I came back to the store and found them hanging again on the $9.99 rack.