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Swilling, Pat

Gameday 1992, #269

CARDS: GameDay 1992, Skybox Impact 1992, Skybox Preimum 1993, Skybox Impact 1992 Major Impact
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Work
SENT: 6/19 RECEIVED: 7/13 (24 Days)
FAILURE: TTM 2010, C/o Work, TTM 2015, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • 3rd round pick out of Georgia Tech in 1986 joined ‘The Dome Patrol’ alongside Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Rickey Jackson at linebacker.
  • After quiet rookie season, became fulltime starter and put up 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and a pick.
  • In 1989, recorded 16.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.
  • In 1991, led NFL with 17 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and an interception for a TD.
  • Traded to the Detroit Lions in 1993 and played the following season with the franchise before hopping over to Oakland in 1995.
  • Moved to right defensive end that year, and had 13 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.
  • Retired in 1997, but returned for the 1998 season for the Raiders before retiring again after the season.
Skybox 1992, #234

ACCOLADES:

  • Pro Bowl 1989-93
  • All-Pro 1991/92
  • NFL sack leader 1991
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1991
  • Saints Hall of Fame 2000
  • College Football Hall of Fame 2009
1992 Skybox Major Impact, #19
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NOTES:

While the records show I failed on Pat early on in my return to collecting in 2010, and then later in 2015, before I got him in 2021- 11 years later, in reality I had failed to get Swilling in person back in 1995 when he played for the Raiders. Oakland was visiting Dallas Cowboys training camp at St. Edwards in Austin, Texas. I had previous success with acquiring James Lofton by sticking out a sign that said “WILL WORK FOR JAMES LOFTON’S AUTOGRAPH”. Unfortunately said strategy did not work for Pat, and although the players found it very funny and chuckled, they let me know that he was skipping camp in Austin rehabbing due to an injury.

For a while there too, Pat had a ghost signer, and his autograph went from looking like what’s above… to something very pedestrian. I flushed numerous cards down the toilet with no luck, but reloading for a final shot, and seeing some successes that looked good, I went ahead and popped these out for 3rd shot.

1993 Skybox Premium, #120

Brock, Stan

Action Packed All-Madden Team 1990, #51

CARDS: ProSet 1989, Fleer 1990, Action Packed All Madden Team 1990
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 11/29 RECEIVED: 12/10 (11 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Comes from football blood lines as older brother, Pete, played center for New England, Willie was selected by the Chiefs, and Ray played at LSU.
  • First team All Big 8 tackle and team captain while playing at Colorado as Senior.
  • Saints first round pick in 1980. (#12 overall.)
  • Started 67 contests straight out of his rookie season before a knee injury in Week 14 of 1984 ended that streak.
  • Returned to form and started all games until Week 7 of 1988 with another knee injury landing on IR.
  • Rebounded from injury and was named to the All-Madden Team.
  • Started 64 more straight games for the Saints, and cemented himself as the franchise’s leader in games played and started. (186/182)
  • Joined the San Diego Chargers in 1993, seeing action in 48 more contests- starting 41, retiring after the 1995 season.
  • Upper echelon, equally skilled, run and pass blocker, who never seemed to get his due.
  • Went into coaching in 1997, working with the Portland Forest Dragons (1997-99) and LA Avengers (2000-01) of the Arena Football League.
  • Coached offensive line at Army from 2004-06.
  • Named head coach in 2007, compiling a 6-18 record.
  • Has also worked as a sports anchor for local TV affiliates in OR.

NOTES:

Stan has some great cards, and was represented on most of the major brands. I remember specifically pulling the Action Packed All Madden card from 7-11 after school one day and being blown away by its strong composition.

Hebert, Bobby (2) ‘Cajun Cannon’

Cards: Topps 1990, Action Packed 1990, Score 1989, Topps 1989
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 5/7 Received: 5/24 (17 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

See Also Bobby Hebert