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Rathman, Tom (2)

Upper Deck 1991, #103

CARDS: Topps Stadium Club 1991, Action Packed 1990, Upper Deck 1991
ACQUIRED: 2012, Canton Acquisition. TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 2/7 RECEIVED: 2/22 (15 days)



Since my original post, Tom has scaled back signing. He now only signs one card per request TTM. I was happy to add him on his Action Packed card, although I had other set needs such as his Fleer 1990. The Stadium Club and the Upper Deck cards were acquired through the Canton Acquisition when Bryan briefly got out of the card market. Not my favorite. Just part of the package.

Guy, Ray (1949-2022)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AL-111

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2021


  • Ray Guy was an incredible athlete that played 3 positions (K, P, SS) for Southern Mississippi from 1970-72.
  • Over his time at the school he set multiple single game and career records.
  • Became the first punter to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (1973).
  • Right out of the gate, averaged 45.3 yards per punt his rookie season.
  • From there he led the NFL in punting average in 1974 (42.2) and ’75 (43.8).
  • Punted a career high 96 times for 4,195 yards in 1981.
  • Over his career he had a streak of 619 punts without being blocked.


  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • NFL All 1970s Team
  • Golden Toe Award
  • NFL 75th Anniversary Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary Team
  • Pro Bowl 1973-78, ’80
  • All-Pro 1973-78
  • Second Team AP 1979-80


Ray was greatly disrespected by not being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame sooner. This was due to the fact that there is a longstanding stigma against special teams players. He was finally elected in 2014… and promptly stopped signing TTM.

I waited to acquire Ray’s autograph until the prices started dropping. Thankfully before the prices spiked again after his passing, I was able to pick his certified up on his Legends card.


Ray passed away on November 3rd, 2022 at the age of 72 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Heeney, Ben

CARD: Topps XFL 2020
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2021


  • Ben Heeney played LB at Kansas from 2011-2014.
  • Became a starter in 2012 and immediately made an impact, posting 112 tackles, 11.5 TFL, a sack, 2 pass deflections and a forced fumble.
  • As a junior, added 3 picks, 87 total tackles, 11.5 TFL, and a sack to his growing resume.
  • In 2014, Heeney had a career high 127 total tackles, 13 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, an interception and 2 forced fumbles.
  • Ben was selected in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.
  • He’d start 3 games posting 38 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass deflection and a forced fumble.
  • Injuries played a part though in his time in Oakland and he’d be waived in 2017.
  • After being claimed and released by the Saints, Heeney played for the Houston Texans that season, posting 2 more tackles.
  • In 2020, Heeney was selected by the New York Guardians of the XFL.
  • He’d post 30 total tackles, and 3 tackles for loss, before the league suspended operations due to COVID.


A great snipe for me here as I picked up this certified 4/5 black parallel autograph of Ben for just a buck fifty.