Tag Archives: players who should be in the NFL HoF

Morgan, Stanley (2)

Action Packed 1990, #166

Cards: Action Packed 1990, Fleer 1990, Action Packed Rookies 1990
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 1/19 Received: 3/22 (62 Days)
Failure: TTM 2017, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

Fleer 1990, #323 Action Packed Rookies 1990, #72

NOTES:

When I sent to Stanley way, way back in 2011, he graciously signed 3 of 4 cards. Unfortunately he didn’t sign the card I truly wanted him to sign most of all- Action Packed Rookies 1990, a dire set need. I chocked it up as a lesson learned, and decided after a few years wait to give him another shot in 2017. This time he flat out didn’t respond. I was an outlier to a player who is typically a solid signer TTM, so I waited again a few more years, and finally in 2021, nabbed him on these three beautiful cards.

Martin, Harvey ‘Too Mean’ (2) (1950-2001)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AL137

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: 2021, EBay

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

ACCOLADES:

  • Super Bowl XII Co MVP

  • NFL Defensive MVP 1977

  • NFL All 70s Team

  • Pro Bowl 1976-79

  • First Team All Pro 1977

  • Second Team All Pro 1976, 1979, 1982

  • Lone Star Conference Player of the Decade (1970s)

  • Lone Star Conference 75 Anniversary Squad

  • Lone Star Conference Hall of FameĀ 

  • Texas A&M – Commerce Hall of FameĀ 

NOTES:

Upper Deck Legends 1997 really was a gem of a set and continued to outdo itself with quality photography. This is an excellent shot of Too Mean. Thankfully he didn’t shorthand the autograph on this one. I patiently waited out the market on this autograph since it was exploding, and was able to snipe this one at a fair price under 10 bucks.

Meador, Ed

Cards: Topps 1969, Action Packed Whizzer White Award 1991
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 1/17 Received: 1/28 (11 days)

Ed Meador is not a household name outside of the banner guard of the pre-St. Louis Los Angeles Rams, however he has an impressive resume, that has somehow slipped past Pro Football HoF induction.

Ed played for Arkansas Tech from 1955-1958. Back then players went both ways, and Meador distinguished himself as both a dangerous defensive back, but also as a top flight runner and return man. An all-conference selection 3 times, and Little American his Senior year, Ed was co-captain of the squad know as ‘The Wonder Boys’, and scored 272 career points over his time at Tech. He’d be selected in the 7th round of the 1969 NFL Draft.

The rest is history. He’d spend time returning kicks, holding kicks, and playing defensive back. After seeing time early in his career at corner, the Rams switched him to Free Safety where he excelled. Nicknamed ‘The Rams Little Assassin’, Ed owns multiple Rams career records to this day including interceptions (46), fumble recoveries (18), and blocked kicks (10). A 6 time Pro Bowler (1960, 1964-1968), 6 time First or Second Team All-Pro, and a member of the NFL 1960s All-Decade team, it is surprising that Meador’s name has not received a Canton induction.

In addition to his numerous on the field accomplishments, Ed won the NFLPA Byron Whizzer White Award in 1969. Retiring after 1970, Meador was inducted into the Arkansas Sports HoF in 1978, and worked in real estate for a few years before edging his way into jewelry.

Ed signed these two cards of his pretty quickly. Oddly enough both of these cards represent sets that I only had one other card from those sets signed, and they were both acquired many, many years ago. I wasn’t really a fan of Topps 1969. It strictly is more about the player than the design, and with limited technology to do so back then, this card just comes off very plain. The Action Packed 1991 Whizzer White card is really nice though. The only tweaks they did from the base 91 set is changing the marquee to a silver color and adding the helmeted year of the winner on it. It’s a great card of Ed and I am glad that he could sign it for me- even if it was in a ball point pen.

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