Card: Action Packed Rookies 1992, Upper Deck 1992
Acquired: Paid Signing, C/o Gameday Sports Tours
See Also: Jimmy Smith
I had gotten Jimmy at training camp all those years ago in 1992 on a Classic and ProSet card. At the time Action Packed had missed the boat- just barely, on releasing a card in time for the start of training camp. I never was able to get back around to Jimmy, whether it was due to injury at camp or a matter of seeking the bigger plate, it just didn’t happen. It was a wild ride for Jimmy since his departure from the Cowboys, battling his way back up the NFL ranks, through addiction and incarceration to where he is today. I had given up long ago in getting him to sign TTM since he’s been so enigmatic.
I decided to do a paid signing through Gameday Sports Tours when I saw that he was available. As a member of the board that they are a part of, Gameday even offered me a slight discount, so I went ahead and got a second card signed. Gameday was quick and prompt with returning my autographs after the event.
I planned on using their services again or attending an event in person, but after later reading a frustrated rant from the owner of Gameday on Texas Autograph Club characterizing some people who attend his free events as loafers who take advantage of him, I postponed those plans indefinitely.
Card: UT Upper Deck 2011
Acquired: 2015, Spoodog Box Break
Bobby Dillon played for the Texas Longhorns from 1949 to 1951, earning All-American Honors. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1952 draft, and from there etched himself into Packer lore. 3 times over his career Dillon notched 9 interceptions at Safety. In 1956 he led the NFL with 244 interception return yards. He walked away from the game in 1959, and is still the Packers all-time career leader in interceptions. He’s been inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, and earned Pro Bowl Honors from 1955-1958. Surprisingly Dillon has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame, even as a Seniors candidate. He lives in the Austin area.
G 94 Tac N/a Sac N/a Fum 3
Int 52 Yds 976 Avg 18.7 Td 6
Cards: Score 1990 Hot Card, ProSet 1989, Action Packed 1990, Fleer 1995
Acquired: TTM 2014, C/o Home
Sent: 4/4 Received: 4/21 (17 days)
See Also: Eric Metcalf
Failure: TTM 1992, C/o The Cleveland Browns
With these four cards, I pretty much have knocked Eric Metcalf’s cards off my list- that is his Browns cards. Getting Eric’s autograph in any other uniform other than a Browns uniform would be like asking for Brett Favre on a Jets card to me. When I ran out to get Eric at Third Base a few years ago, I grabbed as many cards as I could, but didn’t have these, since three of them were lost in the mail all those years ago. I had forgotten how nice these cards that I missed out on were.I reloaded and waited for a suitable time to shoot these cards out. Eric is very good to TTM fans- at least since I scolded him about it a few years ago. He’s one of my favorites from my childhood, so it was fitting I come around for a TTM hit.
Eric’s been busy in Seattle since returning there. He’s been involved in coaching track and field, most recently joining the staff at Washington as a volunteer assistant for horizontal jumping. Eric had an amazing track career at UT, winning the NCAA Championship in the long jump in 1986, and again in 1988. A four-time All-American and that still holds the Texas school record for the outdoor long jump with a best of 27-8.25, Eric qualified for the finals of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing eighth.