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Coslet, Bruce

CARDS: Pro Set 1990, Pro Set 1991
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 5/23 RECEIVED: 6/6 (14 days)


  • Played TE at the University of the Pacific from 1965-’67.
  • Went undrafted and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1969.
  • Played the next 8 seasons for the franchise,
  • Best season came in 1971, catching 21 passes for 356 yards and 4 TDs, including a 71 yard long.
  • Joined the 49ers coaching staff in ’80 as a TE coach.
  • Returned to the Bengals in ’81 where he coached WRs through ’84.
  • Sam Wyche moved Coslet to offensive coordinator the following season, where he took the WCO to the next level setting franchise offensive records over the next few seasons.
  • Was hired by the Jets after the 1989 season concluded.
  • Served as HC in NY through the 1993 season.
  • Jets got to the playoffs after the ’91 season, losing to the Houston Oilers in the Wild Card round.
  • Returned in 1994 to Cincinnati, serving again as OC- this time under HC Dave Shula.
  • During a chaotic ’96 season Shula resigned as HC after a disastrous 1-6 start.
  • Coslet stepped in and led the team to a 7-2 finish, and some level of respectability.
  • After the franchise decided to overhaul the roster in 2000, Coslet resigned 3 games into the season.
  • Spent a final season in 2002 as OC of the Dallas Cowboys.
Playaction 16 Boss Z Post


  • Pacific Tigers Hall of Fame 1985


I mean I took a shot in the dark on Coslet that he’d pen a play for me and I was absolutely tickled with what he drew up. I’m always curious about an offensive minded coach’s DNA, but especially what and why they chose the play they chose to draw up, and as a member of the Walsh coaching tree- WCO, this one is an absolute treasure.


Washington, Ted ‘Big Ted’

Action Packed Rookies 1991, #24

CARD: Action Packed Rookies 1991
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2023


  • Big Ted Washington played defensive line for Louisville finishing with 297 total tackles, 27 sacks, 1 FF, and 1 INT.
  • He’d be selected at the bottom of round one by the San Fransisco 49ers in 1991.
  • Washington made his time primarily at NT, before hopping over to DT in ’93.
  • He’d be traded to the Broncos in 1994, where Ted showed glimpses of what he could do- just from the NT position.
  • It’d be in ’95 Ted transitioned to Buffalo, where he established himself as one of the most dominant NT of the 90s.
  • He’d play 6 seasons there for the Bills, posting 378 total tackles, and 19.5 sacks.
  • Big Ted hopped over to the Bears in 2001- anchoring their line through the 2002 season at DT, thus beginning Ted’s hired gun phase of his career.
  • Ted from here played a season with New England in 2003, Oakland in ’04-’05, closing out his career in ’06-’07 as a member of the Browns.


  • Pro Bowl 1997-’98, 2000- ’01
  • All-Pro 2001


Big Ted doesn’t really sign through the mail so I decided to pick up this set need via EBay. I was comfortable picking up this autograph since it was from a collector located in Buffalo.


Morrall, Earl (1934-2014)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AU-143

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2020


  • Played QB and P for the Michigan State Spartans putting them on the map in the Big 10 in 1955.
  • On season completed 42 of 68 passes for 948 yards, and led the country with an average of 9.1 yards per play.
  • Had school record at the time-274 yards passing against Marquette, and snapped an 11 game winning streak by Notre Dame.
  • Finished 4th in Heisman ballot voting that year.
  • First round selection of the 49ers in 1956.
  • Started 4 contests for the ‘9ers that year completing 38 of 78 passes for 621 yards.
  • Traded to Pittsburgh in 1957 and passed for 1,900 yards, 11 TDs and (12 INT).
  • Played 2 games in Pittsburgh in ’58 before being traded to the Lions for Bobby Layne.
  • Played the next 6 seasons in Detroit, culminating in his 1963 effort when he threw for 2621 yards and 24 TDs (14 INT) on 174 of 328 passes.
  • Traded again, this time to the New York Giants in ’65.
  • Repeated his ’63 efforts throwing for 2446 yards and 22 TDs that year.
  • Broke wrist in ’66 and sat on the bench behind Fran Tarkenton before being dealt to Baltimore in 1968!
  • Came in for Johnny Unitas and guided team to Super Bowl III.
  • Had best season as pro throwing for 2,909 yards, 26 TDs, and led league with 8.2 yards per completion.
  • This would foreshadow his future with the Miami Dolphins- a team he’d join in 1970 after being claimed off of waivers for just $100.
  • In 1972, came in and replaced an injured Bob Griese, guiding the team to a 9-0 record (as part of the only fully undefeated NFL season).
  • The team would go on to win Super Bowl VII that year.
  • Played the next 4 seasons there, retiring at the age of 42, after the 1976 season.
  • Became a QB whisperer, working at the University of Miami, tutoring future QB titans Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, and Jim Kelly.


  • NFL MVP 1968
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year 1972
  • All-Pro 1968, ’72
  • Pro Bowl 1957, ’68
  • Dolphins Walk of Fame 2012
  • Florida Sports Hall of Fame
  • Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame (1992)
  • Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1979


Earl Morrall is considered probably the best clutch backup QB of his generation -if not of all time. He played an undeniably long career in the league lasting some.. what 22 years? Although not considered for the HoF conversation, Morrall has been inducted into the ‘Hall of Very Good’. An excellent athlete, Morrall had also caught the eye of MLB playing SS in the College World Series for the Spartans, but opted to play football instead.

I had been eyeballing his autograph during the pandemic but thought it was too pricey. Once it hit about 10 bucks I pounced. It later got lost in the shuffle of incoming autographs and I had forgotten to scan it in.



April 14th, 2014- Earl Morrall passed away at the age of 79 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. It was later discovered he suffered from Grade 4 CTE.