Cards: Score 1990, Stars & Stripes 1992, Topps 1989, Upper Deck 1990, Fleer 1990, Topps 1990, GameDay 1992.
Acquired: 2012, Canton Acquisition. TTM 2015, C/o Home.
Sent: 12/28/15 Received: 1/9/16 (12 days)
See Also: Eugene Lockhart
Eugene is a solid bet TTM for fans, and since I had quite a few extra cards of his that I wanted to get signed, I thought I’d go ahead and give him a shot with the Fleer, Topps 90, and Gameday cards. The other cards were all part of the Canton Acquisition back in 2012- when a friend decided to sell his collection as he was exiting the hobby. I don’t normally buy signed cards from other collectors but I felt that as part of a package it was worth the purchase. There’s definitely a difference in the signatures, but that loopy ‘E L’ in both groups is there to trust that it is genuine enough. Each of the cards are quite unique. The Stars & Stripes were among my least favorite set- capitalizing off of American pride while just looking bad with the garish Photoshop effect on the type. Each of the entries have very unique photos as the Topps 90, (in which most cards of the Cowboys are straight up portrait style,) has grown on me over the years.
After emerging from prison from a three year stint for being a part of a mortgage fraud scheme, Eugene has been humbled, but rededicated himself in life to the things that matter most. He’s a family man who loves to cook. He has goals and wants to become a motivational speaker for kids and incarcerated inmates, and join the Dallas Cowboys Alumni Association so that he can meet and greet all his fans. He’s a warm story and I hope that he is able to find the validation and redemption he deserves.
Cards: Stars & Stripes 1992, Score 1991
Acquired: 2012, Canton Acquisition
Erik Howard was an unheralded nose tackle for the Giants 3-4 defense that plugged up the middle rushing lanes. He demonstrated the versatility, speed, motor, and size to actually play all three down linemen positions. A second round pick of the Giants in 1986, Erik split time backing up Jim Burt, winning the Super Bowl after his rookie season. He started his first full season in 1989, recording 5.5 sacks, 1 FF, and a career high 69 tackles. Howard earned his only Pro Bowl nod for his 1990 efforts, with 3 sacks and 67 tackles. He’d win his second Super Bowl title following the season against the Buffalo Bills. Erik played with the Giants through the 1994 season, when he had a career high 6.5 sacks playing defensive tackle. He left via free agency in 1995 for the Jets and retired there following the 1996 season.
G/Gs 139/95 Tac 377 Sac 33 Fum 2 Int 0 Yds 0 Avg -.- Td 0 Lg -.-
Card: 1992 Stars & Stripes, ProSet 1989
Acquired: 2012 Canton Acquisition
Dave Wyman was a fixture at linebacker for the Stanford Cardinals. A tackling machine, who was named the team’s most valuable player in 1983, he blew out his knee so badly in 1984 that the upper part of his leg was pointing one direction and the lower another. He spent the entire year out of football rehabilitating the knee and getting back up to playing speed. It paid off as Dave led the team in 1986 with 169 tackles.
The Seahawks made Dave their second round choice of the 1987 draft. He again established himself as a fixture at linebacker for the Seahawks by 1988, occupying first the RILB position and them moving to MLB. Over a 6 year career at Seattle, Dave had 3 100+ tackle seasons, before moving in 1993 to Denver where he finished his career after the 1995 season. Wyman is torn by the current NFL attempt to cut down on players leading with their helmet where he was quoted as stating that, “My head was my weapon of choice”.
When the Stars & Stripes set came out, I flat out avoided it. I just didn’t get the idea of merging patriotism with football and really it came off as sort of trashy and generic to me. They were also a bit expensive too. When I received the S&S cards as part of the Canton Acquisition, I almost wanted to reject them, because I have no interest in them still. The Pro Set cards of course were above and beyond what were in the market at the time and here we have another excellent action shot that gave a regional player some exposure to a larger fan base, galvanizing you to read more about him on the back of his card.
G/Gs 92/83 Tac 540 Sac 5.5 Fum 6 Int 3 Yds 33 Avg 11.0 Td 0 Lg 22