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Brooks, Bill (3)

GameDay 1992, #280

Action Packed 1990, #103 Fleer 1990, #229

CARDS: GameDay 1992, Action Packed 1990, Fleer 1990
ACQUIRED: TTM 2020, C/O Home
SENT: 11/16 RECIEVED: 12/11 (25 DAYS)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

ACCOLADES:

  • Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor 1998
  • Whizzer White Award 1996

NOTES:

Bill Brooks had some amazing cards over the years and once again after a few years I decided to go ahead and dip into the well for a few more of them. Since that time all these sets have sort of become set needs so it made sense to send them. I really like the Action Packed and the GameDay cards of Bill taking off after a catch.

Query, Jeff

Skybox Impact 1992, #112

Cards: SkyBox 1992, Score Supplemental 1989, Topps 1990
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 3/31 Received: 4/5 (5 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Jeff Query went to Milken college and represents the school’s only drafted NFL alumni, being selected in the 5th round of the 1989 draft by the Green Bay Packers.

  • Query set career records at the tiny school finishing with 2548 yards, 28 TD catches, 30.9 yards on kick off returns, and 10.9 on punt returns.

  • A track junkie, Query had breathtaking speed (4.3), and was a two-time CCIW 100-Meter Champion.

  • Immediately stepped in as the team’s #3 receiver and as the Packers’ primary return man.

  • Trademark blonde mullet brought all the girls to the yard.

  • After 1991 season, signed with the Houston Oilers via Plan B, but did not make the roster.

  • Picked up by Cincinnati and played the next 3 seasons with the team, and a final 2 games between the Bengals and the Redskins in 1995.

  • Best season came in 1993, catching 56 passes for 654 yards and 4 TDs.

Score Supplemental 1989, #432S Topps 1990, #144

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NOTES:

I was very excited when Jeff joined the Oilers. It didn’t make much waves but I was convinced that he was going to be that missing part that was going to take the receiving corps to the next level. He then just disappeared in camp and I never heard from him until he was cut. I am not sure if he was an injury settlement, but I just remember being very disappointed.

Jeff had some great cards over the years and I was very happy to get these finally knocked out as they had been in ‘the box’ for a long time waiting for him to appear.

Naposki, Eric

Card: Ultimate World League 1991
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Prison
Sent: 5/9 Received: 5/18 (9 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Eric Naposki played college football at UConn where he excelled as a hard hitting outside linebacker.
  • In 1988, as a street free agent, he literally slipped onto the Patriots, by sneaking a number from a registration table, getting a tryout and then later making the final cuts.

  • Appeared on special teams in 3 games, but injuries derailed his career from continuing forward. 

  • Eric went on to sign with the Colts Cowboys and the Jets, but did not see significant playing time.

  • Experienced his greatest success after joining the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football in 1991.

  • In his first season with the team, Naposki recorded 51 total tackles, an interception for a TD, 2 forced fumbles, and 7 sacks. 

  • Was arguably one of the most popular players on the team and even had his own fan club thanks in part to his Spanish fluency.

  • Upon returning stateside injuries again prevented him from moving forward, although he was in camp with the Washington Redskins.
  • Returned to the Dragons in 1992  but the league reorganized after the season.

  • Retired later that year after injuries continued to dog him, this time in camp with the Seattle Seahawks. 

  • After a few years off, Naposki returned to the Dragons in 1996, winning World Bowl 97.
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ACCOLADES:

  • Barcelona Dragons Hall of Fame

NOTES:

As this was a first for me, it should be noted, that yes, I wrote Eric in prison for his autograph. While this may seem wrong to many, I do not presume to give fame to him or the crimes that were committed in regards to this case- rather my solicitation for his signature is an attempt by me to frame a certain time in our lives when things were more simple and innocent.

Eric wrote me a long and impassioned letter on multiple slips of paper talking to me about the time he played in the World League. He also included a copy of these copies of his accomplishments from his playing days, and thanked me for writing him. Erik was convicted of murder in 2012, and received life without parole. The case itself is not without its warts, as he was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence, and a loss of exculpatory evidence, partially due to a delay in the prosecution of the case. -He has always maintained his innocence. Currently his case is under investigation by a 501 nonprofit legal organization

that is committed to exonerating individuals who claim to have been wrongly convicted. From what I understand he also passes the time working as a member of the California Wildfire Inmate team.

I am not sure if Eric’s card is an error card or not as it spells his name Erik, and so does the Barcelona Dragons article above, however in most media it is spelled Eric.