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Ritcher, Jim

CARDS: Pro Set 1992, Topps Stadium Club 1992, Fleer 1990, Fleer Ultra 1993
ACQUIRED: Akron Acquisition, 2013, TTM 2023, C/o Home
SENT: 1/7 RECEIVED: 1/30 (23 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Jim Ritcher played college ball at NC State where he blocked up front at guard from 1976-’79.
  • First round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1980.
  • Bills liked his versatility and utilized Ritcher at Guard and Center.
  • Played for the high powered K-Gun offense through all their Super Bowl appearances.
  • Played final two seasons in 1994 and ’95 with the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Appeared in 218 games, starting 167,
  • Recently retired from being a commercial airline pilot.

ACCOLADES:

  • Outland Trophy 1979
  • Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
  • NC State Wolfpack Jersey Retired (51)
  • Pro Bowl 1991-’92
  • All Pro 1991
  • College Football Hall of Fame

NOTES:

Ritcher was a solid lineman for the Bills who will probably not get the due he’s deserved in being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Marve, Eugene (1960-2021)

Action Packed 1990, #266

CARD: Action Packed 1990
ACQUIRED: Ebay, 2022

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Eugene Marve played LB for the Saginaw Valley State football team from 1978-81, and is credited for really helping to put the school on the map.
  • In 1981, he tallied a school record 124 tackles and 9 sacks.
  • Marve closed out his time with the Cardinals with 299 total tackles and 18 career sacks.
  • Originally a 3rd round pick of the Buffalo Bills, Marve quickly came into his own, posting 63 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles in 1982.
  • Eugene was a fixture in the Buffalo defense through the 1986 season starting 74 of 76 contests.
  • He’d also lead the team in tackles 3 times, and finish second twice.
  • During a game against the Patriots in 1983, Eugene had an amazing single game 23 tackles.
  • In 1988, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in exchange for an 8th round pick.
  • A rare steal for the Bucs, Marve dropped 121 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a pick that year.
  • In fact he led the team in tackles, going over 100 tackles every time.
  • At the end of the 1991 season, Marve had 1126 total tackles.
  • He’d join the Chargers for a final campaign in 1992, retiring after the season.

ACCOLADES:

  • Saginaw Valley State Hall of Fame 2010
  • Greater Flint Area Hall of Fame
  • NFL All-Rookie Team 1982

NOTES:

Eugene was a pretty good signer TTM, up until his passing. He was always one of those ones with great cards I was always just about to send out to, but never did. I got lucky and picked this autograph up with a small batch of other Action Packed Bucs cards I had wanted.

EPITAPH:

5/26/21- Eugene passed away at the age of 60, after entering the hospital for an undisclosed medical issue. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Brazley, Carl

All World CFL 1991, #85

CARD: All World CFL 1991
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 7/8/21 RECEIVED: 9/18/23 (802 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • After playing defensive back at Western Kentucky, Carl Brazley would go unselected in the 1980 NFL Draft.
  • He joined the CFL where he went on to have a banner career, playing 13 seasons in the league.
  • Brazley was a free agent signee by the Montreal Alouettes in 1980, seeing action in 4 contests.
  • He’d be claimed off of waivers partway through the ’81 season by the Ottawa Rough Riders.
  • Saw measured growth in 1982, recording 4 picks and a fumble recovery.
  • After a cup of coffee with the Bills in ’83, returned to the CFL, joining the Toronto Argonauts.
  • From 1983-’92 established himself as a lethal defender in the secondary.
  • Recorded 20 picks over 3 seasons (’84-’86).
  • Played briefly for the Chargers in ’87 as a replacement player before returning again to the CFL.
  • Also was used on special teams as a returnman.
  • Had a 108 yard return of a missed field goal in 1990.

ACCOLADES:

  • CFL All-Star (1982-’86)
  • 1983 Grey Cup MVP (Defense)

NOTES:

Had sorta given up on this one that was a shot in the dark, but was pleasantly surprised to see this one bounce back to me in a bit over 800 days.

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