No clue as to why I didn’t get the cards I sent out in 2020 back from Taylor. He was signing at a really good click and I guess that’s the luck of the draw right? I reloaded and waited until a better time- which appeared in 2022. He became sort of a folk hero for the Commanders over the last few years, but the team opted not to resign him after the ’22 season, so he packed his bags and headed out for Atlanta. I figured these cards were lost as well but eventually they made their way back to me.
Taylor has seen stops with the Texans, Panthers and Washington since his time as a rookie in Minnesota. In 2020 he joined the XFL and was widely expected to be a star in the young league, but got beat to the punch by Jordan Ta’Amu. Despite not seeing almost any playing time in the XFL 20, Taylor is considered one of the more ‘famous’ success stories of that league.
Christian Harris played LB for Alabama from 2019-’21.
He had 220 total tackles, 10 sacks, 1 pick, 6 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles over his time at Tuscaloosa.
3rd round pick of the Houston Texans in 2022.
Had a low key good rookie year after coming off IR in late October.
Finished with 74 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 pick, 5 pass deflections, and a forced fumble in 12 contests in Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2.
In 2023, Harris took his game to the next level under former LB and new HC DeMeco Ryans.
Finished the season with 101 total tackles, 2 sacks, 7 pass deflections, and a forced fumble.
He routinely was making impressive solo stops, covering RBs sneaking out of the backfield or behind the line of scrimmage.
Powered up even more in the ’23 playoffs and had 8 tackles, a sack, a pass deflection, and an interception he returned 36 yards for a TD against Cleveland.
Against the Ravens in the Divisional Round, Harris harassed QB Lamar Jackson, before an injury slowed him down- and ultimately doomed the Texans chances of winning.
During the Texans playoff romp against Cleveland, Harris picked off QB Joe Flacco and returned the pass for a TD. I immediately went out to the EBay and picked up his Prestige 22. Apparently someone else felt the same way and bought the cheapest copy of his Contenders card out from under me, so I paid a buck or two more for this one.
Pretty satisfied with the cards. The Prestige is a really nice looking parallel. The Contenders card is a bit too dressed up. It just doesn’t have enough real estate for the player picture, but the empty space comes in at the last second and rescues it from being too busy.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.