Tuesday, January 8, 2008

2005-2006 Topps Fan Favorite Ollie Taylor # FFA-OTA

I am happy to report that I have a new scanner. That means more & better pictures from my personal collection. Digital cameras can do wonders, but scanners are just better for cards.

Today's card is my latest addition to my collection. I've been trying to win one on eBay for a while, but at a price I wanted to pay. Unfortunately I kept getting my bids sniped at the end. So I put bids on 2 different auctions that ended within an hour of each other. I figured if I got sniped on one, I'd win the other. Of course, I won both of them. The duplicate will be going to a fellow Coog that was nice enough to give me a set of the 1992 Motion Sports Football cards featured in August.

The card is of Ollie Taylor from the 2005-2006 Topps Fan Favorite Set. There are so many reasons why I love this card.

First of all, it's an old school style card. Just a clean picture on a plain, but colorful background. The back of the card has some stats and a fun fact. No fancy graphics, multiple photos, glossy card stock, or special effects. This reminds me of the cards of my youth. Probably some good old day syndrome, but I love it.

Second, it's from the ABA. Who doesn't love the ABA? Maybe some people who never got to see it, but I can't imagine anyone else.

Third, it's Ollie Taylor. Long before Phi Slamma Jamma, Taylor was skywalking and dunking for UH in the late '60s. Supposedly he had a 46" vertical. WOW! At 6'2", he played post & jumped center (and won) against guys like Kareem. I highly recommend reading this article about him. It's an amazing story.

Finally, it's autographed by Ollie Taylor. Where else am I going to get his autograph?

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