Much of my collecting focus has shifted to baseball but I still do have collecting interests outside of my favorite sport. One of my favorite collections has gotten very little attention on this blog, if my tagging is correct I have only featured one of his cards and it was towards the end of a Mail Day post.
With my fantasy draft happening this weekend and football season virtually upon us, I thought I would share some of the cards of my favorite player, Ronnie Lott. Lott is a Hall of Fame defensive back who played college football at USC, was drafted by the 49ers (my two favorite football teams) and also played with the Raiders and Jets. He has a few cards with the Chiefs who he tried out with but never played.
I had the chance to meet Lott a couple times. The 49ers used to train in Rocklin, very close to where I grew up, and we would go and watch practices quite frequently. My dad was an insurance agent and Lott's uncle was a client. When his uncle found out I was going to attend USC he set up a time for me to meet Ronnie after a couple different practices. It was very cool at the time and remains a fond memory. Ronnie was close to his uncle (I believe the uncle was best man at his wedding) and they were friendly with each other and with me during the meetings.
With the connections to my favorite college team, my favorite pro team and the meetings it is easy to see why he is my favorite. Couple that with his famous toughness, his ability to hit as hard as anyone ever and his presence on 4 Super Bowl winning teams and it just doesn't get any better.
I have been scanning his cards for a while without posting so here are some of my more recent acquisitions. I suspect I will crack open the binder and share some of my favorites at some point during the football season.
I have over 700 different Ronnie Lott cards in my collection and back when I was active on Sports Card Forum I was deemed a Lott super collector (however I have since run into another collector who has a more extensive collection than me). With the Giants stinking up the joint over the last several weeks, I am sure ready for some football!