I was planning on putting a post or two in between each of my COMC Black Friday posts but I am riding high after USC's amazing Rose Bowl victory last night. It was one of the most exciting games I can remember watching, probably second to the USC vs. Texas National Championship game over a decade ago but this time the good guys won.
I am sure I have shared this but it has been a while. Prior to 2011 my main team collecting focus wasn't on the SF Giants but instead on former USC Trojans football players. I haven't tabulated the size of my USC collection but it is pretty hearty, well over 11,000 cards with well over 1500 hits (autos/relics). I still pick up cards here and there and was inspired to seek out cards of a few of my favorite Trojans during this COMC shopping spree. With the Rose Bowl victory fresh in my mind, I figured I would share my Trojans pick ups.
I will start with a trio of Heisman Trophy winners.
How about some guys on the defensive side of the ball?
USC has a long history of great linebackers. I believe Penn State, who USC defeated in this year's Rose Bowl, has been referenced as Linebacker U and while they have a great history at the linebacker spot, I would put USC's group up against anyone. These 4 guys are a part of that but the group also included all time greats like Junior Seau and Willie McGinest - both who wore the special 55 uniform number.
USC also has had its fair share of solid quarterbacks.
I went a little crazy filling gaps in my Rodney Peete collection:
In this spirit of showing all the cards from my order, here are a couple skill players with single card pick ups.
Next up is the final groups. Offensive line isn't a position that gets a ton of hobby love but USC has developed a number of great ones that have excelled at the NFL level. Here are some cards of some of my favorites.
Someone who is well represented in my collection is another HOFer, Bruce Matthews. I picked up the 3 cards on top from a more recent release and the 3 bottom from his playing career. I have very few holes in my collection from his playing days so it was nice to knock 3 off the list.
There you have all my USC pick ups - minus the Ronnie Lott cards that will be forthcoming. I hope you got a chance to see that Rose Bowl game, I think any sports fan would have loved it. Go Trojans and Fight On!