Six catches, 205 yards and two touchdowns. That was the stat line for Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. on Sunday during a 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
How good was that career night? As a rookie with the Bengals in 2012, it took him 11 games and 18 catches to total 201 yards — and he only had one touchdown back then. Even last season he had just 816 yards receiving on 65 catches. (Welcome to Detroit.)
Seemingly out of nowhere, he has back-to-back 100-yard games — that should be good for his cardboard, which is pretty plentiful from that rookie season.
Like many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.
Here’s the second Grading Diary here on The Buzz …
John Heckert Website: None
Email: None Location: Ohio
Work away from cards: None
Collecting since: 2008
Main focuses: I collect mainly baseball and football cards, but I collect a bit of basketball and hockey. Also autographs.
Favorite players/teams: My favorite player is Grady Sizemore and my favorite baseball team is the Cleveland Indians. Although he’s a free agent, I decided to start a collection of him a few months ago. For football, my favorite player is Golden Tate and my favorite team is the Detroit Lions. I also like the Browns.
Current collecting projects: I am collecting Grady Sizemore cards and I have decided to try to get the complete 1967 Philadelphia football set because I like the look of the design. My goal is to add 10 cards a year and make it a project that won’t cost a ton but take a while.
Four NFL rookies are set to sign autographs for fans at the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl FanFest on Saturday as part of the college all-star bowl’s festivities.
Fans who are in Carlson, Calif., for the event will have the chance to meet Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings, Ameer Abdullah of the Detroit Lions, Dorial Green-Beckham of the Tennessee Titans and Nelson Agholor of the Philadelphia Eagles during a three-hour window during the six-hour event, which is sponsored by Panini America. Players will not sign other items — just Panini photos produced for the event.