A couple months back, I stopped in at my local card shop to see how the owner was doing since his new baby was born–especially since my first was born right around the same time.

While there, I noticed that some new football cards were in–including Bowman Draft Picks, which apparently replaced Topps Rookie Progression (which I didn’t care for), which had replaced Topps Draft Picks & Prospects (which was actually a favorite of mine).

I asked how the reaction had been, and he said mostly positive in his shop–although he admitted he didn’t think it was that great.  I decided, “What the heck, it’s been almost a year–why not grab a box.”

I wish I’d listened to him.

I got all the big base cards (Stafford, Sanchez, Harvin, etc), and I got my two hits–an auto of…someone (that’s how impressive it was–I think it was a 7th round pick), and a letter auto of Aaron Kelly.

So how is it that I can remember Kelly (who was an undrafted free agent signed by the Falcons out of Clemson)?

Well, I figured I already had invested in a full box–why not invest a little more, and do something I’d always wanted–assemble a full players name of letter patches.  So, after a couple of weeks of playing around on eBay and assembling the best deals I could, this is what I put together:

Aaron Kelly Bowman Letter Patches

Aaron Kelly Bowman Letter Patches

I figured, what the heck–it’s a short name, I got all the patches for $10 or less, and who knows–maybe the guy will turn into something.  He is a 6-5, 205 pound WR who apparently was impressive at Clemson, and apparently has some skills.

Of course, I did find out he was waived today–although speculation is pretty strong that he will be brought back to the Falcons practice squad, if he clears waivers…

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