Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mardy Collins Autograph card

Maurice "Mardy" Collins was a first-round draft pick (29th overall, New York Knicks, 2006) who was mostly regarded for his defensive skills. His NBA career seemed to be going well until he committed a hard foul against Denver Nuggets guard J. R. Smith, resulting in a brawl that got ten players ejected - and Collins suspended for six games (and Carmelo Anthony for ten).

He was soon traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, then sent to the D-League, before opting to ply his trade in Turkey (Bornova Belediye), Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Venezuela (Guaros de Lara), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Greece (Olympiacos Piraeus B.C.), Poland (Turów Zgorzelec), France (Strasbourg IG) and now Russia (PBC Lokomotiv Kuban).

His play with Olympiacos allowed him to play in the EuroLeague championship.

You can't say the guard from Philadelphia doesn't get around...

Here he is sporting the Knick's white jersey on the signed insert version of card #85 from Topps' 2006-07 Topps set:
The all-foil card includes an on-sticker blue-sharpied signature; as indicated, it acts as his rookie card for the brand. I got it in a multi-sport re-pack, close to ten years ago.

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