It is time again for one of my favorite yearly blog posts as my Green Bay Packers season ticket list postcard has arrived. The Pack have really stepped up their postcard game this year, giving us color graphics for the first time and it is certainly the highest quality postcard we have ever received from the team.
So I am now at position #58,025 on the list. I began at position #70,090, so I've moved up about 12,000 places over the course of 11 years. I jumped up 1,242 spots which is the most I've moved up in a normal year (I did move up more than 5,000 places in 2013 when the Packers opened the Lambeau Field expansion).
But based on the averages, I still have about 53 years to go until I reach the head of the line. making me an even 90 if the current rates continue.
What would be a Packers post without at least one Packer card? So today we have an autographed Josh Bidwell card from an unlicensed Athletes In Action set. Bidwell was the Packers' punter from 1999-2003 and then had a long career with the Buccaneers after being released by Green Bay.
As best I can tell, Bidwell doesn't have a licensed trading card as a Packer (a few exist from his days with the Bucs) so when I came upon this card in the miscellaneous autograph box at Three Stars Sportscards, I snapped it up right away. The condition is a little rough but I didn't care to get a Packers card I had never seen before.
The card seems to have been issued by a Christian organization as you'll notice the "t" in "Athletes" looks like a cross.
The reverse side gives some minimal stats including Bidwell's favorite scripture verses.
Here are the Bible verses if you are curious:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It also features an essay about his feelings about God and Jesus. It is certainly an oddity among my Packers card and an autograph for a player I never expected to own.