Wednesday marked the anniversary of the NFL’s greatest playoff comeback when the 1993 Buffalo Bills rallied to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 after being down 35-3.
The winning score came on a 32-yard field goal by Steve Christie as time ran out. The ball sailed into the stands and presumably into the arms of a fan.
It’s a valuable piece of NFL history—and no one seems to know where it is.
Paul Peck writes about it here.
Topps has resumed its Throwback Thursday production in which they dig out some past designs and create cards of current players. The first set is a 50th anniversary shout out to 1968 Topps football and includes Giancarlo Stanton as a Yankee—complete with 1960s/70s style airbrushing to create a pinstripe uniform.
Mike Trout, George Springer, Yoan Moncada, Paul Goldschmidt and Ian Happ are also part of the set, which is available for $19.99 via this link for the next week (discounted if you buy three sets or more).
Topps created a total of 863 different base cards in its 2017 NOW platform last season and print runs varied by quite a margin.
The company showed off a NOW infographic on Thursday showing some of the numbers from its online sales. During the regular season, the largest print run was 16,138 for an Aaron Judge card printed to commemorate his Yankee home run record for rookies. As we’ve mentioned before, the largest overall print run was 17,323 from Shohei Ohtani’s signing with the Angels last month. The lowest run all year was for a Nelson Cruz card that sold just 112 copies.
Including autograph, relics and special sets, the company created 2,766 different NOW cards last season. The program will continue in 2018.
Here’s a cool item created by Ross Berlin, Senior Vice President of Player Relations on the PGA Tour. It’s a poster featuring the top dozen players that they’re all signing to help a fellow pro battling a serious illness.
Berlin is having each of the players sign several copies, most of which will be sold at auction to raise money to help Jerrod Lyle, a pro who’s battling leukemia.
Dave Shedloski of Golfworld wrote about it here.