For football fans, the news of the return of the United States Football League in the spring of 2022 was met with mixed reaction. For football card collectors, however, it was much more intriguing. The original league brings back memories of the 1980s, an era of astroturf, giant shoulder pads, and loosely fit mesh jerseys along with the USFL’s two football card sets, … [Read more...] about USFL’s Impending Return Recalls 1980s Topps Sets
It’s hard to believe the USFL has been gone for 35 years. As the first league to challenge the NFL since the American Football League took the field in 1960, the USFL was innovative. The league introduced ideas that are now common in the NFL — the 2-point conversation, coaches’ challenges and the salary cap. The USFL also holds a soft spot for football card collectors. The … [Read more...] about Topps 1984 USFL Set A Coveted Classic
Unlike previously defunct leagues like the WFL, USFL, and XFL, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) did not complete its first season, suspending operations on April 2, after eight weeks of fairly entertaining, generally well coached pro football. The AAF’s demise was announced by league Chairman Tom Dundon, who has taken a fair amount of heat for how things played … [Read more...] about Football Cards of a Failed League: Topps 2019 Alliance of American Football
Just as it did with the USFL in the 1980s and the XFL back in 2001, Topps is jumping on board with the Alliance of American Football, promising both on-demand and packaged cards for the newest pro football league. The AAF is set to debut in March, with eight teams spread across the country. A few former NFL and standout college players are signed up but at this point, … [Read more...] about Topps Will Produce Cards for Alliance of American Football
A recently graded 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson sold for over $87,000 late Sunday night. PWCC sold the SGC 5 card as part of its regular auctions on eBay. It was part of a larger consignment of vintage cards that was graded by SGC during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. Fewer than 60 graded examples of the 1914 Cracker Jack Joe … [Read more...] about Notes: Cracker Jack Jackson Brings $87K; Griffey Signing; New USFL Set; Astros Super Fan
He’s not likely to see the big leagues for a while but Topps has signed this year’s top MLB draft pick, Mickey Moniak, to an autograph and memorabilia deal. Taken first by the Philadelphia Phillies out of LaCosta Canyon High School in California back in June, Moniak has already appeared on a Topps NOW card. Moniak’s autograph will only be found in future Topps products, … [Read more...] about Notes: Top Pick Signs with Topps; Authenticating Jerseys; Trout Makes Kid’s Day
Donald Trump was not happy with the ESPN documentary on the USFL. But at least he autographed the nasty note. … [Read more...] about Trump Letter: Ultimate USFL Collectible?