One 1992 Pro Line football card’s story includes three Super Bowl rings & four NFL team employees

If you’re a long-time reader of The Buzz, then you’ve seen this card before, but with the Super Bowl last night in Minneapolis there was a reason for it to hit The Buzz’s Twitter Machine, too.

It’s a 1992 Pro Line Profiles card for Hall of Famer Howie Long, and it was among the few tweets in an 11-hour marathon for Super Bowl LII last night simply because of the tree-climbing kid on the right.

Why? That’s Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who was roughly six years old at the time of this family portrait that made its way to cardboard — and that’s far from the only piece of trivia here.

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Need an example of an autopenned NFL card? Turn back the clock and look to the top … Commish was on it

Autopens — a machine used to replicate a person’s autograph by mechanical means — are typically the tools of politicians, but they’ve also left their mark on the football card world long before Dak Prescott allegedly got into that game. 

In fact, you can turn the clock back to 1991 and 1992 for some textbook examples of certified autograph cards that were “signed” by the mechanical hands of three notable NFL names.

And one, a card that’s not been cataloged as such, is from former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

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Sunday Six: Memorable (and cheap) cards from 1992 Pro Line Portraits

Muhammad-Ali

There are many sports cards sets out there from the past that aren’t valuable in the financial way at all but they can carry some intrinsic quality that should just resonate with some collectors anyway.

Maybe it’s just because Buzz ripped these packs in the past — or maybe because they are just so much more different than anything made in the years since — but one set that feels that way for me is 1992 Pro Line Portraits. It’s a football card set that’s simple — portraits on the front — and oddly non-statistical with thoughts from the person on the back. Most are football players, but some are players’ wives and others are celebrities who have a fondness for the game. One of those people, for example, is Muhammad Ali and you can see his Team NFL insert card (No. 1 in the set) above. The biggest draw of these back then? There was an autographed card guaranteed in every box.

For a simple Sunday item — call it a Sunday Six — here’s a look at six fun cards from the product.

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Buzz List: Five top Santa Claus cards *serious* collectors need right now

1989-Pro-Set-Santa-ClausWith the holiday season here, cardboard is probably on the minds of many Buzz readers as they wonder what might await them soon.

Others, like Buzz, might be thinking of Cardboard of Christmas Past — you know, some of the Santa Claus trading cards we’ve seen throughout the years. Most of it’s trivial and not all that collectable — but they all stand out in a way compared to our traditional sports cards.

1989 Pro Set Promos #1989
When Dallas-based Pro Set created this card during its first season of making football cards in 1989, it sparked a trend that we saw in not just football cards but other areas in the years that followed. (Boy are there some bad Photoshop jobs there in the 1990s.) For all intents and purposes, though, Buzz would call this one a “Rookie Card.” Yes, there were previous non-sports cards — but this was the one that put cards like this on the minds of the sports-collecting masses after it was mailed out to dealers and selected NFL-related people.

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