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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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Autographed Mini-helmet Football

2016-Leaf-Autographed-Mini-Helmet-footballWhat: 2016 Leaf Autographed Mini-helmet Football
Arrives: Aug. 26
Box basics: One autographed mini-helmet per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers “one of the single most popular packaged memorabilia products in the marketplace” with every box yielding a Hall of Famer, current NFL star, retired star or player with potential.

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Gallery: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards

2015-panini-flawless-football-autograph-47The recent arrival of 2015 Panini Flawless football cards marked a new wave of high-end cards for fans to consider and a new wave of impressive possibilities for autographs and dazzling memorabilia displayed within cardboard.

Sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s not.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Classics football cards

2016-panini-classics-football-tom-bradyWhat: 2016 Panini Classics football cards
Arrives: May 25
Box basics: One autograph per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Classics gets back in the game on the gridiron with 14 packs per box with a mix of past and present stars, new rookies, and an autograph in every box.

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Gallery: 2015 Panini Black Gold football cards

2015-Panini-Black-Gold-football-14The football season is over, but the high-end brands for NFL collectors are still to come and part of that premium wave arrived this week with 2015 Panini Black Gold.

Black Gold is an acetate-, metal-, memorabilia- and autograph-loaded brand that packs 10 cards per box.

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First Buzz: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards

2015-Flawless-FB-Tom-BradyWhat: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards
Arrives: April 6
Box basics: Two gemstone, six autographs and two memorabilia cards per box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns to the gridiron for another season with more gems — rubies and sapphires now in the mix — more new signers (all on-card) and plenty of high-end collecting possibilities.

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Auction Gallery: Hunt’s Super Bowl 50 event packs serious history

watt395One of the biggest football auctions of the year is set for Friday and Saturday as Hunt Auctions continues its traditional Super Bowl sale.

The Super Bowl 50 Live Auction will be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with more than 900 lots including modern-day game-dated memorabilia like the J.J. Watt Houston Texans gamer above — a jersey with a hefty price already in early bidding — and pieces from football’s early years. too.

Because of its high profile as part of the NFL Experience show, prices can be pretty strong once the auctions close.

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Need a fun & affordable football card focus? Try collecting NFL sons

NickMontanaAdmit it, you may have overdone things when it comes to buying football cards this year — maybe past years, too — and have a big ol’ stash of cards you don’t know what to do with. What do you keep? What do you jettison? That’s where having a collecting focus comes in. If you haven’t overdone it on wax, then maybe having a focus for your single-card buys is a need. (That’s one even Buzz has struggled with over decades of collecting.)

One potential niche that seems prevalent this year in NFL and college sets? Cards showing the kids of former NFL players who have now made their way onto cardboard.

They seem to be everywhere this year. Second-generation players aren’t anything new, of course, but they can be a fun way to revisit the past while also collecting the present. Buzz started his collecting days in the 1980s and, back then, a Joe Montana autograph wasn’t an easy find — plus, his handwriting didn’t justify the high cost on a small budget. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nick Montana has cardboard. He won’t be an NFL star — he wasn’t really even that good in college — and the handwriting also isn’t great, but he’s got a certified autograph card.

Buzz wanted it, Buzz got it. Can’t say the same thing for a Joe autograph, though, even all these years later.

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Buzz Poll: Are Pro Football Hall of Fame mini busts cool or creepy?

NamathAmong the items in the Pro Football Hall of Fame‘s online gift shop are a series of five mini busts that Buzz couldn’t help but be drawn to.

Why? Buzz can’t figure out whether they are cool or creepy.

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