While 1991 Pro Line Portraits football is a set I've known about since it's release it was Blowout Buzz, the Blowout Cards blog (a must read), that got me re-energized about this set and the hobby boxes. These boxes have a large amount of cards (432) and autographs fall at a rate of one to three per case so definitely no guarantees you'll find ink. The fun is the unique photos and the amazing autograph checklist. Did I pull an auto? Heck yeah - Cincinnati linebacker Alfred Williams (card shown at the end). Not a huge name but he had a solid nine year career and won two Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos. Not every photo is a hit nor did I recognize quite a few players but it was so much fun. I lead off with the great Junior Seau and those great zubaz pants. We all had those right? Well I did and yes you can still buy 'em.
That's Bob Golic in a photo straight out of the eighties. Maybe not but it looks like it should be. Love it. He is joined by Sweetness himself as well as Derrick Brooks.
Retired greats also get some love in this set. I really enjoyed finding these guys though seeing O.J. was pretty jarring. Nice looking photo but I just don't expect to see him on cards even in a 1991 set.
The wives were showcased in a seven card insert set and I love it. I pulled all seven with these here being Phylicia Rashad, Jennifer Montana, and Babette Kosar (what a name!). Interestingly enough Joe Montana does not have a card in the set. I was very tempted to lead the post with Mrs. Montanta. Just saying. They are also part of the autograph checklist.
Coaches are also represented here. Look at that Bill Belichick rookie card. Dude is smiling! Ditka is as cool as ever.
Some of my favorite photos from the set - Jim Everett, Irving Fryar, and Gary Anderson. All personal collection guys.
Plenty of all-time greats in the set with John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Jim McMahon all representing. Tomorrow I'll throw up more cards just for the heck of it.
More greats here with Howie Long, Lawrence Taylor, and Eric Dickerson. This was a fun box. Between the distinctive photography, autograph chase and a ton of cards it was nothing short of a win. Thanks to Blowout Buzz for getting me back on this set.
All the players autographed cards which were unique in that they have a raised certification seal which you can see in the bottom right hand corner of the photo. Also unique was the autographs were on the back. Tons of hall of famers can still be found in these boxes. Many of these autos from the set are very reasonable. Payne Steward and "Santa Claus" also have autos in this set. Side note - the autographed cards have no card number. The boxes aren't the easiest to find and the autos can be tough to pull but this box was worth it. I paid $20 for this box and it was worth every penny.