Sunday, September 4, 2022

Junk wax football is not junk

Trevor of the Bump and Run Football Card Blog has been working on some junk wax baseball sets. I helped him out with some of those, and he sent me back some football cards from the same era.

Nothing symbolizes the junk wax era in football like the Pro Lines Portraits cards, with their candid and sometimes humorous photos.

I have some want lists for 1980s Topps football, but I don't publish them to my blog because they're not a priority for me right now. I do share them for certain trades like this one, though. I was buying packs of these cards in 1988 and 1989 so it is fun to go back and get more cards from these sets. I like how the Patriots had Tippett and Lippett, but barefooted Rich Karlis is probably the best card here.
Trevor sent lots of Giants. These were some of my favorites. During the junk wax era, my formative years of sports watching, the Yankees were bad but the Giants were good, so it's great to get cards of some of the key Giants of those Super Bowl teams.
There were more Rodney Hampton cards than of any other player. Here I'm highlighting a couple of NYC skyline cards. If I was a mini-collection kind of guy, NYC building and skyline cards would definitely be one of mine.


  1. Karlis had to be one of the last barefoot kickers. By the time I started following football (around '94) I feel like there weren't any left.

  2. Oooh. I like cards with city skylines. I've passed along so many early 90's Wild Card. I guess the next time I stumble across some, I should take the time to flip them over.

  3. I like late '80s football. I wasn't collecting football at all in the '80s, but the designs and cardboard feel like home to me.

  4. I have a lot of Topps football from the 1980s, but they're mostly either keepers or commons.

    The Giants disgust me, but not as much as the Cowboys do.

  5. Even though I still love Pro Set, it's the first thing that comes to mind when I think over-production era football.