October 23, 2011

Retro Box Break: 1996 Collector's Choice Football - Part 3

Another favorite tune from '96

Pack 11
#7 Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka RC

Biakabutuka has one of those names football fans never forget.  Although his pro career was hampered and ended because of injuries, "Tim" will always be a Wolverine legend after he reeled off 313 rushing yards against the Buckeyes of Ohio State in 1995.

#25 Marco Battaglia RC
#85 Mike Frederick
#105 Chris Warren
#137 Tom Carter
#172 Erik Kramer
#181 Mark Brunell
#231 Derrick Moore
#262 Mark Carrier (DB)
#269 Daryll Lewis
#276 Eric Allen
#324 Chris Boniol
#357 John Kasay

MVP Insert
#M24 Marcus Allen
One thing that surprised me about Marcus Allen's stats is that the Hall of Fame running back only managed three 1,000 yard rushing seasons in his 16-year career.  However, Allen's M.O. was that of durability and consistency and it was no different for him in 1995.  Allen rushed for 890 yards and 5 touchdowns at the age of 35

Pack 12
#15 Marvin Harrison RC
Harrison quietly had solid seasons during his first 3 years in the league.  But in 1999, Harrison went on a tear by starting a streak of 8 consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

#44 Jon Runyan RC
#94 Troy Vincent 
Better known because of his years with the Eagles, Vincent began his career as a Dolphin.  Troy was picked by Sports Illustrated as the best NFL player to wear the number 23.

#104 Jerry Rice
Just a card of the greatest wide receiver of all time.
#136 Dave Krieg
#163 Junior Seau
#200 Steve Christie
#242 Dan Saleaumua
#251 Bam Morris
#267 Brett Perriman
#280 William Thomas
#329 O.J. McDuffie
Wow, two Dolphins in one pack?  That never happens for me.  McDuffie was one of Dan Marino's favorite targets in the late 90's.  He ranks fifth all-time in receiving yards for the Dolphins.

MVP Insert
#M41 Steve Young
1995 can be considered a down year by Steve Young's standards.  One year after winning the Super Bowl in 1994 Young "only" threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns while missing 5 games due to injury.

Stick Ums
#S7 Morten Andersen
Hey, kickers need love too. Especially the one who has scored more points in the NFL than any other player.

Pack 13
#14 Duane Clemons RC
#27 Israel Ifeanyi RC
#83 Jim Flanigan
#103 Natrone Means
Natrone Means was one of my favorite non-Dolphin football players in the 90's.  I can still hear Chris Berman doing the highlights - "Here comes Natrone.  Bumblin' and stumblin'.  Natrone Means Business"

#139 Eric Metcalf
#174 Stevon Moore
#179 Rodney Thomas
#233 Darnay Scott
#271 Desmond Howard
#278 Hugh Douglas
#320 Justin Armour
#368 Dave Meggett

MVP Insert
#M22 Mark Brunell
In 1995 the Jaguars won only 4 games during their inaugural season but Mark Brunell performed admirably for a young quarterback starting for an expansion team.  He threw for over 2,000 yards with 15 touchdowns and showed flashes of the quarterback he would soon become.

Crash the Game
#CG20 Terry Glenn 11-10-1996
 This card is a winner.  Terry caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe in the second quarter of the Patriots' November 10th, 1996 match-up against the Jets.  The Patriots went on to win the game 31-27.

Pack 14
#4 Jonathan Ogden RC
It's always great to get a rookie card of a likely Hall of Famer.  Ogden was selected to 11 straight Pro Bowls from 1997 to 2007.

#19 Eric Moulds RC
Another solid rookie in this pack.  Moulds was the shining star on some pretty bad Buffalo teams in the late 90's and early part of this century.  He finished his career with 726 catches, good for 26th all-time in NFL history.

#92 Bryan Schwartz
#102 Isaac Bruce
#140 Bill Brooks
#185 Ben Coates
#188 Johnny Mitchell
#258 Frank Sanders
#260 Marlon Kerner
#282 Roman Phifer
#293 Dan Wilkinson
#331 Chris Slade
#353 Ernie Mills

MVP Insert
#M39 Tony Martin
 Martin caught 90 passes for 1,224 yards and 6 touchdowns in 1995.  He had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career and he is one of only twelve receivers in NFL history to record a 99-yard touchdown reception.

Pack 15
#12 Eddie George RC
Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy as a senior at Ohio State in 1995.  That year he rushed for 1,927 yards for an eye-popping average of 152.2 yards per game.

#38 Stanley Pritchett RC
#81 Andre Reed
#101 Yancey Thigpen
#141 Pete Metzelaars
#176 Anthony Miller
#177 Herman Moore
#247 Philippi Sparks
#249 Jeff Hostetler
#273 Irving Fryar
Fryar spent the majority of his career with the Patriots but he was the best receiver on the Dolphins for the 3 years he was with the team.  How is this guy not in the Hall of Fame yet?  He has more catches than Hall of Famers Steve Largent and Shannon Sharpe plus he has more receiving yards and touchdowns than Hall of Famer Art Monk.

#302 Neil Smith
#322 Roger Jones

MVP Insert
#M20 Jim Harbaugh
The best word to describe Jim Harbaugh's 1995 is "efficiency".  Although he only threw for 2,575 yards, Harbaugh led the league with 100.7 QB rating.  The current 49ers' head coach completed 63.7% of his passes with 17 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.

Stick Ums
#S10 Erik Kramer
It seems this box is trying to force feed me Erik Kramer cards.  So far I got his MVP Insert, base card, and now I got the stickers.

Comment Question for Contest Entries
Inspired by
Biakabutuka, this one will be easy.  Post a funny sports name.

I'll start:  Dick Trickle