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Singles Snapshot: 1991 Pro Set Platinum Dan Marino

This is one of the simplest card fronts you will ever see – just an action photo and the brand logo.  No player name, no position, no team.   It’s boldly understated, relying on the photography alone to grab the collector’s attention.  I like it, but for a less notable player it can be a little confusing.  While Number 13 for the Dolphins should be well known to any football collector, my wife (who actually opened this pack) had no clue who Jackie Slater was upon seeing the front of his card.  


The back of the card clues you in to the identity of the player if you don’t recognize him from the front.  It also lets you know why this player is a “Platinum Performer” – an accolade that was no stretch for Dan Marino by 1991! 

CONTEST: The National is in full swing right now (without me :-/ ), so I thought I’d join the fun. The first person to find the card above (1991 Pro Set Platinum Marino) and tweet a pic of it at The National to me (@vcuhokie) will win the hits from my box of 2015 Panini Clear Vision!  The pic must clearly show the card and something in the background proving you are at the National!  Also, I’m afraid I can only ship to U.S. addresses.  Here’s what you’ll win:   

 (Sorry for the bad pic, but that’s Jaelen Strong, Kenny Bell /99, and Derek Carr!)


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1995 Score Summit “Series 2”

The box and packs call this “Series 2,” but there was not, in fact, a first series. Maybe Score was planning a prequel? Star Wars here? Anyhow…

The base design has an “action portrait” look – not going for action photography as much, but really highlighting the player on each card. Mostly blank background with a shadow of the player’s profile. My artsy friends back in college called this “excellent use of white space.” It gives this set a crisp, elegant, high-end look. Reminds me of Panini Momentum base from the last couple years. Gold foil team helmets are a nice accent to the front of the cards. The stats on the back are a little goofy, in my opinion.

While the action shots aren’t really emphasized on most of the cards, there are some pretty spectacular ones worked into the set. Then there’s Jerry Rice signing autographs for a few lucky fans.

Subsets have largely become a lost art these days, but Summit has some classic ones. I’m a huge fan of the Collision Course cards featuring the most feared defenders of the day. The Junior Seau card showing him hitting Jerry Rice is just plain cool. Other subsets here are Offensive Weapons and another 90’s staple – checklists. The checklists do feature kind of a fun twist with player photos from the QB Challenge.

The inserts didn’t really thrill me, but might’ve been better if they featured some more notable players. Kerry Collins is pretty solid, at least.

To finish this post with a bang, here are my two favorites from this box: a Dan Marino “Ground Zero” parallel and a Curtis Martin RC.

The Marino is a gorgeous card, and it’s really cool how it has a note in gold foil on the front about him breaking the career passing yards mark. Also, a rookie card of a Hall of Famer like Curtis Martin is always a good pull in my book! Trivia to stump your friends, by the way – Martin is 4th on the all-time career rushing list. Emmitt, Walter, Barry… and Curtis Martin. Ask around, see how many people have no idea!

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Singles Snapshot: 1998 UD Choice Bobblehead #M18 Dan Marino

This is another fun aspect of cards that was largely left in the 90’s – cards that were more than cards. There were cards with punch-out POGS in them, sticker cards (though a few of those have been in products since), cards that became stand-up figures, and my favorite: the bobblehead card. Punch out the pieces, fold according to the directions (helpfully printed on the back!), and ta-da! You now have your very own Dan Marino bobblehead. Of course, there’s the conundrum of whether you want to mess up the card to actually assemble it. I didn’t. Won’t grade well that way, you know? (Ha ha!) I do enjoy the trivia question, though.


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