Sunday, 28 May 2017

1989 Panini NFL Stickers Box Break - Part 6

Another dozen packs!

Pack 50:
Since this is a milestone pack, I'll show off all the stickers here. Not too much of note, but if I had to pick a highlight, it would be the guy named Scholtz. The Gentry photo with the opponent's futile tackle attempt is pretty good too.

Pack 51:
Kicker sticker! Poetry!

Pack 52:
Not only did I land a Bills sticker, but this Shane Conlan makes the Bills the third completed team in the album.

Pack 53:
A great name in this pack with the two-last-named O'Brien Alston. I also kinda like the photo on Pitts, with the photo not cropped as closely as on most, allowing one to see some of the stadium/sideline behind him.

Pack 54:
A trio of Vikings stickers definitely makes this one a hot pack for them.

Pack 55:
I love this compact photo. After the recent post of Karl Mecklenburg, the Broncos linebackers had themselves some really nice looking stuff in this set.

Pack 56:
The second half of the puzzle sticker of which I pulled back in Pack #14. Kicker love as well for the pride of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Pack 57:
Even though he only spent a few seasons with the Bills compared to other teams, I still find it odd to see Lofton in any other uniform but Buffalo's.

Pack 58:
When in doubt, scan the foil sticker. Even with that provision, the Eagles logo sticker does look really nice.

Pack 59:
Not just a kicker sticker, but a barefoot kicker sticker.

Pack 60:
This man has no neck.

Pack 61:
Football needs more guys named Vestee.

And there you have another dozen packs.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

1989 Panini NFL Stickers Box Break - Part 5

Another dozen packs.

Pack #38:
This grouping starts with a flashback to the shared stadiums of the 80s, with the an early season game and the dirt of the infield still visible. The Jarvis Williams celebration shot is pretty cool too.

Pack #39:
WOO-HOO! 2-14 baby! I already had this one in the album, so this is off to the 2-14 binder! I'll get a third for a Wolverines alum collector. Cornelius Bennett's all-pro card is along for the ride in this pack.

Pack 40:
My name is Max Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Pack 41:
Bills foil! Along with the pride of North Battleford, Saskatchewan!

Pack 42:
I love the photo on this Karl Mecklenburg. It is as if he's just daring someone to try and get past.

Pack 43:
A Dolphins hot pack!

Pack 44:
More Bills content.

Pack 45:
The only "When in doubt, scan the foil sticker" this time around.

Pack 46:
When in doubt, scan the sticker of some random offensive lineman.

Pack 47:
More infield dirt. I'm also highlighting his teammate in Tom Newberry not to show off the Rams hot pack, but instead to show the sticker that completed the first team set in the album as Newberry slips into the final empty Rams spot.

Pack 48:
Football needs more guys named Tulch. And Hinkle. These two made the Steelers the second completed team in the album, and the first one that had a foil logo as part of the team set.

Pack 49:
A Bills sticker should be the highlight, but the Steve Jordan is kinda cool too for non-football reasons. And that's simply because of the time he showed off the perfect passer.

And I'm still not even halfway through the box!

Friday, 26 May 2017

1989 Panini NFL Stickers Box Break - Part 4

More sticker packs!

Pack 26:
To start, here's the foil sticker from the most recent Super Bowl for this album, and it is joined by the game's MVP and a fellow HOF receiver.

Pack 27:
The Noga who wasn't referenced in a riff during Mitchell.

Pack 28:
A HOFer and another Bills sticker.

Pack 29:
One of the more fun names to say in NFL history, and my favourite design of the Seahawks logo.

Pack 30:
When in doubt, scan the foil sticker.

Pack 31:
Dolphins hot pack!

Pack 32:
Most of the photos in this set are cropped so closely to feature only the subject. So, this one that shows Rathman slips past some anonymous Cardinals.

Pack 33:
Chargers hot pack!

Pack 34:
A Bills sticker! Even better that it is of one of the two 2/14 babies in this set.

Pack 35:
Things get kinda interesting in a collation sense as this bunch of stickers wraps up, especially coming off a 49ers SB victory. The first of the final 3 contained their logo.

Pack 36:
Their QB, and the product's cover boy in the second of them. It is strange to hit the magical 36 pack plateau, and still be barely 1/3 through the box.

Pack 37:
An action shot of the game-winning TD in the last pack.

And there you have the highlights from a dozen packages.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

One Card Only: So much for that hypothesis

Namely, my hypothesis that photos on college themed sets are always bland. A great action photo. A memorable play. A gorgeous setting. Now that's what I love to see on a card.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

1989 Panini NFL Stickers Box Break - Part 3

Mostly, I'm just hitting the per-pack highlight(s) the rest of the way home.

Pack 16:
WOO! Packers won the Super Bowl! Yes. I know it wasn't really the Super Bowl back then. But I'm not skipping a chance to link to that.
Pack 17:
Bills content the highlight here. Wide right notwithstanding.

Pack 18:
Kicker card sticker!

Pack 19:
Chuck Long might be the best name ever for a QB.

Pack 20:
2 photos captured at the moment the ball arrives to the receiver. Interesting enough to be the highlight here.

Pack 21:
Pretty Vikings intensive.

Pack 22:
Some QBs and creamsicle uniforms.

Pack 23:
Cardinals hot pack!

Pack 24:
I don't think there are too many photos in this album that show off any sort of memorial patch (Art Rooney) with an almost close-up. So that's the interesting one here.

Pack 25:
And since I'm now at the 1/4 mark with this box, I might as well scan all the stickers. 3.5 appearances of the old NFC Norris, and a HOF QB. Not bad.

And there you go.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


In which these...
turn into these...
A Bruin, and a really nice emerald parallel that is perfect for a Dallas Stars card. But, like Columbo, I must ask about just one more thing.
A package from North Carolina, bound for Ontario, had this sticker on it. Did this really detour through Germany?