By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Leon Sandcastle is not the first fictional character to appear on a card.
In 1993, Michael Jordan abruptly retired from basketball, but the man wasn’t done playing – at least that was the message Nike put out with its own commercial that featured Johnny Kilroy, Jordan disguised as a different basketball player.
Steve Martin was featured in a commercial in a television news tabloid format and followed rumors of mysterious basketball players who popped up around the country under different names. These players were the best every single time.
Finally, a fan had evidence in the “popcorn tape” of Johnny Kilroy. He dunked right over Alonzo Mourning. Conclusion: It had to be Jordan.
Upper Deck made a card of Kilroy in its 1993-94 set. The card isn’t worth much and could be picked up on eBay for a few dollars.
Collectors are recalling the card as they see mock Sandcastle cards pop up.