Lack of terrifying trading cards haunts the hobby

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

The following ran as an editor’s note in Beckett Football No. 250, but it’s worth another look,  considering all the ghouls, goblins, and other strange creatures roaming the streets tonight.

I just couldn’t sleep at night if I didn’t make my annual push for the return of the seasonally sensational Monsters of the Gridiron cards.

During the early ‘90s, Coca-Cola partnered with the NFL to “monsterize” some of football’s brightest stars on cardboard. Unfortunately, the frightful fun came to an end after Classic (Scoreboard) released the gridiron ghouls in pinhead form at the 1995 NFL Experience show.

Requiring players to don elaborate skill-themed monster costumes, the process was presumably pretty pricy, to say the least. But now with Photoshop and other digital trickery at our fingertips, wouldn’t it be nice to see some company, any company revisiting this treat? 

These are untouchable classics, but I’d like to throw a few contemporary monster names into the hat:

Marion Barber as “The Barbarian”
Tom Brady as “Robo-Brady”
Peyton Manning as “The Dark Horse”
Reggie Bush as Mark Ingram
Ray Lewis as Himself

Feel free comment with your scary suggestions.


Chester McGlockton
A.K.A. “Renegade Raider”


Derrick Thomas
A.K.A. “Attack Cat”

Emmitt Smith
A.K.A. “Lone Star Sherriff”


Junior Seau
A.K.A. “Stealth”

Marshall Faulk
A.K.A. “The Missile”


Randall Cunningham
A.K.A. “Rocket Man”


Ronnie Lott
A.K.A. “The Rattler”


Steve Atwater
A.K.A. “The Bandit”

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9 Comments

  1. Trey Hickman
    Posted Monday October 31st, 2011 at 03:04 PM | Permalink

    Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen: “The Pocket Plunderer”

  2. Trey Hickman
    Posted Monday October 31st, 2011 at 03:05 PM | Permalink

    Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews: “The Rabid Rusher”

  3. charles faires
    Posted Monday October 31st, 2011 at 03:43 PM | Permalink

    detroit lions calvin johnson megatron

  4. Yankee_Pride
    Posted Monday October 31st, 2011 at 04:23 PM | Permalink

    I would like to see them back as a limited edition type deal but not as a subset or anything like that. Perhaps just like they did back in the day join up with Coca Cola or now I guess it would be Pepsi and insert say packs of 3-4 cards into cases of soft drinks for a 1 month period say from Sep. 31st to October 31 st.

  5. Chris H
    Posted Monday October 31st, 2011 at 05:40 PM | Permalink

    Calvin Johnson: “Megatron”, maybe they could strike a deal with Transformers. That would be sweet!

  6. CUJO
    Posted Monday October 31st, 2011 at 06:24 PM | Permalink

    Tim Tebow could dress up like an NFL quarterback

  7. David Campos
    Posted Tuesday November 1st, 2011 at 12:08 AM | Permalink

    O.J. Simpson as Jason from Friday the 13th….oh wait…

  8. john paul
    Posted Wednesday November 2nd, 2011 at 05:37 AM | Permalink

    that’s so cool! i think i still have a few of those coke sets unopened kicking around somewhere in my card cave! i would love to see any form of these come back. preferably a baseball edition as i prefer it to football. and let’s bring back the superbowl shuffle!!! go bears!

  9. Posted Thursday November 10th, 2011 at 01:23 AM | Permalink

    And to think, I’ve never mentioned anything about you ginormous head. Man, I must be slipping in my old age! On a positive note, I did enjoy your ’79 OPC break. See, it’s not all negative, all the time.

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