Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1991 Pro Line Portraits Football
1991 Pro Line Portraits Football is….different. The most obvious difference compared to other sets of the time is the photography. No in-game action shots were used in the set. Remember high school senior portraits? Kind of like that. The photography features everything from Starter jackets and saxophones to belt buckles and Zubaz.
There’s also the inclusion of some of the players’ wives in a seven-card insert set called Spirit.
The last, and most innovative, difference is the inclusion of certified autographed cards. The cards were signed on the back, with an embossing that can be seen on both sides of the card.
The 1991 Pro Line Portraits base set consists of 300 cards including 24 rookies. The base cards are borderless, with the card fronts showcasing just the release’s logo on top of the player photo. No names are on the fronts, though.
The set also features a 302-card autograph checklist. Some of the game’s biggest names signed for the set including Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are on it.
1991 Pro Line Portraits Football Box Break
Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $22
Pack 1 highlights:
Thurman Thomas & Jeff Hostetler
Eric Dickerson & Jim Everett
Jack Kemp, Lawrence Taylor, Chuck Noll, Steve Largent & Boomer Esiason
O.J. Simpson & Michelle Oates Spirit (wife of Bart Oates)
Steve DeBerg & Junior Seau
Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker & Ed McCaffrey RC
Kevin Greene & Pat Swilling
Marty Schottenheimer, Roger Craig & Ahmad Rashad
Jackie Slater & Dick Macpherson. Can you imagine Belichick wearing this Patriots sweater on the sidelines today? Cut off sleeves, of course.
Dan Reeves, John Riggins, Brian Blades & Jimmy Johnson
Troy Aikman & Andre Rison
Gale Sayers, Thurman Thomas & Phylicia Rashad Spirit (wife of Ahmad)
John Elway & Steve Young
Joe Gibbs & Walter Payton
Bernie Kosar, Roger Staubach, Mike Singletary & Jennifer Montana Spirit
Franco Harris, Babette Kosar Spirit (Bernie’s wife) & Bruce Smith
Warren Moon, Dan Marino, Ickey “Shuffle” Woods & Rod Woodson
Dave Krieg, Irving Fryar & Herman Moore
Bruce Smith & Eugene Robinson
Roger Staubach, James Lofton & Warren Moon
Dan Marino & Rod Woodson
Mark Clayton, Franco Harris & Jim Harbaugh. No doubt Jim is trying to decide if he wants to coach in the NFL or college ranks after his career here.
Derrick Thomas, Mike Ditka & Howie Long. How many of you had a Starter jacket as a kid? I proudly wore my Patriots Starter jacket for years!
Phil Simms, Joe Theismann, Jerry Rice & Janet Elway Spirit
Don Shula, Darryl Talley & Toni Lipps Spirit (wife of Louis Lipps)
William “Refrigerator” Perry, Bill Belichick (considered Bill’s RC), Michael Irvin, Stacey O’Brien Spirit & Ken O’Brien
Mel Blount, Ronnie Lott & Vinny Testaverde
Chuck Noll & Eric Dickerson
Lawrence Taylor & Boomer Esiason. Is anyone else seeing Gary Busey here? No? Just me?
Brent Jones & O.J. Simpson
Jerry Glanville, Steve Tasker & Junior Seau
Marty Schottenheimer & Jim Kelly
Andre Reed & Kevin Greene
Cornelius Bennett & Ahmad Rashad
Jeff George & Joe Theismann
Morten Anderson & Jim McMahon
Lastly, the card back. No stats on these backs, just a quote from the player.
So I didn’t pull an autograph. Bummer. This set is definitely different. As a player sorter, I don’t mind adding some variety into my player binders. This set absolutely fits that bill, as it is so far out there, even by early ’90s standards.
It certainly would have made the box to pull an autograph. Autographs do fall typically a couple per case, so you have about a 1 in 6 chance of pulling one from a single box. Considering how cheaply these boxes can be found, it is well worth the risk to chase an autograph.
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