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. Yankee_Pride 31 October, 2011 at 16:23

    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.

  2. Chris H 31 October, 2011 at 17:40

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

  3. john paul 2 November, 2011 at 05:37

    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!

  4. new era 59fifty hat 10 November, 2011 at 01:23

    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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