Remembering When: Monsters of the Gridiron

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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Back in the early 90s, the NFL and Coca-Cola did the Monster Mash, and promptly smashed it in the graveyard.

In the spirit of spookiness this week, I dusted off my trusty collecting trowel and dug up the 31-card Coke Monsters of the Gridiron set. Featuring players like Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk dressed in respectively designed monster attire, the Coca-Cola sponsored set was primarily distributed at the 1995 Super Bowl Card show in Miami. Posing as the “Lone Star Sheriff,” Smith’s robot cowboy (a la “Westworld”) costume card fetches the highest current day coin at $12 on the high end.

Other players who (possibly, regretfully) sported elaborate ghoulish gear include Junior “Stealth” Seau, Derrick “Attack Cat” Thomas, Steve “The Bandit” Atwater, Ronnie “The Rattler” Lott, Randall “Rocket Man” Cunningham and Marshall “The Missle” Faulk to name a few. Then L.A. Raider, Chester McGlockton was also featured in this set, but he basically looks like any given fan in the Raider Nation.

For better or for worse, the NFL and Coca-Cola haven’t paired up to put out a card product like this since this early-mid 90s costume party. I, for one, would love to see every player and coach on the field decked out in Halloween costumes this coming Sunday, but l’m afraid the outcome might get gruesome.

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