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Burse, Tony

Wild Card World League 1992, #46

CARD: Wild Card World League 1992
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 5/10 RECEIVED: 5/20 (10 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Fullback who played at Middle Tennessee State from 1983-86.
  • Led the way for the Blue Raiders’ rushing attack, paving the way for 3 1,000 yard rushers.
  • Led the team in receptions with 27 for 266 yards in 1985.
  • Was selected in the 12th round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks in 1987.
  • Made the squad and saw time on special teams and sparingly on offense.
  • Was on and off the rosters of the Seahawks and Dolphins through the end of 1989.
  • Joined the WLAF in 1991 with the Sacramento Surge.
  • Paved the way in 1992 for Mike Pringle at RB, while catching 22 passes.
  • Played for the Arena Football League in 1993 and 94 (Detroit Drive/Massachusetts Marauders.
  • Then joined the CFL Sacramento Gold Miners during the 94 season.
  • When the franchise moved to San Antonio and became the Texans- Tony came along too.
  • Rushed for 304 yards (60 carries) and caught 30 passes for 291 yards.
  • Played the next three seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • Had a career high 59 yard gallop in 95, and a career high 11 rushing TDs in 96.
  • Split time the next three years, literally playing football fulltime between the Arena Football League and the CFL.
  • Joined the Arena Buffalo Destroyers franchise in the Spring of ’99, while playing for the Toronto Argonauts in the Fall.
  • Had a career high 431 yards rushing for the Argos that year.
  • Retired after the 2001 season.

NOTES:

Tony had a long and illustrious tapestry of different football leagues woven into the fabric of his career. I had been looking for him for a very long time but after retracing my steps I was finally able to locate him and add him on his Wild Card ’92 entry.

NFL

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7365.1016

WLAF

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471372.9017
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352878.2034

CFL

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34414434.22959
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114113810.0352

ARENA

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1233472.820N/a
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89812.21N/a

Adams, Theo

Pro Set WLAF 1991, #69

CARD: Pro Set WLAF 1991
ACQUIRED: 2021, Gift
FAILURE: TTM 2015 & 2018, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Converted from tight end to offensive tackle while playing for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
  • Saw playing time significantly increase during Senior campaign playing both ways at both OT and DE in ’88.
  • Joined the LA Rams in 1990, but was released before the season.
  • Second round selection of the London Monarchs of the WLAF in the 1991 positional draft.
  • Solid pass blocker, who helped Monarchs grade out as the best offensive line in the league.
  • After completing second tour in WLAF, joined Seattle Seahawks for the 1992 campaign, suiting up for 10 games.
  • In 1993, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Returned to World League in 1996, playing another season with the Frankfurt Galaxy.
  • Closed out career with the San Jose Sabrecats of the Arena League, playing both OL/DL in 1996 and 1997.

ACCOLADES:

  • 2nd Team All-World League 1991

NOTES:

I couldn’t understand why Theo Adams failed to respond to me on the two separate occasions I sent out to him in 2015 and 2018, but one of my friend who collects WLAF autographs, Corey, came through with extra autographs of this card, and kindly packaged this up and sent it to me. Unfortunately he’s dropped off of social media. I hope he’s doing well.

Mitchell, Deon

CARD: Playoff Contenders European Ticket 2000
ACQUIRED: 2021, Future Considerations

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Dimunitive (5’10”) WR with impressive speed, played college ball at Northern Illinois.
  • Finished as school’s all time leader in all purpose yards with 4,732, and the school’s all time leader in kick returns.
  • Went undrafted in ’99, but was signed by the San Diego Chargers.
  • Signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and allocated to the Scottish Claymores in 2000.
  • Played in 2001 for the Rampage catching 11 passes- 3 of them for TDs.

NFLE

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22512.5014
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37725.7039
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3206.7012

ARENA

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111039.43N/a
KRYDSAVGTDLG
23819.00N/a