Category Archives: Arena

Brock, Stan

Action Packed All-Madden Team 1990, #51

CARDS: ProSet 1989, Fleer 1990, Action Packed All Madden Team 1990
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 11/29 RECEIVED: 12/10 (11 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Comes from football blood lines as older brother, Pete, played center for New England, Willie was selected by the Chiefs, and Ray played at LSU.
  • First team All Big 8 tackle and team captain while playing at Colorado as Senior.
  • Saints first round pick in 1980. (#12 overall.)
  • Started 67 contests straight out of his rookie season before a knee injury in Week 14 of 1984 ended that streak.
  • Returned to form and started all games until Week 7 of 1988 with another knee injury landing on IR.
  • Rebounded from injury and was named to the All-Madden Team.
  • Started 64 more straight games for the Saints, and cemented himself as the franchise’s leader in games played and started. (186/182)
  • Joined the San Diego Chargers in 1993, seeing action in 48 more contests- starting 41, retiring after the 1995 season.
  • Upper echelon, equally skilled, run and pass blocker, who never seemed to get his due.
  • Went into coaching in 1997, working with the Portland Forest Dragons (1997-99) and LA Avengers (2000-01) of the Arena Football League.
  • Coached offensive line at Army from 2004-06.
  • Named head coach in 2007, compiling a 6-18 record.
  • Has also worked as a sports anchor for local TV affiliates in OR.

NOTES:

Stan has some great cards, and was represented on most of the major brands. I remember specifically pulling the Action Packed All Madden card from 7-11 after school one day and being blown away by its strong composition.

Weatherspoon, Chuck

Wild Card 1991, #134

Cards: Wild Card 1991, Pacific 1991
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 8/2 Received: 10/9 (62 days)

CAREER PROFILE:

  • Had a prolific career playing for the Houston Cougars from 1987-1990.

  • Was the bellcow runningback in the Coogs fabled Air Raid offense.

  • On 395 attempts, ran for 3,247 yards and 27 touchdowns ,  and also had 1,375 yards and eight touchdowns on 117 receptions.

  • His best year came in 1989, when he ran 119 times for 1146 yards, 10 TDs.

  • Drafted in the 9th round by the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Spent the 1992 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, dressing for 4 contests.

  • Played one year in the Arena Football League in 1995 with Fort Worth, playing both ways for the Calvary.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • SWC’s All-time leader in all purpose yards with 5,715.

  • First Houston Cougar to rush for 1000 yards in 3 straight years.

  • Tied for the NCAA record with a career mark of 8.2 yards per carry.
Pacific 1991, #656

Arena

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NOTES:

I loved me those SWC Cougars! I had high hopes for Chuck’s career in the NFL. I think both the Eagles and the Bucs saw him more as a fullback though. He was a gifted receiver too, but looked like a downhill bowling ball rolling down the field. Sometimes you get this feeling that if you just reach out to some of these guys, they will respond to your personal connection, and with this one I was quite happy that he did.

Duper, Mark ‘Super’

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: Ebay, 2020
TTM 2022, C/o Home
Sent: 1/2 Received: 3/5 (61 days)*
*Fee enclosed

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Incredible speedster and track man at Northwestern State.
  • Second round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 82.
  • Saw little action his rookie season partially due to the NFL strike.
  • Posted first 1000 yard season following year on 51 catches, scoring 10 TDs.
  • Had a career high 71 receptions in 1984 to go along with 1306 yards receiving.
  • Had a career high in receiving yards (1313) and TDs (11) in 1986.
  • Cracked the 1000 yard plateau one final time in 1991 with 1085 yards.
  • After being cut following the 92 season, Mark played one final season in 1994 for the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League.

ACCOLADES:

  • Pro Bowl 1983
  • Pro Bowl 1984
  • Pro Bowl 1986
  • All- Pro 1983
  • All-Pro 1984
  • League’s longest reception from scrimmage 1986 (85 yards)
  • Dolphins Honor Roll 2003
  • At the time of his retirement was the Dolphins all-time receiving yardage leader at 8,869 yards.
  • 2005 N-Club Hall of Fame (Northwestern State University)

NOTES:

Duper along with WR Mark Clayton formed the famous ‘Marks Brothers’ that gave opposing defenses fits. Duper was well known for wearing the single bar helmet throughout his career. He was diagnosed with CTE in 2013.

Mark only recently started signing through the mail, so I went ahead and picked up his certified via EBay back in 2020. Later when I saw successes flood in with a donation in early 2022, I launched out these two other cards.

NFL

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ARENA

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