The 3rd overall pick of the 1991 CFL draft by the British Columbia Lions, Bart Hull played collegiality for Boise State. A bruising fullback, he rushed for 350 yards on 105 carries, and caught 25 passes for 164 yards. Hull had a nose for the end zone scoring 13 rushing TDs.
Before the season began, BC shipped Bart to the Ottawa Rough Riders for Tony Kimbrough (QB). Bart returned one kick for 11 yards and rushed 2 times for 10 yards, but suffered a gruesome knee injury ending his season after only 3 games. After being cut by the Rough Riders in 1992, he’d briefly see some time on the practice squad of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After a hiatus, Hull returned to the CFL in 1994 as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders seeing action in two games before being cut.
Bart comes from an athletic family, and being originally from Canada, he played some minor league hockey for the RHI and WCHL. In 1999 he was spotted again briefly playing indoor football as a member of the Idaho Stallions of the IPFL.
Bart works in business development now, and as of 2019 was living in the Dallas area. A great looking card of Bart, he signed this one in no time flat.
Cards: Ultimate World League 1992, Jogo 1994, Jogo 1995 Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home Sent: 8/29 Received: 10/8 (40 days)
A three year starter at the University of Akron at tackle, John Buddenberg clocked in at 6’5″, 279. He’d be selected in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns and then later spent time on the rosters of the Minnesota Vikings (1989) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1990). During his time in the NFL, Buddenberg was shifted inside to play guard.
In 1991 John was selected by the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. A stalwart member of the Surge’s offensive line front, he played in all 20 regular season games for the franchise over the lifetime of the World League (1991-1992), earning first-team All-World League in ’92. For both years he’d return to the NFL and was on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons.
After the World League reorganized following the 1992 season- the Sacramento Surge jumped to the CFL and became the Goldminers. John joined the franchise and played both guard and tackle for Sacramento in 1994, and (for the franchise when it moved to San Antonio and became) the Texans in 1995.
John currently lives in Ohio. He responded with a nice note and two extra autographed cards (the Jogo ones) thanking me for being a fan of the World League.
Cards: Playoff Prestige 2009 Xtra Points, Topps Lettermen 2009, Upper Deck 2009 Black (2/25) Acquired: 2019, Future Considerations See Also: Steve Slaton, Steve Slaton (2)
Runningbacks have always held a special place in my heart- especially after the Texans took center stage for me. After Dominick Davis/ Williams knee gave out- Slaton stepped in for the Texans and really carried that rock- but just like Davis- he suffered a similar injury changing moment to his career when he injured his neck. I loved Steve. He was a little guy who did it all- and like Davis looking back he’s one of the players I missed graphing in person, because I didn’t really come back to the hobby until 2010.
The Upper Deck Black card? – Now that- that is a piece of art and the gold autograph really compliments it well. If I was Steve I would’ve told them to give me a copy of this card blown up for his wall. It’s that nice. I love the subliminal laurels there on the card. Everything about it is framed perfectly and the legibility and delivery is spot on.
Panini Prestige 2009 is a bit over dressed- but I am okay with that. It is a great action shot of Steve, with very vibrant color. Otherwise there’s nothing too amazing about it.
The Topps Letterman card- I’m not sure what is going on. The patches are nice, even if it isn’t authentic material, but the placement of everything around it feels slap-dashed from the imagery on either side to the autograph itself on a sticker sorta thrown on top.
I got this friend that I’m helping with autographs up in NY, much like Deadhorse and Lance. Since I get a few more events and things going on here, I spot him from time to time, and he in return looks out for me. These were bonuses for helping him out on a few Longhorn autographs he needed- even though there are still some big fish out there I am looking for.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.