Category Archives: WLAF

Corso, Lee

CARD: Pro Set 1991 World League Helmet Insert
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 11/12 RECEIVED: 11/22 (10 days)
FAILURE: TTM 2021, C/o ESPN

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Lee Corso was a great athlete and after high school was immediately identified by the Brookyn Dodgers as a baseball prospect to play short stop.
  • Opted to go to college instead at Florida State, where he played both defensive back and quarterback in college from 1953-1957.
  • Possessing great speed and anticipation, Corso set the school’s career interception record at the time with 14.
  • Although he had a successful college career, he was not selected in the NFL draft.
  • Went into coaching at the college ranks almost immediately, spending time at Maryland (1959-65) and Navy (1966-68) as a positional coach.
  • From there in 1969 Corso served as head coach of Louisville through 1972.
  • He’s perhaps most iconically known as head coach of Indiana, a role he served in from 1973-82.
  • Led the Hoosiers to two winning seasons, including an upset victory over the Brigham Young Cougars in the Holiday Bowl.
  • Finished 41-68-2 at Indiana.
  • Spent one year at Northern Illinois University going 4-6-1.
  • College coaching record is 73-85-6.
  • Head coach of the USFL Orlando Renegades in 1985, where he went 5-13.
  • Lee then joined the WLAF where he served as general manager of the Orlando Thunder for the 1991 season.
  • He was very excited to be a part of the venture, but due to ongoing commitments to ESPN, probably couldn’t return to the squad for their 1992 campaign.
  • Has been an analyst since 1987 for ESPN.

NOTES:

Lee Corso to me, is like the Dick Vitale of college football. He’s beloved by all and everybody loves his quips and antics. I tried him first via ESPN, but after that latest (and multiple other) failure(s), I think the door on TTM through the network is now closed. He has very few cards. I think he had a Press Pass Legends or something like that. -I think I flushed that on the first attempt that failed.

Bell, Kenny ‘Ken’

Pro Set World League 1991, #44

CARD: ProSet World League 1991
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 2/28 RECEIVED: 3/25 (25 DAYS)
FAILURE: TTM C/o Home, 2013, 2015, 2019

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Outstanding speedster out of Boston College, joined the Broncos as a Free Agent in 1986.
  • Quickly became a coach and fan favorite used almost exclusively as a return man.
  • By the end of the ’89 campaign, was ranked first in Bronco history with 104 career KO returns, while his 2218 career return yards was 3rd.
  • Spent a season out of football as a late training camp casualty in 1990.
  • Joined the Birmingham Fire of the WLAF as a free agent signing in 1991.
  • Ended up becoming a part of a devastating 2 headed runningback rotation with Elroy Harris.
  • Displayed exceptional vision and skill catching passes out of the backfield, leading the team with 40 receptions.
  • Caught league’s first fake punt play TD, a 65 yarder from punter Kirk Maggio against the New York/ New Jersey Knights.

    NOTES:

    Son, Kenny Bell played for the Salt Lake City Stallions of the AAF. I packed my WLAF card of Ken just in case I ran into him, but no such luck! The reason being was at one point Ken was living a city over near a day camp I used to go to. I tried in vain to get his autograph on 3 previous occasions, but thanks to one of my fellow collectors, Rick, I got an updated address early in the year and took a stab. With Ken’s autograph, I’ve closed out the Pro Set World League Birmingham Fire team set’s autographs.

Esiason, Norman ‘Boomer’ (2)

CARDS: Action Packed 1990, Action Packed 1991, Fleer 1990, Skybox 1992
ACQUIRED: TTM 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 1/11 RECEIVED: 3/22 (70 days)
* Donation Enclosed

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

A couple of more cards that I wanted to get autographed of Boomer here. I’m glad to see he’s still signing and not stamping anymore. I’ll probably make one final pass at him later for a few last cards. He just had so many great cards during this period.