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Chandler, Wes

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: EBay, 2021

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Wes Chandler WR at Florida from 1974 to 1977 posting 93 receptions for 1994 yards and 22 TDs.

  • Also moonlighted rushing the ball 61 times for 353 yards and 6 TDs in his Senior campaign, finishing 10th in Heisman voting.

  • Selected 3rd overall in the first round of the 78 draft by the New Orleans Saints.

  • Had 1069 yards on 65 receptions, including a career long 85 yard long the following year.

  • Traded during the 1981 season to San Diego.

  • Chandler finished out the year with 1142 yards on 69 receptions.

  • In 1982 led NFL during strike shortened season with 1032 yards and 9 TDs in just 8 games.

  • Had career high 1199 yards and 10 TDs  in 1985.

  • After the 1987 season, joined the 49ers for final year in 88 playing in 4 games.

  • Has seen extensive time coaching in a variety of leagues including the Orlando Thunder, UCF, Rhein Fire, Frankfurt Galaxy, Berlin Thunder, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, New York Sentinels, and the California Golden Bears.

  • Briefly served as the commissioner of the MLFB before it reorganized in 2017.

CAREER ACCOLADES:

  • Earned Pro Bowl Honors in 79, 82, 83, and 85

  • First Team All Pro 1982

  • San Diego Chargers 40th All-Time Team

  • San Diego Chargers 50th All-Time Team

  • San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame

  • University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame

  • College Football Hall of Fame

NOTES:

Chandler has been overlooked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame numerous times, primarily due to the fact that he played during the dead ball era.

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Kruse, Axel

Berlin Thunder Burger King 2000

Card: Berlin Thunder Burger King 2000
Acquired: 2021, Future Considerations

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • East German born soccer player who played throughout Germany with FC Hansa Rostock, Hertha BSC, Eintracht Frankfurt, VfB Stuttgart and FC Basel between 1985 and 1998.

  • He opted to give American Football a try, kicking for the Berlin Thunder of the NFLE from 1999-2003.

  • Thanks to some unique NFLE rules, Axel Kruse scored PATs, because the rules required that anything shorter than 30 yards should be taken by the national player, rather than an NFL allocate. 

  • Axel’s best season came in 2003 when he finished 28 of 29 on extra points, and 6 of 7 on field goals for a career high 46 points.
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NOTES:

Axel has also spent time working as a pundit for German TV Sport 1.

This card has very little to identify itself by as there is no copywrite information contained on it or a brand, therefore it’s assumed that this was created in house possibly by the Thunder to promote the team. The backs of the cards have no numbers on them either other than the dates of the upcoming games and the players baseline information, so in this case this card is identified by its promoter brand, Burger King.

Ware, Andre (3)

Card: Fleer 1990, Action Packed 1991, GameDay 1992
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 3/17 Received: 4/5 (18 days)
See Also: Andre Ware, Air Ware

Andre sure got in a lot of great cards in his short amount of time on the starting stage in the NFL. Even after this third stab at a few more autographs, there are a few more cards I could probably nab him on.

I loved Action Packed and GameDay’s sets. Action Packed 1991 was a pretty well designed set, with that simple swoosh that goes through the left side of the image- it maximized the canvas area to focus on the player image. I also really liked the flat helmet image at the end. It’s a really underrated set, and despite the slight smudging is great to get autographed. Most of the images are indeed- action packed. This Gameday image is really nice, however one of the set’s design flaws comes forward a bit when the silver blends against the gray, the image looks a bit more flat. The Fleer 90 card was one of 4 (technically) that had a college photo of Andre in it. (The others being Topps, ProSet, and Score.) We always laughed at the fact that Fleer didn’t find a shot of Andre actually throwing the ball- but instead chose to get a shot of him pitching the ball out. All of these cards were distant set needs for me in my never ending autograph quest.

About the time that Coronavirus broke loose and some stay at home notices were put into place, Andre started signing his TTM mail after a 5-6 year absence from the game. He was initially playing catchup and then started signing some newer requests. I always liked Andre, and I hadn’t TTMed him since 2012, I decided he was ripe for the picking.

As of 2020, Ware remains the steady voice as the color commentator for the Houston Texans game day radio show.