After picking up a few cards of Johnny via the Canton Acquisition way back in 2012, I went ahead and decided to close him out on pretty much the rest of the cards I had of him. Upper Deck for once, though came through with a nice shot of Johnny splashing through a wet field. The color is also outstanding on this shot. -A true winner.
Both his Score and Fleer cards are also outstanding shots of a predator linebacker in motion. The Fleer however sorta cheated, using an older shot of Johnny (also seen in his Panini Stickers entry from 1989). Johnny has a really nice stylized autograph. I love how he loops the ‘M’ of his last name under the ‘eads’. Solid.
Brian Noble was a 5th round pick out of Arizona State that quickly established himself as a starter in the Packers LB corps.
A tackling machine, Noble posted 104 tackles and 3 sacks his rookie season.
Best season came in 1989, with 138 total tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 interceptions.
Had 6 seasons of 98+ tackles over career.
At the beginning of the season he had 843 total tackles.
Incredibly durable up to that point, Noble started 119 games, but a career ending knee injury ended his season after only 2 games.
Noble has been busy since retirement, first going into broadcasting.
Later he owned the AFL2 Green Bay Blizzard, before the league ceased operations in 2009,
He’s moved into coaching currently at the high school level in Nevada.
NFLPA All-Rookie Team 1985
Brian had some great cards over the years so it was a hard choice for me on what to send him. He appeared in all the major sets and later, maybe in another 10 years or so I might try him again as there are so many that I still would like to get him on.
He was a great signer 10 or so years ago and then pretty much just stopped. I had his cards in my priority shoe box for a very long time, so I shot these out as soon as he popped up again.
Some good set needs knocked out of Steve here with the classic Pro Set card. It’s a great action shot. The Skybox premium is a really well designed card too. The Topps Stadium Club one is interesting all on its own. You just don’t see action shots like that, and Steve also has that oddball Score 1990 shot of him on the ground too.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.