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Martin, Harvey ‘Too Mean’ (2) (1950-2001)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AL137

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: 2021, EBay



  • Super Bowl XII Co MVP

  • NFL Defensive MVP 1977

  • NFL All 70s Team

  • Pro Bowl 1976-79

  • First Team All Pro 1977

  • Second Team All Pro 1976, 1979, 1982

  • Lone Star Conference Player of the Decade (1970s)

  • Lone Star Conference 75 Anniversary Squad

  • Lone Star Conference Hall of Fame 

  • Texas A&M – Commerce Hall of Fame 


Upper Deck Legends 1997 really was a gem of a set and continued to outdo itself with quality photography. This is an excellent shot of Too Mean. Thankfully he didn’t shorthand the autograph on this one. I patiently waited out the market on this autograph since it was exploding, and was able to snipe this one at a fair price under 10 bucks.

Foreman, Chuck

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #103

Cards: Upper Deck Legends 1997, Upper Deck Legends Marquee Matchups 1997
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 4/16 Received: 4/26 (10 days)
Donation Enclosed


  • Chuck Foreman was such an impressive athlete coming out of school, he saw time playing at CB, RB, and WR.

  • When he made his debut with the Hurricanes at RB, Foreman was electric  rushing 191 times for 951 yards.

  • He then transitioned to WR in his senior campaign.

  • 12th overall pick of the 1973 draft by the Vikings, who was initially slotted at FB.

  • Immediately paid dividends, earning the first of 5 consecutive Pro Bowl berths that year.

  • Led the team in rushing and receiving 5 times over his career.

  • Led the NFL in receptions in 1975 (73 receptions).

  • Switched to RB in 1975 and had the first of 3 consecutive 1K rushing seasons. 

  • Had 6 seasons of 1K or more yards from scrimmage.

  • Had a career high 22 combined TDs in 1975. 

  • Led NFL in combined TDs in both 1974 and 1976.

  • To this day (2021) still holds 8 franchise rushing records.

  • Played 8 seasons in the NFL (7 for MN, 1 for NE).
  • Holds the NFL record for most games with both a rushing and receiving TD in a season (5).

  • Holds the NFL record for most receiving touchdowns in a season (9 -T Marshall Faulk).

  • 52 Total TDs led the NFL in the 70s.


  • NFL Rookie of the Year 1973

  • Pro Bowl 1973-77

  • All-Pro 1975

  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor

  • 50 Greatest Vikings of All-Time
Upper Deck Legends 1997 Marquee Matchups, #MM20


Chuck is the father of former NFL LB Jay Foreman.

I had been waiting for the right cards and the right time to send to Chuck. After finding this Marquee Matchup card with him and Sims, I knew I had to get the combo card signed. -Well worth it it’s beautiful in all its glory. Chuck thanked me for writing him such a nice letter as well.

The detail in the Upper Deck Legends 97 card is exquisite. I love how nearly every person’s face is captured in this photo, even a kid and other people seated over near the sideline. Oddly it looks as though post process the referee’s face was blurred out.

Eller, Carl ‘Moose’

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #102

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 1/22 Received: 2/13 (22 days)
*Signing Fee Enclosed


  • Defensive Tackle who played both ways while at college for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1961-1963.

  • Selected in the first round of the 1964 Draft by the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills of the AFL- but opted to sign with the Vikings where he was used at Defensive End.

  • Famed member of the Minnesota Vikings front four, “The Purple People Eaters”.

  • Had a career high 15 sacks in 1969 and 1977.

  • Had a run of 7 seasons with 10 or more sacks.

  • Finished his career in Minnesota as the franchises’ all-time leader in sacks with 130.5.

  • Played one final year in 1979 for the Seattle Seahawks, adding 3 more sacks to his career total.

  • Carl played in a total of 225 games (starting 209).


  • NFL Pro Bowl 1968-1971, 1973, 1974

  • 1st Team All-Pro 1968-1971, 1973

  • 2nd Team All-Pro 1967, 1972

  • College Football Hall of Fame 2006
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame 2004

  • Vikings 40th Anniversary Team

  • Vikings 50th Anniversary Team

  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1971

  • North Carolina Sports HoF


Carl after football spent time as a substance abuse counselor and has worked championing human rights for people of color.

A simply beautiful card here of Carl proving there was no shortage of short supply of great sports action photography during the 70s. Instead of dropping $20-30 dollars on a certified autographed card, I opted to send directly through him instead for a fraction of the cost.