I had been wanting to get a few more Jaguars’ players autographs, and with very few of them who signed I thought I’d loop back and get Keenan, since I’d never gotten him TTM. Since I met him way back in 2012 or 2013 at Houston Fan Fest, I had developed a passing interest in Atomic and Playoff Contenders sets. The die cut gimmick with the large logo really got me, and the autographs look great on it so, it’s slowly become my 2001 favorite.
The Unknown Commodity card from Upper Deck was selected because it’s very much a card that emulated the zeitgeist of the era. Over the top large lettering as the background with an image on top of it. I mean, it’s not bad. Certainly catches the eye, but at the same time, feels dated and makes you smirk a bit.
McCardell has been enjoying a surge through the coaching ranks. After a stop at Maryland as the WR coach, as of 2022 he’s with the Minnesota Vikings in the same capacity.
CARDS: Classic 1992, Star Pics 1992 ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home SENT: 4/14 RECEIVED: 4/29 (15 days)
Originally saw limited action at QB for William & Mary in ’88.
Worked way up depth chart to starter in ’90.
Posted 3415 yards and 22 TDs on 245 of 414 throws that year.
Followed up breakout season with 2974 yards, throwing 18 TDs, and completed a whopping 65% of passes in 91.
Also rushed for 16 TDs over college career.
Selected in the 4th round of the 1992 draft by the Washington Redskins.
Spent the 92 and 93 seasons with the Redskins, losing the majority of 1992 to injured reserve.
Joined the Falcons practice squad in ’93, finishing career in ’94 with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Has worked as a coach at the high school level since 2007.
I really liked the Star Pics set at the time. (It was battling Classic for the college draft card market at the turn of the 90s.) As it was quite a niche market, unfortunately Star Pics was one of the first inglorious victims of the card market implosion by 93. As I casually collect the set, it’s more for the design and photos than player notoriety.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.