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McCardell, Keenan ‘Thunder’ (2)

CARDS: Atomic 2001, Playoff Contenders 2001, Upper Deck 1997
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o The Minnesota Vikings
FAILURE: TTM 2022, C/o Home



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.

Bramlet, Casey

CARD: Hamburg Sea Devils Team Issue 2005
ACQUIRED: 2022, Private Acquisition


  • Bramlet played QB for Wyoming from 2000-03.
  • He ushered in a new era of quarterbacking at the school, breaking school records for passing throwing for 3,000+ yards in 3 straight seasons.
  • Selected in the 7th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Buried on the depth chart, he’d be allocated to the Hamburg Sea Devils in 2005.
  • Getting valued playtime in Europe, Casey started all 10 games for Hamburg.
  • Cut by the Bengals in 2005, he’d sign with the Redskins in 2006.
  • Assigned by the Redskins to Europa in 2007.
  • Led the Sea Devils to a victory in World Bowl XV.
  • Threw for 2019 yards on 151 of 254 passes, and 16 TDs to just 4 picks.
  • Cut by Redskins, but saw time as an emergency quarterback on the rosters of both the Falcons and Dolphins in 2007.
  • Took a cup of coffee with the Chargers and Ravens in ’08 before heading over to the CFL.
  • Signed by the Blue Bombers in 2009, and saw action briefly in 2 games.
  • Retired after the season and currently works in the financial industry.


  • World Bowl MVP XV


Casey was part of a collection of oversized team issued postcard autographs I got from a friend of mine. I was tickled that I was able to get the World Bowl XV MVP’s autograph among them.





Hakel, Chris

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.