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Burse, Tony

Wild Card World League 1992, #46

CARD: Wild Card World League 1992
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 5/10 RECEIVED: 5/20 (10 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Fullback who played at Middle Tennessee State from 1983-86.
  • Led the way for the Blue Raiders’ rushing attack, paving the way for 3 1,000 yard rushers.
  • Led the team in receptions with 27 for 266 yards in 1985.
  • Was selected in the 12th round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks in 1987.
  • Made the squad and saw time on special teams and sparingly on offense.
  • Was on and off the rosters of the Seahawks and Dolphins through the end of 1989.
  • Joined the WLAF in 1991 with the Sacramento Surge.
  • Paved the way in 1992 for Mike Pringle at RB, while catching 22 passes.
  • Played for the Arena Football League in 1993 and 94 (Detroit Drive/Massachusetts Marauders.
  • Then joined the CFL Sacramento Gold Miners during the 94 season.
  • When the franchise moved to San Antonio and became the Texans- Tony came along too.
  • Rushed for 304 yards (60 carries) and caught 30 passes for 291 yards.
  • Played the next three seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • Had a career high 59 yard gallop in 95, and a career high 11 rushing TDs in 96.
  • Split time the next three years, literally playing football fulltime between the Arena Football League and the CFL.
  • Joined the Arena Buffalo Destroyers franchise in the Spring of ’99, while playing for the Toronto Argonauts in the Fall.
  • Had a career high 431 yards rushing for the Argos that year.
  • Retired after the 2001 season.

NOTES:

Tony had a long and illustrious tapestry of different football leagues woven into the fabric of his career. I had been looking for him for a very long time but after retracing my steps I was finally able to locate him and add him on his Wild Card ’92 entry.

NFL

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7365.1016

WLAF

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CFL

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114113810.0352

ARENA

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89812.21N/a

Ruth, Mike

Wild Card World League 1992, #134 (5 Stripe)

Card: Wild Card World League 1992
Acquired: 2022, Paid Signing
Failure: TTM 2019, C/o Work

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Totaled 344 total tackles, 29 sacks and 7 forced fumbles over college career playing on interior of defensive line for Boston College.

  • Drafted in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

  • Appeared in 8 games between 86 and 87, primarily at NT, recording 1 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.

  • Played for the Barcelona Dragons in 1991-92, where he was reunited with his head coach from BC, Jack Bicknell.

ACCOLADES:

  • Outland Trophy Winner 1985

  • College Football Hall of Fame 2017

  • Boston College #68 Retired

NOTES:

I had tried Mike via either his High School or through Boston College with no success, so I decided to go ahead and do a paid signing for him that popped up. Yes- a rare signing with an obscure Outland Trophy Winner from Boston College. I’ll take it!

This card is an uncorrected error, as in the bio on the back it states that Mike was selected in the 6th round by the Houston Oilers. On a side note the photo is from World Bowl I, as evidenced by the patch on his shoulder.

Also this marks the first 5 stripe I’ve added to my collection of autographs. Wild Card was one of the first in the business to do parallels like this, and frankly they probably just should’ve done the whole sets with just 1s, 5s, 10s, 20s, and 50s and that’s it. The hologram is definitely a nice touch. I don’t know anyone who used the Wild Card program for these cards or could explain how it worked.

McLemore, Chris

Wild Card World League 1992, #76

Card: Wild Card World League 1992
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 7/26 Received: 8/16 (21 days)
Failure: TTM 2017, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Over 5 years, Chris McLemore split time with Colorado (1982/83) and Arizona (1985/86).
  • Finished his college career with 908 yards on 212 carries, rumbling for 11 TDs.
  • While compiling the bulk of his catches in 82, Chris also had 61 career receptions for 481 yards and a TD.
  • 11th round selection of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987.
  • Cut by Raiders after 3 contests, he then saw action in 2 starts for the Colts, rushing for 58 yards on 17 carries.
  • Was on the roster of the LA Raiders for an additional 7 contests in 1988. 
  • Appeared in the World League in 1992 playing for the New York/New Jersey Knights.
  • Rushed for 230 yards on 50 carries for the Knights.
  • Also turned a screen pass against the Galaxy into a 67 yard TD.

NOTES:

I had failed on Chris way back in 2017 using his old address. I had the envelope sitting around and found a new address recently and decided to give him a try. I thought that the NY/NJ Ultimate 1992 team stats card, had him pictured on the front. It is clearly someone with a 20, but he told me it looked like a 5- and did not sign it.

NFL

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17583.409
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294.505

WLAF

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