Pickens, Carl

CARDS: Action Packed Rookies 1992, Gameday 1992
ACQUIRED: Private Signing, 2023
FAILURE: TTM 2013, C/o Home


  • Carl Pickens finished NCAA career at Tennessee with 109 catches for 1875 yards and 13 TDs.
  • Selected in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Led all NFL rookies with 26 catches and had a Bengal record 95 yard punt return for a TD.
  • Had first 1,000 yard season in 1994, with 71 catches for 1,127 yards and 11 TDs.
  • In ’95 had best season as a pro with 99 catches for 1234 yards and a league leading 17 TDs.
  • ’96 was another banner season with 100 catches for 1,180 yards and 12 TDs.
  • Had final 1,000 yard season in ’98 posting 1,023 yards and 82 catches.
  • Played final season for the Titans in 2000, starting 6 contests.
1992 Action Packed Rookies, #25


  • 1992 Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • Pro Bowl 1995-’96
  • NFL Leader in TD receptions (1995)


Carl Pickens just flat out doesn’t sign through the mail. I mean he’s like a career 0% signer- and a lot of people have tried- myself included. I saw that he signed something TTM in 2013 and gave it a shot. That request that looked like a success disappeared- and I probably got buried under the guy who sent out 10 cards. That being said, he didn’t sign.

Gotta say I jumped when I saw he was doing a paid signing, so I popped these two out. The promoter had difficulty securing him but on the second attempt Pickens came around to sign for him. I don’t know what I was expecting but his autograph is pretty pedestrian- though I might have to do one or two more if he ever pops up again.