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Warner, Kurt

Proset 1990 Super Bowl MVP HACK, #34

CARD: Pro Set 1990 Super Bowl Insert HACK
ACQUIRED: 2023, Consignment

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Kurt Warner is the true rags to riches story of football history.
  • Played college ball at tiny University of Northern Iowa.
  • Didn’t see any significant playing time until senior season in ’93, posting for 2,982 yards and 17 TDs.
  • Undrafted in ’94, was a camp arm for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Out of football as a grocery stocker, decided to join the Arena Football League, playing for the Iowa Barnstormers in ’95.
  • After setting numerous records for the Barnstormers, signed with the St. Louis Rams in 1997 and allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals of the NFLE for play in ’98.
  • After leading the NFLE in passing, Warner returned stateside and spent the NFL season riding the bench.
  • It’d be in ’99 that fate happened Kurt’s way.
  • With backup QB Steve Bono departing in free agency and starting QB Trent Green injured, Kurt Warner found himself atop the team depth chart.
  • He’d finish 325 of 499 for 4353 yards and 41 TDs leading the Rams to a Super Bowl win against the Tennesee Titans.
  • In 2000, Warner led the Rams back to the playoffs, but the Greatest Show on Turf lost to the Saints.
  • 2001 saw Warner lead the NFL in multiple passing categories and the Rams to a 14-2 record, but the team lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots.
  • Warner went into a slump in 2002, that continued into 2003.
  • In 2004, Kurt was cut by the Rams and then joined the New York Giants.
  • It was a tough year for Warner, as lingering issues and injuries, taking their toll, along with numerous sacks.
  • He then packed his bags to play for the Arizona Cardinals for the 2006 season.
  • By this time fans thought of Warner as being washed up, but he saved the best for last.
  • The age was showing on Warner, and he’d have to constantly look over his shoulder as first round pick Matt Leinart was expected to pick up the reins soon.
  • After a great start, Leinart replaced Warner at QB in week 4 for most of the remainder of the ’06 season.
  • With Leinart the starter, Warner replaced him off the bench in week 4 after an injury ended Matt’s season.
  • Warner threw for a career high 484 yards in a loss to the ‘9ers that year.
  • This culminated in him again winning the starting QB job for the Cardinals in ’08.
  • Kurt would lead the Cardinals to an improbable Super Bowl appearance- their first in the modern Super Bowl era.
  • Finished the season with 4,583 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and completed 67.1% of his passes.
  • Lost Super Bowl XLIII to the Pittsburgh Steelers last minute heroics 27-23.
  • Threw for 377 yards in the loss, and compiled a 112.3 QB rating in the game.
  • In 2009 became the first QB to throw for 14,000+ yards for two separate teams, and the second to throw 100+ TDs for two different teams.
  • Cardinals lost in the divisional round to the New Orleans Saints that year, as Warner sustained an injury.
  • He’d retire after the post season concluded.
  • Kurt has spent a lot of time catching up with his kids since retirement while going into coaching.
  • He’s also been a commentator for Spring Leagues, notably the Arena Football League and the AAF.

ACCOLADES:

  • NFL MVP 1999, 2001
  • Super Bowl XXXIX MVP
  • All-Arena 1996-97
  • Iowa Barnstomers Hall of Fame
  • Iowa Barnstormers #13 retired
  • Bert Bell Award 1999
  • Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor
  • Walter Payton Man of the Year 2008
  • Bart Starr Award 2010

NOTES:

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d secure Kurt Warner at such a friendly price point, but after biting my nails, the consignment came through- and it looks glorious. While Kurt does sign through the mail, he only signs a testament card- which is nice, but leaves collectors in the dust on their own set needs.

I was eager to get him, not only on this beautiful card I created of him, but also because he’s the greatest testament to what Spring Football such as the Arena League and the NFLE can do for a player. In Kurt’s case, he needed to get more experience, confidence, and faith to face what he’d encounter in the NFL. Eventually it ‘all slowed down for him’ and he surpassed all expectations, making 3 Super Bowl appearances.

A devout Christian, some pundits slammed him for thanking Jesus Christ for helping him win his Super Bowl MVP, but myself, personally I found it refreshing that he’d do such a thing. Now it seems commonplace for players to wear their faith on their shoulder after winning a big game.

On occasion when I was attending AAF contests of the Commanders, Kurt gave commentary from a mobile studio on the sidelines very close by. I didn’t have anything then but it was still nice to see him show his skills and support Spring Football as well.

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NFL

Wells, Kent

CARD: Wild Card WL 1992
ACQUIRED: TTM 2019, C/o Home
SENT: 10/5/19 RECEIVED: 9/19/23 (1445 days)

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Kent Wells played DL at Nebraska from 1987-’89.
  • Posted 37 solo tackles, 40 assists and 10 sacks over his time in Lincoln.
  • 6th round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 1990 NFL Draft.
  • Claimed off of waivers by the New York Giants that year, playing in 6 contests.
  • Spent the 1991 off-season with the 49ers.
  • Saw extensive action playing for the Ohio Glory of the World League in 1992.
  • Briefly was on the off-season roster of the Browns that year.
  • Joined the Arena Football League in 1993, playing for the Thunderbolts through ’94, when the team folded.
  • Played for the Tampa Bay Storm from 95-98′.
  • Traded to the Iowa Barnstormers in ’98.
  • Played one final season in the Arena leagues for the Orlando Predators in 1999.

ACCOLADES:

  • 1996 Arena Defensive Lineman of the Year
  • Arena Football League All-Star 1993
  • All-Arena 1995-’96

NOTES:

After I saw Kent’s autograph pop up on EBay, I started researching his address and was pretty confident I found a circumstantial fit near Omaha. I shot this request out shortly after and waited, and albeit a bit later than I figured, I got a hit. For only having one card, Kent Wells’ Wild Card World League card is an absolute winner.

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Proctor, Basil

CARD: Wild Card World League 1992
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Home
SENT: 2/1 RECEIVED: 4/18 (76 days)
FAILURE: TTM 2019, C/o Home

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Played college ball initially at Miami (FL) before joining West Virigina.
  • 7th round pick of the New York Jets in 1990 but didn’t make the squad.
  • Played in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders during 1991 recording 5 sacks.
  • Later was drafted by the Sacramento Surge of the World League and joined them for the 1992 season.
  • A hybrid linebacker/safety, Proctor was right at home playing in the role, where he helped the Surge win World Bowl II.
  • Played in 1993 for the Sacramento Gold Miners.
  • Signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1995, before heading over to the Arena Football League in 1996.
  • Played 9 seasons of Arena ball at LB/RB, starting with Connecticut and Florida in 1996.
  • Then one year stops with New Jersey, Grand Rapids, Iowa, and New York through 2001.
  • Spent final 3 years of football career (2002-2004) playing for the Tampa Bay Storm.
  • Has been a lightning rod of controversy, thanks to legal issues.

NOTES:

Well there’s a first for everything. I struggled to find Basil even going so far as to looking for him through an offender database. I received the card back damaged and signed on the back, so I’ll take what I can get especially after throwing up a hail mary at the address I found.

CFL

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