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Smith, Roland ‘Paddy’

Ultimate World League 1992, #71

CARD: Ultimate World League 1992
ACQUIRED: TTM 2023, C/o Work
SENT: 1/17 RECEIVED: 2/6 (20 days)
FAILURE: TTM 2015, C/o Work


  • Roland Smith played DB for the Miami Hurricanes during their heyday as a National power (1987-90)- winning two championships.
  • During his senior campaign in Miami, he had 52 total tackles, 2 picks and 2 forced fumbles.
  • He was selected in the 8th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
  • In 1992, he’d be a first round choice of the London Monarchs of the World League.
  • He went into HS coaching where he built an incredible resume, winning 7 HS State Championships between Northwestern and Miami Central.
  • In 2022, returned home to the Hurricanes, where he now serves as the school’s Director of High School Relations.


Roland Smith was a name I’d been after for a while, but after he started receiving hate mail, he stopped signing shortly before I sent out to him in 2015. I thought I’d take a shot in the dark to him once he moved to the Hurricanes and it worked out nicely.

This card is confusing, because the image subject feels like its more the Thunder player as opposed to Roland who’s barely on the card. In fact for the longest time I thought that Roland was a member of the Thunder. It also doesn’t help that fellow DB Irvin Smith has an almost identical card photo, same last name, and appears just two cards previously in the set.



X, Victor

Pro Set WLAF 1991, #76 A

CARD: Pro Set World League 1991
ACQUIRED: TTM 2022, C/o Work
SENT: 2/14 RECEIVED: 3/22 (24 days)


  • Victor was a rare player, who originally played American Football for English clubs, that was able to successfully make the transition to the World League.
  • His career started with the London Ravens, whom he played for from 1983-86.
  • Victor ran gangbusters over the league with 3770 yards, 66 touchdowns, with an average of 8.9 yards per carry.
  • After a brief foray to the states in ’86, Victor returned to England to play for the Manchester Spartans.
  • Ebubedike first grabbed the attention of the NFL in 1990, as the New York Jets expressed interest in trying him out.
  • Later on he’d be selected by the World League of American Football by the London Monarchs as part of the league’s ‘Operation Discovery’ program for play in 1991.
  • He’d score the first TD in Wembley Stadium by an English- American footballer against Orlando.
  • A fearsome hitter, Ebubedike also was a special teams gunner, logging 16 tackles that year.
  • Returned to the Monarchs for the ’92 campaign.
  • In 1995, he changed his last name to ‘X’, through his studies with the Nation of Islam.
  • At that time the World League was firing back up again, and Victor returned to the Monarchs that year.
  • He played the next 3 seasons with the team, finishing with 116 carries, 416 yards and 4 touchdowns.
  • After the London/ England Monarchs disbanded after 1998, Victor still wanted to play.
  • He’d return to playing football around Europe and then later England, playing his last game in 2013- at the grand old age of 47.
  • Considered a Black Pioneer of the sport, and an Ambassador of American Football in England.


  • Operation Discovery 1991, ’92


Pro Set 1991, #76 B

Wow! First try and a success! I got extremely lucky to get Victor. Apparently one of his friends from Houston was visiting London, so he just handed the return envelope to him and he popped it into the mail when he returned to the US, avoiding any need to figure out Royal Mail return rates or send outs. The mail gods were truly on my side for this one! I was ecstatic to get this one back, and he slides into the top 5- mileage-wise, just a few miles behind fellow Monarch Philip Alexander.

I had been trying to find Victor X, aka Victor Muhammad, aka Victor Ebubedike since I started this project. I was aware that he was back in the mother-country, but wasn’t really sure where, since they don’t allow webcrawlers to aggressively aggregate information on people in Europe. Well I started digging and eventually was able to turn up from an article that he went through a few last name changes. From there I found another article indicated he was a fireman. -And from there… I found an article that he and his coworkers were hailed as heroes for saving some people from a fire. That article gave a station number, and from there I found the address and took a wild shot.



Wilson, Harvey

Wild Card World League 1992, #111

CARD: Wild Card World League 1992
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2023
FAILURE: TTM 2017, C/o Work


  • Harvey Wilson was a 4 year starter at DB for Southern from 1986-’90.
  • He’d be selected by the London Monarchs in the 1991 World League Draft.
  • He finished the season with 27 tackles, 11 assists and a sack for the Monarchs that season as a hybrid LB/S.
  • During the 1992 season, Wilson secured a 10 yard interception.
  • Wilson stayed in playing shape and joined the Arena Football League in ’95 as a LB/ WR.
  • Played for the Connecticut Coyotes in 1995-96, and the Florida Bobcats from 1996 to ’98.


I gave up on Harvey, since I failed on him back in 2017. I saw that a seller on EBay had 3-4 autographed cards from World Leaguers that I wanted, so I threw him out a package offer. I would be surprised if these were forgeries, as there’s little to no market for player autographs from a forgotten league. It appears that Harvey signed this in pen or a fading marker, and then signed over his original graph with a sharpie.