Previously: Part 1 (complete sets), Part 2 (Cal Ripken Jr.)
Today's post will focus on the Detroit Lions portion of the package. While I recently declared the team dead to me, Mike did include a couple keepers, plus some very nice trade bait:
And now for a couple keepers:
This is one of the more oddball items that was pretty obvious from my initial teasers of the package. Sanders was another Lion that was easy to respect and admire due to his obvious skill, professionalism and lack of ego, just like Johnson. The card is an oversized Action Packed Mammoth issue from 1994 and is numbered to an ultra-rare 16018/25000. As with anything else made by AP, parts of the front are raised to give it a unique feel. I decided to open it to make it easier to scan and enjoy, and I'm glad I did. You can even almost make out the Lions logo in the left-middle of the back, which is whiter than the rest of the back. Also, a stamp on the front lists him as a "'94 Rookie Member" of the NFL Quarterback Club, which seems like a goofy award for a RB, but whatever. This is simply a fantastic portrait of one of the greats of the NFL and Detroit Lions.
So for the third (or so) time, thanks, Mike! I'll keep at it and get to the rest of the package very soon.