1990 Pro Set

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Rating: 7.8 (86 votes)
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  • Cards 800O and 800D of Pro Set Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year Emmitt Smith and Mark Carrier are in the design of the 1991 cards.
  • After initially setting out to name one Pro Set Rookie of the Year, Emmitt Smith and Mark Carrier were named co-winners of the award after the final round of voting done by five former NFL rookies of the year, Hugh McElhenny, Merlin Olsen, Gale Sayers, Lem Barney and Tony Dorsett, who selected the winners from a list of candidates determined by a national poll of 50 pro football writers, card collecting journalists, network sportscasters and NFL-related celebrities, ended in a virtual deadlock.
  • Cards #753-#780, plus a revised #134 of Andre Rison with a traded stripe, and #799 of Ronnie Lott's public service announcement were released as part of the Final Update set available through a mail-in offer by sending either 50 playbook points plus $2.00 shipping and handling, or $3.00 plus $2.00 for shipping and handling.
  • One of the five inserts (Santa Claus, Paul Tagliabue, Joe Robbie, SuperPro, and Payne Stewart) were inserted per 50 packs in Series II.
  • Card #338 of Eric Dickerson was pulled in early print runs because he had not yet signed a contract.
  • Also part of the mail-in Update set is the NNO Fred Washington card that notes his passing. Due to that fact, it is included as part of the base set, and not as an insert (it is erroneously listed as card #701 on the update checklist).
  • Early versions of the Final Update checklist had #754 as Bears LB Jim Morrissey, but when the set was released, it was actually Bills ST/WR Steve Tasker.

User Comments

Aug 13, 2020 - 10:38PM

One of the first sets I collected to completion when I started collecting, I remember the excitement of ripping into a pack looking for that Lombardi trophy holo card. Nice looking, inexpensive, for me it was the set that seemed to be the first of the newer looking era of bright, colorful, cards seen more in the 90's, still my favorite card set.

Jan 22, 2019 - 10:28AM

Yeah I know these were considered junk era and overproduced but I have always liked the design.

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:06PM

This was the first set I began collecting. Never knew it would turn into my biggest hobby!


Posted by: rediscoverthe80s
May 22, 2020 - 1:38PM


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