I've got lots of great COMC stuff to post soon, but before I do that I wanted to take care of a lingering project first: showing off the Michigan Football rookies I've accumulated from complete sets, trades, and purchases. I broke them down into eight manageable groups so that's how many posts you'll be seeing under this feature.
Each post will include a range of one or more years, and the cards from that range are sorted alphabetically by each player's last name and then by set (uh, mostly--sometimes I goofed on "official" set titles and sorted accordingly). I'll list each player and card, plus anything done in this style indicates what I consider to be a Michigan uniform photo, regardless of airbrushing, etc.
One year is good enough to cover 11 cards of two players from our next time period, 1996:
- Tim Biakabutuka (1996): Collector's Choice; Fleer; Pacific; Score; Select; Select Certified; Skybox Impact; Stadium Club; Summit; Ultra
- Amani Toomer (1996): Select Certified
Timmy B. has some 31 rookies to his name and I appear to have 11 of them in hand with a bunch more on the way from COMC and Sportlots. A healthy six of his cards are Michigan uni shots with half of those including some degree of air-brushing. Honestly, for as ugly as some of Pacific's designs could be in the 90s, that base card looks solid overall and is a good example of what I've found to be pretty nice college game photography from the brand during that era.
Toomer joins in the fun with a lone card in the form of this higher-end Select Certified base (which joins Tim's above). I came up with a count of 22 RCs for Amani, a guy who was less heralded than the big back but went on to enjoy a longer and more productive career. My current stash is a lowly pair, but again I have more help on the way soon.
Next time we'll be looking at some cards from 1998 and 1999 so stay tuned!