Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rookie Blue--Michigan Football RCs: part 3 (1998-1999)

(For all posts in this series click here)

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.

Jeff celebrated a fantastic Wolverines win last weekend with a trade post (cards from me!), and now I'm doing the same with a post of my own.  I'm continuing the Rookie Blue feature with 1998 and 1999 (we skip over '97 since I have nothing from then yet) and a pair of guys from the '97 national champs:
Brian Griese (1998):  Collector's Edge First Place;  Playoff Prestige Hobby;  Playoff Prestige Retail;  Finest;  Revolution;  Score;  Stadium Club;  Topps;  Upper Deck

First up is walk-on-to-winner QB Brian Griese, a guy who parlayed his college success into an 11-year pro career and eventually a gig with ESPN.  I happened to have exactly a page's worth of cards, and I'm pretty sure I acquired these in some kind of trade or purchase on Blowout, though I could be wrong.  Overall while I'm a fan of the Michigan uni cards, the Stadium Club wins the day because of its excellent photo and design. 
Tai Streets (1999):  Playoff Prestige EXP

Streets is no stranger to this blog either, even if he doesn't get as many mentions.  Tai was a junior on the '97-'98 champs, then put up good numbers (906 yards and 11 TDs) during his senior campaign to get drafted in the 6th round by the Niners in '99.  He lasted just six seasons in the NFL, the first five in San Fran followed by a tour of duty back in Detroit.  This is my only card out of his 9-spot of rookies, though I do have a couple more on the way, and in the meantime I'm happy my first is a college photo of the owner of two 50-plus-yard TDs in the '98 Rose Bowl!

Stay tuned for my next post in the series as it includes more years, more players, and even a guy on defense!


  1. Sticking around 6 season as a 6th round pick wasn't bad.

    How about that butt kicking of BYU. What a game!

    1. Fun reading this comment after the pasting of Northwestern this past weekend.

      And yeah, Tai did do ok for himself. Any of your unheralded guys last for an above-average career length?