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Terribly Awesome Football Card: Drew Bledsoe

1993-drew-bledsoe-classic-cardLook the hell out Matt Saracen, there’s a new kid at Dillon High. This vintage Drew Bledsoe card was shot circa 1993 when fringe sports card companies like Classic Games attempted artistic photography or any other gimmick that might set themselves apart from iconic industry leaders like Topps. Hence Drew’s contemplative squint into the pasture as the football hangs in mid-air. Perhaps this pose is foreshadowing his 206 career interceptions hanging in the air? That’s deep.

As a first overall draft pick, Bledsoe came into the league with Superman hype, but never became much more than Clark Kent on the field. It’s fitting that the backdrop of his rookie card is the Kent farm. Is it any surprise how their careers turned out when Tom Brady sports three-piece suits on the cover of GQ, while Drew Bledsoe rocks denim on denim on some railroad tracks? Well, the train eventually came in the form of Jets linebacker Mo Lewis knocking Bledsoe out of game two of the 2001 season, thus paving the way for Tom Brady and the New England Patriot’s first super bowl victory, and in the process, making this card a symbolic masterpiece.

 

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Jim is a life-long hoops junkie and fan of Pittsburgh sports. He can still be found in the Steel City pursuing creative endeavors in writing and music, when he's not traveling the world or stacking donkeys at the poker tables.
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