Something To Smile About

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Dexter Manley had a long career in professional football as a defensive end starting in 1981 with the Washington Redskins and ending in 1994 with the Ottawa Rough Riders.  Manley’s best seasons probably came in 1986 and 1987 where he made the Pro Bowl team (1986) and was an All-Pro.

Manley’s cards aren’t in demand all that much, except for this little gem pictured above.  Pro Set products were riddled with errors, variations, and corrections.  Were they accidents?  Or were they gimmicks to try and bring attention to their products?  Everyone has their opinion, but we’ll probably never know for sure.  One of their biggest “errors” was Manley’s 1990 Pro Set #772.  The bio on the back says the following:

Reinstated by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue 11 weeks into the 1990 season after suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy… Immediately waived by Redskins, but was claimed by Cardinals… Involved as spokesman for United Way anti-illiteracy program.

The error is that Pro Set shouldn’t have talked about the substance-abuse policy violation.  They decided to change it and quickly issued a corrected version.  You rarely see this error pop-up for sale.  When one does, it will command huge dollars.  One recently sold for $382.00.  These Pro Set errors are some of the coolest cards that came from a time when overproduction ruled the hobby.

When I first saw this card, it cracked me up to see someone look so happy and then to have a bio that talked about substance-abuse policy violation.  This isn’t the only error Manley has either.  There are a few others, but this one by far is his most popular.  I don’t think we’ll ever stop finding Pro Set errors.

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