Card of the Day: Julian Tavarez 1995 Topps Stadium Club #24

Card of the Day: Lawrence Taylor 1995 Action Packed WWF WrestleMania XI

Card of the Day: Rod Beck 1995 Upper Deck SP #112

Card of the Day: Wayne Kirby 1995 Topps #227

Card of the Day: Eric Turner 1995 Upper Deck SP Championship #83

Card of the Day: Ray Lankford 1995 Upper Deck SP #104

Card of the Day: John Elway 1995 Action Packed #14

Card of the Day: Milt Thompson 1995 Pinnacle #83

Card of the Day: Mike Devereaux 1995 Topps #23

Product Highlight: 1995 Taco John’s Iowa Barnstormers AFL Team Set

Arena football has it’s followers.  You wouldn’t know that based on the small amount of AFL cards out there.  Upper Deck gave it a shot, but unless you pull an autograph of a famous coach or owner that box probably won’t be too rewarding.

In 1995, the Iowa Barnstormers played their inaugural season with a young quarterback on their roster named Kurt Warner.  After being released from the Packers in 1994, Warner turned to the AFL since no other NFL teams seemed that interested in signing him.  He played with the Barnstormers for three seasons before heading over to Europe, and then eventually found his way to the St. Louis Rams.

Leave it to the Iowa Barnstormers and a Mexican fast food franchise called Taco John’s to produce what is likely the most valuable AFL card ever printed.  Taco John’s sponsored the team’s first set.  You could obtain these cards in two different ways.  First was to purchase an entire team set directly from the Iowa Barnstormers.  The second way would’ve taken much longer.  For each week of the AFL season, participating Taco John’s restaurants would give out two different cards from the set with a purchase.

The entire set consists of (42) cards.  Kurt Warner is the most notable one of the bunch.  Its his first football card.

Having (42) cards in the set meant it could take up to (21) Taco John’s meals before pulling a Kurt Warner.  I wouldn’t want to see what the bathroom looks like after eating (21) Taco John’s meals.  That’s a scene best saved for a Garbage Pail Kids sticker.