Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Was The XFL ... On Cardboard

Part of my Michigan haul back in July was a box of Topps XFL.  Around the same time, ESPN was just releasing it's 30 For 30 documentary on the league.  Invented by WWE leader Vince McMahon, and TV producer Dick Ebersole, the league shook things up in 2001.

Of course, it was marketed like hell, which included trading cards.  Topps 100 card base set plus 10 team logo stickers and eight "mega-foil" quarterback cards made up the issue.

Packs contained eight cards each...

Bet ya can't name all the teams!

Tommy Maddox and Rod "He Hate Me" Smart were the two most well known players.  Remember when MLB let players put whatever they wanted on the back of their jerseys?  That was an XFL innovation.

And they got crazy with the cheerleaders, too.

Here's a link to all the cheerleader cards, and the group shots on the back.

The league only lasted a year.  Check out the 30 For 30 on ESPN when you can.


  1. This must have been a retail box, as the hobby's had autos and GU cards in them. I've always kind of wanted to open a hobby box of these, maybe someday.

  2. Can't believe it's almost been 20 years. Don't think I actually watched any of the games... but I considered buying a box of these cards.