1994 Collector’s Choice Football Box Break, Review and Breakdown

Upper Deck launched 1994 Collector’s Choice Football as a new value set. It wasn’t just a grill product, however, as the brand also made its way into baseball and basketball in 1994. Later the set would be known for several insert inclusions, but this first version had only one set of inserts.

1994 Collector’s Choice Football includes a base set of 384 cards. Why not even 400? Who knows. In addition to the base set, there were two complete parallels, Silver Foil and Gold Foil. The names of the teams have been added to the fronts of the aluminum cards to mark the parallels.

The only insert in this one You Crash the Game with separate hobby and retail checklists. The cards look exactly alike except for a different foil color. Hobby inserts feature blue foil on the front while retail cards have green.

Your Crash the Game cards can be redeemed for prizes. The backs feature three different dates, all of which correspond to scheduled matches. If the player scored a touchdown in any of these three games, your card could be redeemed for a Bronze You Crash the Game set. Touchdowns in two games were good for set money. Finally, if your player has scored a touchdown on the three dates listed, you can redeem the card for a Gold set. Of the 30 cards on the checklist, all but six could be exchanged for one of three sets.

1994 Collector’s Choice Football Box Break

Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $40

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Pack 1 Highlights:

Cover star Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jeff George & Ben Coates Silver Parallel (one per pack)

Package 2:

Dan Marino CL, Rick Mirer, Herman Moore, Dan Marino and Sterling Sharpe CL Silver

Package 3:

A hot Drew Bledsoe pack! John Elway, Drew Bledsoe, Bledsoe Again, Bledsoe You Crash the Game (1:15 packs) and Pat Swilling Gold (1:35 packs)

Drew Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass on all three dates listed and could have been traded in for a Gold You Crash the Game set.

Package 4:

Michael Irvin, Craig Heyward, Ricky Watters, Drew Bledsoe Silver and Eric Guliford Silver

Package 5:

Johnny Mitchell and Chuck Cecil Silver

Package 6:

John Randle, Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Willie McGinest RC and Mark Higgs Silver

Willie McGinest played in four Super Bowls for the Patriots, winning three of them. He recorded a total of three sacks in those four games.

Package 7:

Bruce Smith, Jerry Rice, Sterling Sharpe CL and Bruce Armstrong Silver

Package 8:

Rod Woodson, Anthony Miller, Emmitt Smith, Brian Blades, Heath Shuler RC and Ken Ruettgers Silver

Package 9:

Charles Haley, Qadry Ismail, Marshall Faulk RC and Haywood Jeffires Silver

Haley was a five-time champion, earning multiple rings with the 49ers and Cowboys.

Package 10:

Steve Atwater, Jim Kelly and Robert Brooks Silver

Package 11:

Rodney Hampton, Nate Newton and Chris Spielman Silver

Package 12:

Shannon Sharpe, Marcus Allen and Vance Johnson Silver

Great photo of Sharpe. I always appreciate non-match action shots in football products because you don’t see a lot of that.

Package 13:

Carolina Panthers, Robert Brooks, Andre Rison, Trent Dilfer RC and Willie Green Silver

Package 14:

Andre Reed, Ronnie Lott and David Palmer Silver

Package 15:

Ken Norton, Boomer Esiason, Emmitt Smith, Shante Carver RC Silver and Thurman Thomas You Crash the Game (1:15 packs)

Thurman Thomas scored a touchdown on just one of the dates listed so his cards could be swapped for a Bronze set.

Package 16:

Anthony Carter, Derrick Thomas, Junior Seau and Drew Bledsoe Silver

Bundle 17:

Barry Sanders, Joe Montana and Kevin Williams Silver

Package 18:

Raghib Ismail and Brad Edwards Silver

Rocket had 1,000 consecutive receiving yards seasons in 1998-99.

Package 19:

Daryl Johnston, Irving Fryar, Johnnie Morton RC and Sterling Sharpe Silver

Pack 20:

Troy Aikman, Jerry Rice, Ricky Watters, Stan Humphries Silver and an instant winner

This Instant Winner card could be redeemed for a set of eight hologram cards from then and now. Do you think Upper Deck will still honor it?

Package 21:

Kevin Greene, Junior Seau, Sterling Sharpe, Thurman Thomas and Brian Blades Silver

Seau has played just one championship game during his Hall of Fame career, losing to the Giants in 2007.

Package 22:

Greg Lloyd, Joe Montana, Errict Rhett RC, Steve Jordan Silver and Bonus Rodney Hampton Silver

Package 23:

Jacksonville Jaguars, Dana Stubblefield, Rick Mirer, Aaron Glenn RC and Terrell Buckley Silver

Package 24:

“Rocket” Ismail, Deion Sanders and Tony Bennett Silver

Another great shot, this time of Deion “Prime Time” Sanders.

Package 25:

Jay Novacek and LeShon Johnson Silver RC

Package 26:

Tim Brown, Brett Favre, Vinny Testaverde, Reggie White and Aaron Taylor Silver RC

Package 27:

Cris Carter, Warren Moon, Carl Pickens, Jerome Bettis and Jerrol Williams Silver

Finally, in pack number 27, we receive our first Bengals and Rams cards from the box.

Package 28:

Marcus Allen, Jim Kelly and Jason Elam Silver

Package 29:

Eric Metcalf, Sterling Sharpe, Jerry Rice CL, Rice encore, Heath Shuler RC and DeWayne Washington SIlver

Package 30:

Terry Allen, Desmond Howard, Brian Blades, Marshall Faulk RC and Hardy Nickerson Silver

Desmond Howard won a ring with the Green Bay Packers in 1996. During that playoff series, Howard would score two return touchdowns. The biggest? His 99-yard punt return touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Bundle 31:

Morton Andersen, Jim Harbaugh, Harold Green Silver and Bonus Kerry Cash Silver

Package 32:

Ben Coates and Derrick Thomas Silver

Package 33:

Cortez Kennedy and Shane Conlan Silver

Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy has only played in one playoff game in his entire career. His Seahawks lost a close game to the Dolphins in 1999.

Package 34:

Jerome Bettis, Joe Montana CL and Hardy Nickerson Silver

Package 35:

Randall Cunningham, John Lynch, Tim Brown and Eric Metcalf Silver

Package 36:

Garrison Hearst, Michael Irvin and Jerome Bettis Silver

Irvin and Bettis combined to earn four championship rings during their Hall of Fame careers.

Finally, the back of the Bettis card. As you can see, The Bus started crushing defenders in his rookie season.

Well, that’s it. With the NFL season ending on Sunday (congratulations to the Rams and their fans), the Cheap Wax Wednesday football season is also over. Next week, I’ll start showcasing baseball merchandise through the end of the World Series.

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