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2011 Fan Pack Challenge: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The other fan pack that arrived last week was from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some fairly standard stuff here. The schedule was not just for the Bucs but for the entire NFL, and the football card was massively oversized and featured the least interesting people associated with the team (no offense to any head coaches or general managers out there). NFL teams are pretty big on writing utensils…I’m thinking about starting a collection of team-themed pens and pencils.

Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 1 point (featuring Packers QB Aaron Rodgers)
Stickers = 4
Football cards = 1 (featuring coach and general manager)
High-quality promotional items = 1 (pencil)
Other stuff = 1 (bookmark)
Timeliness = 3 points
TOTAL SCORE = 11 POINTS

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1987 Topps Bo Jackson – “What If?” Edition

In 1986, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Heisman winner Bo Jackson of Auburn as the No. 1 pick of the NFL draft. They offered him a five-year, $7.6 million contract, the highest ever (at the time, obviously) for a rookie, but demanded that he make a choice between playing football and baseball. He turned down their offer and signed a 3-year deal with the Kansas City Royals for just over a mil, deciding in 1987 that maybe he did want to play football after all. Drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Raiders, Bo had somewhat successful but injury-shortened NFL and MLB careers. But what if…

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