I busted a stack of 1986 Topps football yearbook sticker packs. The short of it, I bought the album last year in hopes of putting the stickers in the album with my daughter. Ambitious, given the stickers are 30 years old and not exactly being sold on the shelves of Target. But I built the album with my dad and maybe 30-40 trips to Hooks Drugs with my allowance money, so I wanted to relive the dream with my first-born who is in a sticker phase.
The album has pages for the then-28 teams in the NFL, a Topps All-Pro centerfold, Super Bowl Highlights featuring the 1985 Bears romp over New England, and a look at the NFL leaders on the back page. The sticker set has some of the big names like Walter Payton, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and (rookie) stickers of Steve Young, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Bernie Kosar, Boomer Esiason and Andre Reed. One glaring omission from the sticker series was Jerry Rice, which salvaged these from being a couple hundred bucks.
So I pulled the trigger on a stack lot and here's what we got.
First, a look at the front and back of the album.
The packs themselves were all open, which is most likely a product of 31+ years of sitting around in poorly sealed packs, but whatever. The stickers came five to a pack, and it made it really easy to open.
#175 - Rulon Jones - lineman for the Broncos. He was and is the only Rulon I have ever heard of, and I remember having his '86 Topps card and trying to figure out his first name. Rulon had a good run with the Broncos, a team I saw little of living in the Chicago market growing up.
Here's a look at the Jones sticker in the album, with a couple others added to the page. Notice in 1986 John Elway wasn't considered a star enough to warrant a featured sticker. Warren Moon, Reggie White (as a rookie) and several of the Chicago Bears choices were also smaller stickers - the Fridge was given star billing over the likes of Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon and Richard Dent.
If anyone needs some stickers for this, I'm open to trade or sell. We have a good amount of extras as 1980s collation was evident in these packs. All told, we busted 100 packs and I am still short the Walter Payton, Louis Lipps, James Lofton, Billy Johnson, Kevin Mack, Lionel James, Carlos Carson, Howie Long, Ken Hill/Tony Collins, and John Turner/John Stallworth stickers.