Thursday, December 26, 2019

Joining The Z-Team

One of my biggest pulls back in the 90's was from 1996 Pinnacle Zenith Football. I will always remember it as I opened the pack at a card show in front of many others ooogling over it. Ah, card shows, those sure were the days.

To get back on topic before I go into deep reminiscing, in 1:72 packs, or 1:3 boxes, were Zenith Z-Team cards. And believe it or not, I pulled one. And not just anyone off from the checklist, it was one of the greastest running backs of all-time-that I despise.

Mr. Emmitt Smith. This card was HOT. I had my friends uncle immediately offer me cash for it and a trade. Another as well wanted it willing to give up a few autographed Giants cards for it. But, I stood my ground and said no. I wanted this one to keep.

And keep I did.....til I moved out and my father sold it from under me.

It took me nearly 20 years to find another copy as most listed were the sample cards handed out, I didn't want those. I wanted a real one and finally found one. I kinda probably overpaid for it because the search was so long, but it felt worth it. I picked that one up a couple of years ago.

Since then, I have been on and off about collecting the set since I had one of the big pieces down.

Over the summer, I started to find a few deals here and there on some and it rocketed me to wanting to complete the set.

I am more than half way there, but am kinda at a standstill right now. I have 10 out of 18 cards in the set but noticed there hasn't been a listing for the Carl Pickens card for some time and that may delay me from wanting to complete it since I can't completely complete it.

Even though I am at a standstill, I wanted to show off how far I have gotten so far including some other big guys on the checklist.

Brett Favre

Curtis Martin

Cris Carter

Drew Bledsoe

Errict Rhett

Steve Young

Chris Warren

Isaac Bruce

John Elway

Not too shabby.

I have also seen that someone else completed my dream on this and listed a complete set of Z-Teams on eBay. Someone has also listed 1995 Score Red Siege and 1995 Summit  Ground Zeros sets as well which are big time ones I have been chasing for a couple years now.

This is a working progress like a lot of my other sets on here. Hopefully someday I will be able to close the gap on a lot of these sets. It's all apart of the hobby fun as I always say.


  1. Wow, Matt, these look awesome!

  2. Of all the names in this set, one would think that Carl Pickens would be one of the easier guys to find, must be a lot of Vols fans who aren't looking to move the card!

    1. One literally got posted not longer after your comment. I haven't nabbed it yet but it's coming.

  3. Wow. This is a beautiful set... and you're well on your way to completing it. I'd be happy if I can track down the Favre and Warren for my team pc's.

    1. You should! My pictures do not do them justice!