The Alliance of American Football has now completed 5 weeks of play from their inaugural 10-week schedule and fans are loving every minute of this new league! They love seeing some old names get re-established, such as Zac Stacy and Trent Richardson, and new players make a name for themselves, such as Luis Perez.
As any collector might expect, a new sports league almost guarantees that a major manufacturer will produce a card set for it. That’s exactly what happened when Topps announce that they obtained the AAF license and the Topps Alliance of American Football debut set will arrive on March 22, 2019.
With the set being released in just over a week, let’s take a look at the noteworthy names included in the autograph checklist.
- Alton “Pig” Howard
- The name says it all. It doesn’t hurt that he is second in receiving yards for his team.
- Aaron Murray
- The all-time SEC leader in passing touchdowns hasn’t had a certified autograph since 2015.
- Bug Howard
- Will will get any interesting pictures or inscriptions with his signature?
- Charlie Ebersol
- The co-founder and CEO of the AAF, this will most likely be Ebersol’s only appearance on a trading card and almost certainly his only certified autograph. He’s also a co-producer of The Profit on CNBC.
- Christian Hackenburg
- Hackenburg is a recent cut from the NFL (November 2018) that has had many trading cards since being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’ll just be a nice change to see him in a Memphis Express uniform.
- Dennis Erickson
- While Erickson is a well-known name in professional and collegiate football, he has never had a trading card that was produced by a major manufacturer. This will also be your first chance to get his certified autograph.
- Denard Robinson
- Another name with a strong college and NFL track record, this will be one of the bigger names on the checklist.
- Dr. Jen Welter
- one of the few on this list to previously have certified autographs, Welter is believed to be the first female coach ever in the NFL as she was a coaching intern with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015.
- Handsome Tanielu
- Again, the name says it all. But, he was once also a BYU standout.
- Jennifer King
- King is another female coach is excelling in the AAF. Her football career began when she started playing in the Women’s Football Alliance.
- Lori Locust
- The Birmingham Iron assistant coach is one of a handful of female assistant coaches in the AAF is a tenured coach with over a decade of experience.
- Luis Perez
- Chosen as the Harlon Hill Trophy winner for being the best quarterback in Division II in 2017, Perez has made a name for himself in the AAF and this will be his first certified autograph.
- Mike Martz
- This tenured coach that once led the “Greatest Show on Turf” to a Super Bowl appearance gets his first certified autograph in nearly two decades.
- Nick Novak
- Believe it or not, the base Topps AAF card will be Novak’s first appearance on a trading card and this will be his first certified autograph. Hard to believe for someone that spent 13 seasons in the NFL.
- Trent Richardson
- Similar to Denard Robinson, fans are excited to see Trent Richardson back on trading cards and especially Topps certified autographs.
- Zach Mettenberger
- A standout in his final season at LSU, Mettenberger has been absent from trading cards since 2016 but is still one of the more recognizable names on the checklist.
- Zac Stacy
- Stacy is one of the AAF’s leading rushers and is a former NFL running back that has plenty of cards to choose from.
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