Vintage Kenner NFL Starting Lineup Figures Guide

In 1988 Kenner launched their range of NFL Starting Lineup Figures. These figures came in clear plastic bubbles glued to a green rectangular piece of cardboard with rounded corners (blister packs). These cards were often referred to a J-cards because of the shape of the "hang tab" that stores used to hang them from. The backing card was color coded to make it easier for collectors to differentiate between the sports.

The NFL Starting Lineup Figures were sold in cases of 16 which were designated by year, sport and a two-digit decimal number, e.g. 1988 Football Case .01, 1992 Football Case .04 etc.

Each came with one or more trading cards, and occasionally another keepsake such as a mini-poster or medallion. In addition, the bubble had a kind of "foot" extending 2-3 inches out from the cardboard which it could stand on.

The NFL Starting Lineup Figures were made from hard plastic, and painted to resemble a particular footballer, although the "resemblance" was often questionable. There was initially a limited number of poses for a figure, originally 10, for each sport but in 1993 and 1995 Kenner introduced a number of new poses.

These football figures also had limited articulation with joints at the shoulders, neck and waist and a base that resembled a part of the football field.

Some of the rarest NFL Starting Lineup Football figures quoted in Tuff Stuff magazine are:

  • 1988 Marc Wilson ($425)
  • 1989 Bill Bates ($425)
  • 1989 Bill Fralic ($425)
  • 1988 Ron Woodson ($400)
  • 1988 Darrell Green ($375)
  • 1988 Kellen Winslow ($375)
  • 1988 Steve Jordan ($360)

The main series of figures were produced for thirteen consecutive years. i.e. from 1988-2000.

But there were also several sub-lines of figures produced, these were:

  • 1991 Headline Football Series
  • 1992 Headline Football Series
  • 1997 Classic Doubles
  • 1997 Heisman Series
  • 1997 Gridiron Greats
  • 1998 12 Inch Series
  • 1998 Classic Doubles
  • 1998 Classic Doubles QB Club
  • 1998 Gridiron Greats
  • 1998 Hall of Fame Legends
  • 1998 Heisman Series
  • 1999 12 Inch Series
  • 1999 Classic Doubles
  • 1999 Classic Doubles QB Club
  • 1999 Gridiron Greats
  • 1999 Heroes of the Gridiron
  • 2000 Classic Doubles
  • 2000 Elite Series

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