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1989 Score Football Cards

By Patrick Mondout

Topps contract with the NFL changed for the 1989 season and they were no longer on an exclusive basis with the league. A small company in Dallas, Texas, which had made a splash the year before with an innovative and colorful baseball card set, jumped at the chance to compete with Topps. They may not have known they would soon be competing with the NFL itself (Pro Set was marketed and produced by the NFL). The colorful cards were an instant hit.

The cards came in many border colors and included head coaches. The backs were the best ever seen on a football card set and were in full color with a second photograph of the player. Score brought this innovation to the hobby the year before with its baseball card set.

Rookies included Michael Irvin, Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Tim Brown, and Chris Carter and scores of others.

Score produced a boxed 110 supplemental (update) set in January of 1990. The supplemental card featuring a shirtless Bo Jackson with a set of shoulder pads and a baseball bat became red hot going for 10 times what a Dan Marino rookie had been going for just 18 months earlier!

Score also made splash by including first round pick cards in their set (as did Pro Set). Never before had true rookies been included in the set of cards from their first year. With the madness surrounding rookie cards in other sports hitting a peak, the timing could not have been better for Score to release its first set. In fact, Score sold out its inventory before Topps had even shipped a single '89 Topps card!

1989 Score at a Glance
Back Bo Knows! Great Combos
Sterling Sharpe Steve Young Michael Irvin


Here's a checklist:

1 Joe Montana
2 Bo Jackson
3 Boomer Esiason
4 Roger Craig
5 Ed Too Tall Jones
6 Phil Simms
7 Dan Hampton
8 John Settle
9 Bernie Kosar
10 Al Toon
11 Bubby Brister
12 Mark Clayton
13 Dan Marino
14 Joe Morris
15 Warren Moon
16 Chuck Long
17 Mark Jackson
18 Michael Irvin
19 Bruce Smith
20 Anthony Carter
21 Charles Haley
22 Dave Duerson
23 Troy Stradford
24 Freeman McNeil
25 Jerry Gray
26 Bill Maas
27 Chris Chandler
28 Tom Newberry
29 Albert Lewis
30 Jay Schroeder
31 Dalton Hilliard
32 Tony Eason
33 Rick Donnelly
34 Herschel Walker
35 Wesley Walker
36 Chris Doleman
37 Pat Swilling
38 Joey Browner
39 Shane Conlan
40 Mike Tomczak
41 Webster Slaughter
42 Ray Donaldson
43 Christian Okoye
44 John Bosa
45 Aaron Cox
46 Bobby Hebert
47 Carl Banks
48 Jeff Fuller
49 Gerald Willhite
50 Mike Singletary
51 Stanley Morgan
52 Mark Bavaro
53 Mickey Shuler
54 Keith Millard
55 Andre Tippett
56 Vance Johnson
57 Bennie Blades
58 Tim Harris
59 Hanford Dixon
60 Chris Miller
61 Cornelius Bennett
62 Neal Anderson
63 Ickey Woods
64 Gary Anderson
65 Vaughan Johnson
66 Ronnie Lippett
67 Mike Quick
68 Roy Green
69 Tim Krumrie
70 Mark Malone
71 James Jones
72 Cris Carter
73 Ricky Nattiel
74 Jim Arnold
75 Randall Cunningham
76 John L. Williams
77 Paul Gruber
78 Rod Woodson
79 Ray Childress
80 Doug Williams
81 Deron Cherry
82 John Offerdahl
83 Louis Lipps
84 Neil Lomax
85 Wade Wilson
86 Tim Brown
87 Chris Hinton
88 Stump Mitchell
89 Tunch Ilkin
90 Steve Pelluer
91 Brian Noble
92 Reggie White
93 Aundray Bruce
94 Garry James
95 Drew Hill
96 Anthony Munoz
97 James Wilder
98 Dexter Manley
99 Lee Williams
100 Dave Krieg
101 Keith Jackson
102 Luis Sharpe
103 Kevin Greene
104 Duane Bickett
105 Mark Rypien
106 Curt Warner
107 Jacob Green
108 Gary Clark
109 Bruce Matthews
110 Bill Fralic
111 Bill Bates
112 Jeff Bryant
113 Charles Mann
114 Richard Dent
115 Bruce Hill
116 Mark May
117 Mark Collins
118 Ron Holmes
119 Scott Case
120 Tom Rathman
121 Dennis McKinnon
122 Ricky Sanders
123 Michael Carter
124 Ozzie Newsome
125 Irving Fryar
126 Ron Hall
127 Clay Matthews
128 Leonard Marshall
129 Kevin Mack
130 Art Monk
131 Garin Veris
132 Steve Jordan
133 Frank Minnifield
134 Eddie Brown
135 Stacey Bailey
136 Rickey Jackson
137 Henry Ellard
138 Jim Burt
139 Jerome Brown
140 Rodney Holman
141 Sammy Winder
142 Marcus Cotton
143 Jim Jeffcoat
144 Rueben Mayes
145 Jim McMahon
146 Reggie Williams
147 John Anderson
148 Harris Barton
149 Phillip Epps
150 Jay Hilgenberg
151 Earl Ferrell
152 Andre Reed
153 Dennis Gentry
154 Max Montoya
155 Darrin Nelson
156 Jeff Chadwick
157 James Brooks
158 Keith Bishop
159 Robert Awalt
160 Marty Lyons
161 Johnny Hector
162 Tony Casillas
163 Kyle Clifton
164 Cody Risien
165 Jamie Holland
166 Merril Hoge
167 Chris Spielman
168 Carlos Carson
169 Jerry Ball
170 Don Majkowski
171 Everson Walls
172 Mike Rozier
173 Matt Millen
174 Karl Mecklenburg
175 Paul Palmer
176 Brian Blades
177 Brent Fullwood
178 Anthony Miller
179 Brian Sochia
180 Stephen Baker
181 Jesse Solomon
182 John Grimsley
183 Timmy Newsome
184 Steve Sewell
185 Dean Biasucci
186 Alonzo Highsmith
187 Randy Grimes
188 Mark Carrier
189 Vann McElroy
190 Greg Bell
191 Quinn Early
192 Lawrence Taylor
193 Albert Bentley
194 Ernest Givins
195 Jackie Slater
196 Jim Sweeney
197 Freddie Joe Nunn
198 Keith Byars
199 Hardy Nickerson
200 Steve Beuerlein
201 Bruce Armstrong
202 Lionel Manuel
203 J.T. Smith
204 Mark Ingram
205 Fred Smerlas
206 Bryan Hinkle
207 Steve McMichael
208 Nick Lowery
209 Jack Trudeau
210 Lorenzo Hampton
211 Thurman Thomas
212 Steve Young
213 James Lofton
214 Jim Covert
215 Ronnie Lott
216 Stephone Paige
217 Mark Duper
218 Willie Gault
219 Ken Ruettgers
220 Kevin Ross
221 Jerry Rice
222 Billy Ray Smith
223 Jim Kelly
224 Vinny Testaverde
225 Steve Largent
226 Warren Williams
227 Morten Andersen
228 Bill Brooks
229 Reggie Langhorne
230 Pepper Johnson
231 Pat Leahy
232 Fred Marion
233 Gary Zimmerman
234 Marcus Allen
235 Gaston Green
236 John Stephens
237 Terry Kinard
238 John Taylor
239 Brian Bosworth
240 Anthony Toney
241 Ken O'Brien
242 Howie Long
243 Doug Flutie
244 Jim Everett ('89 Rookie)
245 Broderick Thomas ('89 Rookie)
246 Deion Sanders ('89 Rookie)
247 Donnell Woolford ('89 Rookie)
248 Wayne Martin ('89 Rookie)
249 David Williams ('89 Rookie)
250 Bill Hawkins ('89 Rookie)
251 Eric Hill ('89 Rookie)
252 Burt Grossman ('89 Rookie)
253 Tracy Rocker ('89 Rookie)
254 Steve Wisniewski ('89 Rookie)
255 Jessie Small ('89 Rookie)
256 David Braxton ('89 Rookie)
257 Barry Sanders ('89 Rookie)
258 Derrick Thomas ('89 Rookie)
259 Eric Metcalf ('89 Rookie)
260 Keith Delong ('89 Rookie)
261 Hart Lee Dykes ('89 Rookie)
262 Sammie Smith ('89 Rookie)
263 Steve Atwater ('89 Rookie)
264 Eric Ball ('89 Rookie)
265 Don Beebe ('89 Rookie)
266 Brian Williams ('89 Rookie)
267 Jeff Lageman ('89 Rookie)
268 Tim Worley ('89 Rookie)
269 Tony Mandarich ('89 Rookie)
270 Troy Aikman ('89 Rookie)
271 Andy Heck ('89 Rookie)
272 Andre Rison ('89 Rookie)
273 AFC Championship
274 NFC Championship
275 Super Bowl XXIII
276 Rodney Carter
277 Three Amigos (Mark Jackson, Vance Johnson, Ricky Nattiel)
278 John L. Williams
279 Joe Montana, Jerry Rice
280 Roy Green, Neil Lomax
281 Randall Cunningham, Keith Jackson
282 Chirss Doleman, Keith Millard
283 Mark Duper, Mark Clayton
284 Marcus Allen, Bo Jackson
285 Frank Minnifield (All-Pro)
286 Bruce Matthews (All-Pro)
287 Joey Browner (All-Pro)
288 Jay Hilgenberg (All-Pro)
289 Carl Lee (All-Pro)
290 Scott Norwood (All-Pro)
291 John Taylor (All-Pro)
292 Jerry Rice (All-Pro)
293 Keith Jackson (All-Pro)
294 Gary Zimmerman (All-Pro)
295 Lawrence Taylor (All-Pro)
296 Reggie White (All-Pro)
297 Roger Craig (All-Pro)
298 Boomer Esiason (All-Pro)
299 Cornelius Bennett (All-Pro)
300 Mike Horan (All-Pro)
301 Deron Cherry (All-Pro)
302 Tom Newberry (All-Pro)
303 Mike Singletary (All-Pro)
304 Shane Conlan (All-Pro)
305 Tim Brown (All-Pro)
306 Henry Ellard (All-Pro)
307 Bruce Smith (All-Pro)
308 Tim Krumrie (All-Pro)
309 Anthony Munoz (All-Pro)
310 Darrell Green (Speedburner)
311 Anthony Miller (Speedburner)
312 Wesley Walker (Speedburner)
313 Ron Brown (Speedburner)
314 Bo Jackson (Speedburner)
315 Phillip Epps (Speedburner)
316 Eric Thomas (Speedburner)
317 Herschel Walker (Speedburner)
318 Jacob Green (Predator)
319 Andre Tippett (Predator)
320 Freddie Joe Nunn (Predator)
321 Reggie White (Predator)
322 Lawrence Taylor (Predator)
323 Greg Townsend (Predator)
324 Tim Harris (Predator)
325 Bruce Smith (Predator)
326 Tony Dorsett (Record Breaker)
327 Steve Largent (Record Breaker)
328 Tim Brown (Record Breaker)
329 Joe Montana (Record Breaker)
330 Tom Landry Tribute
 

 

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1989 FOOTBALL

Year: 1989

Manufacturer: Score

# of Cards: 330

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Score


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