I am trying to collect the entire 1991, 1992 and 1993 Pro Line Profiles sets of certified autographed cards. I started in the spring of 1992 at a small card show in Ridgecrest, Calif. I walked around the show, and I didn’t see much I was interested in … until the last aisle of the show. There was a certified autograph of Keith McCants. I had heard there were autographs inserted into the packs, so I had bought a few. But this was the first one I’d ever seen. It was $12. And even though McCants played for my favorite team (the Buccaneers), I did not think the card was worth $12. I had never paid for an autograph before, and I think the best part of getting an autograph is being there with the person when he or she signs it. You get a souvenir (a nice signature on a card that just seconds before was a common!), and you get a story to tell. I had hundreds of autographs by the spring of 1992, and paying for one was not my thing. So I looked at the rest of the aisle and left. Right as I got to the car, I thought how I really liked that card. Not only was I intrigued by the fact that these things were inserted right into the packs, I loved the idea of that embossed seal at the bottom. I decided to go back up and buy it. So I found the guy and asked if he’d take $7. And thus began a collection.

A few weeks later, there was a card show at Burroughs High School that was being put on by students, who were the only people setting up tables. I went with one goal: find a Pro Line autograph. And I did. It was Marty Schottenheimer. I wasn’t thrilled about that so much, but I was ecstatic to find one. The kid wanted $5. And thus the bar was set.

Pro Line was not the first set to insert autographs into its packs; it was beaten to the punch by the 1990 Upper Deck baseball set and even by Pro Line’s sister set, Pro Set, in 1991. But Pro Line, also in 1991, was the first set to insert into packs an autographed set that paralleled the entire base set.

I have bought hundreds of signed Pro Line cards over the years. I had a hunch my average was about $5. One day I went through my collection and added up all I had spent on them, and the average was, indeed, close to $5. Twenty years after the release of the first set, I’m assuming most of the cards I need will cost more than $5. But there were plenty that I scooped up for less than $5. So that’s the target I shoot for. It’s a good place to start.

So over the years I’ve tried to look for a realistic price guide. There are a few price guides I’ve seen, but they’ve not been too realistic. And in the course of putting the set together, I’ve learned some cards are difficult to find and some cards are impossible. I’ve also come across some information that hasn’t been completely accurate.

So this blog will be my attempt to shed light on the very acute pursuit of collecting the certified autographs from the 1991, 1992 and 1993 Pro Line Profiles sets.

If you have any questions or would like to see a specific topic covered or want to trade for one of my available cards, drop me a line at


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