Tuesday, August 3, 2010

1985 Eagles Team Issue #33 Leonard Mitchell

Leonard Mitchell was a defensive tackle for the University of Houston from 1977 to 1980. He played on one of the great UH teams of all time, the 1979 squad that went 11-1 and finished #5 in the polls.

He is #5 on the UH all time career quarterback sacks (22) list and #1 incareer forced fumbles (10). He also led team in sacks in 1977 with 8.

Mitchell was a consensus All-American in 1980 and 1st Team All-Southwest Conference in 1979 and 1980.

After his college career, he was selected in the 1st round (#27) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1981 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles from 1981 to 1986 and for the Atlanta Falcons in 1987.

Today's card is the 1985 Eagles Team Issue #33. As the name implies, this set was issued by the Philadelphia Eagles. I don't know if team issue sets in general are rare, but they don't seem to come to market as often as mainstream cards. And as the team sets get older, they become even more difficult to find. Out of the 101 cards in my checklist listed as Team Issue, I've only seen 4 of them, about 4%. Overall, I have images of 35.6% of the checklist.

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