Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Football & Pizza - The 1991 Domino's Pizza Quarterback Challenge

In 1991, Domino's Pizza teamed up with Upper Deck to produce a 50 card set of current and past NFL quarterbacks in a set entitled "Quarterback Challenge":

The backs feature another picture as well as stats and career accomplishments:

The cards came in packs which included 4 cards:

According to Beckett, the promotion launched in August, 1991. Customers who ordered the Domino's Pizza NFL Kickoff Deal received 2 medium cheese pizzas, four cans of Coke/Diet Coke/Sprite, and one pack of cards for $9.99.

The first 31 cards feature then current NFL quarterbacks that were active in 1991:

Cards 32 - 46 featured retired quarterbacks:

and cards 47 - 49 were combo cards featuring 2 quarterbacks from the same team but different eras:

Card 50 was a checklist.

As Papa John's is the official NFL pizza sponsor this year, it would be great if they were doing a similar promotion this year. How much better would your Super Bowl pizza taste if the pizza delivery guy handed you a pack of cards along with your pizza!

Monday, January 16, 2012

IHOP NFL Mugs & Pitcher

After taking a look at the NFL mini helmets, NFL magnets, and NFL/MLB/NBA/ABA/NHL place mats that were available at The International House of Pancakes during the 1970's, I've got one last item to review that was also available at IHOP - NFL Mugs and Pitchers:

There was an orange mug which featured helmets of the AFC teams:

and a blue mug which featured the NFC teams:

The promotion was featured on IHOP placemats

as well as in print ads:

It appears this promotion ran in 1972 given the copyright date in the ad.

In addition to the mugs, there was a pitcher as well:

The pitcher features all of the AFC and NFC teams as well as the AFC, NFC and NFL logos:

That wraps up the look back at all the great collectibles that IHOP offered during the 1970s to get sports fans to go out for breakfast. Its too bad we don't see any of these types of promotions any more.