Monday, May 25, 2020

A 1980s Card Part 44 - 1989 Foot Locker Slam Fest Vince Coleman

Foot Locker was a quality place to buy shoes back in the 1980s.  We had one in the mall near my house growing up.  First thing you remember about Foot Locker stores in the 1980s and 1990s?  They always had that scoreboard and basketball hoop above the checkout counter.

Makes me happy that this one is showing UNC with a loss.  Thank you internet.

This week's 1980s card comes from a Foot Locker promotion they did with college basketball in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  I am not sure if they gave out these cards in set form, or if they were given away as single cards in the store with a purchase.  However they did it, there were Foot Locker Slam Fest sets in 1989, 1991, and 1992. Vince Coleman is the only baseball player who appeared in the 1989 set.

This is the card.

Slam Fest was more than just a set of cards with athletes holding basketballs.  There were Slam Fest episodes aired during the halftime of nationally broadcast college basketball games on NBC, with athletes from various sports participating in a slam dunk contest.  While the cards only ran three years, the Foot Locker Slam Fest episodes ran into the mid 1990s.  

This is a short video clip from an episode with Barry Bonds and others.

I looked hard for a video of Vince Coleman participating in the Foot Locker Slam Fest, but could not find one anywhere.  He was a pretty good athlete, had to be decent to participate. Plenty of other baseball players appear in the 1990s sets.  None of these cards are very expensive.  I picked up this Coleman in a dime box at a card show years ago.  

Here is the back of the card.  

The light blue print is not the easiest to read, but the front of the card more than makes up for anything that is printed on the back of the card.  Overall, a solid oddball card.  Not everyday that you run across a card featuring a player who can steal 100 bases, and dunk a basketball on national television.


  1. I believe Coleman was also a punter for his college football team. The man was a great athlete.

  2. Whoa. Haven't stepped into a Foot Locker in a very, very, very long time. But seeing that photo sure brought back memories. I had to look up the UNC/Arizona score, because back in the 80's and 90's the Tar Heels were fun to watch. Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, and Tom Tolbert led that Wildcat team past J.R. Reid and a young Rick Fox in the Regional Finals rounds of the NCAA Tournament. I'm pretty sure that's this was the game that opened my eyes to Sean Elliott.

    Anyways... I've never seen that Vince Coleman card. Very cool.

    1. I feel like I missed out on that Arizona team. I watched college basketball all the time, but I swear that I did not pay any attention to Sean Elliot and Steve Kerr until they were in the NBA.