When Oregon-based collector Jeff Stoller -- AKA "chibearsboy" on the Beckett.com message boards -- made the decision years ago to start collecting prime memorabilia cards, his next mission was to pinpoint that one perfect set target.
When Oregon-based collector Jeff Stoller — AKA “chibearsboy” on the Beckett.com message boards — made the decision years ago to start collecting prime memorabilia cards, his next mission was to pinpoint that one perfect set target.
It didn’t take him long to find the perfect goal.
“I wanted to do a good set, a beautiful set,” Stoller said recently via email. “I started with the 2007 Certified Football Fabric of the Game set. When I saw the checklist of 134 cards and the white background of the set, I fell in love.”
In the years since, Stoller has completed a staggering 96.3 percent of that behemoth and now sits just five cards shy of all 134. But a funny thing happened on his way to finishing 2007: He met the FOTG lineup from 2010.
A new collecting mission was born for the concrete-pouring card purveyor.
“When I saw all of the old-school players like Joe Perry, Bart Starr and Jim Brown with the wonderful white card stock, I knew I had to try this bad boy — never realizing the print runs were in the low single digits,” Stoller said. “After I found the Steve Smith 1/1, I thought I had a chance to complete this if I found the Tom Rathman 1/1.
“I saw a YouTube video of the Rathman and started working on it and with some incredible help from some wonderful Beckett members, I was able to attain it. It was the fifth to the last one I picked up. But I am really only the adoptive parent of this beautiful set. It’s Panini America’s baby.”
The final numbers for Stoller’s 2010 FOTG set: Two 1/1s, two numbered to two, one numbered to three, one numbered to four, 23 numbered to five, nine numbered to 10, one numbered to 12, two numbered to 15, one numbered to 20 and 61 numbered to 25.
Congratulations, Jeff. We truly appreciate your passion. We also appreciate you sharing some of the favorite images from your 2010 Certified Football Fabric of the Game insert. Special thanks to fellow collector Ryan Fogle — AKA “3lilcraziesdad” — for tipping us off to your masterpiece.
20 Replies to “Mission Accomplished: Jeff Stoller Finishes 2010 Certified Football FOTG Prime Set”
Such an awesome set Jeff! The Megatron has always been my fav since its got the dirt stain in it. True Prime!
Congrats in just pure awesomeness my friend, this is truly mission complete. Glad to see all those baby in one home.
thanks bro! i am really speechless at the moment..Tracy did a sweet job and it is very humbling to see the set in a place where most collectors look….you will find your last card soon i think and what a day it will be!..i cant wait!
Great looking set. And congrats Jeff.
Great job as well with this Panini for showcasing such a set and bringing collectors and other collectors closer.
Great looking set! Congrats Jeff!
Glad it made it here man. Truely deserving of thousands of looks.
i dont c a charger one is it u just did not post it,,just wondering,,i no chargers suck,,but they r my team and i dont care wat anybody thinks of them i will be a fan for life,,win loose ,,or just suck i will be there for them,,can u say that about ur team if they were not the best…
Epic set completion for Jeff, set building is unfortunately a dying habit but many of the nicest sets I’ve seen put together over the past few years have been Panini products. The Absolute RPM rookie set, Absolute TOTT jumbo patch set, the National Treasures rookie patch auto set and the Leaf R&S base parallel patch set to name a few. Superb achievement of yet another fine Panini release and an excellent blueprint to aspiring set collectors as to how to achieve it (start with the hardest to get if possible and go from there). Thanks for brining it to us Tracy!
Beautiful set! Congrats on finally completing it!
Glad to see chibearsboy get the prop he deserves! I’ve been following his journey on this set pretty much from the beginning on Beckett.
congrats bud ….. truly an amazing accomplishment !!! 🙂
John i just cant thank you enough for donating the Giants 1/1 for the rathman trade.. you are a good man with a huge heart.every Detroit card i get is yours buddy!
The Blowout boards salutes you!
Congrats my friend. This is truly an AWESOME set !!!! Can’t wait to see this one in person!!
glad i could help ya out with the steve smith 1/1 :O
thanks so much bro! once again,i couldnt have done it without the help of collectors..you gave me a super fair deal.thanks again!
Wow an EPIC set chase of MONUMENTAL proportion. Much respect for sticking out and doing the hard yards to put that together!
One of the best sets ever!!! Congrats Jeff!!!
Hi I saw ur story and pics and thought they were really awesome! I too am building a set . I’m building a Master set of all players all variations except the 1 of 1s though I do have the Jim Brown and Tony Romo . My question is do you have any that would be willing to sell? I am down to 98 of over 900 cards. 16 grades card boxes full as matter of fact. Lol I love building this set and itscist me a lot but it’s definitely been fun doing it. Anyway if you are interested in selling some just email me at [email protected] thanks alot