BRYAN KERCHAL MEMORIAL TRADING CARDS
Ray Kerchal - December 2000
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In 1995 we decided to make the Bryan Kerchal Memorial Fish Whistle
available to those who wanted something with which to remember Bryan.
During the packaging design phase, it was decided to incorporate a punch
out trading card into the packaging insert. At trade shows, the Bass
Masters Classics, the Wrangler/BASS National Tournaments and other
appearances, we were asked for more trading cards. So, nine additional
whistle inserts (with cards) were designed and produced over the following
two years. In 1997, the inserts were packaged so one would not have to buy
10 whistles to get all of the trading cards. The cards cover Bryan's short
tournament career from 1992 to 1994.
Most collectors do not punch out the trading cards but leave the insert
intact. The inserts are 4.75 x 5.75 inches and the cards are the standard
size for sports cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches). Following are the descriptions
of all ten cards. Pictures follow the descriptions.
Card # 1: Blowing the Fish Whistle (1995)
The picture on card #1 is the only known still photo of Bryan with the
fish whistle. It was taken by Steve Price at the end of the second day of
fishing at the 1994 Bass Masters Classic.
Card # 2: 1992 Eastern Divisional Tournament (1995)
In September, 1992 Bryan qualified for the Wrangler/BASS National
Championship from Connecticut. This was the first tournament he had fished
outside of his home state
Card # 3: 1993 Wrangler/Bass National Championship (1995)
At Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Bryan finished first in the Eastern Division and
thus qualified for his first BassMasters Classic.
Card # 4: Bryan Signing Autographs at the 1993 Classic
Bryan finished his first Classic in last place, just behind his hero, Rick
Clunn, who finished 40th.
Card # 5: Bryan's Second Eastern Divisional Tournament
Bryan was the Connecticut champion for the second consecutive year
-September 1993. He is pictured on this card with Don Corkran.
Card # 6: Bryan Wins the 1994 Wrangler/BASS Championship
Pictured with Ray Scott, Bryan became the first amateur angler to qualify
for consecutive Classics.
Card # 7: Bryan Wins the 1994 BASS Masters Classic (1997)
Bryan became the only amateur and the only Northerner to win the Classic.
He also became the only angler to win the amateur and professional titles
in the same year.
Card # 8: Bryan at the BASS Masters Classic Banquet
In two short years, Bryan went from being so shy that he did not want to
weigh his fish on stage to a poised and confident speaker.
Card # 9: Bryan at Lake Baccarac in Mexico (1997)
The weekend before Bryan's plane went down, he was fishing with Dave
Richey, who was writing an article on Bryan for Fishing World magazine.
Card # 10: A New Jersey Federation Member Remembers Bryan
Bryan left a legacy of inspiration. His presence will live on through all
those whose lives he touched.