Clever Recoloring on John Unitas’s 1974 Topps Card

June 15th, 2014  |  Published in Football Card Trivia, Uniforms

Ever notice that John Unitas’s 1974 Topps card pictures him still in his Colts uniform, but with the jersey numbers colored yellow to look more like a Chargers uniform? Yesterday was the first time I noticed this. Here are his 1973 and 1974 Topps cards, side by side.

Though he appeared on a card in 1974, Unitas did not play that year. He retired on July 23.
John Unitas 1973 Topps football cardJohn Unitas 1974 Topps football card

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New in the Vintage Football Card Gallery: Miscut Madness!

June 8th, 2014  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets

This morning I added a new page to the Vintage Football Card Gallery called Miscut Madness! I have handled a lot of miscut cards, naturally, and this page shows the worst of them. Below are some examples; visit the new page to see the rest. I will add more as I get them in.
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1958 Puritan Meats BC Lions Football Cards

April 8th, 2014  |  Published in CFL Cards, My Collection

1958 Puritan Meats BC Lions football cardsBack of 1958 Puritan Meats BC Lions football cardHere are the latest additions to my own collection: two 1958 Puritan Meats BC Lions football cards. According to Beckett, there are 50 cards in the set, and they were distributed with Puritan canned meat products. They are 2 1/4 by 3 3/8″, and they are on thicker-than-normal cardboard. The backs of these two cards are the same, and I presume that the rest of the cards also have the same back. (You can click on the images to see slightly bigger versions.)

Howard Schnellenberger played two years in the CFL, then went on to a long coaching career, including two years as head coach of the Baltimore Colts. Ted Hunt played for BC for two seasons, and he also excelled at lacrosse, skiing, and boxing. Hunt was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

These are the first two cards I have found from the set. If I get a few more, I’ll add the set to the Canadian section of the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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New in the Gallery: 1968 O-Pee-Chee CFL Football Cards

March 12th, 2014  |  Published in CFL Cards, New in the Gallery

Pete Liske 1968 O-Pee-Chee CFL football cardLast week I finished adding 1968 O-Pee-Chee CFL football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. As I have said before, one thing I enjoy about browsing CFL sets is finding players who also played in the NFL or AFL. The 1968 O-Pee-Chee set contains several players who had brief NFL or AFL careers, but who never appeared on an American football card.

The 1968 O-Pee-Chee set also includes one player, Pete Liske, who appeared on AFL, NFL, and CFL cards. He is now the fifth player to appear on my Cards in Three Leagues page. Liske was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1967.

A huge thanks to CFL collector Larry Oleskiw, who provided the images for the 1968 O-Pee-Chee set. Larry also sent me images for several other Canadian sets, and I will add those to the Gallery as I have time.

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New in the Gallery: Virtual Uncut Sheets of 1971 Topps Football Cards

March 1st, 2014  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added virtual uncut sheets of 1971 Topps football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. The sheets are not quite complete, but if you happen to have any badly miscut 1971 Topps cards in your collection, perhaps you can help fill in the holes. Click on the image below to see the sheets so far.

The Gallery now includes virtual uncut sheets, partial and whole, for 29 football card sets. For the full list, see one of my previous blog articles, U is for Uncut Sheets.
Virtual uncut sheet of 1971 Topps football cards

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Undocumented Error: 1959 Bell Brand Rams Jon Arnett

February 11th, 2014  |  Published in error cards

This might be the worst spelling error I have seen on a card, but it is not marked in the major price guides: on the back of Jon Arnett’s 1959 Bell Brand Rams card, his last name is misspelled “Arnettt,” with three t’s!

You can see all of the error cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery here.

Jon Arnett 1959 Bell Brand Rams football cardBack of Jon Arnett 1959 Bell Brand Rams football card

 
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Undocumented Error Card: 1961 Nu-Card Mel Melin

January 18th, 2014  |  Published in error cards, Where They Are Now

1961 Nu-Card Mel Melin football cardError card collectors, here is another error card that is not marked in the price guides: on Mel Melin’s 1961 Nu-Card card, his last name is misspelled “Mellin.” Thanks to Philip, a visitor to my web sites, for pointing that out.

After starring at Washington State, Melin went on to play four seasons for the CFL‘s BC Lions. He appeared on at least one football card with BC, a 1963 Post Cereal CFL card. I don’t yet have the 1963 Post CFL set in the Vintage Football Card Gallery, but you can probably see the Melin card on eBay.

For more on Mr. Melin, check out “Where Are They Now: Mel Melin” on the Washington State University web site. To see more errors on old football cards, see the error card search page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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Progress on My 1965 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

January 12th, 2014  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

My friend John recently dug up an ad from an old auction catalog that shows two sections of a sheet of 1965 Topps football cards. This week I incorporated those sections into the 1965 Topps virtual uncut sheet page I had already started. You can check out the page to see my progress. If you happen to see more partial sheets or badly miscut cards that will help the effort, please send me an email.
Virtual uncut sheet of 1965 Topps football cards

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New in the Gallery: Interactive 1956 Topps Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears Team Cards

December 21st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Los Angeles Rams team football card1956 Topps Chicago Bears team football cardLast week I added interactive 1956 Topps Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears team cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. You can see them by clicking on the non-interactive images shown here.

Like the other team cards in the 1956 Topps set, these two cards picture the 1955 teams. I believe that all of the players on the Rams card also appear in the 1955 Rams Team Issue set. About six of the players on the Bears card never appeared on cards of their own, so it was nice to give them a little recognition. One of the Bears players, Harry Hugasian, played part of the 1955 season for Baltimore, and he also appears on the Colts team card.

I have now finished making all of the 1956 Topps team cards intereractive; you can see the whole array here. Next up are the team cards in the 1958 Topps set.

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Detroit Lions Team Card

December 1st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Detroit Lions team football cardLast week I added an interactive 1956 Topps Detroit Lions team card to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. To see it, click on the non-interactive image shown here.

Though it was printed in 1956, the card pictures the 1955 Lions team. About eight of the players in the photo never appeared on cards of their own. One of the things I enjoy about making these team cards is giving the cardless players a little recognition.

This is my tenth interactive 1956 Topps team card; I have two more to go. Next up: the Los Angeles Rams.

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New in the Gallery: Interesting eBay Auctions Page

November 24th, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

Until recently I was writing a blog article each week that highlighted a few interesting eBay auctions. I stopped because it was taking too much time to manage the articles. This weekend I thought I’d try a different format: a new page in the Vintage Football Card Gallery that I can update quickly, as I find the auctions. That way I can spread the work over the week, and I won’t have to wait until the end of the week to point out an auction that’s ending soon.

I will put the newest entries on top, so you will be able to see the new stuff quickly. I’ll see if I can dress it up sometime, but here’s a start: the new Interesting Auctions page!

New in the Gallery: A Virtual Uncut Panel of 1965 Topps Football Cards

November 22nd, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added a virtual uncut panel of 1965 Topps football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. An 1965 Topps uncut panel recently appeared in an online auction, and I used that panel as a model. I have also assembled a few more bits and pieces of the full sheet by looking at badly miscut cards.

The Gallery now includes virtual uncut sheets, partial and whole, for 28 football card sets. For the full list, see one of my previous blog articles, U is for Uncut Sheets.

(Click on the image to see the full virtual sheet.)
Virtual uncut sheet of 1965 Topps football cards

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New in the Gallery: 1964 Topps CFL Puzzle

November 8th, 2013  |  Published in CFL Cards, Football Card Trivia, New in the Gallery

The backs of some 1964 Topps CFL cards have puzzle pieces printed on them, and I spent the morning putting the puzzle together for you. I can’t say it’s a pretty picture. I believe it was the first puzzle to appear on the backs of football cards, however, so the Canadians do get some innovation points. I also did some consolidation and put the puzzles from the 1968 Topps and 1969 Topps NFL/AFL sets on the same page. Check out the full set of 1960s puzzles.
Back of 1964 Topps CFL B.C. Lions team football card1968 Topps Bart Starr puzzle piece football card1968 Topps Len Dawson puzzle piece football card1969 Topps Fran Tarkenton puzzle piece football card

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New in the Gallery: More 1953 University of Oregon Football Cards

November 7th, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Earlier this year I added 1953 University of Oregon cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. At the time I had only 8 of the 20 cards in the set, and I didn’t expect to find the rest anytime soon. I got lucky, though, and picked up most of the rest this fall. My set is now missing just one card.

Two of my recent purchases are shown here. Quarterback George Shaw later played for the Baltimore Colts, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, and Denver Broncos, and he appeared on numerous cards as a pro. Tackle Hal Reeve played one season, 1955, for the Calgary Stampeders. You can see the rest of the 1953 Oregon set (minus one, that is) on my Gallery site.

I am also looking for 1956 and 1958 University of Oregon cards. If you happen to have some for sale, please send me an email.
George Shaw 1953 University of Oregon football cardHal Reeve 1953 University of Oregon football card

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Pittsburgh Steelers Team Card

November 1st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Pittsburgh Steelers team football cardToday I added an interactive 1956 Topps Pittsburgh Steelers team card to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. To see it, click on the non-interactive image shown here. Though it was printed in 1956, the card pictures the 1955 Steelers team. You can see a larger version of the 1955 Steelers team photo at steelersuk.com.

As usual, I found a couple of surprises while working on the interactive card. First, I was surprised to see Hall of Fame running back Marion Motley in the back row. I didn’t know it, but Motley, after sitting out the 1954 season, finished his career with Pittsburgh in 1955. Second, center Fred Broussard appears on this card, and he also appears on the 1956 Topps New York Giants team card! Broussard, it turns out, played for both Pittsburgh and New York in 1955, and he ended up in both team pictures.

About nine of the players on the Steelers card never appeared on cards of their own. It’s always fun to give those players a little recognition.

This is my ninth interactive 1956 Topps team card; I have three more to go. Next up: the Detroit Lions.

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