Adderley is a Tough Spell

August 3rd, 2009  |  Published in error cards  |  2 Comments

1964 Philadelphia Herb Adderley rookie football card1965 Philadelphia Herb Adderley football card1966 Philadelphia Herb Adderley football card1967 Philadelphia Herb Adderley football cardMisspelled names are common on vintage football cards, but Philadelphia Gum Co. takes the prize: they misspelled Herb Adderley‘s name on all four cards they printed of him. His name is spelled Adderly on his 1964 Philadelphia rookie card and all of his cards for the next three years.

From 1964 to 1967, Philadelphia had the rights to print cards of NFL players, and Topps had the rights to the AFL. When Topps obtained the rights to the NFL in 1968, Adderley finally got his name spelled correctly. But Topps later slipped up, too, and got it wrong on Adderley’s 1972 card.

Adderley also had a pre-rookie card, a 1961 Lake to Lake Packers card distributed regionally in Wisconsin. The locals got it right: on this card his name was spelled correctly.

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    August 21st, 2009 at 12:31 PM (#)

    […] Herb Adderley joined the team in 1961, and his rookie card is also a 1964 Philadelphia–with his name misspelled, to boot. Willie Wood started in 1960, and his rookie card is a 1963 […]

  2. Errors on vintage football cards | Nearmint's Vintage Football Card Blog says:

    August 29th, 2009 at 8:12 AM (#)

    […] name is misspelled on at least two cards, and so is Woodley Lewis’s. Philadelphia Gum misspelled Herb Adderley’s name four years in a row, and Topps also misspelled it once. (How about Bob Hoernschemeyer, you ask? Well, guess what, […]