Valentine’s Day (Football) Cards

February 14th, 2011  |  Published in Silly Stuff  |  5 Comments

Stan Flowers 1960 Fleer football cardKeith Flowers 1952 Bowman Small football cardFor Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d give you a bunch of Flowers. As always, you can click on any image to get more details.

First is Keith Flowers, on a 1952 Bowman Small card. Flowers had a short NFL career, playing nine games in 1952 for the Dallas Texans and Detroit Lions. Bowman issued two sets of football cards in 1952, identical except for their size, so Flowers appeared on a 1952 Bowman Large card, as well. Not bad for a few games.

Next is Stan Flowers, who appeared on a 1960 Fleer card with the Patriots but never saw playing time. (I’m inferring this because he does not have a page at pro-football-reference.com.) Fleer apparently chose the players for their 1960 set well before the season started, because I’d guess that a third of the players in the set never actually played in the AFL.

Richmond Flowers 1973 Topps football cardCharlie Flowers 1961 Golden Tulip Chargers football cardCharlie Flowers is also in the 1960 Fleer set, and he did see playing time: two seasons at fullback with the Chargers, and one with the New York Titans. He appeared on several cards with the Chargers, one being the tough 1961 Golden Tulip Chargers card shown here.

Unlike the guys above, Richmond Flowers actually played awhile before he appeared on a card. He was a defensive back and kick returner for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants from 1969 to 1973, and he made his debut on a 1973 Topps card. In 1973, Topps increased the size of their football card set from 351 to 528, so they were able to include many players who had not appeared on cards earlier.

Tom Flores 1961 Topps rookie football cardFinally, we have Tom Flores, a longtime quarterback and coach for the Oakland Raiders. (He also played a couple of years for the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.) This is one of his rookie cards, a 1961 Topps; the other is a 1961 Fleer. Flores appeared on a bunch of other colorful 1960s cards, as well.

That’s it! If you haven’t gotten your sweetie something yet, maybe you can dig through your collection and find a couple of these guys. But first I’d see if Hallmark is still open.

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  1. Hedgehog says:

    February 14th, 2011 at 8:41 AM (#)

    How about Karl Sweetan – http://www.footballcardgallery.com/search.php?search=sweetan
    George Rose – http://www.footballcardgallery.com/1965+Philadelphia/109/George-Rose/
    and a nice bottle of Jim Merlo – http://www.footballcardgallery.com/search.php?search=merlo

  2. James Jackson says:

    February 14th, 2011 at 9:56 AM (#)

    Thanks for posting all these great cards and for your excellent website and blog. It always brings back a lot of memories. Since it is Valentines Day how about adding St. Louis quarterback Jim “Hart”

  3. Steve Liskey says:

    February 14th, 2011 at 11:58 AM (#)

    I’d bet anything that the ’73 Flowers is an air-brush job. Poor one at that! He’s probably pictured in his Cowboys white jersey, and the Topps ‘touch-up’ guys took a crack at fixing it. His son tried out for the Cowboys a few years back but didn’t make the team.

  4. nearmint says:

    February 14th, 2011 at 1:32 PM (#)

    Ah, more good Valentine suggestions! I’ll make a note of them for next year.

    I’m sure you’re right about the airbrushing, Steve. At least Topps didn’t color his ear, as they did MacArthur Lane’s in 1972. (See http://www.footballcardgallery.com/1972+Topps/151/MacArthur-Lane/.)

  5. Valentine's Day Football Cards | Nearmint's Vintage Football Card Blog says:

    February 13th, 2012 at 2:28 PM (#)

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