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New in the Gallery: A Virtual Partial Sheet of 1957 Topps Football Cards

August 14th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Yesterday, while searching the internet, I found a tiny picture of a partial uncut sheet of 1957 Topps football cards. Using the picture as a model–and doing a lot of squinting!–I created a virtual partial sheet of 1957 Topps cards and added it to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Judging by the partial sheet, 1957 Topps football cards were not released in two series, as the price guides say. They were released in just one series, with most of the high-numbered cards being short prints.

(Click on the image to see the rest of the partial sheet.)
Virtual uncut sheet of 1957 Topps football cards

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A Modest Start to a 1959 Topps 1st Series Virtual Uncut Sheet

August 8th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Over the weekend I picked up a couple of miscut 1959 Topps first series cards. That allowed me to add a 1959 Topps section to my page of partial virtual uncut sheets. The cards are Bill Barnes, with a sliver of Leo Nomellini’s card showing on the right side, and the Colts pennant, with a sliver of Bob St. Clair’s card on the left side.
1959 Topps Bill Barnes football card1959 Topps Baltimore Colts pennant card
A previous blog article, U is for Uncut Sheets, contains a full list of the virtual uncut football card sheets I have completed. As always, if you have miscut cards from sheets I haven’t done yet, I’d love to see them.

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New in the Gallery: 1961 Kahn’s Wieners Football Cards

August 6th, 2011  |  Published in error cards, New in the Gallery

Jim Brown 1961 Kahn's Wieners football cardLast week I added 1961 Kahn’s Wieners cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. There are 36 cards in this Kahn’s set, with 32 being Browns and Steelers. Kahn’s was (and still is) based in Cincinnati, and Cleveland and Pittsburgh were the closest pro teams at the time.

The other four players in the set–Frank Varrichione, Will Renfro, Jimmy Orr, and Joe Lewis–were with either Cleveland or Pittsburgh the previous season. It appears that Kahn’s intended to make the set all Browns and Steelers, but these players moved, so Kahn’s simply changed the teams on the backs of their cards.

Two of the cards in the set, Tom Tracy and Larry Krutko, have their images swapped. This is especially unfortunate for Krutko, because I believe that this is his only football card. (For more old football cards that picture the wrong player, see my Mistaken Identities page.)

The set includes a pre-rookie card of Gene Hickerson. Hickerson had more pre-rookie cards than any other Hall of Famer I can think of: he appeared in the 1959 through 1962 Kahn’s sets, and on a 1962 Post Cereal card.

Thanks again to Mike Ford, who provided images for several of the Kahn’s sets.

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New in the Gallery: Partial Virtual Uncut Sheets

July 24th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Miscut 1967 Steve Tensi football cardA few weeks ago, in a previous blog article, I asked readers to send me any images they had of miscut vintage football cards. In response, Steve Liskey of TheCowboysGuide.com sent me this image of a 1967 Topps Steve Tensi card. You can see that it has a sliver of a Buffalo Bills card showing; the card happens to be Jack Kemp. Steve’s contribution prompted me to create a page of virtual sheets in progress. It’s short for now, but hopefully you can help me make it grow.

Thanks, Steve!

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New in the Gallery: 1955 Bowman Virtual Uncut Sheets

July 11th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Last week I added virtual uncut sheets of 1955 Bowman cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. I have not seen an actual sheet of 1955 Bowmans, but I presume they followed the same numbering pattern as sheets of older Bowman cards. I believe that the 160-card set was printed on 5 sheets of 32.

Bowman apparently printed the fifth 1955 sheet in smaller quantities than the other four, because most of the scarce cards in the set are from the fifth sheet.

(Click on the image to see all five sheets.)
Virtual uncut sheet of 1955 Bowman football cards

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New in the Gallery: 1954 Bowman Virtual Uncut Sheets

July 1st, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added virtual uncut sheets of 1954 Bowman cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. I have not seen an actual sheet of 1954 Bowmans, but I followed the numbering patterns on sheets of older Bowman cards and made an educated guess as to what the 1954 sheets looked like.

Bowman apparently printed the third 1954 sheet in smaller quantities than the others, because most of the scarcer cards are from that sheet.

(Click on the image to see all four sheets.)
Virtual uncut sheet of 1954 Bowman football cards

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New in the Gallery: 1969 Glendale Stamps

June 26th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery, Oddball

Back of Tommy Nobis 1969 Glendale StampTommy Nobis 1969 Glendale StampLast week I added 1969 Glendale Stamps to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. There are 312 stamps in the set, 12 each for the 26 NFL teams of the time. The stamps are slightly smaller than 2×3 inches.

The stamps were printed on panels of 12, and they were designed to be stuck in a special album. The album contains a page for each NFL team, and each team page contains a bio for each player and a place for his stamp. The full stamp panels were approximately the same height and width as the album, so I assume that the stamps and album came packaged together. The album was published by Glendale Publishers, Inc., of New York City.
1969 Glendale Stamp Album
Oddly, the title of the stamp album is “Official 1970 Pro Football Stars,” though Glendale apparently published it in 1969. The copyright date inside the album is from 1969, and the players’ bios include their performances in 1968, but not 1969. (Click on the image below to see a larger image.)
Page from 1969 Glendale Stamp album
There are three Hall of Famers in the 1969 Glendale set whose stamps predate their rookie cards: O.J. Simpson, whose rookie card is a 1970 Topps; Jan Stenerud, whose rookie card is also a 1970 Topps; and Gene Upshaw, whose rookie card is a 1972 Topps. I have added the three stamps to my pre-rookie card page.
O.J. Simpson 1969 Glendale StampJan Stenerud 1969 Glendale StampGene Upshaw 1969 Glendale Stamp

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New in the Gallery: 1953 Bowman Virtual Uncut Sheets

June 17th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Dan Tester (thanks, Dan!) sent me a link yesterday to a picture of a four-card panel of 1953 Bowman football cards. That small panel was enough to show that 1953 Bowmans were printed in numerical order on the uncut sheets, as the earlier Bowman cards were. That bit of knowledge prompted me to go ahead and assemble virtual uncut sheets for the 1953 Bowman set.

Virtual uncut sheet of 1953 Bowman football cardsOne thing I don’t understand is why the price guides show short prints in the 1953 Bowman set. It looks to me as if the 96-card set broke evenly over three sheets of 32. If Bowman had printed fewer copies of one sheet than the others, that would have resulted in short prints, but the price guides’ short prints don’t match up with a single sheet. Maybe some reader can explain it to me.

Anyway, check out the new sheets!

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New in the Gallery: 1962 Kahn’s Wieners Football Cards

June 16th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Gene Hickerson 1962 Kahn's pre-rookie football cardThis week I added 1962 Kahn’s Wieners football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. There are 38 cards in this set: sixteen Browns, fourteen Steelers, and a sprinkling of players from six other teams. Kahn’s Meats was (and still is) based in Cincinnati, and the early Kahn’s sets were heavily weighted toward players from nearby Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

The 1962 Kahn’s set includes a pre-rookie card of Gene Hickerson, pictured here. Hickerson’s generally recognized rookie card (because it was issued by a major card company) is in the 1966 Philadelphia set. (For a discussion about rookie cards and pre-rookie cards, see an earlier article, R is for Rookie Cards.)

According to beckett.com, Kahn’s also issued an album to hold their 1962 cards, but I have not seen one yet.

Thanks again to Mike Ford, who provided images for several of the Kahn’s sets.

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New in the Gallery: 1963 Kahn’s Wieners Cards

June 11th, 2011  |  Published in Autographs, New in the Gallery, Silly Stuff

Johnny Unitas 1963 Kahn's Wieners football cardIt seemed like a good week to add another set of wiener cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. So I added 1963 Kahn’s Wieners, a set of 92 black-and-white cards distributed in the Cincinnati region by Kahn’s Meats. (Kahn’s is still in operation; it is now a Sara Lee company.)

All fourteen of the 1963 NFL teams are represented in the set, but the distribution of the cards among the teams is very uneven. I thought that the distribution might be related to how the teams finished in 1962, so I looked up the 1962 NFL standings. I found that, except for the Redskins, there is a strong correlation between the teams’ 1962 records and the number of players representing them in the 1963 Kahn’s set. Why so many Redskins? I dunno, maybe they were expected to do better in 1963. (They didn’t; they finished 3-11.)

Team 1962 Won-Lost-Tied Number of 1963 Kahn’s Cards
Green Bay Packers 13-1 14
Washington Redskins 5-7-2 14
New York Giants 12-2 11
Pittsburgh Steelers 9-5 10
Cleveland Browns 7-6-1 8
Detroit Lions 11-3 7
Chicago Bears 9-5 6
St. Louis Cardinals 4-9-1 5
Baltimore Colts 7-7 4
San Francisco 49ers 6-8 4
Dallas Cowboys 5-8-1 4
Philadelphia Eagles 3-10-1 3
Minnesota Vikings 2-11-1 2
Los Angeles Rams 1-12-1 2

Like earlier Kahn’s cards, the 1963 cards have facsimile signatures printed on them. However, as I pointed out in a previous article, at least some of the facsimile signatures are not in the players’ handwriting. The signature on the John Unitas card pictured here, for example, does not look like any of his autographs that appear in a Google image search. Most obvious is that on all of the items I found with his actual autograph, he signed his first name “Johnny,” not “John.”

Thanks again to Mike Ford, who provided the images for this set.

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New in the Gallery: 1975 McDonald’s Quarterbacks Football Cards

June 5th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

This weekend I added 1975 McDonald’s Quarterbacks cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. This is a bitty set: just four cards of AFC quarterbacks. Three of the four quarterbacks–Ken Stabler, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Ferguson–had led their teams to the playoffs the season before. The fourth, Al Woodall of the Jets, was an odd choice. Perhaps he was included because New York was a big market, or perhaps because Marden-Kane, Inc., and Rosenfeld, Sirowitz & Lawson, Inc., the advertising agencies who produced the cards, were based in New York.
Joe Ferguson 1975 McDonald's Quarterbacks football cardBack of Joe Ferguson 1975 McDonald's Quarterbacks football card
On the back of each card is a coupon for 25 cents off a McDonald’s Big Meal. Each coupon was good for a different week early in the 1975 NFL season.

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New in the Gallery: 1951 Bowman Virtual Uncut Sheets

June 1st, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

I have never seen uncut sheets of 1951 Bowman football cards, but I am guessing that they were configured like 1950 and 1952 Bowman sheets. Yesterday I put together 1951 Bowman virtual uncut sheets and added them to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Click on the image to have a look!
Virtual uncut sheet of 1951 Bowman football cards

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A New Feature for the eBay Sports Card Finder

May 20th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

I added a new feature to the eBay Sports Card Finder today: a way to exclude a particular seller’s listings with a single click. If you find that some seller’s listings are cluttering up your search results, you can now click a link on any of his listings and filter them all out. You can repeat the process to exclude the listings of up to six sellers, and you can save your searches by adding them to your browser’s bookmarks or favorites.
Excluding a Seller from an eBay Sports Card Auction Search
While I was in the code, I also made the Toolhaus link for each seller more prominent. Toolhaus sifts through all of an eBay user’s feedback and shows you just the negative and neutral entries, instead of making you scroll through all the positive ones. (Warning: for a seller with a lot of feedback, it can be slow.)

Finally, an older feature is also worth mentioning: the Sports Card Finder also lets you limit your searches to auctions that have one or more bids. Looking just at auctions with bids can give you a bit of assurance that the items are worth the listing prices.

Give it a whirl! If you find a bug or have a suggestion, let me know.

New in the Gallery: 1964 Kahn’s Wieners Football Cards

May 6th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Paul Warfield 1964 Kahn's Wieners pre-rookie football cardToday I added 1964 Kahn’s Wieners cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Kahn’s, which is still in business, included football cards in packages of wieners each fall from 1959 to 1964. Only the 1964 set is in color, and they are great looking cards.

There are 53 cards in the 1964 Kahn’s set, with all 14 NFL teams of the time represented. Because Kahn’s distributed their products in the Cincinnati region (and since the Bengals had not yet arrived), the company put a disproportionate number of Cleveland Browns in the set: 9 of the 53 cards. One of the Browns cards, Paul Warfield, is a pre-rookie card, so I will be adding it to my pre-rookie card page. Warfield’s rookie card is in the 1965 Philadelphia set.

A big thanks to Mike Ford for providing images for this set.

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New in the Gallery: Virtual Uncut Sheets of 1948 and 1949 Leaf Football Cards

April 30th, 2011  |  Published in New in the Gallery

This week I added virtual uncut sheets of 1948 Leaf and 1949 Leaf football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. From a picture of a 1949 sheet, I think I have also figured out what the 1948 sheets looked like. The 1949 Leaf set is basically a subset of the 1948 Leaf set with the card backs and card numbers changed, and it appears to me that the sheets would have been similar. Take a peek, and let me know what you think.
Virtual uncut sheet of 1948 Leaf football cards

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