This Week’s Interesting eBay Listings

July 19th, 2011  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

Happy Tuesday! Here are this week’s interesting eBay auctions for vintage football cards and related collectibles.

For prior weeks’ interesting football card auctions, click here.

Hiding the NFL Logo on 1970s Topps Cards

July 17th, 2011  |  Published in Football Card Oddities  |  5 Comments

C.L. Whittington 1976 Topps football cardYou have probably seen 1970s Topps football cards on which the team logos have been airbrushed from the players’ helmets. (For a couple of examples, see my article about airbrushing on 1972 Topps San Diego Chargers cards.) Well, apparently Topps couldn’t show the NFL logo on football cards, either. Last week, while scanning this 1976 Topps C.L. Whittington card, I noticed that someone had traced over the NFL on Whittington’s football and changed it to WPD. At first I thought it was only on my card, but the C.L. Whittington cards on eBay all have WPD on the football, too.

It seems like it would have been preferable to cover the logo with a dab of brown, but changing the letters was definitely better than how they handled Bob Hayes’s 1970 Topps Super and 1970 Topps Super Glossy cards. On those cards it looks like they burned the logo off the ball!

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions: Full Sets!

July 12th, 2011  |  Published in CFL Cards, Interesting eBay Auctions

Happy Tuesday! This week’s interesting eBay auctions are all complete sets.

For prior weeks’ interesting football card auctions, click here.

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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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Pete Duranko, Denver Broncos Defensive Lineman

July 9th, 2011  |  Published in Player Deaths

Pete Duranko, a defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos from 1967 to 1974, passed away on July 8. Today’s Denver Post has a report. Duranko played college football at Notre Dame, and he was a member of the Irish’s 1966 National Championship team.

The cards pictured here are Duranko’s rookie card, a 1969 Topps, and his last card, a 1975 Topps. His last card was issued the year after his last season–a common occurrence in the 1970s.

You can see all of Pete Duranko’s football cards and stamps in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.
Pete Duranko 1969 Topps rookie football cardPete Duranko 1975 Topps football card

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John Mackey, Colts and Chargers Hall of Fame Tight End

July 7th, 2011  |  Published in Player Deaths

John Mackey, the Hall of Fame tight end, passed away on July 6th. Mackey played for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to 1971 and for the San Diego Chargers in 1972. He was a five-time Pro Bowler for the Colts–three times on the first team–and he played in two Super Bowls: the Colts’ loss to the Jets in Super Bowl III and their win agains the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

The cards pictured here are Mackey’s rookie card, a 1964 Philadelphia, and his last card, a 1973 Topps. The 1973 card was actually issued after Mackey’s last season. You can see all of John Mackey’s football cards and stamps in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.
John Mackey 1964 Philadelphia rookie football cardJohn Mackey 1973 Topps football card

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions

July 5th, 2011  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

1950s Schilling Coffee Joe Arenas football cardHappy Tuesday! Here are the eBay auctions of the week.

For past weeks’ interesting auctions, click here.

Born on the Fourth of July

July 4th, 2011  |  Published in Silly Stuff  |  1 Comment

The holiday made me think of the movie, and thinking of the movie made me wonder what NFL players were born on the Fourth of July. I found the full list at pro-football-reference.com; the eight who appear in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are shown below. Wish them a happy birthday!

Six-time Pro Bowler Erich Barnes was born on July 4, 1935. Barnes’s rookie card, shown here, is a 1960 Topps. Two-time Pro-Bowler Emerson Boozer was born on July 4, 1943; he is shown here on his 1971 Topps card. (Boozer also appeared on my all-party team.)
Erich Barnes 1960 Topps rookie football cardEmerson Boozer 1971 Topps football card
Two-time Pro Bowler Rosey Taylor was born on July 4, 1937; he is pictured here on his 1965 Philadelphia card. 1963 Pro-Bowler Lee Folkins was born on July 4, 1939; his rookie card, a 1964 Philadelphia, is shown here. (I heard from Mr. Folkins once. He told me that the signature on his 1964 Wheaties Stamp is not in his handwriting.)
Rosey Taylor 1965 Philadelphia football cardLee Folkins 1964 Philadelphia rookie football card
Five-time Pro-Bowler Rick Casares was born on July 4, 1931. His rookie card, shown here, is a 1955 Bowman. Hall of Famer Floyd Little was born on July 4, 1942; he is shown here on his 1968 Topps Stand Up insert card.
Rick Casares 1955 Bowman rookie football cardFloyd Little 1968 Topps Stand Up insert football card
1981 Pro Bowler Frank Lewis was born on July 4, 1947; his rookie card, a 1973 Topps, is shown here. And, finally, Fred Forsberg was born on July 4, 1944. I don’t believe Forsberg appeared on a card, but I do have his 1972 Sunoco Stamp.
Frank Lewis 1973 Topps rookie football cardFred Forsberg 1972 Sunoco Stamp
Enjoy your picnics!

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Preston Carpenter, Browns, Steelers, Redskins, Vikings, and Dolphins Receiver

July 1st, 2011  |  Published in Brothers, Player Deaths

Preston Carpenter 1957 Topps rookie football cardPreston Carpenter, who played twelve seasons for the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins, passed away on June 30. Carpenter played halfback for the Browns in his rookie season, 1956, then spent the rest of his career as a receiver. He made the Pro Bowl in 1962 as a tight end with the Steelers.

Carpenter’s older brother, Lew, who also had a long NFL career, passed away last fall.

The card pictured here is Carpenter’s rookie card, a 1957 Topps. He appeared on numerous other cards during his career, as well.

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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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Interesting eBay Auctions of the Week

June 28th, 2011  |  Published in CFL Cards, error cards, Interesting eBay Auctions, Interesting Message Board Threads

Happy Interesting eBay Auctions of the Week Day!

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Reversed Images on 1969 Glendale Stamps

June 27th, 2011  |  Published in error cards

Mel Farr 1969 Glendale StampBob Griese 1969 Glendale StampLast week, while I was scanning 1969 Glendale Stamps for the Vintage Football Card Gallery, I noticed that the Bob Griese and Mel Farr stamps have reversed images. The players’ jersey numbers were what clued me in: Griese wore number 12 for the Dolphins, and Farr wore number 24 for the Lions. I’ll bet that there are more reversed images in the set, but most of the players’ jersey numbers are not visible, so it is hard to tell.

There are several other reversed images in the Gallery: Charley Trippi on one variation of his 1948 Kellogg’s Pep card; Bill Wade, Doug Atkins, and Frank Varrichione on their 1960 Topps cards, and Dick Butkus and Joe Namath on variations of their 1972 NFLPA Vinyl Stickers.

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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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