Happy Birthday, Elbert Drungo and Brian Schweda!

April 30th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays  |  1 Comment

Elbert Drungo 1974 Topps rookie football cardTwo players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are celebrating milestone birthdays today: Elbert Drungo and Brian Schweda are both 70.

Elbert Drungo was an offensive lineman from 1969 to 1978 for the Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. He is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1974 Topps. He also appeared on a 1975 Topps card and a 1972 Sunoco stamp.

Brian Schweda 1969 Saints DoubloonBrian Schweda played defensive end from 1966 to 1968 for the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. He was one of the original Saints, obtained from the Bears in the 1967 NFL Expansion draft. As far as I know, Schweda never appeared on a card, but he did appear on a 1969 Saints Doubloon, pictured here.

Happy birthday, Messrs. Drungo and Schweda!

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New in the Gallery: 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Short Prints

April 30th, 2013  |  Published in My Collection, New in the Gallery

Last week I picked up few of the short prints from the 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins football card set. One of them, Abner Haynes, is pictured below. You can see all of the new cards and a description of the set in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

The lot I purchased included a “Jr. Dolphin” card, also pictured below. This card is not listed in the price guides, but it looks like the rest of the Royal Castle cards, so I would consider it part of the set. I called it card #28 and added it to the Gallery, as well.

I am in the market for the cards I don’t yet have from this set: Frank Emanuel, Tom Erlandson, Norm Evans, Bob Griese, Jerry Hopkins, and Jim Warren. If you happen to have any of them for sale, please send me an email.
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Abner Haynes football card1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Jr. Dolphin football card

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Happy Birthday, Tony Peters!

April 28th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays, Where They Are Now  |  1 Comment

Tony Peters 1978 Topps rookie football cardTony Peters, who played defensive back for ten seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Peters played on the 1982 Redskins team that beat Miami in Super Bowl XVII, and he also made the Pro Bowl that season.

After retiring as a player, Peters went into coaching. He recently became the head coach at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Peters is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1978 Topps.

Happy birthday, Mr. Peters!

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Happy Birthday, John Morrow and J.R. Wilburn!

April 27th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

John Morrow 1964 Wheaties stampTwo players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are celebrating milestone birthdays today: John Morrow is 80, and J.R. Wilburn is 70.

John Morrow played center from 1956 to 1966 for the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns. He made the Pro Bowl in 1961 and 1963, and he was the starting center on the Browns team that won the 1964 NFL Championship. According to oldestlivingprofootball.com, Morrow is the 493rd oldest living American pro football player.

For a center, Morrow appeared on a remarkable number of football cards. He is pictured here on his 1964 Wheaties stamp.

J.R. Wilburn 1968 Topps football cardJ.R. Wilburn was a receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1966 to 1970. His best season was 1967, when he caught 51 passes for 767 yards. Wilburn, who grew up in Virginia, was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Wilburn is pictured here on his 1968 Topps card, wearing a Steelers “Batman” jersey. He appeared on several other cards and stamps, as well. (For more on the “Batman” jerseys, see one of my previous articles.)

Happy birthday, Messrs. Morrow and Wilburn!

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions

April 25th, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

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

Like these? See my Interesting eBay Auction articles from past weeks. And if you’re a Facebook user, be sure to hit the “Like” button below.

Happy Birthday, Jim Hardy!

April 24th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Jim Hardy 1948 Bowman football cardFormer NFL quarterback Jim Hardy is celebrating his 90th birthday today. Hardy played from 1946 to 1952 for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals, and Detroit Lions. He played in the first Pro Bowl, after the 1950 season, and he was a member of the Lions team that won the NFL Championship in 1952.

Hardy played college football at USC, leading the Trojans to Rose Bowl wins in 1944 and 1945. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

According to oldestprofootball.com, Hardy is the 66th oldest living American pro football player. He is pictured here on his 1948 Bowman football card.

Happy birthday, Mr. Hardy!

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Happy Birthday, Danny Buggs!

April 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Danny Buggs, who had a nine-year career in the NFL, CFL, and USFL, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Buggs played wide receiver for the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Edmonton Eskimos, Tampa Bay Bandits, and San Antonio Gunslingers. His best NFL season was 1979, when he caught 46 passes for 631 yards for the Redskins. He also played on the Edmonton Eskimos team that won the 1980 Grey Cup.

Before his professional career, Buggs was an All-American at West Virginia University. He was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Buggs is pictured here on his 1974 West Virginia playing card and his rookie card, a 1978 Topps.

Happy birthday, Mr. Buggs!
Danny Buggs 1974 West Virginia playing cardDanny Buggs 1978 Topps rookie football card

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New in the Gallery: 1974 USC Discs

April 21st, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery, Oddball

Pat Haden 1974 USC football discYesterday I added 1974 USC Discs to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. The set includes discs of 25 USC players and one of coach John McKay. Remarkably, 17 of the 25 players in the set went on to play in the NFL. One of them, Pat Haden, is pictured here. Haden was a quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams from 1976 to 1981.

I filed the discs in the Oddball section of the Gallery.

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions

April 19th, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

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

Like these? See my Interesting eBay Auction articles from past weeks. And if you’re a Facebook user, be sure to hit the “Like” button below!

Happy Birthday, Ed McQuarters!

April 16th, 2013  |  Published in CFL Cards, Milestone Birthdays

Ed McQuarters 1970 O-Pee-Chee CFL football cardEd McQuarters, who was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. McQuarters played defensive tackle for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1966 to 1974. He played in four Grey Cups (CFL championship games), of which the Roughriders won one, in 1966. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 1967.

McQuarters played college football at the University of Oklahoma, and he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1965 NFL draft. He played in one game for the Cardinals before moving to the CFL. (See my Cups of Coffee page for other players who played in exactly one NFL, AFL, or AAFC game.)

McQuarters is pictured here on his 1970 O-Pee-Chee CFL football card.

Happy birthday, Mr. McQuarters!

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Happy Birthday, Curt Knight!

April 14th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays  |  1 Comment

Curt Knight 1971 Topps rookie football cardCurt Knight, who was the kicker for the Washington Redskins from 1969 to 1973, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Knight was the NFC’s leading scorer in 1971, and he made the Pro Bowl that season. He was a member of the Redskins team that played in Super Bowl VII against the Miami Dolphins.

Knight’s long path to the NFL included playing at the Coast Guard Academy under coach Otto Graham. He describes his career in an interview at mineralwellindex.com.

Knight is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1971 Topps. He appeared on several other football cards, as well.

Happy birthday, Mr. Knight!

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Progress on My 1965-1967 Philadelphia Virtual Uncut Sheets

April 12th, 2013  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

Uncut panel of 1966 Philadelphia football cardsA couple of weeks ago I bought this 8-card panel of 1966 Philadelphia football cards in an eBay auction. It provided another piece to the 1965-1967 Philadelphia virtual uncut sheets I have been working on. The project is a little (okay, a lot) geeky, but you can see my progress here.

As it says on my uncut sheet pages, I have concluded that card numbering scheme was the same on 1965, 1966, and 1967 Philadelphia sheets, so finding a piece of one helps with all three. (The 1964 Philadelphia sheet was numbered differently from the other three years, so I have to do that one independently.)

I have also mentioned before that there must be double prints in all four Phildelphia sets, because a full sheet held 264 cards, and there are only 198 cards in each set. That means 66 cards must have been printed twice on each sheet. I have not seen the double prints documented in any price guide, but I am reasonably sure that I know which 1965-1967 cards were double printed, so I have marked the them in the Gallery pages for those sets. Since the numbering scheme was the same on the 1965-1967 Philadelphia sheets, it follows that the same numbers were double prints in all three sets.

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions

April 11th, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

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

Like these? See my Interesting eBay Auction articles from past weeks. And if you’re a Facebook user, be sure to hit the “Like” button below!

Mistaken Identities, Team Style

April 10th, 2013  |  Published in CFL Cards, error cards, Football Card Trivia  |  1 Comment

Here’s a trivia question for you: what legendary NFL running back appeared on the 1964 Topps CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders team card? Here is a picture of the card. The player is in the middle row, fourth from the left, wearing number 32.
1964 Topps CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders team card
Give up? The answer is Jim Brown. What, you say, Jim Brown never played in the CFL? Well, it’s a trick question, because the team pictured on the card is not the 1964 Saskatchewan Roughriders. It is actually the 1959 Cleveland Browns. I learned this bit of trivia earlier this week from a post on a Roughriders forum.

But that’s not the extent of the error. Topps routinely used the same team photos for years at a time, and all of the Roughrider team cards in the 1961-1963 Topps CFL sets have the same mistake. Ironically, though Topps used the 1959 Browns photo on several CFL cards, this photo never appeared on an NFL card. Topps used a picture of the 1958 Browns team on all of its Browns team cards from 1959 to 1963.

For many more football cards that picture the wrong players, see the Mistaken Identities page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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New in the Gallery: 1950 Bread for Health Labels

April 9th, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery, Oddball

Charley Conerly 1950 Bread for Health labelOver the weekend I added 1950 Bread for Health Labels to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. My favorite, Charley Conerly, is shown here. I listed the labels in the Oddball section of the Gallery. A huge thanks to my friend Jeff Payne for providing the images for this set. Check ‘em out!

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