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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Happy Birthday, Miller Farr!

April 8th, 2013  |  Published in Brothers, Milestone Birthdays

Miller Farr 1969 Topps football cardFormer AFL, NFL, and WFL defensive back Miller Farr is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Farr played from 1965 to 1973 for the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Lions, and he finished his career in 1974 with the WFL’s Florida Blazers. His best seasons were his three with the Oilers, 1967-1969. He led the AFL with 10 interceptions in 1967, he was voted First Team All-AFL in 1967 and 1968, and he was an AFL All-Star all three years.

Farr’s younger brother, Mel, also played in the NFL. The two brothers were teammates with the Lions in 1973. Their cards from that season are featured on the Teammate Brothers page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

Farr is pictured here on his 1969 Topps football card. He appeared on several other cards and stamps, as well.

Happy birthday, Mr. Farr!

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Happy Birthday, Mike Fuller!

April 7th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Mike Fuller 1972 Auburn University playing cardMike Fuller, who played safety from 1975 to 1982 for the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Fuller also returned over 300 punts and kickoffs in his NFL career. He was a member of the 1981 Bengals team that played the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI.

Prior to his pro career, Fuller was an All-American at Auburn University. There is a summary of his college career on the Auburn web site.

Fuller is pictured here on his 1972 Auburn playing card. He also appears on a few other cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

Happy birthday, Mr. Fuller!

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Happy Birthday, Nemiah Wilson and Jeff West!

April 6th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Two players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are celebrating milestone birthdays today: Nemiah Wilson is 70, and Jeff West is 60.

Nemiah Wilson played defensive back from 1965 to 1975 for the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Chicago Bears. He was a member of five Raiders teams that played in AFL or AFC Championship games. Wilson is pictured here on his 1972 Topps card, one of the tough third-series cards from that set. He appeared on numerous other cards and stamps, as well.

Jeff West was a punter from 1975 to 1985 for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Seattle Seahawks. There is a short summary of his NFL career on the Seahawks web site. West’s 1978 Topps card is pictured here.

Happy birthday, Messrs. Wilson and West!
Nemiah Wilson 1972 Topps football cardJeff West 1978 Topps football card

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions

April 5th, 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 on Facebook, be sure to hit that little “Like” button below.

Happy Birthday, Lindon Crow!

April 4th, 2013  |  Published in Brothers, Milestone Birthdays

Lindon Crow 1962 Topps football cardFormer NFL defensive back Lindon Crow is celebrating his 80th birthday today. Crow played from 1955 to 1964 for the Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants, and Los Angeles Rams. In 1956, his second season, he led the league with 11 interceptions. He played in two NFL Championship games, both with the Giants, in 1958 and 1959. The Giants lost both games to the Baltimore Colts.

Crow’s younger brother, Wayne Crow, also played professional football. He was a halfback and punter for four seasons with the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills.

Crow appeared on football cards with all three of his NFL teams. My favorite, his 1962 Topps card, is pictured here. You can see the rest of his cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

According to oldestlivingprofootball.com, Crow is the 494th oldest living American pro football player.

Happy birthday, Mr. Crow!

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Happy Birthday, Russ Francis!

April 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Russ Francis 1976 Topps rookie football cardRuss Francis, who played tight end for thirteen seasons with the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Francis was a three-time Pro Bowler, and he played on the 1984 49ers team that finished 18-1 and won Super Bowl XIX.

Francis excelled in other sports, as well. In 1971, at Pleasant Hill High School in Oregon, he set the national high school record for the javelin. In the 1974 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft, the Kansas City Royals drafted him as a pitcher. He also wrestled professionally, and he placed second in the 1980 U.S. Superstars competition.

Francis is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1976 Topps.

Happy birthday, Mr. Francis!

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Yet Another Mistaken Identity

April 2nd, 2013  |  Published in Brothers, error cards, New in the Gallery  |  1 Comment

You learn something every week. Bob Odell 1955 Topps All-American football cardThis week I learned from a post in the Collectors Universe forums that the player pictured on Bob Odell’s 1955 Topps All-American card is not Bob Odell. The impostor is Howard Odell, Bob’s older brother, who played at the University of Pittsburgh. For details–and to see many more cards that picture the wrong player–see the Mistaken Identities page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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Happy Birthday, Robert Jackson!

April 1st, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Robert Jackson, who played guard for the Cleveland Browns from 1975 to 1985, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Jackson played college football at Duke, and he made the team as a rookie free agent in 1975. There is a nice summary of his career on the Browns web site.

Jackson’s 1977 Topps and 1978 Topps cards are pictured here. The 1977 Topps card is his rookie card.
Robert Jackson 1977 Topps rookie football cardRobert Jackson 1978 Topps football card
Happy birthday, Mr. Jackson!

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Happy Birthday, Jim Hudson!

March 31st, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Jim Hudson 1969 Glendale StampJim Hudson, who played defensive back for the New York Jets from 1965 to 1970, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Hudson was a starter in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts, and he intercepted an Earl Morrall pass in that game. The Jets won, 16-7.

Hudson played college football at the University of Texas, and in 1963 he helped the Longhorns win their first National Championship. He was elected to the Longhorn Hall of Honor last year.

As far as I know, Hudson did not have a football card, but he did appear on a 1969 Glendale stamp. His stamp is pictured here.

Happy birthday, Mr. Hudson!

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Happy Birthday, Bo Scott!

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

Bo Scott 1970 Topps football cardFormer CFL and NFL running back Bo Scott is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Scott played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1964 to 1968, and for the Cleveland Browns from 1969 to 1973. He was a member of the Ottawa team that won the Grey Cup (CFL Championship) in 1968. There is a nice summary of Scott’s professional career in the Alumni Spotlight section of ClevelandBrowns.com.

Scott is pictured here on his first NFL football card, a 1970 Topps. He appeared on several more cards and stamps, as well.

Happy birthday, Mr. Scott!

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This Week’s Interesting eBay Auctions

March 29th, 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.

Happy Birthday, Chet Hanulak!

March 28th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Chet Hanulak 1954 Bowman rookie football cardFormer NFL running back Chet Hanulak is celebrating his 80th birthday today. Hanulak played for the Cleveland Browns in 1954 and 1957, spending the intervening two seasons in the Air Force. He was a member of the Browns team that won the 1954 NFL Championship. He scored the team’s last touchdown in the championship game against the Detroit Lions.

Before his pro career, Hanulak starred at the University of Maryland. In 1953 he averaged nearly ten yards per carry and led the Terrapins to the National Championship. The Atlantic Coast Conference web site has a recent interview with Hanulak, including a video summary of his college career.

Hanulak is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1954 Bowman. He also appeared on a 1958 Topps card, but he had retired from football by the time it came out.

According to OldestLivingProFootball.com, Hanulak is the 494th oldest former professional American football player.

Happy birthday, Mr. Hanulak!

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Happy Birthday, Mike Curtis!

March 27th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays  |  1 Comment

Mike Curtis 1969 Glendale stamp“Mad Dog” Mike Curtis is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Curtis was a star linebacker from 1965 to 1978 for the Baltimore Colts, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins. He played in two Super Bowls with the Colts: Super Bowl III, which they lost to the New York Jets, and Super Bowl V, in which they beat the Dallas Cowboys. The Associated Press named Curtis first team All-NFL in 1968 and 1969. The Fox Sports Florida web site has a recent story about Curtis, including photos of him with some of his memorabilia.

Curtis is pictured here on his 1969 Glendale Stamp. He appeared on numerous other football cards and stamps, as well.

Happy birthday, Mr. Curtis!

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